Event Specialist

August 2 2022
Industries Consulting services
Categories Event, Gaming, Sports, Leisure, Marketing, Communications, Public Relations
Toronto, ON

At EY, you’ll have the chance to build a career as unique as you are, with the global scale, support, inclusive culture and technology to become the best version of you. And we’re counting on your unique voice and perspective to help EY become even better, too. Join us and build an exceptional experience for yourself, and a better working world for all.

At EY, we strive to create unique and powerful events that provide our target audiences with compelling content and memorable experiences. In the current environment, that largely means bringing people together using the latest technologies and curating exceptional events that make the most of the in-person or virtual experience, or in some cases a hybrid digi-physical experience. With so many events competing for people’s attention every day, we want to set ourselves apart and develop events that offer real value for our audiences in a measurable and compelling way.

We’re looking for a driven and strategic events specialist who is passionate about cultivating engaging experiences, very comfortable with technology, is highly accountable and knows how to bring a brand to life through virtual and in-person events on a national or local scale for external or internal audiences. You understand that an event represents only one touchpoint, and what we do before and afterwards is just as important. You bring your exceptional attention to detail and impeccable organizational and project management skills to plan, manage and coordinate multiple teams and execute with excellence, thinking about and proactively planning for before, during and after-event activities. You have a flair for the creative, a drive to go above and beyond and an appetite for fast-paced environments with multiple initiatives on the go.

This role is based in Toronto but has a national and local focus. You’ll be responsible for planning, coordinating, and executing primarily client-facing events and conferences for priority EY industry and practice groups, as well as people engagement activities within EY. You will also own our national events resource site, and act as a connector between all groups involved with executing events and client experiences across the firm, to bring the best of EY to our clients and our people.

If you’re passionate about creating standout premier and experiential events that showcase our brand, we want to hear from you.

Your key responsibilities

  • Plan, manage and execute high-impact employee engagement events and deliver best-in-class B2B client event experiences and market activations in multiple formats (in-person, virtual or hybrid) and in varying scales on-time and on-budget
  • Collaborate with firm stakeholders, Brand, Marketing and Communications (BMC) teams and outside agencies/vendors to effectively bring events to life from conception, development, execution, follow-ups, measurement and more
  • Support all logistical matters related to a successful event, including virtual platform recommendations, venue sourcing, invitation development, list management, event promotion, registration, rooming, speakers, gifts, on-site support, follow-up communications to attendees, management of budgets and invoices, contracts, procurement and independence, as well as lead tracking and reporting
  • Take a proactive, planned approach to events, applying equal focus on pre- and post-event activities, including social media and content opportunities that can be derived from events
  • Present your own creative out of the box ideas for new and upcoming events, including to senior stakeholders across the firm, and stay on top of the latest event trends to continuously innovate and elevate our event experiences
  • Manage stakeholder expectations by providing recommendations, proactively communicating updates and closing the loop thereafter
  • Effectively measure the ROI of events you drive (e.g. lead generation, funnel growth), as well as the national reporting framework for all events hosted by our Markets organization
  • Travel and overtime may be required at times

Skills and attributes for success

  • Strong and proven event planning experience for in-person, virtual and hybrid events
  • Experience with the latest tools and technologies in the virtual event space with a pulse on what’s coming next
  • Results and metrics driven with a unique ability to demonstrate impact through robust reporting and storytelling
  • Excellent stakeholder, vendor, agency, and other third-party management skills
  • Experience working in a fast-paced, highly matrixed environment with complexity
  • Flexible and enthusiastic team player who thrives on new challenges, big ideas and curiosity with the skillful know-how to turn these ideas into action
  • Strong project management skills with the ability to navigate competing projects with ease
  • Organized and articulate with impeccable attention to detail
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with a positive, can-do attitude
  • Natural curiosity with a focus on making things the best they can possibly be within the provided timelines and budget

To qualify, you must have

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Marketing, a related field, or equivalent experience
  • 5+ years of professional event experience, including managing events end-to-end
  • Event agency and/or B2B events experience strongly preferred
  • Ability to coordinate and manage multiple events at a time with impeccable attention to detail and superior project management and communications skills

What we offer

At EY, our Total Rewards package supports our commitment to creating a leading people culture - built on high-performance teaming - where everyone can achieve their potential and contribute to building a better working world for our people, our clients and our communities. It's one of the many reasons we repeatedly win awards for being a great place to work.

We offer a competitive compensation package where you’ll be rewarded based on your performance and recognized for the value you bring to our business. Our Total Rewards package allows you decide which benefits are right for you and which ones help you create a solid foundation for your future. In addition, our Total Rewards package includes a comprehensive medical, prescription drug and dental coverage, a defined contribution pension plan, a great vacation policy plus firm paid days that allow you to enjoy extended long weekends throughout the year, statutory holidays and paid personal days (based on province of residence), and a range of exciting programs and benefits designed to support your physical, financial, and social well-being. Plus, we offer:

  • Support and coaching from some of the most engaging colleagues in the industry
  • Learning opportunities to develop new skills and progress your career
  • The freedom and flexibility to handle your role in a way that’s right for you

Diversity and Inclusion at EY

Diversity and inclusiveness are at the heart of who we are and how we work. We’re committed to fostering an environment where differences are valued, policies and practices are equitable, and our people feel a sense of belonging. From our actions to combat systemic racism and our advocacy for the LGBT+ community to our innovative Neurodiversity Centre of Excellence and Accessibility initiatives, we welcome and embrace the diverse experiences, abilities, backgrounds, and perspectives that make our people unique and help guide us. Because when people feel free to be their authentic selves at work, they bring their best and are empowered to build a better working world.

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