Funding Lead - Business and Economy
Warwickshire is famous around the world as Shakespeare's County - but that's only half the story. We remain a creative and innovative place in other ways too.
Warwickshire is home to many UK and international brands, with key strengths in automotive, future mobility and digital creative industries. The area is a major global centre for vehicle electrification, autonomous technologies and video game development. Our local universities include “Top 10” University of Warwick and “Modern University of the Year” Coventry University. There’s a lot happening here.
We’re home to one of the strongest business bases in the UK and confident that even through challenging times, our economy will emerge strongly, and our organisation has an important role to play in this.
Within Warwickshire County Council, the Economy and Skills Team commissions services and provides direct support to businesses, including access to finance, skills and training, business centres and inward investment. Recently we have launched a number of new economic recovery programmes to support our businesses, schools and residents. We are also developing a range of new activities in support of the Council’s Covid-19 Recovery Plan, including the £140 million Warwickshire Recovery and Investment Fund.
An exciting opportunity has become available, focusing on the business and economic growth funding needs of Warwickshire. The Council has a successful track record of securing external funding from European, Government and other funders and we are looking for an experienced Funding Lead to join the Business & Economy team – part of the wider Economy and Skills Group.
We are looking for a dynamic and enthusiastic individual to support the Lead Commissioner to identify new opportunities to support Warwickshire’s current and future business and economic needs.
As a priority, you will lead on shaping and informing Government, regional and sub-regional strategies, policies and funding programmes. You will also lead on identifying and attracting external and other funding to support our employability and skills agenda. This will include leading the design, development, commissioning, and management of new projects, programmes and initiatives as well as advising and supporting other colleagues.
Key Skills and Experiences
The successful candidate will have significant experience of business and economic growth, including working with Government funders and economic development agencies. You will have detailed knowledge of external funding programmes including their priorities, rules, requirements and processes. You will also have a successful track record of developing major projects and programmes, including the preparation of business cases and securing external and other funding.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills are key personal attributes, working effectively with a range of stakeholders including senior business leaders and strategic partners is an important part of the role and you will be expected to work on your own initiative, manage competing priorities and meet deadlines.
What we offer
As a local authority, we pride ourselves in being collaborative and barrier breaking, whilst demonstrating strong team cultures by encouraging creative thinking, personal development and embracing new ways of working.
We are proudly an award-winning team recognised for its culture and employee engagement, we operate a "flexible working" staff policy, whilst also offering enhanced wellbeing and staff benefit programmes such as cycle to work schemes, childcare vouchers, pension and health care schemes.
This is an exciting time to join the Economy & Skills Service as the economy recovers and we work with partners to deliver a range of existing and new services to support business activity and sustainable growth in the local and regional economy.
The post is based in Warwick, an attractive town with excellent road and rail connections to Birmingham, the Midlands, Oxfordshire and the South East.
For further discussion about the role please contact Alison Robinson – firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date: 20th September 2021
Interview date: w/c 27th September 2021
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Warwickshire County Council (WCC) is committed to equality of opportunity for all employees and is keen to address areas of under representation in its workforce, this is because we really understand the importance of different voices, experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds within our workforce. Therefore, we strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups. WCC has a number of staff network groups which provide peer support and safe spaces for employees who hold these and other identities. See more.