Economic Development Officer

  • Job Reference: GBP 5843
  • Date Posted: 16 November 2021
  • Recruiter: University of Exeter (Graduate Business Partnership)
  • Location: Torquay, Devon
  • Remote Working: Some remote working possible
  • Salary: £24,982
  • Sector: Administration
  • Job Type: Contract
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

Torbay Development Agency (TDA) has a unique opportunity suited to a graduate to assist in delivering key projects as part of the Economic Strategy within the Economy Development and Enterprise service. This position is ideal for graduates who have studied or have a strong interest in Economics, Geography, Planning or Real Estate and want to develop valuable experience in these areas. The role offers flexible working – part office, part home, details to be finalised with the Manager once appointed. This role is part of the Graduate Business Partnership (GBP) scheme and offered as an initial 2 year fixed-term contract with the possibility that it will become permanent. 
Key Purpose of Job 
  • To support the delivery of Torbay’s Economic Strategy.  
  • To assist in the development and implementation of projects, funding applications, and sub strategies relating to the delivery of TDA’s economic development work, in line with the Economic Strategy.  
  • To support the wider team in the development and implementation of TDA’s economic development work. 
Anticipated Outcomes of Post 
  • Effective delivery of the TDA’s economic development work through an agreed work plan. 
  • Maximising external funding in support of the agreed work plan.  
  • Enhanced external relationships locally, nationally and internationally leading to better engagement and access to funding opportunities to support economic development activities 
Key Duties 
  • To support development and delivery of specific projects within the Economic Strategy. 
  • To support the development of economic development policy and strategy in support of TDA and clients’ priorities. 
  • Researching and securing investment for TDA activity e.g. through leading and supporting successful bids for capital and revenue grant funding.  
  • To conduct and, where necessary commission, research and surveys and provide the analysis needed to inform effective economic development. 
  • Assist in delivery of the economic development aims and objectives of the TDA business plan.  
  • To support the delivery of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership Service Level Agreement. 
  • To establish and maintain good relationships with partner organisations to ensure the needs of Torbay are reflected in local and national policy developments.  
  • To support Torbay’s involvement in funding programmes and advise on funding opportunities. 
  • Providing funding and analytical information to businesses as requested. 
  • To make effective contributions to formal and informal meetings with members and officers providing accurate advice and information as required, preparing reports for the TDA board, clients and other partners when necessary. 
  • To represent the TDA at meetings and consultation events and to engage with national, regional and local bodies including government departments, local authorities, business groups and the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership. In particular to ensure that the development of the strategies of partners, regional and sub-regional bodies are advanced with the best interests of Torbay fully maintained. 
  • To assist the TDA to deliver its Aftercare programme by maintaining and developing relationships with key businesses through regular 1-2-1 visits.  
  • To continue to take responsibility for professional development by identifying training needs and arranging for them to be met. 
  • To keep up to date with economic development policy areas and make recommendations for implementing good practice. 
Examples of the typical types of problems and decisions the post will be required to make
  • Working with local and regional partners such as the Local Enterprise Partnership, balancing the needs of the wider area against the economic priorities for Torbay. This will require influencing of Council officers, members, private sector representatives and others. 
  • Working with businesses and other key partners to develop and maintain key relationships to support the delivery of the Economic Strategy to ensure Torbay’s economic priorities are supported. 
  • Reviewing funding opportunities and their relevance to TDA and its work plan often with very short deadlines and making recommendations to the Economy & Enterprise Manager on the appropriate responses.  
  • Reviewing project targets and making recommendations to improve outcomes; review project processes to improve efficiency 
Key Contacts and Relationships 
  • Will include among others the Heart of the SW Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Government Departments, Businesses, Business/Community Groups, Educators, Service Providers/Consultants and local authorities   
  • Council Leader, Cabinet and other Torbay Council Members; 
  • Torbay Council’s Chief Operating Officer, Commissioners/Executive Heads; 
  • Torbay Council’s Service Managers and other Council Officers; and 
  • Board Members of the TDA. 
  • Economy and Enterprise Team, wider TDA 
Other Information
  • All staff must commit to Equal Opportunities and Anti-Discriminatory Practice. 
  • TDA operates a Smoke-Free Policy and the post-holder is prohibited from smoking in any TDA's buildings (including TDA owned and leased buildings, but excluding designated areas in residential schemes), enclosed spaces within the curtilage of buildings, and TDA vehicles. TDA does not permit smoking breaks within work time, however, in services where the flexi-scheme is in operation, employees may take reasonable break times outside of core hours, in accordance with flexi-time arrangements. Employees should follow the flexi-scheme procedure for agreeing time away from their duties in the normal manner with their immediate colleagues and line manager, with break start and finish times being recorded, as with any other break-time arrangement.   
