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Want to work at SEMLEP? View our current vacancies below. 

High Growth Business Advisor 

Salary: £37,000pa + 25 days holiday + bank holidays + 6% emp pension 
Hours: 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday. Flexible working applications are welcome. 
Contract Type: This contract will initially be until 31 March 2021, extension will be subject to continued government funding 
Responsible to: GrowthCurve Project Manager
Location: Your normal place of work will be home based. You will be required to travel in to the SEMLEP offices when required.

Job Summary:

This role will contribute to the successful delivery of an ERDF funded project, “GrowthCurve”, which is led by the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) and delivered through its partners the University of Northampton, University of Cranfield and University of Bedfordshire. The project will support businesses with the potential and aspiration to grow and which have been identified as scale ups.

There are four key elements to the role:

  • Business development – Identifying and engaging with local business who could participate in the project based on their current performance, growth potential and aspirations. GrowthCurve is ambitious in the number of businesses it will seek to engage with and sourcing potential participants is a vital process.
  • Diagnostic and Action planning – working with each client to understand their business in terms of its opportunities, its scalability and any barriers to growth. This will involve using one or more diagnostic tools and developing customised action plans which are 'owned' by the business and its management.
  • Account Management – Managing a portfolio of clients as they engage with the GrowthCurve project. This includes building relationships with clients who have been ‘recruited’ or referred to the project, taking a holistic approach to diagnosing their business needs, action planning including recommending appropriate support through the programme and maintaining on-going relationships with a portfolio of SMEs participating on the programme.
  • Project Administration – Tracking each client’s progress through the programme, helping to ensure they are benefitting from the support they are receiving and taking responsibility for the timely collection of required client paperwork in order to comply with ERDF regulations.

Each High Growth Business Advisor will be responsible for developing and managing a portfolio of between 120 and 150 businesses over the duration of the project (3 years in total).

Recruitment timetable:

Closing date: 9 AM, 17 August 2020
1st interview date: 
21 August 2020
2n
d interview date: 25 August 2020 
Start date: 
As soon as possible 

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Programme Contracts Manager

Salary: £35,000pa + 25 days holiday + bank holidays + 6% emp pension 
Hours: 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday. Flexible working applications are welcome. 
Contract Type: This contract will initially be until 31 March 2022, extension will be subject to continued government funding 
Responsible to: Director of Programmes and Governance 
Location: SEMLEP, Cranfield Innovation Centre, University Way, Bedfordshire, MK43 0BT

Job Summary:

  • This role will primarily support the Director of Programme and Governance to work with applicants for every project following approval by the LEP Board to formal contract and to output delivery arising from the funding.
  • This role will support in management of the overall LEP funding programmes.
  • To manage a portfolio of Getting Building Fund (GBF), Local Growth Fund (LGF) and Growing Places Fund (GPF) projects and those arising from any subsequent Government funding stream alongside other members of the SEMLEP Programme Team and wider staff. It may include engagement with the Growth Hub on business grant programmes.
  • To assist in supporting all external applicants for GBF funding to ensure all funding applications are compliant and are subsequently documented through a robust project pathway transparent including contracts and funding agreements to ensure they are properly assured and delivered as per the LEP’s Assurance Framework.
  • To manage the risks arising from a capital spend programme and report and act on these risks with the Programmes Team.
  • To develop working relationships with all the Delivery Partners’ Project Managers in the portfolio as part of the risk management and project delivery process.

Recruitment timetable:

Closing date: 9 AM, 20 August 2020
1st interview date: 
Thursday 3 September 2020/Friday 4 September 2020
Start date: 
As soon as possible 

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Grants Officer 

Salary: £28,000pa + 25 days holiday + bank holidays + 6% emp pension 
Hours: 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday. Flexible working applications are welcome. 
Contract Type: This contract will initially be until 31 March 2021, extension will be subject to continued government funding 
Responsible to: GrowthCurve Project Manager
Location: Your normal place of work will be home based. You will be required to travel in to the SEMLEP offices when required.

