The Behavioural Insights Team

Head of Events & Project Manager of Behavioural Exchange 2019 (FTC)

Fixed term contract until Sept 2019, immediate start preferable

39 hours per week

Based in Westminster

The Behavioural Insights Team is looking to appoint a Head of Events to lead a growing portfolio of events, both at BIT and in collaboration with other organisations. The main focus of the role will be organising the 2019 Behavioural Exchange Conference (BX2019) in London, which will be attended by c.1,000 people.

This post will work closely with BIT’s Head of Communications as well as people from across the Behavioural Insights Team’s policy teams and overseas offices.

About the Behavioural Insights Team

The then Prime Minister created BIT in 2010 to apply behavioural science to public policy in the UK. In February 2014 we became a social purpose company, owned by the Cabinet Office, Nesta (an innovation charity) and our employees.

BIT works with governments around the world in almost every area of policy. Whilst the subject and output of our projects varies considerably, there are common threads: we try to understand the contexts in which people make decisions; we notice small details; we find out what has and hasn’t worked before; we come up with innovative ideas for solving policy problems and we measure everything we do as robustly as we can.

As well as displaying professional excellence, BIT selects staff on the basis of our company values: always prioritising social impact; empiricism and humility; fresh thinking, collaboration; and public service.

About the Behavioural Exchange Conference

The Behavioural Exchange conference is the largest gathering of academics and policymakers working on Behavioural Insights and Behavioural Economics in the world. Last in London in 2015, it was hosted by Harvard University in 2016, Singapore in 2017, and in Australia in 2018.

The conference brings together people from governments around the world who are working to tackle some of the most challenging problems facing society, as well as leading and emerging academics from a wide variety of fields. The 2015 conference featured talks by 2 Nobel Prize winners, Government Ministers and practitioners from around the world.

In 2019, we’re aiming to run the best – and biggest – BX yet, with 1,000 participants, and a particular focus on interactivity and cutting edge research.

Role and Responsibilities

BX2019 will require input from across the organisation, many of whom will get involved in curating panels and sessions at the conference so a key part of the role will be to help manage these inputs. You will also project manage and coordinate the many suppliers, content, and speakers, who will participate or help to facilitate the smooth running of the conference. In addition, a key part of the role will be to proactively identify and convert sponsorship opportunities for the conference.

Alongside this, you will help manage and promote BIT’s other events, including BIT’s growing range of external training, seminar series and occasional evening events (e.g. book launches). However, the post holder will be given substantial freedom to be creative in the role, we welcome candidates with their own ideas for events that, together with our communications team, help boost BIT’s profile.

For BX2019 you will be responsible for:

  • Developing an events strategy and have responsibility for its execution (with a specific focus on BX2019);

  • Planning, managing and delivering events to the highest standard from start to finish and meeting their objectives of quality and cost effectiveness;

  • Managing the budget for the conference with support from BIT’s finance team;

  • Setting and hitting income targets for the conference through a combination of ticket sales and sponsorship;

  • Full management of event logistics;

  • Identifying, appointing and managing external stakeholders;

  • Working with the team to develop all event materials, physical and digital;

  • Leading work to identify potential sponsors, develop proposals and negotiate contract terms;

  • Producing comprehensive event briefings for speakers and team;

  • Working with the team to identify prospective speakers and audiences for their events;

  • Being responsible for venue and supplier contract negotiation and management;

  • Line managing volunteers where required;

  • Working with the rest of the team to develop and implement a marketing plan for events; and

  • Ensuring efficient processes exist for ticket sales, paying expenses and invoices.

You will also be responsible for:

  • Coordinating and managing the growing range of external training events hosted by the Behavioural Insights Team (e.g. BIT Policy School); and

  • Curating and supporting the BIT seminar programme.


  • Professional and articulate

  • A proven track record of managing and delivering successful national and ideally international events, measured in terms of attendance, budgets and sponsorship

  • Evidence of working with events committees and managing suppliers to deliver events

  • Experience of drawing up and managing third-party contracts for events

  • Excellent problem-solving skills with a proactive approach and mindset

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal

  • Strong time management and task prioritisation skills

  • Evidence of working with a team and Board members

  • Meticulous attention to detail

  • Proactive and able to take ownership of events

  • Strong project management and organisational skills

Please note:

  • If you do not already hold the right to work in the UK and/or require sponsorship in order to continue working here, you should think carefully before applying. This is because we will be unable to sponsor you unless there is no other suitably qualified settled worker available to fill the role or your current immigration status means that the resident labour market test will not apply in your case.

  • To find out more about the organisation and the type of people who work in the team visit:

  • The Behavioural Insights Team is committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and is determined to ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, age, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation, marital status, or race, or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be justifiable.

Role posted - 2018-08-10T11:11:08Z 12:11pm, 10th Aug 2018 BST