Jess Willis

Event Producer, Marketing Manager, Digital Strategist

Level
Mid Level
Location
London, United Kingdom
Availability
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Projects

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About me

Project management specialist who has a great passion and drive for the events and marketing industry, specifically in production, digital, and creative projects; having worked in experiential, entertainment, service, and corporate industries. Lives for creating experiences, project to project. Throughout my career, I've spanned many roles in both a freelance and full-time capacity that cover, - Marketing Management - Digital Marketing - Marketing Design - Strategic Marketing - Event Production - Event Management - Event Design - Brand Management - Brand Design and Identity - Business Development After seven years in the industry, I have built up a portfolio that very much reflects all of this, encouraging me to only challenge myself further, build on this experience, and work with companies where I can not only contribute my acquired skills but assist with future organizational development. My last full-time role was with an event production house, in a marketing and event production position in New York City. I have since taken to freelance work in London, working in strategic and digital marketing for clients in service, charity, and creative sectors.

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Skills

  • Marketing
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Event Management
  • Event Coordination
  • Events Production
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Sales
  • Sales Marketing
  • Project Management
  • Creative Projects
  • Consultancy
  • Production Management

People I’ve worked with

Companies I’ve worked with

  • Unity & Motion

    Unity & Motion

    • Film
  • Johny Dar

    Johny Dar

    • Arts and Culture
  • N

    New Zealand Fashion Week

    • The Good The Bad & The Mad

      The Good The Bad & The Mad

      • Performing Arts

    Work history

    Currently

    Marketing Manager

    Unity & Motion

    Jul 2020
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Freelance
    • Unity & Motion are a full-service production company providing content strategy and end to end content production for global brands. Clients include; Chanel, Harrods, Rosewood London, Reebok, Tesco, Heathrow, European Space Agency and English Heritage. We have just launched UNIFY Creative (www.weunify.co.uk) to take action on the challenges the UK Creative Industry is facing and has been facing for a long time. We are launching a series of online forums to create lasting positive change in the industry, unifying the most influential people in the industry to communicate and discuss ways to move forward. Day to day, my role spans events, marketing, digital, and social for both Unity & Motion and UNIFY Creative where I play a key role in managing our social channels, as well as spending time assisting with the development of events and partnerships in the creative sector; both now and in the future as we increase brand awareness and our reputation in key sectors.

    Currently

    Digital Marketing Manager

    Johny Dar

    Apr 2020
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Freelance
    • Jeans For Refugees is a unique art and fashion collection by Johny Dar, dedicated to supporting refugees worldwide. The initiative is simple: Celebrities donate their jeans. Johny Dar paints them. The Jeans For Refugees are exhibited and sold to raise funds for the International Rescue Committee. As Digital Marketing Manager, I lead digital strategy, optimization, and technique in social, email, and online. I contribute toward increased brand awareness, voice, and alignment alongside other business strategies, both online and offline.

    Currently

    Strategic Marketing Manager

    Elderly Assist & Moving Assist Ltd

    Jan 2014
    • Auckland, New Zealand
    • Freelance
    • Let Us Assist Ltd is a company that works out of the Auckland Region as a moving, assistance, and consultancy service for both elderly and adults alike. They take the stress out of moving house, selling possessions and clutter busting as a client prepares to move home or just downsize. They work closely with real estate agents, rest homes, lawyers, and elder communities within the Auckland area. I have worked with the team for many years, leading the marketing and strategy behind digital media, print media, and paid search - building the company up, exploring potential opportunities, and pivoting off of current positioning.

    2020

    Marketing and Production Manager

    Oxygen Eventworks

    Jan 2018 - Feb 2020
    • New York, United States
    • Full Time
    • Oxygen is one of the leading full-service event production companies in New York City. Handling all kinds of production needs including lighting, sound, video and staging for events of all sizes in all types of spaces. The team combines the latest in technology with over 20 years of experience to achieve stress-free, chic, modern, and creative environments. Moving up from the initial intern role to a more senior position, I began producing my own events, managing my own client accounts and relationships as well as leading areas of business opportunity and development. Marketing wise, I led the overall design, strategy, and execution of digital, social, and traditional forms of media campaigns; leading a small team. Event accounts included Reebok, Champion, Equinox, Spotify, Ralph Lauren, Maybelline, The NY Knicks, The North Face, Delta Airlines, Air BNB, COS, AWAY Travel, MAC Cosmetics, the Guggenheim, Daybreaker, Longines Masters and more.

