Business Development Executive, Trade and Investment

West Yorkshire Combined Authority
37 Hours
Leeds City Centre with travel expected across Leeds City Region and some UK and overseas travel.
Full Time, Permanent
£30,948 - £35,835


An exciting opportunity to be a key player in the growth of trade and investment in Leeds City Region. We are seeking to recruit a commercially aware individual who can help us grow the region’s economy by attracting inward investments across a broad range of industrial sectors.

The role will require a strong focus on managing a healthy pipeline of inward investment projects and acting as an ambassador for the Leeds City Region. 

Working in partnership with key stakeholders and with support from colleagues in the Trade and Investment team the Business Development Executive will articulate the regions sector strengths and work with businesses to showcase why Leeds City Region is an ideal place to invest, grow and export.

The role

The successful applicant will:

Support a programme of activity for attracting and retaining inward investment in the Leeds City Region and driving future export growth.

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


The person

We are looking for:

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

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

Solutions focussed with a strong eye for detail and an ability to write compelling documents/content.

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

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.

To submit your application form online please visit by 23:55pm Sunday 02 August 2020

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.

02 August 2020, 11:55 PM

This vacancy is closed to applications.