Salary: £45,000 p.a. (negotiable) + benefits, Location: Worcester initially with potential relocation within Worcestershire, Full time: 37 hours
We have an immediate requirement for an Invest in Worcestershire Manager to join the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (WLEP). The WLEP is responsible for creating and delivering economic growth and jobs in the County, which is achieved through a partnership approach with business, local government, the third sector and higher and further education working together with a common, shared purpose.
The main function of this role is to lead and manage the Invest in Worcestershire initiative, supporting and encouraging new and existing business to invest in the County. This will be achieved by developing and driving delivery of the Invest in Worcestershire service and working with the WLEP, wider Local Authority and business community.
You will be the key point of contact for potential new investors and will be required to market and promote Worcestershire as a business location.
You will also be the primary point of contact for the Department for International Trade and other inward investment related organisations and agencies and will proactively engage with the decision makers in companies who have been identified as having growth potential, whilst supporting the company where possible to remove barriers to growth.
You will need to understand the needs of businesses and provide bespoke support to companies through the co-ordination of services and partner activity, whilst developing effective relationships across the public and private sector within Worcestershire to ensure a co-ordinated message is given to potential investors in the County.
The successful candidate will have a degree or equivalent in an appropriate area of work e.g. project management, economic regeneration or economic development, be methodical and well organised, with an ability to manage heavy workloads and produce high quality work to tight deadlines. The candidate will have excellent communication skills at a senior level with partners, stakeholders, media, businesses and the general public.
You will have the ability to summarize complex issues for presentation to a range of audiences, including the Worcestershire LEP Board, stakeholder groups and the business community as well as having strong negotiation skills and knowledge and understanding of business issues, economic development and regeneration.
Extensive experience of interacting with a range of public and private sector organisations is a necessity and you must have proven experience of attracting business investment.
Whilst the post is responsible to the Deputy Chief Executive of the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, you will be employed by the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, a member-led, not for profit organisation which works to support the local business community and our network of members. This post is a fixed term contract to 30 September 2019 (extension subject to performance and availability of budget).
A full job description for this role is available here.
If you would like to apply for the position, please submit your up-to-date CV to Abigail Robbins by no later than midday on Friday, 12 January 2018. Interviews will take place on Wednesday, 24 January 2018.
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.