Operations Manager

  • IMG Canada Ltd.
  • Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Jun 11, 2018
Full time Event Management Festivals Operations Special Events

Job Description

IMG Canada is looking for an Operations Manager, Culinary to oversee the operational elements of some events run by Culinary, to assist on all Culinary events. These events currently include the Tastemaker Tour.

About Taste
Taste Festivals, an IMG Event, is considered the world’s greatest restaurant festival. The festival concept began 12 years ago in London, England, and has rapidly grown into an international event with festivals in 20 cities around the world including Dubai, Amsterdam, Paris, Sydney, to name a few. In Toronto the festival has been held for four years evolving into a newer and better concept of a Tastemaker Tour.

Launched in June 2018, The Tastemaker Tour has fed an audience hungry for new experiences, establishing itself as the most exciting culinary force in North America. Presenting unique, curated, and immersive festivals in Toronto and Chicago, the tour transformed the way millennials think about food events. The debut of Tastemaker marked a major milestone for Taste in North America, with a first of its kind tour that celebrates culinary diversity across the continent.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Operation management of key events within the Culinary portfolio
  • Planning and operational management of events.
  • Liaising with the Event Director team and sales team to facilitate events.
  • Negotiating and liaising with contractors and suppliers
  • Overseeing health and safety and food hygiene.
  • Liaising with local authority and other bodies.
  • Managing key freelancers
  • Managing certain exhibitors and sponsors prior to and at events
  • Creation/updating of relevant manuals/policies
  • Managing budgets
  • Ability to communicate effectively with clients and various third parties at all levels
  • Maintain all site plans & associated spreadsheets
  • Manage and coordinate staffing and supplier schedules


  • Experience of running high profile public facing events
  • Experience of working with contractors and negotiating best prices
  • Experience of working with exhibitors
  • Experience of managing contractors and freelancers
  • Experience of working with food and/or food events
  • Experience of drafting/maintaining multi-layer site plans
  • Knowledge of operational elements of events
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively
  • AutoCAD Drafting
  • Educated to degree level
  • Ability to work long hours and weekends
  • Flexibility to travel
  • Team player