Working At MAG HQ In Manchester

You’ll sense a definite feel-good factor working at MAG. We all work hard but we know it’s worth it because we’re making a difference to people’s lives.

MAG HQ in Manchester

Inside MAG's HQ in Manchester.

With a global workforce made up of more than 30 different nationalities, you’ll see that we value diversity. With new, open plan offices in the heart of Manchester, our staff work closely together for a fantastic cause.

Our style is open, dynamic and relaxed. Our people are at the heart of our organisation and we know they’re our most important asset.

We have been a world leader in the clearance of landmines and unexploded ordnance for more than a quarter of a century. We also take small arms out of circulation by destroying stockpiles of excess and unstable weapons.

Beyond this, we also train army and police authorities to safely store legitimately held stocks, both reducing the risk of unsafely stored weapons and preventing weapons from moving into vulnerable communities.

Our Community Liaison teams work with communities to provide an insight into how landmines, unexploded ordnance and other weapons threaten lives and hinder development, enabling us to prioritise clearance where the humanitarian need is greatest.  

In HQ in Manchester we support all of our global operations, with Finance, HR, Procurement, Fundraising, Marketing, IT and the Programmes teams working together with the staff in country to ensure efficient operations on a day to day basis.

We employ a wide range of people from a diverse range of backgrounds, which creates a vibrant office environment. Some of our staff have experience in the humanitarian aid sector and others come from a public or private sector background.

In order to deliver our life-saving work, we recruit support staff for all of the different teams as mentioned above.

Working at MAG HQ is an exciting opportunity to work for an international NGO in Manchester. We are a dynamic, fast paced and relaxed office and we want our staff to enjoy coming to work. In return, we expect our staff to work hard, be able to work as part of a global team and be flexible to changing needs and environments. 

The difference we make

This school in Laos was cleared of unexploded ordnance by MAG

This school in Laos was cleared of unexploded bombs by MAG.

Photo: Sean Sutton/MAG

Our response is long-term and cost effective, drawing on our years of experience operating in some of the world’s most hostile and challenging environments. Our activities enable communities affected by conflict to rebuild and develop their social and economic potential.

We work with communities to educate them about the dangers of unexploded items to reduce the threat of death and injury, while releasing safe, cleared land and other resources back to the people who need them most.

• MAG HQ is in Manchester city centre, on Peter Street close to Deansgate and Spinningfields with excellent transport links. 

• MAG currently employs 50 staff in its HQ in Manchester.

• We currently work in around 16 countries and in total employ around 2,000 staff worldwide. We also have a sister organisation, MAG America, based in Washington DC.

• Organisational turnover is approximately £36 million per annum. Around 97 per cent of this is from institutional donors, with the remainder from our charitable fundraising activities.

The majority of our HQ staff are appointed on open-ended contracts, offering job security and the chance to develop with us. We offer the following benefits:

• Annual leave entitlement of 25 days per year, rising to 30 days with service.

• Contributory pension scheme, to which MAG pays a matching contribution of up to 5 per cent of annual salary.

• Insurance cover, including death by natural causes insurance and, if you travel overseas, 24 hour accident/medical insurance.

• Flexible working arrangements around our core business hours.

• Childcare voucher scheme.

• Training and development opportunities.

• Cycle-to-work scheme.

• We also have a range of discounts with a number of local shops.

MAG has a cycle to work scheme

MAG has a cycle-to-work scheme.

Photo: Robert Couse-Baker

We recognise that the development of our staff is key to our success. Many of our HQ staff have worked with us for long periods and have been promoted within MAG.

We encourage staff to continue with their personal development whilst working for us, not just on formal training courses but on a day to day basis. All staff are expected to be in control of their own learning and development.

We embrace different learning styles and encourage our staff to share knowledge. We also regularly run internal training courses on a wide range of subjects from networking skills to time management.

Our international staff also deliver presentations to HQ staff when in the office, giving office-based staff an insight into how our work improves the lives of others and the ups and downs of living and working overseas.

Underpinning all of this is our annual appraisal system, which allows achievements to be recognised and skills to be developed. All staff have clear objectives and the support they need to meet them. 

We value commitment from our staff and we work hard to give every employee the opportunity to develop their career at MAG. For example:

• At HQ, 42 per cent of our employees have been promoted at least once.

• At HQ, 50 per cent of our senior managers have been promoted from within MAG.

• Internationally, 64 per cent of all our Country Directors have been promoted from within MAG.

Manchester Town Hall

Manchester Town Hall is a few minutes' walk from MAG HQ.

Photo: Mark Andrew Photography

Manchester is a great place to work and MAG is proud to call it home. Manchester boasts a number of world class businesses, but as well as being a great place to work, it’s also a great place to live.

Manchester was recently voted the best city in the UK to live in the 2013 Global Liveability Survey. Manchester is a thriving, multicultural city, with great transport links, excellent eateries and bars, a number of theatres and museums, two premiership football teams and easily accessible countryside.

Living in the area

There are different locations to suit different tastes. Greater Manchester includes Bolton, Bury, Rochdale, Oldham, Tameside, Stockport, Trafford, Salford and Wigan. These areas all have their own identity and enjoy different benefits. 

If city living is what you are after then you’ll be spoilt for choice, as new apartments have cropped up all over the city in the last 10 years. Elsewhere, there are a number of popular areas dotted along the arterial routes out of the city.

Just a few miles south of the city centre are Chorlton and Didsbury, which are traditionally the pick of the bunch thanks to their cosmopolitan, café culture environments, and mix of modern apartments and traditional housing styles.

To the north, Whitefield and Prestwich offer a good choice of accommodation along with a good restaurant and bar scene. 


Manchester has a thriving music scene and produces and attracts some of the world’s biggest bands and DJs, as well as plenty of up-and-coming talent.

You can catch big names on international tours at the Phones 4U ArenaO2 ApolloManchester AcademyBridgewater Hall and Albert Hall, which is just a few doors away from the MAG office. 

You can also discover the best new and independent acts at venues such as Soup KitchenBand On the WallThe Roadhouse and many more.

Food and drink

You’ll never be short of food and drink options in Manchester. The city offers cuisine from practically every nation and to suit any budget, from high-class dining to cheap eats, many of which are within walking distance of the MAG office. 

Try the biggest Chinatown in the UK outside London, or the famous 'Curry Mile', for starters. You’ll get a taste of everything during the annual Manchester Food and Drink Festival, and don’t forget to sample the delights of the Christmas markets, with a nice glass of gluhwein to keep you warm on a chilly day. 

Arts and culture

Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

A mural at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Photo: Peter Barr

Manchester has a thriving art and culture scene. The Manchester Art GalleryMuseum of Science and Industry and the Whitworth Art Gallery are as scintillating as they are relaxing, and if you’re a theatre or opera buff, you can enjoy everything from rousing arias to musicals hot from the West End, as well as experimental theatre productions.

And then there are fanastic annual events such as Manchester PrideParklifeand the International Festival.


Few places outside of London can beat Manchester for shopping. From the designer boutiques of King Street, the high street chains in the Arndale Centre, the Bohemian and vintage offering in the Northern Quarter to the Trafford Centre just five miles from the city centre, there are plenty of shopping opportunities to choose from.


Let’s not forget the city's sporting pedigree. The city boasts two Premier League football clubs – Manchester City and Manchester United. In addition, Old Trafford Cricket Ground is the home of Lancashire County Cricket Club, and the Velodrome is home to the National Cycling Centre.

As you would expect, Manchester has a number of leading health and fitness clubs some of which are just minutes’ walk from the MAG office.


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