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Business Growth Manager for Sectors and Innovation

The Role

The Economic Development Office in Richmond and Wandsworth Council is currently recruiting for a Business Growth Manager within the Enterprise and Business Growth Team, focused on sectors and innovation.     

The Role

The primary purpose of this position is to develop targeted business growth initiatives in Wandsworth to support sector/cluster initiatives and business innovation, working with key partners such as Universities.  A key focus of the role is to oversee the development of the Battersea Design and Technology Quarter initiative and be the Wandsworth lead officer for the Stride Partnership.

The Business Growth Manager will take forward the development of the Battersea Design and Technology Quarter proposition with local and sector stakeholders and develop suitable partnership arrangements to take this forward as well as working with Council teams to develop an action plan to include  the development of new workspace, public realm, and associated infrastructure improvements.   

The post holder will also work closely with partners and delivery bodies to identify and develop services and products that can be made available to growth orientated businesses in the borough and work with other EDO teams and staff to develop sector- based strategies, plans and activities in priority sectors. This is a fixed term role until September 2023.

About you

You will be an ambitious self-starter, ready to take on the challenge of joining a successful Enterprise and Business Growth team.  The ideal candidate will have knowledge of innovation and high growth support services for early stage and growing businesses; a knowledge of place-based sector and cluster growth development and the innovation district concept.  They will also need experience of developing partnerships and projects involving business, universities, and public sector organisations; of working with small businesses and entrepreneurs; and developing project or place-based brands, concepts, and strategies for their execution. 

This is an exciting time to join the Enterprise and Business Growth Team as we gradually move out of lockdown, following the Covid 19 restrictions, when support for local businesses has never been greater.

Richmond and Wandsworth councils

We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working including, working from home job shares and other arrangements. Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process (and beyond) if these are options you’d like to explore. We also offer a generous holiday allowance of 39 paid days including bank holidays and a wide range of learning and development opportunities.

In addition, we offer a range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government contributory pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts at many leisure activities, restaurants, shops, and other establishments.

Indicative Recruitment Timeline (dates subject to change):

Closing Date: 25th July 2021

Shortlisting Date: 26th to 28th July 2021

Interview Date(s): 12th & 13th August 2021

For an informal conversation, please contact Susan.shaw@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk Head of Enterprise and Business Growth

Useful Information:

The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. We strongly advise you to complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Please note that the advertised dates for interviews may change due to the current Covid-19 situation. If they do, we will let you know as soon as possible.

Your health and wellbeing is our top priority. Should you become unwell due to Covid-19 during the recruitment process we would very much appreciate receiving an update from you as soon as possible.

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

We particularly welcome applications from sections of the community who are currently underrepresented within our teams.

Important Information:

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils

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