Ref: 1626456

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Company: 1626456

Salary: Ł46,800 - Ł55,116 National - Ł51,300 - Ł58,312 London

Closing Date: Closing date: 22 Apr 2019

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands : Cambridge, Eastern : London

Three Area Lead roles in the Cities and Local Growth Unit

Three Area Lead roles in the Oxford to Cambridge & East Anglia,and London and South East teams, in the Cities and Local Growth Unit

About the Role:

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Cities and Local Growth Unit, a joint Unit across the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government departments. The Unit is a national organisation, bringing together a team of around 180 across the country.
These three G7 roles will drive engagement across a broad range of senior stakeholders to help realise the Unit’s ambitions deliver policy aimed at boosting local economic growth and productivity.

The two posts in the Oxford to Cambridge Arc and East Anglia team will be focused on Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, driving the development and implementation of Local Industrial Strategies in both counties as part of Government’s wider ambition to deliver ambitious growth across the Oxford to Cambridge Arc. The exact division of responsibilities will be agreed with the successful candidates and there may also be an opportunity to take on a broader programme management role of the team’s work across the Oxford to Cambridge Arc more widely.

The post in the London and South East team will be focused on driving the development of Local Industrial Strategies across London and the South East, as well as being the Area Lead for EM3, the Local Enterprise Partnership driving prosperity in the M3 corridor. The exact division of responsibilities will be agreed with the successful candidate.

You will work closely with Local Enterprise Partnerships and a range of local leaders to act as both a critical friend and trusted advisor, as well as provide a link between local partners and wider government. You will develop and use knowledge of the opportunities and challenges facing the area to influence national and local policy development and delivery on a wide-range of issues.

As well as influencing national policy development, the role will provide you with the opportunity to get involved in policy delivery on the ground and influence local priorities and plans. You will also provide critical local intelligence, support Ministers and senior officials and be the lead on economic issues including economic shocks and opportunities locally. You will support the development and implementation of key local growth delivery policies.

You will be key to the implementation of the outcomes of the LEP Review: "Strengthened Local Enterprise Partnerships" and support stakeholders to develop and deliver new funding opportunities including the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, the High Streets Fund and the Stronger Towns Fund.

The Oxford to Cambridge Arc and East Anglia roles will require travel across their respective regions and occasional travel to London. The London role will be based in London and require regular travel across the M3 corridor (London to the New Forest covering Hampshire and South West Surrey) and the wider south east region. Travel to other regions may also be required on a less frequent basis.

About the Team:

The Oxford to Cambridge Arc team is one of seven regional teams within the Unit covering geographic local economic growth responsibilities for Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, the South East Midlands, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, Norfolk and Suffolk. It is a relatively small team of around 8, currently split between London and Cambridge.

The London and South East team is another of the Unit’s local teams which covers London, Hertfordshire, Essex, Kent, Sussex, Surrey, Berkshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. It is a team of around 14 based in London alongside the unit’s central policy teams.

Both teams work flexibly across different areas (geographic and policy) and have a keen focus on high quality policy delivery, well-being of staff, and creating an inclusive, vibrant culture that allows staff to develop and grow in their career.

Key Responsibilities:

The three posts will:

• forge strong and effective working relationships with senior local decision makers and key economic partners, including Local Enterprise Partnerships, local authorities, businesses and universities;
• play a key role in developing and supporting the delivery of local industrial strategies;
• work with stakeholders to shape and drive local economic growth policies and strategies in line with Government priorities, proactively spotting opportunities to work across geographical boundaries and apply learning from best practice (nationally and internationally);
• have oversight of the delivery of growth programmes such as Local Growth Fund, Enterprise Zones and LEP governance;
• gather intelligence and using knowledge of local opportunities and issues to influence and shape the national policy debate, whilst supporting Ministers and senior officials by providing clear and comprehensive advice and briefing;
• unlock specific economic growth and sector opportunities by bringing together national and local partnerships and bridging policies to build consensus on agreed plans of action; and
• have potential line management responsibilities and active leadership role across the two teams with the other G7s, and wider corporate leadership across the Unit.

Person Specification:

This is an exciting time to be joining the Cities and Local Growth Unit in one of our key strategic area roles. The joint Unit is at the heart of the Government’s economic agenda.

You will:

• have strong leadership skills with the ability to deliver at pace to meet the demands of a fast-moving agenda and prioritise strategies that will help deliver tangible outcomes and impact.
• be an effective communicator, confident in developing and building effective relationships with senior local stakeholders and navigating complex and sometimes competing policy agendas.
• be capable of developing a good knowledge of a range of key policy areas and be able to adopt a cross-Government perspective, maximising stakeholder networks that you will bring to the role.
• be a dynamic, passionate and pro-active senior leader within the wider Unit, helping to develop a high performing team culture.
• be prepared to accommodate some "out of hours" working and travel, and in return we will support your learning and development in an open, inclusive and enjoyable place to work.

We are particularly keen to invite applicants from diverse backgrounds.

About BEIS:

BEIS is a department at the heart of the Government’s agenda, with a vision of an economy that works for everyone. We are responsible for developing and delivering a comprehensive industrial strategy and leading the Government’s relationship with business; we work to tackle climate change and ensure that the country has secure energy supplies that are reliable, affordable and clean. Our role is vital to lead the Government’s vision in a context of momentous change, responding to both the short-term domestic impact of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union and working to define the next stage. 

We feel the department has an exciting remit, and we hope you agree.