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Travel & Meetings/Events Manager

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Job ID: 4465


Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Finance/Accounting

About Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a preeminent, full-service law firm with offices around the world and a staff as diverse as the practice areas we support. Our clients range from Fortune 100 companies to medium and small corporations, financial institutions, and private equity firms.  Known for our commitment to excellence, Kirkland strives to provide superior service to our clients as well as our fellow employees. From Information Technology to Human Resources, Paralegal Services to Business Development, Kirkland offers non-attorney professionals challenging careers in a variety of functional areas. Whether starting or growing your career, Kirkland can offer a performance-driven culture filled with bright and innovative teams of co-workers.

Essential Job Functions

The Travel and Meetings/Events Manager will be responsible for the assessment, planning, and delivery of internal and external meetings and events in collaboration with key internal stakeholders. This individual will be responsible for the coordination of various meetings across the Firm which vary in both size and scope, including the Firm’s Partner Meetings. The Travel and Meetings/Events Manager will also be responsible for oversight of the Firm’s air and ground travel partners and management of the Firm’s travel awards program.

  • Successful management of the organization and delivery of innovative meetings and events through effective project management, including collaboration with partners and other internal stakeholders as it relates to meeting content, planning, and logistics.
  • Establishment and promotion of strong working relationships with external contacts and suppliers to ensure the Firm’s needs are understood and met.
  • Site selection, request for proposal development, and contract negotiations in conjunction with the Firm’s Contract Management group.
  • Budget preparation and management, including preparation of cost estimates, managing meeting related expenses, and post event analysis and reporting.
  • Identification of cost savings opportunities and strategies to ensure meeting and event expenses are cost effective.  
  • Creation and dissemination of attendee communications.
  • Coordination of meeting and event logistics, including food and beverage, audio visual, technology, transportation, and other related requirements. 
  • Coordination and preparation of meeting collateral, including signage, attendee lists, and other materials.
  • Oversight of the Firm’s air and ground travel programs and relationships with agencies and vendors.
  • Selection of travel suppliers and negotiation of travel contracts in collaboration with key internal stakeholders.
  • Ensuring compliance to service level agreements; measuring agency and vendor performance and identifying opportunities to improve the Firm’s travel programs.
  • Administration of the Firm’s reward programs and benefits, including the standardization of approvals and authorized uses of these programs.

Qualifications & Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Meeting Planning or Marketing is required, with at least seven years of experience with a law firm or professional services firm.  
  • CMP (Certified Meeting Planner) or CSEP (Certified Special Events Professional) designation is preferred. Advanced understanding of the Travel and Event Planning industries.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills are required, including the ability to identify and manage risks, as well as being able to manage conflict while demonstrating diplomacy and credibility. Capable of working under pressure with a positive attitude and calm demeanor.
  • Experienced with negotiating contracts, reducing potential liability and costs, and implementing contractual terms.
  • Involvement with the hotel, hospitality, and travel industries through various associations, including the knowledge of meeting management, hotel operations, and travel programs.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to coordinator projects with various stakeholders; strong verbal and written communication skills are required. Strong attention to detail is required.
  • Outstanding project management skill, including the ability to manage multiple projects and competing deadlines is required.

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