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WE’RE HIRING A TOWN CENTRE AND MARKETING OFFICER

Knutsford Town Council is committed to supporting a strong and resilient town centre and this role is central to this commitment. Our  Town Centre and Marketing Officer (aka Town Centre Manager) leads the council’s support of the business community, developing a range of initiatives across the year to promote footfall and bring shoppers, visitors and tourists into Knutsford.

You will work in collaboration and partnership with town centre businesses on initiatives and provide support and guidance as necessary (e.g. to help them resolve issues in the town centre, or act as a conduit with Cheshire East Council). You’ll collect data on business confidence and town centre footfall and also help generate sponsorship for council projects and events.

You will manage Knutsford Market Hall, working to support the traders and ensure the market continues to serve the local community.

Some of the regular services you’ll oversee include the Taste Knutsford food tours, the Knutsford Voucher Scheme and our Town Centre Christmas Illuminations.

HOW TO APPLY

Please read our application pack, this contains the job description and person specification as well as more information about the town council and the role.

To apply, please send your completed application form to:

townclerk@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk

Application Deadline: 19th November 2021 at 12 noon

Sandra Curties - Town Centre and Marketing Officer
Sandra and Peter
A group of people promoting taste knutsford

A NOTE FROM SANDRA, OUR OUTGOING TOWN CENTRE AND MARKETING OFFICER

Working as Town Centre and Marketing Officer means no two days are the same (ever!).  You could be organising a food tour, arranging a photoshoot with some of the retailers, welcoming a new business to the town, showing a prospective trader around the market hall, copy writing a leaflet or finishing a report recommending a new initiative for the town centre. 

It is an extremely busy but interesting role to say the least.  It is a role where you will use your ability to juggle multiple projects, your initiative, social media skills and your diplomacy. Possibly all of them in one day.  It is definitely for someone who is proactive and has the ability to see an idea through to implementation.  That makes it a challenging but rewarding role.

You will get to know the various business owners in the town centre and their businesses, building relationships and developing initiatives that help their sector.  You will be part of Knutsford One – an informal business networking group.  When it meets in the evening because of your role you will often be in charge of arranging the agenda and chairing the meeting. 

Your colleagues will be great and always ready to support you when required (or make a cup of coffee!) and offer advice.  The team are fantastic and hardworking.  The Town Clerk is a star – his door is always open for advice or to bounce any new ideas you may have.  It is not a working environment that is critical, even if mistakes are made – you learn from them without judgement.  It is a small team, and some days can be incredibility busy and occasionally you may have to help with answering the phone or dealing with a visitor to the office.  Sometimes you will work quite closely with the Events Officer – discussing ideas and sharing resources and information.

You will get to know the town councillors all of whom are local and unpaid elected representatives; your closest relationship will be with the Chairman of the Events and Town Centre Management Committee.  In terms of our local authority, Cheshire East, you will liaise with Highways, Parking, Development and Regeneration Officers and your fellow Town Centre Officers in other towns can be a great source of support and advice.  Additionally, you will work with local volunteer groups all of whom are critical to keeping Knutsford ticking over.

You will manage Knutsford Market Hall and get to know the traders very well. You will develop ideas to increase footfall and raise the profile of the market hall as a whole.  You will also support and sometimes even mentor the traders. You will lead on trader recruitment and liaise with the Planning and Facilities Officer with regard to any issues with the building.

So why apply? Because you will be working in a small and friendly team and given a certain amount of autonomy to get the job done.  You will be supported, given the relevant training and development, and get to enjoy a marketing job where there is a lot of variety, and you will never get bored!

Sandra Curties
Town Centre and Marketing Officer

HOURS

This is a part time role for 32 hours per week.

We will agree a working pattern with you and the hours could be spread over four or five days.

There is a requirement to work evenings and weekends as may be required to deliver events or attend meetings. You will take this time back through our flexible working policy.

HOLIDAYS

You will receive 28 days annual leave, inclusive of all bank and public holidays (pro-rata)

SALARY & PENSION

You will start on local government SCP 18 and progress through the range 18 to 23.

The current full-time range is £24,982 to £27,741. This will be pro-rata for your position with an actual current range of £21,606 to £23,992.

These values are set nationally and usually adjusted for inflation annually.