Job Description

Organization: Corporate Functions/Geographic Services 
Location: Chicago, IL
 
Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions — underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network — Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With 469,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.
 
People in the Corporate Function career track contribute to the running of Accenture as a high- performance business through specialization within a specific functional area, and grow into internally focused roles by deepening their skills and/or developing new skills within an internal functional area.
 
Job Description:
 
The Workplace Event Planner – Chicago Innovation Hub is responsible for planning and executing meetings and events at the Chicago Innovation Hub. The role coordinates event delivery and post-event facilitation, technology-related support, compliance and reporting.  The role operates as part of the broader Workplace Chicago Office & Event Services (OES) team and will also assist in supporting OES functions across Chicago Metro locations as needed.
 
Key responsibilities include:
  • Coordinate the provision of meeting planning services/support, manage budgets, invoice reconciliation and payments
  • Support execution of delivery in line with the overall strategy
  • Use technology to manage the planning processes for meeting, including meeting registrations, approvals, budget and actual spend, calendars, meeting logistics, attendee registrations etc.
  • Ensure support for assigned events and completion of procurement processes like deposits, purchase orders, billing and final reconciliation
  • Establish relationships with internal (cross-functional) groups to ensure consistent delivery of service and resolve all escalations related to events appropriately
  • Manage relationships and contracts with service providers to deliver value-added services and competitive costs
  • Identify and screen potential new suppliers and services and manage the process cost effectively
  • Keep knowledge base updated on supplier and sourcing trends and apply new approaches as appropriate
  • Monitor and manage compliance with existing policy and recommend changes to align with changing business needs
  • Provides support to communicate policy to Accenture personnel and external suppliers

Role Requirements:

  • Overtime may be required periodically
  • Flexibility with work schedule may be required periodically (i.e. supporting after-hours meetings & events)


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Qualifications

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 2 years of meeting planning experience in a hospitality or professional setting
  • Minimum of 2 years planning and executing high-end internal and/or external client/customer-facing events

Preferred Qualifications:

  • College degree preferred
  • Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) Certification preferred
  • Advanced knowledge of MS Outlook
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of MS Office (word/excel/PowerPoint)

Professional Skills:

  • Critical thinking skills
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills
  • Ability to take ownership and make decisions independent of customer involvement (proactive)
  • Proven ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral)
  • Excellent organizational, multi—tasking and time management skills
  • Highly responsive, flexible and adaptable
  • Proactive thinker/action taker
  • Passionate about customer service
  • High level of professionalism
  • Ability to work with highly confidential material and maintain confidentiality
  • Comfortable with technology and social media (advanced skills a plus)
  • Seeks out challenges and opportunities to grow
  • Business partner attitude and approach
  • Demonstrated leadership in professional setting; either military or civilian

  • Demonstrated teamwork and collaboration in a professional setting; either military or civilian

 
Applicants for employment in the US must have work authorization that does not now or in the future require sponsorship of a visa for employment authorization in the United States and with Accenture. 
 
Candidates who are currently employed by a client of Accenture or an affiliated Accenture business may not be eligible for consideration.
 
Accenture is an EEO and Affirmative Action Employer of Females/Minorities/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.
 
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Job candidates will not be obligated to disclose sealed or expunged records of conviction or arrest as part of the hiring process.
 
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Job candidates will not be obligated to disclose sealed or expunged records of conviction or arrest as part of the hiring process.

Accenture is committed to providing veteran employment opportunities to our service men and women.

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