Pfizer disbands UK events teams

Events outsourced as part of rationalisation process

Pfizer: disbanding UK events teams
Pfizer: disbanding UK events teams

Pfizer is to disband its two in-house events teams this September as it looks to rationalise the procurement of its meetings schedule.

The move means the potential loss of nine jobs - five from the internal events team and three from the international events department, plus head of events Richard Parker, who currently leads both teams.

September 30 has been named as Parker's last day after 12 years with the Kent-based pharmaceutical manufacturer. "There has been an ongoing revision of meetings procurement activities in the UK over the last 18 months and the outcome is that the duties of the two teams I manage will be outsourced," Parker told C&IT.

Parker would not expand on who might take over the internal team's event schedule, but did say that the international events would now be taken on by Pfizer's European Congresses and Events team, which sits within the procurement department.

As to his next move, Parker said he was considering various options. "I'm keen to stay corporate-side, but those positions are fairly few and far between at the moment," Parker said. "I'm also considering working as an agency consultant, specialising either in pharmaceutical or covering agency consolidation, or possibly working in higher education."

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