Events/Membership Officer - BFBi, West Midlands

Reporting To:     Ruth Evans MBE, Chief Executive 

Based in Wolverhampton, West  Midlands 

BFBi was formed, in 1907, as the Allied Brewery Traders’ Association, bringing together suppliers and producers for the brewing industry to fight proposals by Government to control the brewing and licensed trades. 

Since its formation, the BFBi has provided a much-needed link between the many and various trades and services supplying the brewing and beverage industries.  Membership of the Association embraces the full range of companies offering all kinds of equipment, raw materials, ancillary products and services association with the manufacture, distribution and retailing of beverage and food products. 

BFBi is also a Trade Challenge Partner, on behalf of UKTI, mentoring companies in export markets and organising UK participation at a number of overseas exhibitions.

 

 OVERALL PURPOSE

The key activities outlined below represent an overview of the position.  A flexible, responsive, pro-active approach is essential, together with initiative in identifying and focusing on what needs to be done to establish and maintain the key strategies of the BFBi Business Plan. 

1.2               Job Summary 

1.2.1         Identify, develop and improve the BFBi service to the Association’s membership via co-ordination and management of professional events (within UK and overseas.

1.2.2         Assist Chief Executive in organising International Brewing Awards (bi-annual event, next to take place February 2015) 

1.2.3         Develop appropriate marketing initiatives for above events, expanding the Association’s activities within the wider food and drinks industries. 

1.2.4         Develop appropriate media campaigns to promote events to both BFBi membership and wider industries, where appropriate. 

1.2.5         Identify, organise and attend major conferences, exhibitions and appropriate Forums (within UK and overseas) to promote the BFBi and its Members. 

1.2.6         Form appropriate alliances and partnerships to advance the Association’s purpose with other affiliated bodies. 

1.2.7         Prepare and despatch questionnaires to continuously identify the Membership’s ongoing needs with regard to professional and social events and make appropriate recommendations to the Chief Executive to provide equitable business benefits. 

1.2.8         Support the Section Committees with their business and marketing plans aligned to BFBi’s vision/mission. 

1.2.9         Support the Chief Executive in day to day diary requirements and strategy/business plan development.

 

Profile – an Events & Membership Officer with Client-focus and Conference Management skills, IT ability, excellent time management skills and proven experience of business development through events and training initiatives. 

ü  The ability to deal with people from all walks of life in a manner that reflects favourably upon the Association is essential: these may be staff, and members of the Association, existing and potential customers, distinguished visitors, allied associations, Government bodies or members of the public  

ü  An efficient, helpful and diplomatic style, and an excellent telephone manner, coupled with an ability to act with authority and initiative on occasions 

ü  Experience of working in a busy team, and success in turning potential enquiries into firm bookings 

ü  Ability to work within a flattened management structure and desire to develop the position into an income generating department 

ü  An intelligent approach and genuine interest and enthusiasm for the work of the Association. The post requires the development of a broad knowledge of its activities in general, plus a more detailed understanding of the work handled by the various sections and committees of the Association. Close attention to the programme of activities throughout the Association is critical, together with awareness of unpublicised activities and of future events 

ü  Willingness to work flexible and sometimes long hours as part of a team complementing and helping each other. 

ü  The ability to use initiative under the general operating principles of Head Office 

ü  A high standard of PC literacy, particularly with Microsoft Office and e-mail. A willingness to learn new technology skills. 

ü  Energy and physical capability to share in the setting up of events. 

ü  Ability to manage a number of different projects at the same time, whilst ensuring attention to detail 

ü  A well-developed sense of security and risk awareness, and of health and safety matters 

ü  Sense of humour, good eye for detail, excellent time management skills and a strong team player 

Please send cv to info@bfbi.org.uk for further information.