Job Summary

  • To provide day-to-day grant programme support for the grants scheme run by the Growth Hub  to assist business recovery.
  • You will be monitoring and reviewing grant applications, checking accuracy of data, ensuring compliance with project requirements and ensuring compliance with guidelines as part of the grant appraisal process.
  • Responsible for the timely and accurate editing of claims to the Project Manager and for maintaining a detailed evidence base for the claims submitted.
  • To support the grants programme by arranging, supporting and minuting Grant Panel meetings, managing calendars, producing meeting papers, putting together the grant appraisals for presentation to the panel.

Recruitment timetable:

Closing date: 9 AM, 24 August 2020
Interview date: 
28 August 2020
Start date: 
As soon as possible 

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Business Advisor

Salary: £35,000pa + 25 days holiday + bank holidays + 6% emp pension 
Hours: 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday. Flexible working applications are welcome. 
Contract Type: This contract will initially be until 31 March 2021, extension will be subject to continued government funding 
Responsible to: Business Advisor Team Lead
Location: Your normal place of work will be home based. You will be required to travel in to the SEMLEP offices when required.

Job Summary

  • To deliver one-to-one advice and guidance to Owners and Managers of SMEs based in the SEMLEP area including Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire.
  • To engage with clients to holistically determine their business situation, stage, issues, challenges and objectives by conducting an interrogative diagnostic process to help highlight needs and subsequently prioritise the action to be taken.
  • To provide the clients with information, advice and guidance they need as and where appropriate; work with clients to determine their priorities and the next steps/action to be taken and introduce clients to delivery partners according to their business stage and needs.
  • To help businesses with the SEMLEP area to be as resilient as possible and help them highlight any risks to their businesses and support them to take appropriate actions.

Recruitment timetable:

Closing date: 9 AM, 7 September 2020
1st interview date:
14 September 2020
2n
d interview date:
17 September 2020 
Start date: 
As soon as possible 

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Non-executive Board Director 

Closing date: Friday 18 September at 5pm

Interviews: week commencing 5 October

Appointment: Endorsed at SEMLEP's AGM, October

Term: Three years

Package: non-renumerated, expenses paid. 

 

You will be joining us at a time of unprecedented economic challenge. As such, you will have a pivotal role in supporting our area’s businesses and fulfilling our economic opportunity.

As we rebuild our economy, you will put the needs of our businesses, residents and environment first. This will strengthen our organisation to pursue economic growth priorities that are even cleaner, greener and more inclusive than before.

In 2019, the South East Midlands was one of the fastest-growing areas in England, already contributing some £50 billion p.a. to the UK economy. Whilst there is still great uncertainty around the economic impact of COVID19, our area is resilient. The historic and projected growth, our already dynamic and entrepreneurial economy, highly skilled people, and innovative businesses, all provide a solid foundation from which our area rebuilds. Our aim for economic recovery is that ultimately, our environment, health and wellbeing and the way we do business is improved as a result.

To achieve this, we need to bring expertise from business leaders, the best of our community knowledge, commercial and corporate practice together with local civic leadership to shape the future resilience and prosperity for the area.

Currently, we are seeking more Board members with knowledge and experience to complement existing Board member expertise. These areas are:

• Equality and diversity including an inclusive approach to economic growth
• Human resources and/or health and safety or the wider regulatory environment of managing people
• Social and environmental policy and/or implementation
• Government funding including Enterprise Zones
• SEMLEP’s showcase sectors – particularly high-technology and innovation, creative and cultural and logistics

We are particularly seeking to become a more diverse board, representative of our South East Midlands area. We will welcome applications from young people, women, people with disabilities people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds, or people with any other protected characteristic, as defined by the Equality Act 2010.

Over the short to medium period, the SEMLEP Board will agree the Economic Recovery Strategy for the South East Midlands LEP area. We will be supporting business and local communities through the end of the transition period of EU exit in January 2021 and will be pursuing strong investment to strengthen our area's position at the heart of the most exciting growth areas in the UK, the Oxford-Cambridge Arc.

If this sounds like the opportunity for you, and you have the skills we are looking for, we would like to hear from you.

To arrange a confidential discussion with Hilary Chipping, SEMLEP’s Chief Executive about joining us, please contact Emma Wilkinson via email at emma.wilkinson@semlep.com.

 

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