Programme Development Officer

£27041 - £32910
10 Sep 2021
26 Sep 2021
Job Ref
Resourcing Team
Contract Type
Fixed Term Contract
Working Pattern

The Economic Development Service (EDS) has an instrumental role in the delivery of the Council’s ambitions and in particular the vision to promote the growth of a sustainable Coventry economy.   

The department also delivers objectives set by central Government, the Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) and West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).  

To achieve our ambition of delivering sustainable growth through creating opportunities, the teams within EDS carry out a number of key activities including:  

  • Monitoring and shaping policy 

  • Identifying and delivering investment opportunities and projects 

  • Delivering an inward investment and skills and growth function 

  • Providing a business support and investment programme; and  

  • Managing external funding programmes.  

The benefits of these services aim to meet the needs of local businesses and industry across all sectors, international businesses seeking to invest and local residents through jobs and growth.    

The team has a strong track record of success including:  

  • Support in the delivery of the successful City of Culture 2021 bid 

  • Securing funding for and providing project delivery of the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC) 

  • Attracting major investors to the City through the promotion of opportunities to a national and global audience; and  

  • Awarding grants to local SMEs to help them to grow and create jobs 

As a department we do not want to stop here but have ambitions to continue to develop the service. We are seeking driven individuals to support us in these aspirations. 

Our Values

It’s great to know that you are interested in working with us at Coventry City Council. As a prospective employee, it is important that everyone who works for us is committed to our One Coventry values and shares our commitment to becoming a more diverse and inclusive organisation. 


Our Values are:

What is the job role?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join the Economic Development Service to support the delivery of a European Funded Business Support Programme (ERDF).

In this role you will focus on providing programme management support to the Programme Development Manager for the delivery of Business Support in Coventry/Warwickshire.

This is an exciting and varied role which will support the successful delivery of the programme and will involve working with programme delivery partners, business advisors and with small & medium businesses.

You will lead the collation and processing of programme claims to funding bodies and project claims from delivery partners. You will also be responsible for leading the management of external audits from the funding body, undertaking visits to ensure delivery partners have effective monitoring systems and audit trails in place. The role also involves appraising grant claims submitted by small to medium sized businesses, and processing payments to partners and businesses.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for someone who shows initiative, has a can-do attitude and has experience in processing claims and payments. Ideally, we are looking for someone who has a history of working in a project management environment and has previously worked on European funded programmes.

If you have excellent communication skills, good attention to detail and are able to meet deadlines, then this role could be for you.

Candidates with similar experience in other sectors with transferable skills will also be considered.

The role is initially fixed term until December 2022 and is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

If you would like to discuss this opportunity, please get in touch with Liz Kantor on 07908 759 046;

When applying for this role you will be asked to write a personal statement. Please include the following examples in your application: 

  • Relevant work experience of regeneration programmes and activities or equivalent experience in a programme/project management or delivery role, or performance management role
  • Any experience with European funded programmes.
  • Good inter-personal skills, confidence in dealing with senior colleagues and external contacts
  • Demonstrable skills in the creation and use of spread sheets, data bases, word processing and presentation packages
  • Ability to work on own initiative and organise, plan work without close supervision.
  • Ability to analyse financial and numerical data, performance information, and written information, and draw valid conclusions and produce reports
  • Ability to communicate effectively with different audiences

For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'

Interview date(s): w/c 11th October 2021

Introduction to Coventry City Council

Coventry is a lively, multicultural city, which embraces old and new. Around the modern city centre there are traces of history everywhere – in the old city walls, the timber-framed buildings and the reconstructed medieval Spon Street. But Coventry has always had an eye on the future, and is now firmly focused on regenerating and re-inventing itself to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. With major developments and new projects taking place right across the city, Coventry City Council is the place to be!

There's a huge buzz about the city – Coventry ranks as the 8th best city to live, work and do business in the UK, and is the UK City of Culture 2021 ! We believe this will help put Coventry on the map for all the right reasons. You can feel the sense of local pride throughout the city as we build towards this momentous year. It also offers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to those joining us to play their part in it.

We genuinely believe that Coventry City Council is a special place. You will be joining Coventry City Council during an exciting time to become part of a team that contribute to achieving our visions for the city. We have made our council a place where we look after our people, making sure you're happy in your work and given everything you need to succeed. We've created friendly, welcoming workplaces where everyone is working towards the same cause, providing the best possible services for the city of Coventry.

As a council with improvement at its heart, we’re committed to making life better for the people who live and work in Coventry. We’re equally concerned with the quality of life enjoyed by our people, so by joining us, you won’t just be helping the community, you’ll be helping yourself too.

Not only do you get to work alongside great people that are helping to improve services for our community we offer great benefits too! For your valued contribution we will provide a fantastic benefits package including;

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Generous annual leave allowance starting at 27 days and rising to 32 days
  • Pay progression through multiple increments
  • Outstanding local government pension scheme
  • Learning & Development with access to certified courses.
  • Access to an award winning Occupational Health Team
  • Vibrant employee networks 

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