Job Opportunity: Senior Economic Development Officer (Economy and Enterprise), Devon County Council (full-time, permanent, salary: up to £42,614) (application deadline: 11th July 2022)

Devon County Council is currently seeking to recruit to the post of  Senior Economic Development Officer (Economy and Enterprise). This is a full-time, permanent post with a salary of up to £42,614 per annum. The deadline for applications is Monday 11th July 2022. Please forward details to anyone in your networks who may be interested in finding out more or applying. Many thanks to Ian Guy of Devon County Council for forwarding details.

The job advertisement reads:

“Job Opportunity – Senior Economic Development Officer, Devon County Council (Ref. 3046).

o Work location: County Hall. Exeter, Devon EX2 4QD.
o Salary: £38,553 – £42,614 per annum.
o Status: Full-time, permanent, 37 hours per week.
o DBS check required: No.
o Application deadline: 11/07/22.

“Devon is a superb place to live. Our heritage and landscape, sense of community, high levels of volunteering and low crime rates are consistently ranked among the best in the country. However, as a county we face some significant challenges and many once-in-a-generation opportunities.

“As a member of a small team in the Economy, Enterprise and Skills Service, you will play a vital part in strengthening our economy, encouraging new business growth and supporting a thriving county. Reporting to the Manager for Strategic Development and Infrastructure, this varied role will see you developing economic and growth strategies and managing projects and programmes, such as strategic employment site development, low carbon solutions, infrastructure funding and our industrial estate portfolio.

“Much of the role includes working closely and developing strong partnerships across the public and private sector. Managing key contracts with external suppliers and contractors, ensuring programmes are delivered on time, to quality and within budget. We will also look to you to manage and motivate staff and/or contractors. Just like us, you want what is best for Devon so, by developing, leading and actively engaging with key partnerships, you will exceed expectations in all areas.

“The role will involve a wide ranging remit. Please note in particular there will be responsibility for: –

o Applying for, monitoring and administering Grant Funding Packages for several initiatives. 
o Guiding Devon Work Hubs space; by liaising and encouraging existing work hubs, and facilitating new work hub space by encouraging applications and assessing and determining funding packages. There are existing funding commitments to monitor, and
o Dealing with a small number of Economy and Enterprise Department property assets to support economic objectives in terms of sales/ leases and management.

About you

“With a proven track record in economic development, you should have knowledge of developing and managing property and infrastructure programmes and understand the importance of partnership working. Experience of winning external funding, along with management of capital and revenue budgets and delivery on the ground is essential. Influential, credible and authoritative, you should be confident advising and negotiating with a range of colleagues and stakeholders. You should be a creative and innovative thinker who will thrive on the opportunity to make a positive economic and social impact on our county.

Rewards and benefits

“We will give you every opportunity to further develop personally and professionally and we are committed to helping you achieve a healthy work-life balance while rewarding you along the way. Your package will include extra days’ leave between Christmas and New Year, a local government pension scheme, flexible working, and discounts at local organisations, and much, much more.

o We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 
o DCC embraces the positive benefits of a diverse workforce and is committed to providing an environment that is inclusive and safe. We welcome applications from people who share our commitment to stop discrimination, challenge inequality and promote diversity across Devon. 
o The Council offers flexible working arrangements in terms of when and where people work e.g. hybrid working, part-time, condensed hours etc. More information can be found on our Equality and Diversity webpages.
o This role requires the ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence and fluency in English. 
o Personal data we collect from you will be processed in accordance with the Applicant privacy notice.
o Happy to Talk Flexible Working. ”

For further information and details about how to apply, please visit the Devon Jobs website.