Principal Programme Officer - Borderlands

Northumberland County Council
Closing date
18 Aug 2022

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The Borderlands region is unique. At the heart of the United Kingdom where England and Scotland meet, we are well known for our outstanding natural environment and a rich shared culture and history, but we also look to the future and opportunities to deliver investment and growth for our businesses, residents and visitors.

The Borderlands Partnership has been formed to deliver our shared ambition:

“Our shared ambition is for the Borderlands to reach its potential for everyone, delivering green growth and attracting new businesses and investment. We will improve our connectivity, deliver skills and innovation, and improve our places to support their longer-term resilience. We will attract new residents and welcome more visitors to enjoy the beautiful natural environment of our vibrant, inclusive region.”

The Partnership (covering Carlisle City Council, Cumbria County Council, Dumfries and Galloway Council, Northumberland County Council and Scottish Borders Council) signed our one-of-a-kind cross-border growth deal in March 2021, bringing more than £450m of new investment to our area. The Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal agreed with the UK Government and Scottish Government is an integrated investment package, ensuring that there is a balance between high profile place-based projects together with Borderlands-wide investment programmes that meet the needs and opportunities of the rural nature of the region. The programmes will deliver innovative solutions, putting global challenges into the local context and delivering new approaches to natural capital, energy and place-based and community-led development.

As well as delivery of the Deal, we are preparing for our next stage. We will deliver our ambitious programme of investment but also seek and develop new opportunities for the Partnership to improve and grow our region.

The Role

The Borderlands Partnership is seeking an experienced and knowledgeable Principal Programme Officer as part of a growing team which is delivering the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal.

In this role you will take a lead in developing innovative programmes of activity which deliver against the aspirations of the Partnership for sustainable and inclusive economic growth across a diverse, largely rural geography at the heart of the UK. You will oversee the finalisation of business cases and approval process.

As part of this role you will be expected to be responsible for leading on key thematic programmes of activity. Working with a dedicated programme board of experts and partners you will scope out the programme of activity responding to the funding identified in the Borderlands Deal and ensure delivery of activity working with delivery partners. You will also develop additional supporting activity as directed by the partnership and where appropriate seek alternative streams of funding where available. Where the activity is led by the Partnership you will be responsible for ensuring all reporting and financial claims are prepared and submitted. Where activity is led by other partners you will work with other members of the team to ensure reports are received and financial claims processes in line with relative policies of the funder and accountable body.

Key ‘programme’ themes for the Partnership include Energy, Digital, Natural Capital and Place. You will be expected to take a lead on two of these areas in line with experience and knowledge.

In addition you will have line management responsibility for members of the wider team and provide support and advice to projects in delivery of specific projects set out in the Deal such as overseeing project approval and claims process as part of the Deal.

You will be part of a small, high-performing team, the Borderlands Programme Management Office, which is tasked with leading and coordinating the work of the Partnership with our five partner Councils and the UK and Scottish Government. We also engage with the wider policy approach through a network of growth deals across Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Northumberland County Council is the employing body for the Borderlands Partnership however the team works flexibly across the whole geography (Cumbria, Dumfries and Galloway, Northumberland and Scottish Borders) including from home and from partner buildings.

Full information can be found in the attached job description here

What we offer

As well as the opportunity to work in a dynamic, high-profile and exciting new partnership focused on making our area a better place to live, work and visit we offer a number of benefits

  •   A starting salary of £49,249 (rising to £52,686)
  • 25 days annual leave plus public and bank holidays rising to 30 days after 5 year of local government service (pro-rata for part-time employees)
  • Flexible working scheme
  • Enrolment into the Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Local government discount scheme available to all employees
  • A commitment to fair pay and work-life balance including through job sharing, home working, flexible working, part-year working and compressed hours.
  • Car leasing and salary sacrifice scheme

If you would like to discuss the role or the partnership please contact James Davies (

To apply please click the Apply Now link below.


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