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10 Nov 2022

Compliance & Verification Manager (Defence)

The Opportunity:

Clarion is renowned for being entrepreneurial and flexible in our approach to focusing on our customers and ensuring we only deliver platforms of the highest quality within our markets. We also look to innovate and create new offerings to directly meet the ever evolving needs of our wide ranging customers.

The Defence & Security Portfolio has a series of market-leading events currently based in the UK, USA, Europe and Asia. These range from confex style events to large scale exhibitions. All are market leaders within their ‘space’ and the next 12 months will see us continue to expand and innovate both in new geographies and on new platforms.

A new addition to this portfolio is the US-based, SOF Week (previously SOFIC) who is held annually in May in Tampa, Florida. We have won the management contract to execute this event alongside an existing partner of ours, Global SOF Foundation. The event has been running for over 30 years and 2022 (when it was organised by another party) saw 16000 attendees and 600 exhibitors. This is the focal point of the US special forces calendar and supposedly has had a waiting list of over 300 companies year after year. We have won this contract by outlining exciting plans for maximising stand space and developing numerous new initiatives that focus back on the special forces community. We also currently run a European based event for this community alongside the GSOF Foundation. This role will cover both events.

With this new addition and also some exciting growth plans for the wider portfolio – now is an exciting time to be joining both this portfolio and Clarion Events.

The Candidate:

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Customer Operations Team for a Compliance & Verification Manager to work alongside the Security and Customer Experience Teams within the Clarion Defence & Security Portfolio of Exhibitions and Conferences. As part of the role, you may be required to travel to UK and International events.

As part of the Customer Operations Team, you will be required to implement export control compliance checks of all exhibiting companies across the CDSL portfolio of events in accordance with UK/UN/International regulations governing the global defence trade to ensure compliance breach free events.

The verification of all Individuals who register to attend the CDSL portfolio of events, in accordance with UK/UN/International regulations governing the global defence trade and the event admission policies.

You may also provide an onsite support function to the Security management team at exhibitions and conferences.

Key Responsibilities:

Exhibitor Compliance 

  • Assist in the design and manage the implementation of systems and policies to ensure group compliance with current UK export control legislation and firearms legislation.
  • Liaise with and maintain a close working relationship with the relevant, Police, Government departments and stakeholders to deliver breach free events across the CDSL portfolio. Monitor international & UK agencies such as United Nations, European Union, Economic Community of West African States, UK FCO, DIT and Home Office to identify issues or new legislation that could cause issues with visitor/exhibitor attendance.
  • Provide internal team briefs to highlight issues or new legislation that could impact visitor/exhibitor attendance and ensure event compliance with current UK export control legislation and firearms legislation.
  • Attend event specific planning meetings and provide senior management briefs on the progress and implementation of compliance planning and policies as required.
  • Manage the implementation a pre-event compliance assessment of all companies exhibiting across the CDSL portfolio of events in accordance with UK/UN/International regulations governing the global defence trade and local and firearms legislation, produce event specific RAG assessments for use during on-site compliance checks.
  • Coordinate with overseas exhibitors on the procedures for the import and export of prohibited goods and/or weapons.
  • Coordinating the documentation and listing of firearms pre-show and on-site where required.
  • Manage the onsite compliance process and checks on exhibiting companies across the CDSL portfolio of events, in accordance with UK/UN/International regulations governing the global defence trade.
  • Produce post event compliance reports ensuring that all relevant administration is completed to a high standard and in a timely manner

Visitor Verification

  • Assist with the development of software platforms and procedures used for the verification of all Individuals who register to attend the CDSL portfolio of events.
  • Manage and implement the pre-event verification of all Individuals registered to attend the CDSL portfolio of events in accordance with UK/UN/International regulations governing the global defence trade and the event admission policies.
  • Manage and implement the on-site verification of all Individuals who register to attend the CDSL portfolio of events in accordance with UK/UN/International regulations governing the global defence trade and the event admission policies.

General Security Tasks

  • When tasked, assist the Head of Security in the development and implementation of security plans and procedures for the CDSL portfolio of exhibitions and conferences commensurate with the event risk assessment and local conditions
  • Provide a security support function to the Head of Security at the CDSL portfolio of exhibitions and conferences.

Knowledge, Skills, Attitude and Behaviour:

  • Previous experience in a similar role preferred but not essential.
  • Previous event security experience preferred.
  • SIA License preferred.
  • A genuine team player that is collaborative in nature.
  • Strong sense of personal accountability.
  • Integrity, authenticity and honesty.
  • Good organisational skills and time management, Strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.

About Clarion Events

Clarion Events is one of the world’s leading event organisers, producing and delivering innovative and market-leading events since 1947. (https://clarionevents.com/welcome)

Clarion Events embrace diversity and equal opportunities in all that we do. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

Clarion is private equity backed and owned by Blackstone. Blackstone is one of the world’s leading global investment funds, investing capital for the long term in order to build successful, resilient businesses. (https://www.blackstone.com/)

Our purpose is to deliver exceptional customer outcomes and experiences, by making every connection count.

Our vision is we want every one of our products to be a market leader in customer satisfaction and delight.

To apply please contact Mike.oldknow@clarionevents.com

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