Job Vacancy – Senior Manager – Local Industrial Strategy

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Salary £54,215 pro rata

Job term Fixed Term Appointment

Full Time Hours 37 hours a week.

Closing Date 03 January 2019

For an informal discussion please contact Keri Denton 07769 179019

This vacancy is initially offered on a 9 month fixed term contract. There may be an option for contract extension.

This post is available as a secondment.

Although this post is being advertised as full time, part time hours will be considered.

Following the production of the Government’s Industrial Strategy, Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) review and Heart of the South West (HotSW) Productivity Plan, HOTSW LEP has been identified as a Wave 2 Industrial Strategy pilot area.

In order to take this work forward, the HotSW LEP is therefore seeking to recruit a Local Industrial Strategy (LIS) Manager.   The successful candidate must have the political acuity and local knowledge to develop and maintain effective relationships with a range of strategic partners at a local, regional and national level.

Equally, the role requires strong familiarity and expertise on the key drivers of economic growth and raising productivity together with expertise of policy setting, strategy development, analysis and evidence to support robust plans, funding bids with Government in a coherent manner sometimes in the context of ambiguity.

The LIS will be a key document for the HOTSW partners engagement with Government and will set the framework for future co-investment and jointly supported programmes. It needs to align with the national Industrial Strategy and takes forward the ambitions and priorities set out in the HOTSW Productivity Strategy.

Offered initially on a 9 month fixed term basis, the role could be extended in the future into the implementation phase which would include bidding into the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, and other policy instruments and funding streams.

We would welcome applications from experienced individuals who are:


  • Educated to degree level in a relevant discipline and experience of working   at a senior level within the public sector in economic development and   programme management and/or policy development


  • A proven team leader, able to lead through change and manage complex partnerships.


  • Skilled in economic analysis and interpretation, able to demonstrate sound decision making based on evidence and able to show clarity of thinking.


  • familiar with funding and governance models, including setting up and working within joint venture partnerships, share holder companies and formal partnership agreements and experience of of state aid requirements.


This is an exciting opportunity to shape and influence the future prosperity of our LEP area and a role which could be critical to attracting government funding,   activity and business growth in our region.