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Project Manager Education Events & Relations for Western Europe (100%)

The AO is a medically-guided, not-for-profit organisation, a global network of surgeons, and the world's leading education, innovation, and research organisation specializing in the surgical treatment of trauma and musculoskeletal disorders. We have a global network of over 385,000 health care professionals. Each year we offer over 830 educational events around the world, supported by nearly 9,000 faculty members and attended by over 58,000 participants. We have around 18,500 surgeon members working in the fields of trauma, spine, craniomaxillofacial, veterinary, and reconstructive surgery. For more information, visit:

AO Global Networks 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: 

Zizers, CH

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

The Team you will join:

You will be part of the new Global Networks Education Events & Relations team focusing on the Europe & Southern African region. 

In this role you will be required to

  • Plan and manage assigned Educational Events in line with AO’s Global Education Process and Educational Guidelines in close collaboration with local surgeon leadership
  • Support the Course Chairs in the development of scientific programs to meet the given deadlines (for e.g., compliance, CME, marketing)
  • Identify and invite Faculty and Speakers in close collaboration with the Course Chairs
  • Develop reliable working relationships with all involved stakeholders (local surgeons, faculty, event agency, AO Event Services, and industry partners) to enable strong engagement and buy-in to AO
  • Ensure highest educational quality and AO branding standards are achieved
  • Support Regional Managers and AO Controlling establishing and maintaining financial planning and control processes
  • Manage all assigned education events budgets with prudence
  • Ensure the monthly reporting and play an active role in maintaining the internal control systems

  • Manage educational grants and sponsorships for assigned events and countries
  • Develop local networks by engaging and building strong relationships with local surgeons to embrace the local environment and understand the local needs
  • Manage local AO governance, e.g., country councils organize governance meetings, support communications to national societies and associations

To master this challenge, you have

  • University or similar degree
  • At least five years of relevant experience in the medical or scientific field and/or experience with medical education
  • Experience in medical events/course organization would be an advantage
  • Excellent written and verbal English and French communication skills
  • Practice in establishing and implementing educational plans
  • Strong leadership, project management and communication skills
  • A proactive and service-oriented personality and consensus-oriented
  • The ability to manage strong personalities
  • A convincing personality who can negotiate and deal on all levels
  • A high stress resistance and resilience
  • The willingness to travel (up to 30-40%) in Western Europe

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:  Mar 7, 2023