    2017

    Events and Community Manager

    Fresh Concept

    Oct 2017 - Dec 2017
    • Auckland, New Zealand
    • Freelance
    • Fresh Concept is an Auckland-based company specialising in creative solutions and treatments of space through design, installation and placemaking. This was a creative community role where my main duties involved supporting the event managers in the team by helping to develop event collateral, plans and H+S plans. As well as bespoke tasks, contributing to programming and creativity (and drafting planning or other materials to go with). I also assisted with social media content, creativity, plans, and management and website copy. A lot of the job also meant helping with onsite event support for several community events at Silo Park, Parnell's Heard Park, and Panmure.

    2017

    Event and Talent Assistant

    J&A Productions

    Sep 2017 - Nov 2017
    • Auckland, New Zealand
    • Internship
    • J&A Productions specialize in sponsorship and event activation; and are particularly known in the NZ industry as award show specialists. During this internship with them I worked closely alongside the event manager(s) completing administrative, talent coordination, volunteer management, and office management work, as well as on-site managing and show support during several events; including the Big Screen Symposium, Vodafone Music Awards and NZ TV Awards.

    2017

    Event Production Assistant

    Splore Festival

    Oct 2016 - Feb 2017
    • Auckland, New Zealand
    • Internship
    • Splore is a three-day music and arts festival staged annually on the shores of Tapapakanga Regional Park in Auckland, New Zealand Throughout the three days an eclectic lineup of musical artists from New Zealand and abroad plays the multiple festival stages. Performing arts, installations, workshops and forums flower across the site. This internship included working with the Splore event team, and closely with the event producer. My intern role included a variety of admin assistance, marketing and website assistance such as designing and writing up mailouts, updating and entering website content and putting together various Splore acts/artist material.

    2017

    Events and Marketing Manager

    New Zealand Fashion Week

    Jul 2016 - Oct 2017
    • Auckland, New Zealand
    • Freelance
    • The Designer Pop-Up Sale is one of Auckland’s greatest shopping experiences during NZFW. Bringing together many of our New Zealand leading labels into one sale. My duties involved designer liaising, pitching to designers, web design, marketing, and social media management, content creation, collateral organizing, interviewing designers, forming of media packs, and media blogging on the companies website.

    2017

    Events and Marketing Assistant

    UXBRIDGE Arts + Culture

    Jun 2014 - Oct 2017
    • Auckland, New Zealand
    • Part Time
    • UXBRIDGE Arts & Culture delivers classes & workshops, theatre productions, community events, music events, and several exhibitions in their contemporary art space. This job initially started as a customer services role where I was solely in charge of event and class bookings and inquiries, hire and conference inquiries, and admin work in the office. The role then progressed to where I worked with events and programme manager as well as other managers in the office completing admin work, volunteer and staff recruiting, bookings and sales, event management, and hosting of day trips and tours. I also looked after council funding applications and evaluations, artist/tutor/contractor liaising, general marketing, social media marketing.

    Education

    2017

    Bachelor of Arts (BA)

    Auckland University of Technology

    Mar 2015 - Nov 2017
    • Auckland, New Zealand
    • - Bachelor of Arts Degree in Event Management - Communications Minor in Public Relations - Business Minor in Market Insights

    Awards

    2018

    AUT Internz Scholarship

    Auckland University of Technology

    • All expenses paid scholarship covering VISA, airfares, initial accommodation and start up costs to work and live in New York City for a year.

    2017

    Hong Kong Study Tour Scholarship

    Auckland University of Technology

    • All expenses paid trip to Hong Kong with my university to see, experience and ‘do’ Hong Kong for two weeks thanks to Hong Kong Tourism, and Hong Kong Airlines.