Sector Manager - Healthcare & Life Sciences - Ref: ES/T9

Grade L - Salary: £40,113 - £46,446 Location: Leeds City Centre with travel expected across Leeds City Region and some UK and overseas travel. Closing Date: 1st June 2020

An exciting opportunity to be a key player in the growth of trade and investment in Leeds City Region. This role will lead on the attraction and support of the Healthcare and Life Sciences sector for the region.

The Sector Manager will develop and lead a programme of business development for attracting and retaining inward investment in the Leeds City Region. Working in partnership with key stakeholders and alongside colleagues in the Trade and Investment team the Sector Manager will articulate the regions sector strengths and implement plans to support the attraction of new investors, grow international trade and build strategic relationships.


The role

The successful applicant will:

Develop and implement the strategic business development plan to promote Leeds City Region’s proposition for inward investment in Healthcare and Life Sciences, to secure new investment and jobs into the City Region.

Manage a range of investment projects that support a client to make a positive decision including research, inward visits, bespoke proposals and stakeholder engagements.

Identify a targeted approach to generating new investment leads, promoting the region to potential investors with a geographic and sub-sector focus

Develop a strong understanding of trends in Healthcare and Life Sciences, particularly relevant to the drivers of competitive advantage and their impact on location.

Build and maintain an up to date ‘compendium’ of assets and contacts relevant to the sector that will promote the Leeds City Region sector proposition and help understand the commercial opportunity.

Produce inward investment briefs, performance reports and content to support marketing and communications activity.

Establish strategic relationships with the major Healthcare and Life Science businesses and stakeholders to support growth and identification of future opportunities.

Be a champion for Healthcare and Life Sciences within the Combined Authority and offer insight and advice to our Governance boards and panels.


The person

We are looking for:

A team player, who has a cooperative and proactive style in order to achieve success.

Business-to-business (b2b) influencing and relationship building skills, with demonstrable track record of problem solving and effective business development with senior industry decision makers.

Experience of managing multiple projects and deadlines whilst developing strong relationships with businesses and stakeholders.

The ability to identify, and effectively communicate methods of de-risking a client’s commercial investments to ensure the strongest value proposition is delivered to inward investors.

Able to build trusting relationships with investors, Governments and stakeholders to deliver trade and investment success.

Experience of inward investment/economic development and the key drivers in investment decision making and economic growth

A knowledge and understanding of the City Region’s Healthcare and Life Sciences sector and the international drivers for the sector in relation to trade and investment.


For more information about the role please contact Marc Adams, and for further 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 to by 11:55pm on Monday 1 June 2020

Please read the Sector Manager 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.