NABMA have announced details of a vacancy within their company, and are encouraging applications upto the 31st October:-

Recruiter: The National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA)

Location: N/A.  This Communications officer role operates as a consultant basis so you would work from your own location.  You might need to travel in the UK one day per week.

Contract arrangements: Up to £30,000 per annum.

Posted       18th October 2017

Closes        31st October 2017

Industry: Marketing and PR; Communications; digital communications and media; Conferences and events; Retail; small businesses; local government; policy and research; fundraising.

Job function: Communications Officer

Job level: Experienced (non Manager)

Hours: The role requires the post holder to work flexibly across the week but would be equivalent to around three days per week.

Contract:  NABMA is currently an unincorporated association but is in the process of moving to a not-for-profit company structure. You will be engaged under the terms of an annual consultancy contract and this contact will be subject to periodic appraisal. Subject to satisfactory appraisal the contract is likely to continue.

Education level:   Degree or equivalent level of experience.

Context: In the UK, there are more than 1,000 markets in our city, town and villages and some have been trading and meeting the needs of their local communities for many hundreds of years.  Markets play a key part in the retail offer and provide jobs and opportunities where entrepreneurs can try out business ideas in a low-cost and low-risk way. Markets are still at the heart of their local communities, providing space where people come to shop, work and spend time with their friends and families.  They offer something unique to a place, and thousands of people are employed directly and indirectly in our retail – indoor, street, farmers’, community, and wholesale markets.  The latter feed and provide goods and produce for retail markets and the wider community.

However, like the rest of the retail industry, markets are under pressure from the fast-changing pace of consumer habits, including the rise of digital shopping.  Markets need to evolve to meet these challenges and NABMA works in partnership to ensure markets are recognised and supported as our town centres and consumer habits change.

The organisation: The National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA) is the leading national membership UK organisation that represents the interests of its members (local councils of all sizes, a number of private market operators, community interest companies and others) who run retail and wholesale markets across the UK.  We provide a range of services to our members which includes raising its profile at national and local level, recognise and share best practice and  toolkits  and advice to help market operators run their markets in the best way; commissions and undertakes research; runs T&D including the Diploma for Market Administration; supports advice centres, conferences and forums for market managers.  See our website: for more information.

Key purpose of the job: NABMA is seeking to provide an enhanced service to its members in its communications support – through the creation of a new Communications Officer role.  The work will include supporting the very successful annual fortnightly “Love Your Local Market” campaigns,  which are the biggest celebration of markets seen in this country.  You will develop and implement an innovative and creative communications strategy, ensuring that NABMA raises its profile with councils, the markets associations at home and abroad, and the wider retail industry, helping to build new partnerships within the fast-changing retail arena.

The role will see you working closely with the NABMA CEO, staying on top of all the latest developments impacting on the markets and wider retail industry, and looking for opportunities to promote NABMA members and sponsors, and the wider markets industry.  You will lead on the development of creative ways to engage our members and the wider public with the work of NABMA and “Love Your Local Market”, growing our influence and using your effective communications skills to help keep markets on the political agenda.  In addition, you’ll use your skills to craft communications that inspire and motivate our sponsors and potential sponsors.

The new role will provide you with the opportunity to work across a number of different skill sets; be given responsibility to act independently in a supportive environment; the chance to work with important stakeholders, including national and local government as well as making links with partnerships, and develop your ability to work on projects which reach a wide audience and improve our local communities and people’s lives.

Specific responsibilities include:

  1. Develop and implement a new Communications Strategy for NABMA including the key elements below in conjunction with the NABMA CEO and the NABMA team;
  2. Support the annual fortnightly “Love Your Local Market” (LYLM) Campaigns in May, and promote the LYLM brand all year round;
  3. Manage the existing NABMA website and work with the web design company that supports the website, including monitoring the “live” advice function for members;
  4. Engage with, prepare, write, issue and proactively place in national and regional and press articles, information and releases relating to NABMA’s policy activity, events and its sponsors activity and co-ordinate; respond promptly to queries, including very occasional out of hours queries;
  5. Managing the day to day running of the NABMA newsletter, blog and social media accounts – Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn;
  6. Build positive, supportive and effective working relationships with the NABMA CEO and team of NABMA consultants delivering NABMA policies and projects, and the NABMA membership.
  7. Monitor relevant media coverage; keep up to date with relevant policy, social, research political and retail sector issues; and,

Essential skills/ knowledge / experience  

  • Experience of delivering communications programmes through a variety of media (e.g. press, social media, emails, events);
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent level of experience;
  • Experience of working with the media, preferably at both a national and local level;
  • Experience of working with external stakeholders and partners;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with a high standard of accuracy and attention to detail and experience of writing for a number of different audiences;
  • Proven track record of effective team working as NABMA operates through a team of consultants;
  • A confident and friendly manner; would feel at ease representing NABMA to a range of audiences;
  • Proven track record of working with independence, intelligence, drive and initiative; a self-starter.

Next steps

Thank you for your interest in the role of Communications Officer for NABMA. In order to be considered, please email your CV, and a covering letter to Hilary Paxman, NABMA’s CEO at

Your covering letter should detail the following:

  • Why you are interested in applying for this post;
  • How your skills / knowledge / experience meet the requirements of the post; and,
  • How you would implement the role set out in the requirements of the post.

The closing date for applications is 31st October 2017.

Interviews will be held in London or possibly at a location closer to you if mutually convenient, in the week of 6th November 2017.  Please indicate in your letter if you are unable to attend during this week.

Should you have any questions or wish to discuss your application further please contact Hilary Paxman via