Vacancies

Growth Hub Manager

£40,760 to £42,683        Based in Corsham

We have an exciting opportunity for an outstanding individual with experience in managing projects, people and partnerships, combined with passion for enabling local businesses and communities to thrive.

SWLEP receives Government funding to run a Growth Hub, which provides support for local people to start, run and grow a business. Our Growth Hub is one of a network of 38 across the country, with increasing collaboration happening between neighbouring hubs. Our Growth Hub currently provides web-based and telephone advice, with access to face-to-face support. Subject to a successful funding application, we plan to expand this service with dedicated Growth Hub ‘navigators’ across the area, a Start Up service, a Scale Up service, and a grant scheme for small businesses.

SWLEP also runs a skills brokerage service known as Higher Futures, liaising with education providers to address skills gaps identified by local businesses, as well as advice on Apprenticeships. Going forward, SWLEP is looking to bring this service into the Growth Hub’s delivery framework and management structure.  

The Growth Hub Manager will therefore be responsible for delivering “business as usual” services, including overseeing the delivery of digital services, plus regular reporting to our Board and central Government, as well as using your project implementation and people skills to establish new offerings and amalgamate existing services. Your project management credentials may include a formal qualification such as PRINCE2, or equivalent knowledge gained through experience.

Change is part of the everyday picture for this role, as the Growth Hub service is constantly evolving, depending on central Government policy, availability of funding and local factors. A fundamental part of this role is to “horizon scan” for developments that fit with our strategic aims and plan how to bring these opportunities to fruition. We think these challenges are what makes the Growth Hub such an exciting place to take the next step on your career path.  

The successful candidate will bring experience in managing teams and third-party service providers, as well as a collaborative approach to partnership working. You will ideally have experience of European funded projects and working with Government bodies. You will be able to put your analytical and IT skills into practice to produce performance reports and ensure that the CRM system and digital services are being used optimally. You will also be degree educated with strong financial acumen and experience of managing budgets.

The role is based at our new office in Corsham’s recently opened Digital Mansion which provides a fantastic modern working environment in the heart of this beautiful market town. Regular travel, predominantly in the Wiltshire and Swindon area, will be part of your role.

If this sounds like your ideal next job, or you would like further information, please visit our website where you can download a full job description and person specification.

To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter explaining what attracts you to the role and why you would be an ideal candidate to administration@swlep.co.uk. Closing date for applications is Sunday 24th November.

This is a full-time position, however, we are open to discussing suggestions as to how the responsibilities of this role can be met through flexible working arrangements.

Board Directors

The current round of recruitment has finished, but if you are interested in such a role in the future, please read below.

The Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) is recruiting local business leaders to join their Board to increase its strategic leadership capacity and support our activities in growing our local economy. 

The SWLEP is keen for its board to reflect Swindon and Wiltshire’s diversity and so welcomes applications from everyone, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability. We are particularly keen to hear from women and people who are BAME.

We are embarking on an exciting period of change and opportunities and have recently incorporated as a Company limited by guarantee. Working in partnership with local businesses and Government, we are developing our Local Industrial Strategy. This will set out to Government how Swindon & Wiltshire can help the UK lead the global technology revolution by tackling the four Grand Challenges facing the country. Our Local Industrial Strategy will focus on future-oriented, productive business sectors which are embracing technology and are offering the prospect of a growth in high-value jobs.

The SWLEP board membership is voluntary; with claimable expenses. This fresh round of board recruitment is for a membership period of three years. Successful candidates will need to make a commitment to dedicate approximately two working days per month to cover regular Board meetings and working groups. 

To arrange to have an informal conversation about the role with the SWLEP Director or Chairman, please email deborah.house@swlep.co.uk

How To Apply

To apply email a CV and covering letter to administration@swlep.co.uk by midnight Monday 27th May 2019. Interviews will take place w/c 17 June 2019.

For a better understanding of the SWLEP and the responsibilities of the role a prospectus is available for download here.  

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Growth Hub Manager Job Description

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