Lancaster City Council is investing in the future and continuing to develop an environment to support business prosperity and engagement, attract investment, promote community wealth building, drive climate change action, and develop the skills our businesses need. We want to build on our strengths to grow Lancaster district’s reputation as a great business location and investment opportunity, but also as an amazing place to live, work and play. Lancaster district’s future is exciting, with significant developments in new energy, advanced manufacturing, retail, life sciences, leisure and housing. The prospect of the Eden Project in Morecambe only adds to the momentum building in the region, as businesses and organisations recognise the potential on offer. Lancaster enjoys big city benefits – including excellent transport links, leading universities, world-class restaurants and theatres. The district is home to diverse entrepreneurship which ranges from small and independent operations, to large businesses and strong sectors, to nuclear energy facilities at Heysham.
An exciting opportunity has arisen for the post of Economic Development Officer for Business Support & Skills at Lancaster City Council. The position will play a key role in the economic development, recovery and long-term resilience of the district.
This is fantastic opportunity to join an Economic Development Team that is at the heart of its local economy. The Economic Development Team carries out several functions including business engagement and support, enterprise assistance, community wealth building, delivering a green agenda and education and skills. The team works alongside economic partners to explore and undertake direct interventions and develop plans for a further inclusive economy. Also, the team has a significant role to play in providing business intelligence so that interventions, direct or otherwise, are evidence-led.
We are seeking an economic development professional able to work directly with businesses to understand development and support requirements, and build networks, events programmes and business communications. You will be able to work closely with economic partner organisations to influence the development of business services and ensure results are delivered. You will be able to work proactively to identify skills challenges and opportunities and to work with others to agree and deliver solutions.
A full current UK driving licence is essential, as the post holder will be required to travel in and outside the Lancaster district.
The hours of work for this position are 37 per week, working Monday to Friday. You may be required from time to time to attend meetings or cover events that fall outside the normal hours of work, including weekends. The Council currently operates a Flexible Working Hours Scheme which applies to this post. This post is based at Lancaster Town Hall.
Last year Lancaster City Council unanimously declared a climate emergency and will therefore work towards reducing carbon emissions to net-zero by 2030. As part of this role, you will be expected to participate and work towards reducing carbon emissions.
Excellent benefits include: A Local Government Pension Scheme (the Council makes a 15.5% contribution). Discounted gym membership and discount on days out, activities and retail.
Interview date: Wednesday, 14th October2020
How to Apply
Please apply online via the link provided. Please note, we do not accept CVs submitted without a fully completed online application form.