Senior Event Planner

Cognizant Technology Solutions Teaneck , NJ 07666

Posted 4 weeks ago

As part of the Global Events team, the Senior Event Planner will work closely within Global Marketing to manage client-facing and internal events, and increase Cognizant's brand awareness and market influence. Reporting to the geographical team lead, the position is responsible for providing full-scale strategic event, marketing, and project management within the Cognizant event portfolio. The ideal candidate should possess strong organizational, presentation, interpersonal, and communications skills. He/she needs to be proactive in anticipating event/project needs, have the ability to prioritize work load in order to meet aggressive deadlines, and be a valuable partner to all stakeholders, management, and leadership.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide strategic marketing support for events within specific assigned BU(s) and/or countries in order to meet business goals and priorities

  • Provide full-scale event logistics support for corporate events, external client facing events, tradeshows, training sessions, town halls, roadshows, recruiting events, virtual events, etc.

  • Collaborate on the development of marketing campaigns and recommend global events that Cognizant should sponsor/host

  • Serve as the project manager for all groups involved in the event planning process - marketing, creative, communications, social media, etc. and provide guidance around internal/external Global Events SOPs, Cognizant's compliance policies, and leadership's expectations

  • Partner with field marketing and stakeholders to develop marketing materials such as client invitations, brochures, signage, digital ads, email communications, etc.

  • Manage budgets, food and beverage orders, audio visual orders, rooming lists, signage/displays orders, transportation requests, contract speakers or entertainers, procure promotional products, etc.

  • Maintain registrations sites, communications, client meetings, mobile apps, and feedback surveys through Cvent, a web-based event management tool

  • Generate and present advanced post-event recaps, reporting and analytics

  • Confidently and professionally present marketing concepts and event updates on budget spend to management and leadership

  • Strive to learn and research new innovative concepts and tools to enhance event experiences

  • Create client experiential events in alignment with sales and marketing strategy and objectives

  • Maintain knowledge of industry trends and best practices to enhance meeting and event quality

  • Manage and mentor team members on assigned events and/or projects, as needed

  • Provide onsite support, both independently and as a team, when needed

  • Work on Global Events projects, as needed

Experience & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Marketing, Event Management, or Communications preferred

  • 5+ years of experience in Event Planning and Project Management with a B2C and B2B background

  • Experience executing multiple events of varying types in a high paced, evolving environment with short deadlines

  • Strong knowledge of the meetings industry, innovation, vendors & event technologies

  • Skilled in negotiating commercial terms for event-related contracts and work with Procurement, legal, and Insurance to ensure terms and conditions have minimal risk to Cognizant.

  • Must be organized, detail-oriented, self-motivated, efficient, flexible, and able to meet deadlines

  • Strong communication skills with the ability to proactively guide strategy and implementation

  • Enjoy cross-organizational collaboration, work in a team environment, and share knowledge

  • Confident in working with and presenting information to management and executive leadership

  • Ability to use good judgement when developing creative and resourceful solutions to ensure stakeholder's needs are met

  • Strong verbal, written, and presentation skills; writing samples required

  • Experience in using project management and collaboration tools

  • Proficient in Cvent and Microsoft Office Applications (Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint); advanced knowledge of Excel formulas and mail merges is required

Working conditions:

  • Hybrid environment (in-office and virtual)

  • Travel is required

  • Early hours, weekends, nights, or holidays required may be required

  • Light physical effort required when onsite (packing, unpacking, shipping, event/exhibit install/dismantle); lift up to 30lbs

  • May be required to sit or stand for extended periods of time in various conditions

  • Relocation not provided

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