Principal Economic Growth Officer
Job summary and Responsibilities
It is an exciting time to be joining the Economic Growth team at Essex County Council. We’re committed to improving the wealth in our economy as the main driver of ensuring that our region continues to be a fantastic place to work, do business, live and enjoy life. We believe that our local infrastructure is fundamental to achieving this vision and as the Principal Economic Growth Officer for Infrastructure, you will have the chance to take ownership and support delivery of our new economic infrastructure plan, working with important and influential partners to provide a framework for developing business growth in the area.
In this role, you will be working as part of a small team to support the delivery of the things we need to support our economic growth. This will include road, rail, land and digital connectivity where it is directly linked to growth in our opportunity businesses. Further ensuring economic success, you will develop both new and established partnerships with business, districts, boroughs and the LEP and will work closely with our reputable Higher Education and Further Education institutions. As an ambassador for the county, you will also promote both the locational economic advantages of Essex, in order to appeal to new businesses, residents and communities.
Essex is a county replete with untapped potential and this is an excellent opportunity to turn that potential into a reality and, in turn, help to shape a better future for the businesses and people committed to the success of our area.
Working flexibly to develop understanding of key sector and economic infrastructure requirements and supporting the development, implementation and delivery of inclusive economic growth for Essex. You will influence ECC and partner investment and support the infrastructure elements of our economic programmes of work. With a range of project management, analytical and delivery focused skills and a working knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of the Essex economy you will be solution focused in order to deliver interventions which have a positive and tangible effect on the economy. You will be able to bring to the table significant experience in delivering on large-scale economic development projects. You will also be able to engage with professionals of all levels, represent the Council at meetings, as well as show a talent for forming important partnerships and networks, ensuring the successful delivery of the growth strategy. To attract large businesses to Essex, you’ll be able to identify economic possibilities and opportunities and will be able to translate business requirements into suitable investment propositions. If you have experience of the planning system from an economic growth perspective then we would be very keen to meet you.
Knowledge, skills and experience
• Educated to degree level and/or appropriate professional qualification relevant to the field of economic development or equivalent by experience, you should also demonstrate:
• Evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge in relevant professional area.
• Proven experience of local government economic development.
• Demonstrable evidence of working effectively with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, successfully influencing partners and ensuring good relationship management.
• Proven track record of effective management of multi-disciplinary and complex projects.
• Ability to provide robust written and verbal recommendations on proposed courses of action to senior leaders.
(Qualification certificates should be brought to interview.)
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