We are on the hunt for a UK Fair Operations Manager to work with an International Art Fair Group in London. 

This is a dynamic and practical role predominantly focused on managing contractor and supplier relationships and guaranteeing an exceptional visitor experience, along with administration required to run a successful public-facing event. Reporting to the Fair Director and currently working across four UK fairs, this role requires a high level of organisation and the ability to work under pressure in a team environment. Creative thinking is essential in order to keep the events feeling fresh, and to give a high level of customer satisfaction and a high-quality experience. Whilst the core role is focused on fair logistics, the Operations Manager has influence across fair development, and therefore the ability to think laterally, holistically and analytically is essential, with a sustainable business in mind.

This position is a maternity cover role, with the potential to stay on after the end of the contract.

Role Responsibilities

Line managing the Fair Operations Coordinator

Gallery logistics and sales management, including preparing exhibitor packs, selling stand extras

Providing excellent customer service to visitors and galleries

Liaising with galleries on all relevant matters

Creating evaluation documents in collaboration with colleagues

Liaising with key suppliers and contractors in preparation for fairs and on site.

Developing and managing timelines, production schedules, and improvement plans for all operational aspects of the fair including build-up, snagging, and breakdown.

Overseeing the ordering of all stock and supplies

Overseeing recruitment and management of temporary fair assistants

Ensuring all documentation and licensing is up to date and in place, writing and reviewing management plans, risk assessment and health & safety documentation, instigating changes where necessary and ensuring implementation on site.

Working closely with designers and the Fair Director to ensure all signage and banners are effectively, designed, produced, and installed.

Taking responsibility for logistics and customer experience for private and late views including staff and catering

Producing financial reports in liaison with the finance team on production and operations for each fair as required, taking responsibility for budget lines and ensuring all costs and income are accounted for.

Additional administration as required.

Person Specification

Previous experience working on art fairs, trade shows, or large scale events is imperative

Experience working with a wide variety of stakeholders in a professional and timely manner

Connections with major vendors and suppliers in London is desirable

3+ years experience working in the arts


Salary up to £35,000 pro rata for 9 months

Looking to hire ASAP


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