• Highly organized, practical and customer service led individual to take ownership of recently relaunched Clipper Events and new brand SKIRR Adventures
  • For someone who thrives on the mixture of hands-on event delivery and commercial thinking
  • South coast HQ office [PO12 1FX]
  • Aimed at someone who leads a flexible lifestyle and is used to working outside the normal 9-5
  • Full time permanent role with a salary of £35,000 – £38,000 + commission


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Established in 1995, Clipper Ventures has grown significantly over the past 27 years, with a complementary range of sailing brands within its portfolio that supports pathways for recreational adventurers with no previous sailing experience through to professional seafarers.
Today, Clipper Ventures encompasses our flagship brand the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and our growing pillars; Clipper Events, SKIRR Adventures, Hamble School of Yachting and Clipper China.



Clipper Events is the UK’s premier provider of sailing teambuilding and hospitality, iconic fleet racing and experiential leadership and development training.

Specialists in big-boat sailing, Clipper Events offers competitive action on board fleets of record-breaking Clipper 68 and Clipper 70 yachts. Each event is led by proven, highly experienced professional skippers and crew for industry leading sailing race experiences, team development and corporate sailing hospitality events. Whether competing in iconic industry yacht races against household names or using Clipper Events as a platform for learning and development goals, team building events, for private use, there is a programme of exhilarating sailing regardless of if you are an experienced yachtsperson or have limited sailing experience.


SKIRR Adventures

SKIRR Adventures, offers ‘high-latitude’ sailing expeditions to the Arctic Circle. These exploration sailing voyages are inspired by Founder Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s sailing trip with fellow explorer Chris Bonington to Greenland’s uninhabited southernmost tip, where they climbed the mountains around Cape Farewell and explored the East Coast pack ice. Whilst there, Sir Robin vowed to return to the High Latitudes and Arctic Ocean to bring the exhilaration of expedition sailing to people of all walks of life. Since the outset, each mission has had one goal: to explore over land and water the most isolated and rarely seen part of the globe under the power of the elements and human endeavour.


Clipper Ventures is looking for an experienced Business and Event Manager to to lead Clipper Events and SKIRR Adventures.

This role will be responsible for end-to-end development and management of the busy Clipper Events and SKIRR Adventures programmes. A unique skill combination of hands-on event delivery and commercial thinking is needed to balance the varied responsibilities of the role. The Events Manager works within a wider Partnerships and Events team and reports to the Managing Director

This role will require working varied hours, including the occasional weekend and predominantly UK based at Clipper Race’ HQ office [PO12 1FX], with some travel for events.

Key responsibilities [across Clipper Events and SKIRR Adventures]:

Target and generate new business / clients / customers

Develop new Clipper Events and SKIRR Adventures product offerings

Targeted advertising in conjunction with MARCOMMS team

End to end management of enquiries and events, which may include;

  • Tracking and responding to new enquiries
  • Creating proposals, joining instructions and other collateral as/when needed
  • Manage booking and payment process
  • Onboarding of customers/clients
  • Plan and deliver events.
  • Evaluate, review and share events
  • Build Trustpilot review platform
  • Adapt and refine internal processes

Lead on flagship Clipper Events such as Fastnet and the Knox-Johnston Cup

Communications with stakeholders / audience

Maintain and develop

Creating and distribution of regular newsletters

Social media strategy in conjunction with MAR-COMMS teams

Review, improve and maintain processes within Clipper Events and SKIRR Adventures operations


  • You have the unique skill combination of practical event delivery and commercial awareness.
  • You communicate clearly. You speak in an engaging way and are comfortable speaking in public
  • You have an entrepreneurial spirit, always looking to develop ideas and business
  • You thrive in a fast-paced environment – comfortable with an element of unpredictability, navigating and managing change, making smart decisions on the run and guiding the team and client to the best possible outcome.
  • You are extremely organised, have a can-do, positive, dynamic attitude and hungry to achieve in an organisation where every day is different.
  • You enjoy being outdoors and experiencing all the elements, as well as operating in varying environments and cultures.
  • You’re natural at building rapport with just about anyone at any level in an organisation with a proven ability to build and maintain strong working relationships with clients and colleagues.
  • You are detail orientated, you stay focused, and nothing gets missed.
  • You are hardworking and due to the type of events ready to work outside of the usual 9 to 5 environment.
  • You pride yourself on your customer service skills
  • You thrive on working on multiple projects at any one time and can work at pace.
  • You are patient, level-headed and cool under pressure.
  • You currently live, or are willing to relocate to, within a commutable distance to our Gosport, Hampshire HQ.

You will also need to have:

  • At least 3 years’ relevant experience in a Event Management role ideally within sport/entertainment, or customer service led events.
  • Expertise in event planning, delivery and evaluation, communications and managing financial processes/budgets.
  • Project management experience, with the ability to manage your own time.
  • A degree qualification or equivalent relevant experience.
  • Competent in Microsoft 365, CRM systems and digital platforms. Knowledge of Adobe suite beneficial.
  • Valid unrestricted passport.
  • An understanding and commitment to equal opportunities in employment and sport.
  • An understanding of individual responsibility in complying with the Health and Safety policies and arrangements.
  • No sailing experience necessary, however a general understanding of boats and marinas may be useful.
  • Right to work in the UK


  • £35,000 – £38,000 dependent on experience
  • 25 days annual leave plus statutory bank holidays +1 Volunteer day
  • Clipper Race Level 1 sail training course
  • Private Health Insurance [subject to conditions]
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Company pension scheme
  • Travel subsistence
  • Company phone and laptop

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Posted on

2 October 2023