British Ecological Society

Events Manager

The British Ecological Society (BES) is the biggest scientific society for ecologists in Europe with a membership of 7,000 in 125 countries around the world. We foster the study of ecology and support the ecology community at all stages of their careers through our journals, meetings, grants, and education and policy work. The first ecology society to be established anywhere in the world, we have been the champion of ecology for more than a century and our vision is for nature and people to thrive in a world inspired by ecology.

About us

The British Ecological Society (BES) is the biggest scientific society for ecologists in Europe with a membership of 7,000 in 125 countries around the world. We foster the study of ecology and support the ecology community at all stages of their careers through our journals, meetings, grants, and education and policy work. The first ecology society to be established anywhere in the world, we have been the champion of ecology for more than a century and our vision is for nature and people to thrive in a world inspired by ecology.

We actively value the diversity and wide range of perspectives that people from different backgrounds bring to their work, to ecology and to our Society.

About you

We are seeking an enthusiastic and self-motivated individual with excellent event management and team leadership skills and experience of managing event budgets. You will also need to have good IT skills, with knowledge of Microsoft Office.

You will assist the BES in managing the delivery of all aspects of our events programme, including our flagship scientific conference, the BES Annual Meeting, which sees 1,200 ecologists gather from around the world and share the latest research.

About the role

Reporting to the Director of Society Programmes, the Events Manager will:

  • Manage and deliver the Society’s Annual Meetings, symposia and other events with high quality and delegate satisfaction
  • Provide leadership, motivation and direction to the Events team
  • Develop the conferences and events portfolio, working with our Events Committee
  • Ensure our volunteer-led Special Interest Groups are supported in delivering their events and workshops

The successful candidate will become part of a team seeking to excite and inspire our various audiences in ecology at a time when our science has never been more relevant for society. 

You will be based at the BES offices in Central London.

A full job description, including person specification and competencies is available here.

Applicants must have the right to live and work in the UK. Successful applicants will need to provide evidence that they have the right to live and work in the UK. The BES is unable to provide visa sponsorship and unable to hire anyone living outside the UK.

BES Staff Benefits

  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays and additional festive leave between Christmas and New Year
  • Well-being programme
  • Employee Assistant Programme
  • Salary sacrifice pension (matched by the BES up to 7.5%)
  • Hybrid working 
  • Cycle to work scheme (after probation)
  • Training budget (after probation)

Covid-19 Response

Throughout the pandemic, the BES has been closely following government guidelines. 

The Society has begun a hybrid working trial (a mix of remote and office working), where staff will be required to work in the office for 3 to 4 days per week and may choose to work remotely for the rest of the week. 

Whoever is successful in this position should therefore expect to work in both the office and remotely for the foreseeable future. The necessary equipment will be provided by the Society to enable staff to fulfil as much of their role as is viable while working in both working environments.

Equality and Diversity

More information regarding Diversity at the BES can be found here and our Equality and Diversity work can be found here.

Further information and to apply

Contract: Full-time, permanentWorking pattern: Monday to Friday, 09:00 - 17:00

Location: London, within walking distance of Angel and Old Street tube stations (please see Covid-19 response for more information) 

Closing date: ​Sunday 22 May 2022 23:59 BST

Interview date: Week commencing 30 May 2022​

For an informal discussion about any other aspects of this role, please contact Jonathan Wood, Director of Society Programmes.

  • To apply for this vacancy, please click the green button 'Apply for this':Your CV - no more than 2x A4 sides detailing your education, training and work history, as well as any relevant key skills
  • A covering letter - no more than 1x A4 side explaining why you wish to undertake this role at the BES
  • Your Equality and Diversity information - this voluntary information helps us to assess the diversity of our recruitment and further improve recruitment processes in future. It has no bearing on the success of your application and is not considering as part of the shortlisting process.