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Conference Sales Coordinator (12 Month Fixed-Term Contract)

Job Introduction

The Diabetes UK Conference team works to deliver a leading annual healthcare professional conference which educates attendees on the latest developments and research in the field of diabetes. In addition, the team supports the delivery of 3 smaller external facing conferences each year (Renal, Pregnancy, Type 1 and Tech).  This post will work closely with the Senior Commercial Conference Manager to maximise income across the conferences.  In particular developing and selling the Exhibition offer to corporates (predominantly in the pharmaceutical field).  The role will also have responsibility for some smaller sponsorship relationships, and ‘contra’ sales relationships.  The postholder will work closely with the Sponsorship and Exhibition Organiser, who has responsibility for implementing the operational delivery of all contracted packages to a high standard.

We have a brilliant and inclusive working environment here at Diabetes UK and are proud of our ‘Connected Working’ framework which allows great flexibility in the way that we work. This means that you can balance your working time between home and the office, subject to the needs of your role of course.  We do not dictate the number of days you have to attend the office.

Interview Dates: 2 and 3 September 2022

Please note that all job offers are subject to you providing acceptable evidence of your eligibility to work in the UK.  You might find the following resources useful:

  • To view a full list of accepted documents and the checks employers are required to make click here
  • To view guidance on proving your right to work to an employer click here


If you have any questions, please contact HRAdvice@diabetes.org.uk   

Role Responsibility

The Conference Sales Coordinator will act as the primary contact for a broad range of corporates, selling exhibition packages, smaller sponsorship packages, and contra packages. You will work with the Senior Commercial Conference Manager to deliverer growth in income across all conferences, supporting high-value sponsorship relationships where appropriate. You will enjoy prospecting and developing relationships with corporates new to Diabetes UK – supporting growth in income as well as working closely and flexibly with other members of the Conferences Team to ensure that all corporate opportunities are delivered to a high standard. This is an exciting opportunity to work on a large scale healthcare conference that is award winning and respected in the association/not for profit conference sector.

The Ideal Candidate

As our Conference Sales Coordinator, you will demonstrate excellent sales and negotiation skills and an ability to build and manage professional and effective relationships with corporate partners and key suppliers. You will foster trust and respect in relationships by demonstrating confidence, knowledge and experience of working on large scale events with the pharmaceutical industry. You will provide a high level of customer service to corporate contacts while managing a complex workload across multiple conferences with different timescales. We look forward to welcoming a self-motivated team player to the conference team as we move into an exciting but changing conference landscape

Package Description

What we can offer you: 

  • Generous annual leave starting at 25 days plus bank holidays 
  • A Cash Healthcare Plan (giving you up to £1,500 towards a range of out of pocket health expenses like new glasses, dentist, chiropractor or osteopath appointments
  • Early finish Friday and flexible working as part of our approach to activity based working
  • Discounts on gym membership
  • Employee assistance programme to give you support on any issues that come up in life  
  • Annual season ticket loan* (on completion of your probation period and if contract is permanent or longer than 12 months)
  • Very active social scene including sport teams, gardening and other activities 
  • Generous pension provision, life assurance and income protection insurance
  • Cycle to work scheme* (eligible for scheme if contract is permanent or longer than 12 months)

*Some benefits aren't available until you've passed your probation period and are dependent on the length of contract.

About the Company

For nearly 5 million people with diabetes in the UK, there’s no day off. At Diabetes UK, we fight day in, day out for better care, treatment and support. We won’t stop until diabetes can do no harm.

With more people than ever living with diabetes and millions more at risk of developing type 2, our work has never been more needed. We make sure they get the care and support needed to live well with diabetes and avoid devastating complications.

We fund critical research, which has led to life-changing discoveries – like the first insulin pen and programmes to put type 2 diabetes into remission. Now, we want to do this for everyone and find a cure.

We can’t do any of this without you. Our staff are passionate and determined about helping everyone affected by diabetes. For over 85 years, they’ve been behind vital policy changes, as well as new treatments and technologies to make living with diabetes easier every day.

But there’s more to do. And you can be part of it.

We’re a really diverse bunch and we recognise and respect your value as an individual. As well as helping people with diabetes, you’ll be part of one of the top 30 Best UK Charities to Work For, and one of the top 75 Best Large Companies in London.

We’re committed to protecting and promoting the welfare of children and adults at risk, and we need our staff and volunteers to support this.

Our vision is a world where diabetes can do no harm. Join us today, and together, we can make that a reality.

To find out more about what we do, check out our website.


Diabetes UK


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