Senior Economic Growth Manager

Derby City Council
£39,571 - £42,614 a year
Closing Date:
24th August 2022

Directorate: Communities and Place 

Hours:  37 hours a week

Contract type:  Fixed Term to 31 March 2024 - subject to potential extension, funding permitted

Location:  The Council House

Where you will be working

Derby is one of the fastest growing economies in the UK, home to world leading brands with a proud and vibrant manufacturing heritage We have a mature and powerful cross sector partnership driving the development of the city.

What you’ll be doing

The Economic Growth Service is supporting SME's to expand, attracting companies to the city and ensuring that resident's skills match workforce needs.  

The Service is helping to shape post-pandemic economic recovery and helping to create a diverse, inclusive economy in Derby

As part of this we have three fundamental pillars:

• Acting as strategic enablers of the ‘wider drivers of growth’, creating an optimum environment for economic growth

• Supporting and strengthening the existing business base and specialisms/sectors

• Diversifying and broadening the economy

This exciting role will support these overall objectives by ensuring the promotion, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of the business support programmes within Economic Growth, ensuring we understand the needs of SME’s and their barriers to growth.

A key focus will be on our flagship Ascend programme which is a Derby City Council funded £5m business growth scheme that delivers Derby scale up companies the investment, specialist advisors and expert business support networks needed to help them grow faster.

Reporting to the Principal Economic Growth Manager you will lead a small officer team that advises applicants, appraises applications, makes recommendations to an Investment Panel, manages our due diligence and contracting procedure and oversees the monitoring of the schemes.

What we’re looking for

We need someone offering, amongst other things, the following key attributes:

• a background in business finance with a banking or accountancy degree-level qualification (or comparable experience)

• sound commercial acumen allied to an exceptional analytical brain

• the passion to help local businesses grow and prosper.

Why join us

The City Council operates from a superb city centre building.  Officers enjoy an excellent relationship with our Councillors.  Partnerships in Derby aren't forced or synthetic.  The city knows where it wants to go and has the means to get there.  The Economic Growth service is motivated, passionate and hungry for success.

The salary on offer would normally commence at the bottom of the range and would be subject to annual increments to the upper figure. 

What to do next

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Stephen Turner, Principal Economic Growth Manager, on 07876 867235.

All employees will normally be appointed to the minimum of the grade for the job. For reasons connected with a particular need of the Council it may be appropriate, subject to approval, to appoint to a higher point in the pay grade.  

Please be aware that where there are staff within the organisation who are 'at risk' of redundancy, requirements to redeploy to another suitable role will apply and take priority.

The closing date for this vacancy is 24th August at midnight. Any application forms received after the closing date will not be accepted.

Applicants are asked to note that interviews will be held on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 9th September and that short-listed candidates will be notified no later than 1st September.

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