Farnborough International Airshow Project Manager (Fixed Term)

Orbis UK
£35,000 - £38,000
Closing date: 25 September 2019
Job Type: Paid
Location: London - near Monument station
Orbis UK seeks a proven, creative and passionate Project Manager who is an excellent communicator, planner, and team member to support Orbis to deliver a successful global partnership with Farnborough International Airshow in July 2020.

About Orbis UK

Orbis is an international eye care charity that prevents and treats avoidable blindness and visual impairment.


Of the 253 million people in the world who are blind or visually impaired, 75% have conditions that are preventable or treatable. We screen for and treat eye conditions, raise awareness about eye health, and train and mentor local eye care teams in Africa, Asia and Latin America, where most of those people live.

We do this through our long-term programmes as well as on the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital, a state-of-the-art ophthalmic teaching hospital on board a customised aircraft.

You will be joining Orbis UK at an exciting time as we have rapidly grown over the past few years, with our income increasing from under £3M in 2010 to over £8M in 2017.

About the role

Orbis UK seeks a proven, creative and passionate project manager who is an excellent communicator, planner, and team member to support Orbis to deliver a successful global partnership with Farnborough International Airshow in July 2020. 


In 2016 Orbis launched the third generation of its Flying Eye Hospital, and the aircraft visited the UK in March 2017 to a very positive response from supporters and the media. We are excited to be bringing the aircraft back to the UK as the official charity of the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) in July 2020. We are seeking an excellent Project Manager to coordinate efforts across our global team to ensure we leverage this opportunity to increase our brand awareness, supporter engagement and income from the aviation sector. 


Title:                Farnborough International Airshow Project Manager 

Department:   Fundraising & Communications 

Reports to:     Head of Partnerships, Orbis UK 

Location:        London, UK (near Monument) 

Contract:        Full time, 37.5 hours per week until end of September 2020

Salary:            £35,000 - £38,000 annual salary (depending on experience) 


The main responsibilities of this role include:

  • Project manage a global team across Orbis UK and Orbis International involved in the Farnborough International Airshow partnership to ensure that objectives are met
  • Lead on the development and delivery of the Airshow event plan, anticipating and planning events and tours to accommodate needs of VIP donors and guests, over the five days of the Flying Eye Hospital’s presence at the Airshow. 
  • Liaise with colleagues in the Fundraising & Communications team to develop digital and printed collateral and provide support for media engagement in line with the communications plan.
  • Provide excellent relationship management to the FIA team, third party organisations and current and prospective donors as well as international colleagues. 
  • Develop an evaluation framework and complete a full project review to document approach, experience and learnings for future reference. 

Full details of the job description can be downloaded from our website:


Benefits of working for Orbis UK

Before completion of probation:

  • 22 days holiday plus three days between Christmas and New Year
  • Life Assurance
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • E-learning Courses
  • Social Activities
  • Access to low cost gym within the building


After completion of probation:

  • Matched employer pension contribution up to a maximum of 10% of basic salary
  • Flexi-time
  • Interest free season ticket loan

Application and interviews

Closing Date:              Wednesday 25th September

First Interviews:         Thursday 3rd October

Second Interviews:     Friday 11th October

Start Date:                   ASAP

All applicants must have the legal right to live and work in the UK. Successful applicants may be subject to an enhanced DBS check. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to reply to all applications, so if you haven’t heard from us by Monday 30 September, your application has not been successful.

Orbis UK is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from any suitably qualified persons. We will ensure that no job applicant receives less favorable treatment either directly or indirectly, on the grounds of age, race, disability, gender, marital status, religion or faith or sexual orientation.


Region: London and the southeast
Location: London - near Monument station
Sector: Fundraising

Application notes

Application is via curriculum vitae and covering letter, to HR Manager, Orbis UK, 10 Lower Thames Street, London EC3R 6AF or by email to [email protected]

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