Principal Economic Development Officer

Test Valley Borough Council
Andover, Hampshire
£48,194 - £52,980
Closing date
1 Dec 2021

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Corporate Services, Corporate Management Team, Regeneration and Local Economies
Job role
Contract Type
Full time

Job Details

Permanent – Full Time

It is an exciting time to join Test Valley. We are an ambitious and optimistic Council that is looking to continue to reach its potential. As our businesses adapt to the emerging economic changes brought about by the pandemic and climate emergency it gives you an opportunity to make a real difference in guiding how the Council can support and grow our economy.

We are looking for a highly motivated individual who will have proven experience in the field of Economic Development and how the Council can be a mechanism for economic success. You will have a good understanding of the overall nature of businesses; be able to work at both the strategic and local level; and have strong analytical experience to support the formulation and delivery of strategies and policies.

You will be an excellent communicator, with the ability to engage with a wide range of people across a variety of sectors, building valuable relationships inside and outside of the Council whilst representing the Council in a positive way.

This is a high profile area of work but with your experience and our support you will have the opportunity to shape the economic future of the Borough.

In return, we offer successful applicants a range of benefits including a local government pension scheme, free on-site parking and discounted leisure facilities. For full details of all benefits of working for us, please visit the link below. 

If this has caught your interest and you think you could make a difference then we’d really love to hear from you.

For more information please contact Graham Smith, Head of Planning Policy & Economic Development on 01264 368141

Closing date for applications is midday, 1 December 2021

Supporting Documents for Principal Economic Development Officer


The extensive area of the Test Valley borough is one of the most beautiful areas in Southern England.

The River Test and its associated tributaries - the Mecca of trout fisherman - runs through the entire length of the area from north to south.

The countryside is typical Hampshire downland interspersed with woods and copses and high quality agricultural land. The area contains two principal towns, Andover and Romsey. Andover in the north, the larger of the two, is an expanding town with a modern shopping centre and there are plans for a new cinema and theatre.

There is a leisure centre and substantial industrial developments, together with further fully serviced land available for lease by industrialists. Romsey in the south is an ancient medieval town with its Abbey and Broadlands, the home of the late Earl Mountbatten of Burma. From just south of Newbury to the Northern edge of Southampton Test Valley, like its river, makes up western Hampshire.

The Borough comprises the growing commercial centre of Andover, the country market town of Romsey and the beautiful countryside of the valley of the River Test, centred on Stockbridge. Test Valley must have one of the most diverse characters in Hampshire: its rural character reflects the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, occupying more than 10% of the Borough, some 25 Sites of Special Scientific Interest, 38 Conservation Areas and thousands of listed buildings.

Yet on the other hand Test Valley has a vibrant economy with a number of household name companies with local headquarters, low unemployment and business sites totalling well over a million square feet available for development.

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Weyhill Road

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