Senior Event Manager at Pearson (Phoenix, AZ)

| Phoenix – Mesa – Scottsdale, AZ
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At Pearson, we're committed to a world that's always learning and to our talented team who makes it all possible. From bringing lectures vividly to life to turning textbooks into laptop lessons, we are always re-examining the way people learn best, whether it's one child in our own backyard or an education community across the globe. We are bold thinkers and standout innovators who motivate each other to explore new frontiers in an environment that supports and inspires us to always be better. By pushing the boundaries of technology - and each other to surpass these boundaries - we create seeds of learning that become the catalyst for the world's innovations, personal and global, large, and small.

We are seeking an energetic and sharp Senior Event Planner to support the delivery of high quality, successful events for Pearson's School Assessment division. This individual will help build our brand and strengthen our culture through effective planning, and execution of both internal and customer-facing events. This role includes ample room for collaboration on strategy, creativity and making a BIG impact - to our employees, our bottom line and, above all, our customers! Events include, but are not limited to customer meetings, industry related national tradeshows, sales meetings, focus groups, internal meetings and special corporate events.

Key Responsibilities:

Event Planning

  • Manage the planning, logistics and execution of all details for School Assessment face-to-face and virtual national industry tradeshows, internal and external customer meetings, and Pearson office events.
  • Support all aspects of planning to include registration build and management, app creation, survey development, technology needs, meeting space and food & beverage planning, signage, templates, property sourcing, selection and contract negotiations, vendor and customer relations, accounts payable, transportation, etc. while following company processes and guidelines.
  • Partnering with internal stakeholder to lead the planning meetings/calls & deliverable updates
  • Manage budget reporting, including budget tracking, invoices, reconciliation of programs, expense reports of customers, contracts, and permits, and team briefings/debriefings.
  • Provides guidance and expertise during proposal development process; provide input for cost and time estimates for potential new programs
  • Provide guidance and interpretation of unusual hotel contract provisions; uses judgment to determine when to escalate issues.
  • Provide leadership in training and mentoring of other Meeting Planning team members.
  • Proactively identify, suggest, and implement process improvements; provide expert evaluation of new tools and resources.

Education and Experience

  • 10+ years of experience in the events, conferences, or other marketing-related field.
  • Bachelor's degree in marketing, event management, or communications desired.
  • Operational and logistical management of content-driven meetings and events to include:
  • Venue selection, negotiation, and contract management.
  • Third-party vendor selection, negotiation, and contract management.
  • Budgeting and financial management, with emphasis on project-based profitability and ROI.
  • On-site logistical support as needed
  • Client-facing and customer service expertise, including effective and professional oral and written communication, as well as confident interpersonal interaction.
  • Leadership and management of internal planning teams engaged in multiple event projects, with strong emphasis on best practices and decision-making.
  • Management of external partners and vendors expectations for multiple event projects.
  • Budget Management within the online meeting management system, including maintaining receipts, and submitting event expenses both project and personal.
  • Competency of technology tools Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Cvent.
  • Ability to lift up to 40 lbs.
  • Travel can be up to 40% of the time

Please submit a cover letter and resume when completing your application

As required by theColorado Equal Pay Transparency Act, Pearson provides a reasonable range of minimum compensation for roles that may be hired in Colorado. Actual compensation is influenced by a wide array of factors including but not limited to skill set, level of experience, and specific office location. For the state of Colorado only , the range of starting pay for this role is $65,000 - $75,000. This position is eligible to participate in an annual incentive program, and information on benefits offered is here.

Learning is the most powerful force for change in the world. More than 20,000 Pearson employees deliver our products and services in nearly 200 countries, all working towards a common purpose - to help everyone achieve their potential through learning. We do that by providing high quality, digital content and learning experiences, as well as assessments and qualifications that help people build their skills and grow with the world around them. We are the world's leading learning company. Learn more at

Pearson believes that wherever learning flourishes, so do people. We are committed to being an anti-racistcompany in everything we do. We value the power of an inclusive culture and a strong sense of belonging. We promote a culture where differences are embraced, opportunities are accessible, consideration and respect are the norm, and all individuals are supported in reaching their full potential. Through our talent, we believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion make us a more innovative and vibrant place to work. People are at the center, and we are committed to a sustainable environment and workplace where talent can learn, grow, and thrive.

To learn more about Pearson's commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce, please click here:

Pearson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and a member of E-Verify. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. All employment is decided based on qualifications, merit, and business need.All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other group protected by law.


Organization: Assessment & Qualifications

Schedule: FULL_TIME

Req ID: 3590
More Information on Pearson
Pearson operates in the Edtech industry. The company is located in Chandler, AZ, Iowa City, IA, Minneapolis, MN, Tupelo, MS, Concord, NH, Hoboken, NJ, Albuquerque, NM and San Antonio, TX. Pearson was founded in 1871. It has 29811 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 50 open jobs at Pearson, click here.
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