Job details


Business Engagement & Employability

Responsible to

Graduate Transitions Manager


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus


£23,725 to £25,944 per annum

Closing date

Sunday 5 June 2022

Contract type

Fixed term contract 14 months

Post type




This project is part-funded by the European Social Fund

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About the role

You'll support the DRIVEN project with all marketing events and activities, aimed at engaging local employers with the project as well as students and graduates to access paid opportunities.  

You'll be creative, customer-focused and passionate about developing, creating engaging activities and events for students, graduates and employers. You will support the ESF DRIVEN team to deliver a range of initiatives to retain graduates within the D2N2 area.

You will also work with external agencies and internal stakeholders, taking into account ESF compliance requirements, to ensure timely, engaging and purposeful marketing is developed for the project.  The role will support in the planning, organisation, delivery and review of the project events portfolio including fairs and networking events, both on and off campus, for employers, students and graduates.

This post is fully funded by the European Social Fund.

The GRADS for D2N2 project is part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and is part of the ESF High Level Skills programme. ESF supports activities to extend employment opportunities and develop a skilled workforce. The GRADS for D2N2 project is delivered by the University of Derby as part of the High Level Skills consortium which also includes Nottingham Trent University, Derby College, Nottingham College, and Nottingham City Council.

The DRIVEN programme is to support SMEs to access and retain our student and graduate talent. It has been running since 2018 and has been extended until the end of 2023.

Principal accountabilities

  1. Work alongside the Graduate Transitions Manager to liaise with external agencies and internal design and marketing teams to produce all aspects of project branding, campaigns and collateral including student, graduate and B2B facing materials.
  2. Adhere to University guidelines and ESF compliance requirements, and ensure all marketing materials are delivered to meet these specifications in a timely manner.
  3. Design and deliver a full series of student and B2B events, including marketing collateral, staffing, budgets, catering and associated tasks. This will include monitoring and evaluating success and reporting on this accordingly.
  4. Provide high-level administrative event support for the team, for all operational aspects of event planning, including raising purchase orders and liaising with finance as required.
  5. Writing engaging digital and printed content and materials for a range of audiences and purposes. Producing tailored communications for students, graduates and local businesses. 
  6. Contribute towards the planning, measurement and evaluation of communication and marketing projects and activities.
  7. Identify, capture and collate suitable student and B2B case studies and produce high-quality written and video content based upon these.
  8. Work with media production team and agencies where necessary.
  9. Work with central marketing, Careers and College colleagues to increase student and graduate engagement for DRIVEN opportunities.
  10. Support the central Careers team to complement employability events, curriculum engagement and graduate communications.
  11. Understand and promote the benefits of working with the University and of recruiting student / graduate talent for eligible SMEs in the region.
  12. Assist the Graduate Transitions Manager, D2N2 External Engagement Manager or Talent Development Officers on specific tasks as requested.

This is not a complete list of duties and responsibilities; the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties commensurate with the level and skills/qualification of this role.

Person specification

Essential Criteria



Skills, knowledge & abilities

Business requirements

Desirable Criteria



As well as competitive pay scales, we offer generous holiday entitlement. We also offer opportunities for further salary progression based on performance, and the opportunity to join a contributory pension scheme.

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How to apply

You can apply by submitting an online application. Once you have signed in or registered with us you will be able to begin your application. If you are creating an account for the first time, please ensure you provide an email address that you access regularly as this will be our main means of contacting you regarding your application.

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Please note all applications must be submitted online by Midnight GMT on the closing date of the vacancy.

Important information

Please note that unfortunately, this role will not attract sufficient points to obtain a sponsored Skilled Worker visa under the UK Visas & Immigration points based immigration system; however, applications are welcome from candidates who do not currently have the right to work in the UK, but who would be eligible to obtain a valid visa via another route..

Please consult the Home office website for further information.


Our number one priority is to keep our staff, students and community safe as we continue to work through the pandemic. Upon appointment, full training will be given on the Health and Safety processes we follow.

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