Event Career Guides: The senior staffing manager

Event Student Hub uncovers the multitude of jobs in the events industry so you don't have to. We speak to Purity Staffing's Kirsty Stillwell about her role as senior staffing manager.

Kirsty Stillwell started out as a brand ambassador at Purity Staffing
Kirsty Stillwell started out as a brand ambassador at Purity Staffing

Name: Kirsty Stillwell

Job role: Senior staffing manager

Company: Purity Staffing – the staffing division of brand experience agency, Purity

Starting salary: £30,000+

What was your background before joining the company? I initially trained in acting and musical theatre and found promotional work to be a great way of supporting myself through auditions and castings.

I started out as a brand ambassador and progressed into an event manager, which I really enjoyed, so I joined Purity where I felt I could build on my experience to create a career.

How did you secure your job? How long was the interview process? I approached Purity wanting join the team as a project executive. I was invited to two interviews and offered a trial role supporting a project manager on a large-scale campaign for Samsung. The campaign and the trial went really well and I was promoted to staffing manager and then senior staffing manager within a year.

What is your remit at the business? What are you expected to manage? My role crosses over with account management, talent management, new business and payroll.

I am really fortunate to have an extremely varied job. I can be organising a recruitment day, be onsite for a live campaign and in the boardroom pitching to a client all in the same week. It’s always interesting and certainly never boring.

What are your working hours? Normally 9am – 5:30pm but my phone is on 24/7 and it isn’t uncommon to respond to emails anytime.

Who do you work closely with? Everyone! It is important to have a good working relationship not only with the staffing team but also the Purity account team and, of course, the client.

Staffing is a 360-degree operation – every single cog needs to have equal value in order to deliver a successful campaign.

What do you love about your job? Securing and delivering exciting campaigns, innovating ideas for clients and making things happen. There’s no greater satisfaction than seeing an idea being born and the whole process through from beginning to end.

The job is hard work but it is also hugely rewarding and at Purity the commitment that I put in has been rewarded with fast track career progression that makes it all worthwhile.

A high point last year was Purity winning the Event Supplier of the Year Award for staffing, crewing and security. It was fantastic to get industry recognition for all our hard work.

What are the challenges of the job? The greatest challenge is probably the thing that also makes the job so rewarding. It is finding the passion and enthusiasm in every single campaign and making sure that it is understood and shared by every person involved in the process.  

If we have the passion we’ll pass it onto the consumer and that, at the end of the day, is what it’s all about.

More: How to create a great workplace: Purity Staffing

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