OBN: Communications and Marketing Manager

OBN (UK) Ltd
Full Time
4 weeks ago

Communications & Marketing Manager

Salary:                         Negotiable dependent upon experience

Job Type:                     Permanent, Full Time, Office-based

Company/Location:       OBN (UK) Ltd, 5F Park Square, Milton Park, Abingdon, OX14 4RR

OBN is a not-for-profit business network which provides comprehensive support for life sciences companies in the Golden Triangle and beyond.

This is a busy and varied role that supports activity across the business to include Events, Business Development and our Membership network.  This role would be ideal for an experienced marketing co-ordinator/executive who is ready to progress to a junior manager position.


Key areas of responsibility include:


  • Prepare and execute the marketing plan
  • Manage the ongoing growth of CONNECT, OBN’s twice yearly magazine, including all aspects of production: topic selection, engagement with contributors and graphic designer, distribution and maximisation of advertising revenue
  • Draft copy for the monthly news and membership update, distributed electronically to c.9k contacts
  • Gatekeeper and editor for all external announcements (up to 4 per week)
  • Interface with member organisations to post news, jobs, events, etc., on the OBN website
  • Promote the Purchasing Consortium suppliers via email on a twice annual basis 
  • Analyse and report on results of the communications effort to support improved performance
  • Stay up-to-date with industry news and events and cascade where appropriate
  • Attend OBN and other industry events and publish key messages and updates via social media and the website

Social Media:

  • Manage and grow OBN's presence on all social media platforms, in particular Twitter and LinkedIn
  • Work with internal teams to support campaigns and initiatives
  • Seek opportunities to improve the use of social media and increase and develop followers


  • Be a brand ambassador for OBN, ensuring guidelines are adhered to and used consistently
  • Work with colleagues to develop marketing collateral such as signage, displays and logos
  • Work with our external design agency on projects as required, including production of hard copy collateral, pull-up banners, stage branding


  • Manage website changes on the main OBN site and event-specific websites as required and in conjunction with the OBN Events team
  • Work with Head of Business Information to ensure relevant updates are being made
  • Work to increase SEO and Google rankings
  • Keep track of the latest trends in communications/social media to maximise the benefits of the websites and make timely updates to the functionality of the sites
  • Ad hoc website tasks including updating Sponsors information, leaflet postings etc.


  • Draft press releases and announcements when needed and liaise with media agency as required

The Successful candidate will:

  • Preferably degree educated in a relevant subject with c5 years’ experience in a communications and/or marketing role
  • Highly organised with a committed, flexible attitude and a strong work ethic
  • Be a self-starter with the ability to work independently and in collaboration with internal teams
  • Be fluent in spoken and written English
  • Have a flair for producing dynamic, engaging and creative business copy, with a strong attention to detail
  • Be highly IT literate with the ability to identify and rapidly adopt new approaches
  • Be a proficient user of PhotoShop or similar graphics/illustrator programme
  • Be fluent in social media, in particular Twitter and LinkedIn in the business environment and preferably have experience of Hootsuite or a similar platform
  • Familiarity of using a CRM database (we have recently transitioned to GlueUp)
  • Willing to work additional hours with occasional early mornings, late nights and overnight stays
  • Experience within the life science sector would be preferred but is not essential


  • Salary negotiable dependent upon experience
  • 25 days holiday per annum
  • Private health care after qualifying period
  • Life insurance
  • Workplace pension (company matched contributions up to 5% of salary)

Hours:     37.5 hrs per week, Monday to Friday, though a high level of flexibility is expected as part of this role.

To apply: please send your CV and covering email indicating your salary expectations and availability to start to: recruitment@obn.org.uk


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