CityCo Manchester
Title: Event Producer
Reporting to: Head of Events
Contract type: Permanent
Salary: c.£32-35,000 per annum (dependent on experience)

How to Apply

Please send a full Cover Letter explaining why you are suitable for the role, with your CV to gary.williams@cityco.com, by Monday 19th February *deadline extended*

Only applications with a Cover Letter will be considered.

Interviews will take place in city centre Manchester Friday 16th February and week commencing w/c 19th February.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Background

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.

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Event Producer will report to the Head of Events as part of a team of producers, and in liaison with the Marketing team. You will deliver large-scale public events in the centre of Manchester to bring more people into the city and continue to raise Manchester’s profile as a leading visitor destination.

Key to the role is the ability to research, ideate, plan, and deliver a range of exciting events across the year that will attract visitors and positive press whilst supporting all aspects of organisation, operations and logistics as required.

Events will be consumer (public) focused – aimed at a range of local, regional, national, and international visitor audiences. All will meet the aims and objectives of the company and stakeholders. Projects typically include collaboration with businesses and organisations across Manchester so relationship management skills and experience with networks in the city is desired.

You will be expected to work as part of a team, but also under your own initiative across several event projects simultaneously. As such, you will be proactive, highly organised, and able to prioritise tasks.

The work will require full end-to-end project management from research to creative idea generation, programming and scheduling, partnership, supplier and contractor management to delivery on the ground and all followed by evaluation.

The ambition is to ensure the company’s public events are of the highest quality, and are aspirational and appealing, attract positive public engagement and set standards in production, design, and programming to ensure they are successful, safely delivered and attractive to future supporters.

Essential Core Competencies

  • 5+ years’ experience in delivering successful large-scale events in varied outdoor and indoor public spaces
  • Excellent knowledge of Manchester city centre
  • Advance knowledge of event logistics and operations
  • Creative thinker, brimming with engaging content ideas
  • Brilliant organiser, skilled at building effective relationships
  • High quality design standards, with a keen-eye for aesthetic detail
  • Excellent written, oral and negotiating communication skills
  • Problem-solver
  • Experience of managing budgets and keeping records
  • Advance knowledge of Health & Safety legislation in events
  • Personnel management
  • Contract management

Desirable Core Competencies

  • Established local event industry contacts
  • Experience of developing a cultural events programme
  • Recruitment and management of staff and volunteers
  • Degree in related field
  • Media / PR and social media experience

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.

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