While it would be a distinct advantage to have a good grasp of economic development and a high level of intellectual curiosity about latest thinking in the field, our core requirement is that candidates bring the characteristics of highly effective leaders, with organisation, programme and project management at their core. Self-reliant, motivated by responsibility and able to take a genuinely new view of longstanding issues, you will also have a detailed grasp of the expectations of organisations that receive and disburse public funds.
Key skills we’re seeking include leadership, negotiation and the ability to keep projects on track, at the pace expected not only by our Chief Executive, but also our Board. It goes without saying that you will need excellent analytical and critical thinking ability. An understanding of local government structures and responsibilities, including economic development, will be a definite advantage. You’ll need good communication and presentation skills, and the personal confidence to represent the organisation at a senior level. Familiarity with servicing boards, including how to prepare comprehensive, concise papers, will be essential. Extensive experience of partnership working, leading teams and refining systems and processes, will all be required.