We’re Hiring! Events & Marketing Executive

28th Feb 2024

CityCo Manchester
Title: Events & Marketing Executive
Reporting to: Head of Events
Contract type: Permanent
Salary: c.£27,000 per annum

Deadline for applications: 10am, Monday 18th March

How to apply: Please email your CV with a Cover Letter to gary.williams@cityco.com


Manchester is the second most visited city in England, attracting 40 million customers to the retail district every year. The city is an international tourist destination and recently featured in the ‘Top Travel’ lists of the New York Times, Lonely Planet and Conde Nast.

The ‘Bee Network’ is rolling-out across public transport systems, and the final phase of Manchester Airport’s £1.4bn development programme is due to complete in 2025. Hotels continue to be developed in numbers, and Manchester is a leading Business Conference city.

The city centre continues to be the main growth area of Greater Manchester. The current city centre population of 60,000 residents is growing. 100,000 students are in the city, with over 50% of graduates now staying in the area post-graduation.

Over the last 10 years there has been a pattern of building new, high-quality office space and new public realm areas. For example NOMA, Circle Square, Mayfield, St John’s, and Aviva Studios. Co-Op Live opens in the Spring.

Every success has a story to tell, and CityCo Manchester is part of the story.

CityCo Manchester

CityCo is The City Centre Management Company: the city’s main business membership organisation. We are central to the city’s renowned partnership approach to business. We help to build collaboration between businesses, and between businesses and the public sector.

Through our various networks, we bring together over 1500 companies. We work across every sector and represent the needs of businesses with partners such as Manchester City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester Police, Marketing Manchester, and many others.

By all working together, we are continually striving to make Manchester a vibrant, successful, and exciting place to visit, work and live.

We are a small, passionate team, reporting to the company Chief Exec Vaughan Allen, and a board of business, civic and cultural leaders.

Business Improvement Districts

Business Improvement Districts are common in numerous cities and towns in the UK, and beyond. They are business consortiums that pay into a communal funding ‘pot’ (based on rateable value or a visitor service charge). Monies fund additional services, initiatives and projects that support the vitality of businesses, and the places they operate in.

In Manchester, CityCo has been running the City Centre Business Improvement District since 2013. It is a consortium of c.600+ retailers, leisure, and office operators.

Manchester City Centre BID delivers Operational and Security services, City Hosts, Additional City Cleaning, City Intel, Training and Briefings and public events.

Events are programmed to attract extra day visitors and positive PR for the city centre. The current programme includes annual events The Manchester Flower Festival and Halloween in the City (MCR Monsters).

As of April 2023, CityCo is also a delivery partner for the city’s new Manchester Accommodation BID: a consortium of c.80 hotels. The ABID delivers support for hoteliers across similar areas to the retail BID, but also Tourism Marketing, Business Conventions, and public events.

Events are programmed to attract extra staying visitors and positive PR for the city centre. The current programme includes support for Manchester Pride and Beyond the Music.

The ambition is to grow the event portfolio with the assistance of the new Event Producer.


Reporting to our Head of Events, you be a key member of the consumer events and marketing teams, supporting the planning and delivery of large scale public events and campaigns designed to bring more people into our great city, and continue to raise Manchester’s profile as a leading visitor destination.

Key to the role is the ability to support the research, planning and delivery of a range of events across the year. You will be highly organised and an excellent record keeper to ensure an auditable trail during, pre, and post-production event phases.

You will be required to research event themes and content, and make then recommendations for activities. You will be required to book artists, accommodation and travel as required.

You will be able to liaise effectively with suppliers, contractors and delivery partners to ensure events are successful, safely delivered and attractive to future supporters.

You will also be required to help administrate event content information, in liaison with the marketing team, for use in multi-channel marketing and PR campaigns.

The ambition is to ensure Manchester City Centre BID consumer events continue to be aspirational and appealing, will attract regional and national publicity, and set city standards in production, design and programming and achieve against measurable targets.

Essential Core Competencies

  • 2+ years’ experience in assisting in the planning of the delivery of large-scale events
  • Knowledge of Manchester city centre
  • Knowledge of event logistics and operations
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Brilliant organiser, skilled at building effective relationships
  • Creative thinker
  • High quality design standards, with a keen-eye for aesthetic detail
  • Problem-solver
  • Experience of managing budgets and keeping records

Desirable Core Competencies

  • Copy-writing experience
  • Media, PR and social media management experience
  • Established local event industry contacts
  • Degree in related field

General Information

The requirements of the business are such that a high degree of flexibility is necessary, and therefore evening and weekend working will be required on some occasions.

Staff will undertake any training as directed by their line manager or CEO. Staff will carry out duties in a safe manner in accordance with Health & Safety At Work legislation.

The role will be based at CityCo’s Head Office: St George’s House, Peter Street, Manchester, M3 2NQ – with the expectation that many activities will take place in the public realm of Manchester city centre or event host venues.

CityCo benefits include Life Assurance (immediate cover). After the probationary period, benefits will include AXA Private Healthcare, Pension Scheme, Salary Sacrifice for travel, and 26 days annual leave (with bonus ‘Birthday Day’ off).

This post is subject to a 12 week probationary period.

Equal Opportunities

CityCo is an equal opportunities employer. Personal information given as a part of the application process is necessary for recruitment of this post and will be held only for the statutory period. It will not be used for any other purpose. GDPR compliance information is at cityco.com.