Chief Executive role at Heart of the South West LEP

A Chief Executive to realise our vision for better jobs, better growth and prosperity for all

Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay £110,000 to £125,000

The Heart of the South West LEP is a strong business led partnership between the private sector, social enterprises, local authorities, universities and colleges. We have established an impressive track record and partnerships leading and influencing economic growth, job creation and prosperity across the Heart of the South West. Covering Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay there is a mix of urban and rural settings, stunning natural capital, rich heritage and a tremendously exciting range of business opportunities. We already have a £750m investment pipeline to support our mission to see better productivity and better jobs and are poised to launch a new delivery plan for a step change in prosperity for all.

As Chief Executive you will play a key leadership role in building our local and national partnerships and realising our vision of transforming the economy, securing investment in improving our towns and rural communities, aiding the profitability of our businesses and providing rewarding careers. Leading a small team and supported by staff in our partners, the Chief Executive’s priorities will be to promote our opportunities, attract investment, share knowledge of our distinctiveness, and deliver our investments to maximise our impact in a fast changing global and national economy.

Our systems are based in the cloud and our lean teams distributed across our partners to facilitate partnership and maximise flexibility and value for money; so working location will be flexible across our area. You will relish working in a world where variety is the common denominator. The role also needs strong leadership, communications and relationship skills with a senior level and proven track record in an economic development field such as infrastructure, skills and / or business support. Also sought will be a good understanding of what management, governance and transparency frameworks are needed when managing our investment pipeline to maximise impact and assurance. Experience of successful and significant funding bids and knowledge of making the most of natural capital or cluster development would be equally advantageous.

Please apply before 16 February. A candidate briefing pack is available for download below which provides more information on the role and how to apply.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applicants reflecting the diversity of the community.

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