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Economic Advisor Rural Growth

Employer
Northumberland County Council
Location
Northumberland
Salary
£32,910 - £36,922
Closing date
30 May 2022

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Sector
Regeneration and Local Economies, Rural Development
Job role
Manager, Officer
Contract Type
Full time
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Exciting opportunity for an experienced Economic Advisor, with a good background in energy, to join the Rural Growth Team to support the development, delivery, monitoring and review of ground breaking economic development programmes and projects for Northumberland. 

Programmes include the Borderlands Energy Masterplan, which will shortly enter the crucial stage of delivering Local Area Inclusive Energy Plans, in specific locations across the Borderlands region.  This will focus on delivering Net Zero Strategies which will have economic and regeneration impact on rural areas.  This will help to unlock further funding of circa £30m for investment in energy projects.  You will lead the team procuring technical consultants who will deliver the work.  You will then manage the consultants to ensure their work aligns closely with the outputs required to deliver real practical solutions and change for the whole Borderlands area.  

The post will sit in the Rural Growth Team whose main responsibility is the development of rural regeneration projects for the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal and NTCA devolution/NE Local industrial strategy.  The team works collaboratively with a wide range of internal NCC, public and private sector partners, there is a real opportunity to drive this collaboration more.  

On behalf of the Council you will develop, implement, monitor and review Regeneration programmes and projects for Northumberland, particularly ones with an Energy/Clean Growth/Net Zero context, including those associated with Borderland Energy Planning, Hexham Hydro, Zero Emission Vehicle infrastructure, and work with partners to help achieve strategic Clean Growth/Net Zero Regeneration policies and priorities. 

You will be responsible for the compliant delivery of the programme, ensuring that contractual targets are met, appropriate governance is embedded and a quality service is provided to businesses and Partners. 

Do you want a challenging and rewarding career with real opportunities to change the lives of people in Northumberland, if you are dynamic, dedicated and enthusiastic then we want to hear from you. Who is NCC? 

World renowned as a visitor destination, Northumberland is also the ideal location to strike a perfect work/life balance. What better way of enjoying the picturesque scenery and stunning coastline than to sample it on an everyday basis? 

Our Vision is: “To make Northumberland a county which you regard as a great place to live, and in which you can access the things you enjoy, whilst having the opportunity to learn and thrive” Our Plan is to focus on: 

· Living - we want you to feel safe, healthy and cared for 

· Enjoying - we want you to love where you live 

· Connecting - we want you to have access to the things you need 

· Learning - we want you to achieve and realise your potential 

· Thriving - we want to attract more and better jobs

For further information about working for Northumberland County Council, please click here: http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/working 

Why choose us?  

We have some outstanding benefits to offer you, including: 

- 25 days annual leave plus public and bank holidays (rising to 30 after 5 years of service)(pro-rata for part-time employees) · Automatic enrolment into the Local Government Pension Scheme 

- Flexi scheme applicable to majority of roles 

-Local government discount schemes available to all employees with offers at local businesses along with various national brands 

- A commitment to work-life balance offering flexibility through various schemes including job sharing, home working, flexible working, part-year working, and compressed hours 

- Car Leasing Scheme 

Please visit: https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/About/Working-for-Northumberland-County-Council.aspx for more information regarding our benefits. 

You will be supported by our friendly experienced team primarily based in our main office at Morpeth County Hall. 

The Service

The Economy and Regeneration service sits within the Regeneration, Economy and Commercial Directorate of the Council. The Service has 47 staff whose core purpose is to deliver the Council’s priority of Economic Growth. This includes the influencing of national and regional policy and co-ordinating and driving forward the delivery and management of regeneration and economic growth projects. This includes the acquisition and management of external funding, including Borderlands Growth Deal, North of Tyne Combined Authority Investment Funding, European Structural Funds and Central Government Initiatives. 

The Role:
The Economy and Regeneration service, Rural Growth Team is looking for an experienced Economic Advisor, with a strong background in Energy as part of the team, the role will develop, deliver, monitor and review economic development programmes and projects for Northumberland, taking the lead on particular tasks. 

The post will sit in the Rural Growth Team whose main responsibility is the development of rural regeneration projects for the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal and NTCA devolution/NE Local industrial strategy. 

On behalf of the Council you will develop, implement, monitor and review Regeneration programmes and projects for Northumberland, particularly ones with an Energy/Clean Growth/Net Zero context, including those associated with Borderland Energy Planning, Hexham Hydro, Zero Emission Vehicle infrastructure, and work with partners to help achieve strategic Clean Growth/Net Zero Regeneration policies and priorities. 
You will be responsible for the compliant delivery of the programme, ensuring that contractual targets are met, appropriate governance is embedded and a quality service is provided to businesses and Partners. 

We are offering: 

- A starting salary of £32,910 rising to £36,922 (Band 8) 

- Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme 

- A wide range of staff benefits including a competitive annual leave provision 

- Flexible working arrangements 

Essential requirements: 

-You will be educated to BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) or equivalent standard of general education. You will have significant experience in developing policies and projects related to regeneration initiatives, with a strong appreciation of the net zero and energy contexts. You will have experience in developing bids for funding regeneration projects, some of which may be related to energy/net zero in context. 

-A good work knowledge around renewable energy, energy networks and issues such as fuel poverty would be very useful. 

-You will have experience working with businesses and communities in developing and delivering a wide range of project activity. You will have experience in making presentations at public meetings, committee meetings and stakeholder groups. 
-You will possess good interpersonal skills with the ability to work as part of a team, guide non-specialists and negotiate with partners and funding organisations. The ability to converse at ease with Partners and provide advice in accurate spoken and written English is essential for the post. 

Please refer to the job description and person specification for full details here

To apply please click the Apply Now link below.

 

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