Strategic Programme Manager
South London Knowledge Exchange:
The South London Knowledge Exchange is a new £6m programme that will support SME/University collaboration across the South London Partnership boroughs of Croydon, Kingston, Merton, Richmond and Sutton. The aim of the programme is to stimulate knowledge-based growth through business start-up or expansion, improved productivity and creating high-quality jobs. Via a network of knowledge hubs in new workspace, a partnership of councils and universities will deliver a consistent innovation support offer and routes into more intensive collaboration between entrepreneurs and academia.
Strategic Programme Manager:
We are seeking an experienced and skilled Programme Manager to lead delivery of the programme through to March 2023. This is an exciting opportunity to take forward an innovative partnership between local government and the university sector, supporting tangible business development and growth which will contribute to economic recovery across South London.
This exciting new post will head up the programme and facilitate the development of projects and services to stimulate knowledge-based growth and improved productivity across the South London Partnership boroughs.
With a track record in managing complex programmes involving multiple stakeholders, ideally helping small businesses and entrepreneurs start and grow, you will have a commitment to the delivery of high-quality services that achieve real impact.
Based in Richmond and Wandsworth Councils’ Economic Development Team, you will work closely with similar teams across the five South London Partnership (SLP) boroughs as well as the SLP team. This programme is one of a range of initiatives to support economic recovery and growth in the SLP area.
Flexible remote working in line with Covid 19 restrictions is currently the norm but regular working across the area, including in council and partner offices, is desirable within the duration of the programme.
In return, we can offer you working arrangements that will enhance your work-life balance. These include compressed hours, home working (dependent on service need), part-time working, annualised hours, term time only and a generous holiday allowance of 31 days plus bank holidays.
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. A wide range of developmental opportunities is also offered.
Indicative Recruitment Timeline:
Closing Date: Monday 30th November 2020
Shortlisting Date: W/C Tuesday 1st December 2020
Interview Date: W/C Monday 14th December 2020
Please note that these dates are only indicative at this stage and could be subject to change. 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. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
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