Manager Global Networks Education Events & Relations for the Region Europe and Southern Africa

The AO is a medically-guided, not-for-profit organization, a global network of surgeons, and the world's leading education, innovation, and research organization specializing in the surgical treatment of trauma and musculoskeletal disorders. We have a global network of more than 460,000 health care professionals in 160 countries. Each year we offer 800 educational events around the world, supported by over 7,000 faculty members and attended by over 98,000 participants. We have over 18,000 surgeon members working in the fields of trauma, spine, craniomaxillofacial, veterinary, and reconstructive surgery. For more information, visit:

AO Global Networks (GN) comprises our clinical specialties of trauma, spine, craniomaxillofacial, veterinary and reconstructive surgery, facilitating the effective sharing of functional best practice and expertise across our clinical areas. We develop world-leading experts through our best-in-class educational events and state-of-the-art research, enabling us to respond to changing clinical needs and improve patient outcomes.

Employment Type:  Permanent
Part-time percentage:  100%
This position is located in: 

Davos Platz, CH

Experience level:  Experienced professional
Please send us your application documents in:  English or German

In this role you will be required to

Key Responsibilities

  • Define and implement the regional strategy for event delivery which is in line with the global strategy
  • Manage the regional Education Events & Relations team, monitor team activities and progresses, identify / escalate issues, develop solutions - Facilitate smooth and seamless collaboration of the entire delivery team in the region
  • Ensure the appropriate implementation of the operating model in the region adhering to the standard processes such as the Global Education Process
  • Monitor and manage regional budget and adhere to financial targets
  • Contribute to develop global solutions for the key event delivery systems to foster improvements in the region and ensure efficient use within the delivery team and the whole organization
  • Manage regional key stakeholders such as surgeons acting as course chairs and on boards
  • Ensure compliance with laws and regulations in the region
  • Annual budget planning for the events in the region as part of AOs yearly budgeting cycle
  • Close collaboration with regional partners in order to foster smooth operations in the region
  • Plan of educational activities in the region based on the standard process (Annual Needs Assessment)


Clinical Specialty Management

  • Orchestrating the Regional Board of one or more clinical specialties and country councils ensuring that the educational event planning process runs efficiently to create accurate results in line with the strategic

Accountable for

  • Regional budget
  • Total number of planned events in the region

To master this challenge, you have

Educational requirements

  • University Master or bachelor's degree in business, science, medicine or similar

Job experience

  • At least 10 years professional experience managing KOL
  • Minimum 7 years of people management experience or relevant leadership experience
  • Proven experience in driving positive social impact through targeted and effective network development
  • Experience in medical events/course organization would be an advantage


Key skills

  • Proven leadership skills and the ability to manage, motivate and inspire a diverse team
  • Significant professional management experience in a regional function
  • Ability to establish and implement a strategic plan
  • Proficient diplomacy, leadership and communication skills
  • Knowledge of continuing professional development principles and instructional design
  • Strong coaching and facilitations skills
  • High level of project and program management skills
  • Good understanding of medical environment and priorities
  • Good understanding of laws and regulations impacting the activity
  • Strong management and interpersonal skills


Language skills

  • Fluent written and verbal English, other regional relevant languages are a plus

We offer

  • An interesting and varied job in an exciting and innovative organization
  • The opportunity to be part of a highly committed international team
  • Modern infrastructure
  • Employment conditions which match the requirements and offer a high degree of flexibility regarding working hours and location

If you meet the requirements of this challenging opportunity, please submit your complete online application (motivation letter, CV, recent photograph, certificates, reference letters, etc) through our online application system.

Date of publication:  Feb 3, 2023