A career that makes a difference

The RDA drives inward investment, economic development and regeneration in Rochdale, Heywood, Middleton and the Pennine district.

Welcome to RDA

Work that matters

Founded in 1993, the RDA is the local economic development agency for Rochdale borough on behalf of Rochdale Borough Council and other partners. We are committed to making the borough of Rochdale a more prosperous and vibrant place by encouraging investment in the economy, preserving and celebrating its heritage and creating new job opportunities.

Projects that change lives

With many millions invested across the region in recent years, strong foundations for innovation have been laid that will continue the transformation of the borough’s economic fortunes. Explore some of the major innovation projects that are regenerating the local area and changing the lives of the local community.

Great Opportunities

Why RDA?

We are proud of our history, which is why we’re doing everything we can to preserve it. Join us in celebrating our past while looking to the future by creating bustling, connected public spaces and bringing new energy to our town that creates new reasons to live in our town and visit from elsewhere.

Fantastic Benefits

Our people are key to everything that we do. Explore some of the benefits we offer.

Prestigious Projects

Make a difference to the local area

Pension Contribution

Unlock a fantastic pension scheme with the RDA

Work life Balance

We pride ourselves on our flexible working

Generous Holidays

Benefit from a generous holiday entitlement

Award Winning Location

Work from our offices at Number One Riverside

Study Support

Gain access to excellent study support

Café & Coffee Shop

Pop in for some light refreshments

Working at the RDA is a rewarding experience that allows me to make a real difference in my community and contribute to the economic growth and development of the area by providing financial support and expertise to local businesses and entrepreneurs.

Finance Manager

The apprenticeship at the RDA, it was an opportunity like no other, working on a unique heritage restoration project. Every day I am encouraged to step out of my comfort zone and face challenges head on, not only benefitting my future career, but also my personal development.

Project Manager Apprentice

“After moving to the RDA from a large consultancy it felt great to be part of a smaller team and being involved at all levels. In terms of project input this meant I’ve been able to take a variety of schemes from concept to construction managing all elements instead of being “pigeon holed” into certain disciplines. Other keys benefits are greater working flexibility which allows me to manage the occasional school run and numerous training opportunities to help develop my CPD.”

Design Manager - Major Projects

Find roles that offer Passion & Purpose

Browse our current vacancies to find a role that provides you with passion and purpose and can help you shape your future and the future of our borough.

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The pathway to success

A bright and rewarding career awaits

We want our people to succeed and work closely with them to help support them along their pathway to success to ensure they develop their skills and progress in their career journey.

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Pioneering Sustainable Regeneration

Pioneering Sustainable Regeneration

We’re preserving our heritage and creating a town for today, brimming with life, leisure and culture.

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Everyone at the RDA is very supportive and friendly, it’s a great work environment and the best combination of private and public sector in terms of salary, pension and work life balance. Given my personal experience in the past 5 years, there are plenty of opportunities to progress.

Do you need any help?

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, a flexi-time scheme is in operation, and most roles enable some working from home.


All roles are advertised via Greater Jobs https://www.greater.jobs/

You can enquire via the email address that is listed within the job advertisement

Smart / Casual, and dependant on whom your audience is.

Up to 30 minutes – and maybe up to an hour dependent on the role. (A senior role may include a presentation slot)

This is dependent on the seniority of the job role, for most positions there is one interview

Candidates are usually informed by letter / email on whether they are successful or not. The successful candidate will also receive a formal offer letter. Unsuccessful candidates can request feedback.

Usually, within 5 working days you will have a response from the interviewing manager(s)
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If you have any further questions or need additional information then please complete this contact form.

Supporting Our Local Heritage

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has been the largest dedicated grant funder of the UK’s heritage and is supporting the regeneration of Rochdale and local regions. In last 25 years, they've awarded £8bn to more than 44,000 projects across the UK.

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