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Maral Soltani

Business Support Coordinator, Procure Plus


A postgraduate professional with extensive experience in events, marketing and communication looking for a new opportunity. Worked internationally in Germany, Denmark and China understanding different audiences, cultures and marketing strategies. Knowledge of events and marketing from initial conception to design, delivery and post-analysis. Experience ranges from branding events to festivals, business events to conferences, trade shows and exhibitions. Certified in Institute of Leadership and Management trainer (ILM) (certified in 2013) delivering Microsoft Office and brand guidelines training. Proficient in communicating in three languages fluently – English, German (native) and Farsi (native).

Work experience

Apr 2013Present

HR/Business Support Coordinator

Procure Plus Limited
  • Design of an employer brand, writing content for the company website, creating a total reward package as part of the company's recruitment strategy
  • Managing the LinkedIn account of the company posting regular updates
  • Design and delivery of employee engagement surveys achieving outstanding feedback from employees
  • Website updates and email communication with customers regarding events and new services
  • Advertisement of jobs online, on recruitment systems, and across all social media platforms
  • Line management responsibility and accountable for coaching and development of direct reports identifying training needs and opportunities for progression
  • Implementation of an electronic signature software and HR database achieving cost and time savings reducing paper work and introducing electronic filing systems
  • Review of employee benefits packages-negotiating the cost of healthcare benefits and reducing it by 10% whilst expanding the package
  • Personal Assistant to Chief Executive, responsible for diary management, creating presentations, preparing and presenting reports and taking minutes at Board and Committee meetings
Feb 2013Sep 2013

Event Manager

Manchester Metropolitan University(MMU)
  • Successful promotion of MMU at the Shenzhen International Fashion Trade Fair, China, resulting in more than 20 applications for fashion courses from Chinese students
  • Instrumental in the design and layout of branded marketing materials, such as posters, flyers, brochures, give-aways and promotional exhibition bags
  • Liaison with the MMU international office in China to promote and market the event to potential Chinese students
  • Responsibility for financial management and budget control
  • Responsibility for implementing health and safety briefings and risk assessment for outbound students
  • Project delivered on time (6 months preparation) and within budget (£ 60k excluding staff costs)
Jan 2013Apr 2013

Business Support Assistant

Procure Plus Limited
  • Promotion to Business Support Coordinator after 3 months
  • Implementation of new financial processes ensuring more transparency, simplified filing systems, and improved communication between team members
  • Processing of invoices, credit card statements and petty cash
  • Administrative support to senior managers arranging internal and external meetings, travel and accommodation as well as preparing presentations, documents and correspondence
Sep 2012Dec 2012

Marketing Assistant

  • Responsibility to build an integrated transnational online network to drive brand awareness for the bespoke product
  • Successful in achieving sales targets through the integrated online network expanding the German affiliate market using Zanox, Affiliate Window and Affilinet
  • More than 35 of Germany's top photography blogs, websites and voucher sites published product reviews and joined the affiliate window
May 2012Jun 2012

Volunteers Manager

  • Recruitment, selection, role allocation and supervision of 35 volunteers for the Eurocultured Street Festival 2012 ensuring a smooth and successful delivery of the event(15, 000 people attended)
  • Design and delivery of induction and health and safety briefing
Jul 2010Jul 2011

Project Manager

CPC Management Consultancy
  • Implementation of a new planning process for a major IT project at a multinational car manufacturer based in Stuttgart, Germany, ensuring cost and time savings worth £ 12.3k per annum
  • Optimisation, organisation and planning of monthly internal 2-day-business events for hiring new consultant by changing preparation, venue, location and format of assessment centres-cost savings of approximately £10k per annum
Jan 2007Sep 2009


Events and Marketing
  • Team leader on national campaigns in Germany to promote and build brand awareness for Pall Mall, Gauloises, Bitburger, Nokia, Winston, etc.
  • Responsible for HR, budgeting and stock management
  • Design and delivery of Sales-and Sampling-Promotion events for different brands, incl. consumer promotion events, e.g. sampling, launching and tasting of products
  • Hostess at international exhibitions such as Drupa 2008 (389,993 visitors), Security 2008 (39,000 visitors), MEDICA 2008 (137,000 visitors), FIBO 2008 (47,300 visitors), Aluminium 2008 (16,886 visitors), K 2007 (213,973 visitors)


Sep 2011Sep 2012

Master of Science

Manchester Metropolitan University

International Events Management

Sep 2009Jul 2010

B.A. (Hons)

Manchester Metropolitan University

Business Administration

Sep 2007Sep 2009

B.A. (Hons)

Bochum University of Applied Science

International Business