On the road again! In yet another sign of an improving economy, a top-ranked investment bank and longtime Hired Guns client is stepping up its “road show” activity, and they’re looking for a stellar Road Show Coordinator to step in on a freelance basis to round out their team. What, you may ask, is a road show? Basically it’s a travelling presentation in which a team of investment bankers meet with clients all over the country to pitch them on the latest initial public offerings (IPOs) and other securities offerings. As you can imagine, complex multi-city meetings with highly demanding attendees and a requirement for flawless execution present a special kind of challenge. If you have the experience and temperament to take it on, you’ll be getting your foot in the door with a top firm. (This is a freelance/contract gig expected to last approximately six months.)
You’re a highly professional multi-tasker who pays tremendous attention to detail and knows how important it is to triple-check EVERYTHING. You’ve got around one to two years of career experience, which must include exposure to meeting, travel or event planning in financial services (banking, investment banking, insurance) or a similar industry (by which we mean similarly “corporate,” exacting, and professional). Experience planning and executing investment road shows would be ideal, but not required.
You’ve got a bachelors degree and the standard skillset (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access), but it’ll really come down to your superb organizational skills and shining personality. We want to see that you’re the consummate professional: an articulate and comfortable communicator, graceful under pressure (with the experience to prove it), diplomatic and confident with senior (and demanding) internal customers, hyper-organized and detail-oriented, and able to maintain a positive attitude regardless of what is going wrong.
As Road Show Coordinator, you’ll be setting up travel and meeting arrangements in multiple cities across the country and possibly abroad. Expect to multi-task constantly, juggling competing demands and putting out frequent fires. You’ll be working alongside an experienced road show manager on permanent staff who will show you the ropes, but you’ll still need to hit the ground running. Remember, this is investment banking, with lots of money in potential deals riding on the success of these presentations, so we need a can-do person who can keep all the balls in the air without losing his or her cool.
While the initial engagement is fulltime freelance, an exceptional performance could lead to a permanent hire down the road.
Think of this as a highly prestigious event-coordination boot camp where your abilities will be honed razor-sharp. Put this gig on your resume, and future employers will know you’re ready for anything!