This role is open to remote working meaning you aren't required in the office 5 days a week. We're less about you driving to work and more about us collectively driving down our carbon footprint. We care about how you work rather than where you work; the people rather than the postcode. In support of our people and our greener futures strategies, we'd welcome a conversation with the successful candidate on what remote working may look like for you.
The starting salary for this role is £53,018 per annum based on working 36 hours per week.
Surrey County Council is making its most significant ever investment in supporting Surrey’s economy. As the largest economy outside of London, Surrey’s Economy and Growth Team will support the Council in its ambitions to focus on the whole Surrey economy and to provide a resilient and ambitious economic environment through unprecedented economic challenges. This work has already started with the development of Surrey’s 2030 Economic Strategy which establishes a positive strategic context for growth, sets out the opportunity to both retain and secure additional investment in the county and focuses on how we will create inclusive, vibrant centres within the county through a ‘hyper-local’ approach to innovative place making.
The One Surrey Growth Board brings together business leaders, local authority partners and education providers to provide county-wide focus on economic growth and future prosperity. The One Surrey Growth Board have agreed a Plan for Growth which sets out how a focus on Surrey’s economic strengths can be enabled by sustainable, long-term planning of transport and digital infrastructure, as well as the creation of high-quality homes and communities of the future. Through targeted economic interventions linked to the delivery of high-quality place-based growth, Surrey will retain its role as an economic leader and continue to underpin the economic recovery of the UK. Sustained, strong partnership working is at the heart of the programme of work. Our One Surrey Growth Board intends to work with all stakeholders to build from the Plan for Growth and to develop a programme of interventions to be taken forward.
We are seeking high calibre candidates to join us on this exciting and rewarding journey. If you have a track record in working in complex partnership structures, delivering on ambitious economic strategies using innovative economic interventions through an empirical approach, then we want to hear from you.
About the Role
This is a newly created role to help take forward the programme of work which has been developed to meet the challenges and economic opportunities set out within the SCC’s Economic Strategy Statement and the One Surrey Growth Board’s Plan for Growth. You will be expected to work horizontally to help take forward new transformative projects and work at a senior level with business and partner organisations.
We are looking for candidates who can support our Heads of Service in bringing to life the county’s economic strategy objectives. Your work will include the development and delivery of a new Innovation Fund, supporting the delivery of digital infrastructure and interventions to help regenerate town centres across Surrey.
As the programme of work is currently at an early stage of development, you will play a pivotal role in shaping the proposed interventions and putting the foundations in place for successful project delivery. This will include leading funding applications and seeking opportunities to attract public and private sector investment to drive forward the initiatives. All our activity is underpinned by stakeholder and partner engagement in a co-design and co-delivery culture.
The role will support the delivery of a high-profile portfolio of work for Surrey, therefore we are looking for candidates who are able to present themselves positively with confidence and conviction and with the ability to inspire both respect and trust amongst colleagues, partners and peers. Other key experience/skills we are looking for include the following:
- Experience of being creative, innovative with the ability to challenge appropriately in a cross-cutting economic environment
- An ability to deliver programmes at scale (across boundaries) and sub regionally
- Personal resilience with the ability to adapt and thrive in a fast-moving and changeable environment
- Strong negotiation and influencing skills with the ability to work collaboratively with internal/external partners and professionals to achieve positive outcomes
- Ability to work on own initiative with solution focussed problem solving skills
- Demonstrate the ability of working at scale comparable with county level
For more information please refer to the role profile attached at the bottom of this advert, as well as the Surrey County Council’s Economic Strategy Statement and the One Surrey Growth Board’s Plan for Growth.
A structure chart of the Economy & Growth Team is also attached at the bottom of this advert which you may find useful to understand the reporting lines of the team and overall position of the role within the organisation.
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For more information please find the full job description attached below. Please ensure you refer to this before you submit your application.Additional Information
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 19th September 2021.
A two stage selection process is planned for this role. The first stage interviews will take place virtually across the 23rd and 24th September 2021 and if successful from there a final interview is planned to be held virtually on the 28th September 2021. Details of the process for final interview will be shared should you be successful in passing through from the first interview.
Contact DetailsFor an informal discussion please contact Rhiannon Mort by e-mail at Rhiannon.Mort@surreycc.gov.uk
We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.