Communications and Marketing Officer – Ref: PSC/C25i

Permanent /Full-time (37 hours per week) Grade J - Salary £30,948 Leeds City Centre Closing date - 28 May 2020


Looking for a new opportunity? Passionate about marketing, communications and Leeds City Region? Join our award-winning team and apply now.

We have developed an exciting new programme that reflects our commitment to increase SME innovation within the region.

We believe that as businesses face unprecedented challenges due to the current pandemic, SME innovation will be crucial for resilience and recovery.

The Connecting Innovation programme is a new approach to SME innovation that coordinates, simplifies, promotes and communicates the innovation landscape in the City Region.

Communications and marketing are key to raising the profile of the new support programme .

The Combined Authority brings together district partners, the business community via Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership and also takes in the former Passenger Transport Executive (branded Metro). Overall, the Combined Authority covers a population of around 2.5 million people and represents the largest economy outside London.


Please note – due to the current restrictions, interviews for this post will take place remotely using video conferencing.


The Person

We are looking to appoint an outstanding individual to lead our communications activity on innovation. The role will particularly focus on:

  • Planning, managing and delivering multi-channel communications and marketing campaigns aimed at promoting innovation.
  • Be an active advocate and champion for SME innovation within and outside the Leeds City Region.
  • Produce high quality content for a range of on and off-line communications.
  • Build and maintain excellent working relationships with marketing, communications and other colleagues within partner organisations including central government, local authorities and private companies
  • Keep abreast of new developments, trends and technologies within innovation.

You will hold a degree or have equivalent relevant experience and possess a relevant qualification in marketing, PR, or communications.

 The successful candidate will be able to learn quickly in order to lead drive the Combined Authority’s SME messaging on this key priority. You will have experience of developing integrated communications and marketing campaigns and have an understanding of SME business drivers. You will also have the ability to build excellent relationships with local, regional, and national stakeholders and develop joined up communications and messaging that promotes innovation/clean growth support.


For more information about the work of the Combined Authority please visit


Our offer

We offer an excellent benefits package including access to a generous employer-contribution, local government pension scheme and fully funded travel throughout West Yorkshire by bus and rail with the MCard.  We also offer an encouraging environment that will allow you to achieve your best work/life balance and career goals. 

The Combined Authority’s aim is to attract people from diverse backgrounds to build on our inclusive culture.  We welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, race, gender, religion or beliefs, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation. 

Applicants with a disability are guaranteed an interview, subject to the minimum criteria being met. 

We are committed to inclusivity and will consider requests for flexible working including part time and job share arrangements.


Please submit your application by11:55pm on Thursday 28 May 2020


Please read the Communications and Marketing Officer role profile before applying for this post.

You can then apply here


Please note that whilst it is our policy to recruit at SP1 for all appointments, each role includes career salary progression, with incremental increases applicable in most cases, on an annual basis.


Given the high volumes of applications we receive we are unable to respond to every applicant, therefore if you have not heard from us within four weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application has not been successful on this occasion.


Candidate information will be retained by the Combined Authority for six months unless you make a request for this to be deleted.


The posts are part-funded by the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 and the Northern Powerhouse Growth Deal.