Sector Business Advisor
Full-time – 37 hours
£35,000 + benefits
“Worcestershire Business Central” the Worcestershire Growth Hub is expanding the current excellent service to create a focus for business support provided by both the public and private sectors. This service will now be delivered by the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership.
As a result, we have an exciting opportunity for four Business Advisors to be employed by the The Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, which is a member-led, not for profit organisation which works to support the local business community. The business advisors will deliver business advice & mentoring to businesses in the county. Each Business Advisor will be a sector lead in either Agri-Tech, Advanced Manufacturing, Defence & Security and Growth.
Your main purpose will be to lead on the priority sector, building up specialist knowledge and the local businesses within it, supporting those businesses to grow and thrive through a high level dedicated account management service. You will be required to provide a mixture of strategic business advice and signposting to the sector on either specific or general business issues, collate & record information on specific companies and provide suitable solutions to the business. You will also maintain key stakeholder relationships with local, regional and national stakeholders including UKTI, Local Economic Partnerships (LEPs), Local Authorities, Universities, BIS Local, Science Parks, and various organisations including MAS, NAS, EEF, IOD.
You will need to develop and implement a strategy to commercialise an element of the current delivery service to ensure the long term viability of the service and to review the target market to indentify new sector focussed scale up businesses for future engagement. There will also be an opportunity for one BA to take on team leader responsibilities.
Experience / Skills
Educated to degree level or equivalent and with strong commercial skills and significant experience in the priority sectors. An in-depth understanding of standard business functions including sales & marketing, international trade, finance, PR, human resources and strategic business planning. As such, an understanding of the vast range of issues facing businesses including local, regional and national policy, is essential.
Excellent communication, interpersonal & presentation skills with the ability to engage & communicate with senior business leaders. Results driven with an ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.
Proven time management skills and flexibility with regard to working hours but with the ability to work within a team. Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Systems
The Chamber of Commerce offers a full benefits package which includes: 29 days holiday plus Bank Holidays, a non-contributory pension scheme and private healthcare. We offer a range of work life balance policies and are an equal opportunities employer.
Should you wish to apply, please submit your CV, stating which sector position you would like to apply for (Agri-Tech, Advanced Manufacturing, Defence & Security or Growth), to Abigail Robbins at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact HR. Applications should be received by no later than Friday, 10 July 2015.