Cognizant is searching for an Event Planner within our Global Events team. The Event Planner will work closely within the Global Events team to provide logistics support for internal and external events, tradeshows, client facing programs, training sessions as well as special projects as required. The Event Planner should possess strong organizational, interpersonal and communications skills as well as be proactive in anticipating project needs, discern work priorities to ensure deadlines are met and provide outstanding customer service. The ideal candidate will possess a positive can do attitude and be willing to work in a very high paced environment with short deadlines.
The Global Events team partners with the Field Marketing Team, Business Practices and Corporate Functions. As a key member of the team the Event Planner will contribute in many areas as follows:
Manage single tiered events including but not limited to tradeshows, sponsorships, conferences, external & internal meetings, and client dinners
Creating/maintaining best practices and standardized templates for budgets, project plan, event timelines, event presentations and more.
Provide detailed trade show and event strategies, tactics and budgets for fiscal year marketing plans that support business unit / corporate strategic plans.
Event research: may include venue (hotels, restaurants, museums, outdoor venues) accommodations, air/ground transportation, dining and activity options; speaker/entertainer search, registration creation, and any logistics needs related to management of an event.
Site inspection, selection and review of contracts
Maintain/update Global Events Calendar
Maintain/update shared resources files
Manage giveaways (research, order, inventory)
Pre/During/Post Event tasks may include, but not limited to: budget creation, management and tracking spend; registration management; managing food & beverage; organizing entertainment & social gatherings; ordering signage/displays, assessing audio-visual needs; printing; shipping/tracking; providing onsite support as required
Post event follow up includes event case study, meeting recap, event surveys, review of invoices, expense allocations and processing of payments.
Maintain suppliers' invoices, travel & expense reports, financial records, and billing records submitted to clients for events and prepare reports via excel
Assist with data entry and/or lead reporting efforts
Develop metrics and processes to measure event and show success and proactively provide analysis and recommendation to management for continual program improvement.
Must be able to problem solve and come up with solutions to issues and ensure stakeholders’ needs are met.
Ability to analyze root causes of problems in a systematic approach and develop new ideas to improve.
Job requirements may change throughout an individual’s career at Cognizant.
A critical aspect of this position is to provide strategic support to our stakeholders & leadership and the individual must possess the skill of conceptualization which is the ability to see how the elements of an abstract whole fit together and to identify problems that need to be addressed before others do.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Applications (Microsoft Word, Excel & Power Point knowledge a must)
Strong oral and written communication skills
Ability to work in a fast paced environment with little to no supervision
Extreme attention to detail and ability to multi-task with short deadlines
May require prolonged standing during onsite support
Light physical effort required (packing, unpacking, shipping, event/exhibit install/dismantle). Ability to lift up to 30 pounds.
Associates Degree or Bachelor degree in Marketing or Communications preferred.
Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience in Event Planning.
Familiar with a variety of Marketing concepts, practices, and procedures. Relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. A wide degree of creativity and latitude is required.
Some early, late or weekend hours may be required
Travel is a requirement
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