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Modern Services Board & West Midlands ‘Prof-Tech’ Cluster Development 2020


West Midlands Local Industrial Strategy identifies “Modern Services” as one of the four new major market opportunities (MMO) for the region, recognising the current core sector strength in the business, professional and financial services sector, but also that the nature of services will change over the coming decade. Through a growing evidence base of better understanding of the productivity needs of the BPFS sector – both regionally and nationally – innovation, particularly technology led innovation towards data driven and AI enabled services, is a critical area for driving competitive advantage, creating new markets and building resilience that underpin realisation of the modern services opportunity.

GBSLEP (on behalf of the wider West Midlands LIS partnership) has undertaken considerable consultation with industry and stakeholders, from which a LIS implementation plan has been developed. Within this evidence base, a consistent need has been articulated to enable greater collective leadership and promotion of the West Midlands offering for emerging ‘prof-tech’ (i.e. technology (firms and/ or activities) focused on enhancing business, professional and financial services.) Hence to both: a) provide continued leadership and oversight of LIS implementation plans by industry and also to: b) prepare the ground for a potential cluster organisation, supporting the development of future interventions to stimulate greater market activity,

GBSLEP is seeking to recruit industry leads for the following posts:
– Fintech Lead for West Midlands
– Legal-tech Lead for West Midlands
– Prop-tech Lead for West Midlands.

Each Industry Lead will help drive the strategy for the strands of activity relating to their area, with executive support initially provided by GBSLEP. This work in turn informs the potential business plan for the umbrella ‘Prof-tech’ cluster organisation, which will be a collaborative output between the three appointed Industry Leads, recognising the synergies and opportunities for cross-fertilisation between the three strands. They will also have an instrumental role in oversight of the Modern Services implementation strategy for the West Midlands, through a seat on the Modern Services Board.

A full job description can be found here. 

Application process

To apply for this role please provide:
• A summary CV (max two pages) or link to LinkedIn Personal Profile.
• A cover letter that explains how your experience and personal qualities relate to the tasks and personal qualities outlined above.

Please send your application to Hilary Smyth-Allen at by 5pm on Monday 15th June 2020.

Interviews will be held on the afternoon of Monday 22nd June 2020, anticipated to be by video conferencing facilities and the successful candidates will be expected to commence immediately/ as soon as is practicable.