The Austral Group is a rapidly growing company dedicated to organizing educational travel to South America and the USA for MBA and Undergraduate university programs. The Austral Group designs and organizes educational itineraries of business meetings, company visits, roundtables, and networking opportunities with top business executives, as well as organizing cultural and leisure activities. The Austral Group manages the logistical needs of the university groups, including hotel arrangements, local transport, meals, cultural events, and bilingual tour guides.

Since its founding in 2005, Austral has established itself as the leading educational travel company, working with more than 300 Universities and over 10,000 MBA students on business study trips to Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, Uruguay and the United States.

The Austral Group is run by a team of motivated and dynamic professionals who come from multicultural backgrounds in business and the travel and tourism industries whom are obsessively focused on operational excellence and total client satisfaction.

The Position:

The Austral Group is looking to fill the position of Flexible Program Associate for Germany with a professional and energetic person who can contribute ideas and take on responsibilities to match our growth as the leader in educational travel. We are a unique team of young professionals from all around the world, which makes working at The Austral Group a dynamic and multicultural experience that will contribute greatly to your professional development.

As a Flexible Program Associate at The Austral Group your responsibility will be to design, plan and manage all aspects of the academic, business, cultural and logistics portions of clients’ itineraries. You will arrange company visits and presentations from high-level business executives for the MBA programs visiting Germany. You will have daily contact with business executives by telephone calls, email and face-to-face visits.

You must have a firm grasp of leading companies and business leaders in Germany and be able to contact them to schedule meetings, tours, internships and consulting programs. Successful candidates must have a solid understanding of the regional business and economic environment, political activity, and educational trends. You will accompany clients to business meetings, as well as to cultural activities such as museum visits, football matches, etc.

Your success will be measured in accordance with the overall success of the trips. Attention to detail with focus on superior client satisfaction is essential.

The Flexible Program Associate will be based in Germany. The Flexible Program Associate will be working from home but will be in close contact with our team in Spain and Latam and the head office in Chile. The Flexi position usually pays per group day/ itinerary and the Associate is hired on a per project basis.

Tasks:

  • Schedule creative and academically challenging itineraries consisting of company and visits, based on Client requests;
  • Establish and maintain relationships with businesses, universities, government agencies, language institutions, and non-profit organizations throughout Germany;
  • Plan itineraries with client and commercial manager during proposal and planning stages;
  • Daily contact with business executives and clients by telephone calls, email and face-to-face interaction.
  • You will accompany clients to business meetings, and may be required to facilitate business discussions with University MBA students.

You will excel in this position if you are:

  • a self-starting leader who enjoys entrepreneurial environments and challenges; obsessively focused on operational excellence and total client satisfaction;
  • understand the business environment in Germany, familiar with the major companies, and are able to contact and develop professional relationships with the business executives of these organizations;
  • possess superior interpersonal skills.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • University degree or business related experience
  • Strong aptitude in meeting planning, conference organization, public relations, or related experience, with 3-5 years of direct work experience;
  • Ability to interact with senior management of international companies, and expertise in managing high-level relationships;
  • Be highly organized and detail oriented;
  • Possess strong negotiation skills;
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with an emphasis on superior client satisfaction;
  • Strong communications and interpersonal skills, creativity, and a positive attitude;