  • The post-holder is expected to familiarise themselves with and adhere to all relevant Policies and Procedures. 
  • The post-holder must comply with Health and Safety requirements as outlined in the H&S policy appropriate to the role. 
  • You will be asked to complete a Criminal Records Self Declaration Form. Criminal convictions will only be considered when they are relevant to the post. You will only be asked to disclose ‘unspent’ convictions 
Person Specification 
You must be a graduate from a UK University in the last 3 years.
Essential Skills: 
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to work with and present to a range of audiences 
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team 
  • Ability to identify and interpret key trends in within the economy and produce reports summarizing those trends 
  • Understanding of project management techniques and methodologies 
  • Ability to prioritise workloads and resolve conflicting priorities 
  • Ability to use social media platforms. 
Desirable Skills: 
  • Experienced with MS Office packages 
  • Political awareness 
  • Ability to demonstrate effective influencing and negotiating skills. 
  • Interest and enthusiasm for economic development and business support. 
Essential Knowledge:  
  • Knowledge and experience of economic development issues and a good understanding of the policy context 
  • Knowledge of economic strategy and policy development and delivery. 
  • A demonstrable understanding of the statistics and data sources used to inform economic development policy 
  • A good knowledge of social media platforms and how they may be used for effective communication  
  • A good knowledge of mainstream UK funding streams  
Desirable Knowledge:  
  • An understanding of the issues facing the Torbay economy 
  • Knowledge of economic strategy and policy development and delivery 
  • An understanding of Local Economic Partnerships and how they impact upon local economic strategy 
Desirable Experience:  
  • Successful delivery of projects against stated outcomes 
  • Experience of developing and managing project working in partnership 
  • Experience working in Economic Development or a similar field 
  • Previous bid writing experience 
  • Experience in securing external funding 
  • Experience of performance management 
  • Experience of using economic statistics and data sources to help inform economic policy. 
GBP Scheme Requirements  
  • To be eligible to apply and undertake a GBP role the graduate must meet all of the following criteria: 
  • Achieved* (or about to achieve) a full undergraduate degree (or Masters or PhD). 
  • Graduated in the UK within the last 3 years of your most recent degree (we will consider extenuating circumstances of potential applicants that may have prevented them from undertaking a graduate role within 3 years of graduation).* Please see above for additional requirements 
  • Attended a British university (or spent time studying at a UK university through ERASMUS) 
  • The University of Exeter is committed to developing an environment which promotes equality of opportunity, values diversity and inclusivity.  
  • The University of Exeter is a Disability Confident Employer, committed to attracting and recruiting people with disabilities, and retaining and supporting staff with disabilities. If an applicant declares a disability and meets all the essential criteria, they will be invited to interview. 
  • We welcome applications from all eligible graduates and in particular those from underrepresented groups. Selection and recruitment itself will be based entirely on merit alone unless there are multiple applicants demonstrating equal merit. In this clear circumstance, preference would be shown to applicants from under-represented groups. This is in line with lawful positive action measures under sections 158 and 159 of the Equality Act 2010. 
  • Right to Work in the UK for the duration of the GBP internship evidenced by the ‌Intern Guidance- Proving Right to Work the UK. This can include British citizens; individuals with an EU Pre-Settlement or EU-Settlement Status; and those with a Graduate Route Visa. 
  • Current immigration legislation prevents the University from providing sponsorship certificates for GBP roles, as they do not meet the requirements for a Skilled Worker Visa as explained on the International Student Support webpages
  • All graduates need to reside in the UK whilst undertaking this role. 
  • Applicants cannot undertake another GBP role if the contract length in total exceeds the maximum duration of 23 months working as a GBP.  
* To undertake a GBP role applicants must achieve their degree. In the unlikely event where a degree is not awarded, the GBP hours may be reduced to 15 hours per week (for undergraduates) or 6 hours per week (for postgraduates) to enable the graduate the capacity to successfully complete their degree. If the graduate fails their degree, the GBP role will end early. 
How to Apply 
  • To apply for this role please complete our internship application form which can be downloaded here. Please send your completed form by clicking apply for this job now, or send it direct to stating that you saw the job advertised on Gradsouthwest. Please ensure you use the Personal Statement section to fully explain why your skills, personality and experience make you the right person for the job. 
The salary range for this position is £24,982-£27,741 per annum, based on experience.
Key Dates 
Closing Date: 6/12/21 
Interview Date: 15/12/21 
Start Date: 10/1/21 (Flexible) 
End Date: Jan 2024 (role may be made permanent)