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The Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) is a partnership of businesses, public sector, and further and higher education leaders. As a collaborative partnership, we work for the benefit of everyone who lives and works in the GBSLEP area. This collaborative and business focused approach enables us to target interventions for maximum benefit to the local economy Our mission is to drive the economic growth of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull area, creating jobs and increasing the quality of life for all our residents.

Our geography spans nine local authority boundaries: Birmingham, Solihull, East Staffordshire, Cannock Chase, Lichfield, Tamworth, Redditch, Bromsgrove and Wyre Forest. We have a population of just over 2 million people, an estimated 1,038,000 jobs, and an economy worth £46.8bn.

At this exciting stage of delivery, our Strategy Department is expanding and we are recruiting for a number of different roles to help the team to deliver even further impact via our Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) 2016-2030.

The Opportunities

Policy Officer

Policy Officers within the GBSLEP have a key responsibility for developing the LEP’s strategic growth agenda as it relates to specific policy areas focused on local and regional economic development.

To do this, Policy Officers working with our partners, stakeholders and other LEP officers, support the development, commissioning and co-ordination of interventions aimed at driving increases in levels of business productivity, the number of residents with higher level skills, volume of good jobs and improved quality of life across Greater Birmingham and Solihull.

Policy Officers work closely with Senior Policy Officers to provide data analysis, undertake research, keep abreast of regional and national policy priorities. They also support the development and maintenance of effective systems to track, monitor and progress work in addressing key challenges and opportunities for economic growth. This activity directly supports delivery of GBSLEP’s SEP and the Local Industrial Strategy for the West Midlands (WMLIS).

GBSLEP is specifically looking to recruit Policy Officers with a general interest in regional economic development. These roles are ideal for those starting their career in policy and offer the opportunity to make a tangible difference to the local area.

The Candidate

This exciting and influential role will be responsible for providing research, analysis, policy and project support to a Board and Executive team of dedicated professionals committed to helping the Greater Birmingham and Solihull continue to grow and thrive for the benefit of all its residents.

The successful candidate will bring a passion for innovative approaches, a drive to deliver substantive policy change at a local level and will have knowledge and some understanding of sub-national economic growth and industrial strategy policy, and the role of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).

For more details, download the Policy Officer job description

Salary From £27,539 – £34,475

Senior Policy Officer

Senior Policy Officers within GBSLEP have key responsibility for developing the LEP’s strategic growth agenda as it relates to specific policy areas focused on local and regional economic development.

To do this, Senior Policy Officers, working with our partners, stakeholders and other LEP officers, develop interventions aimed at driving increases in levels of business productivity, the number of residents with higher level skills, volume of good jobs and improved quality of life across Greater Birmingham and Solihull.

Reporting to one of three ‘Heads of’ roles, Senior Policy Officers have substantial autonomy in developing and helping to deliver interventions that make a substantive difference to the Greater Birmingham and Solihull economy, supporting delivery of GBSLEP’s SEP and the Local Industrial Strategy for the West Midlands (WMLIS).

GBSLEP is specifically looking to recruit Senior Policy Officers with an interest, background or knowledge in the following areas:

• Business Productivity and Innovation (up to two posts)
• Low Carbon technologies and services
• Advanced Manufacturing (including food and drink manufacturing)
• Skills (up to two posts)
• Place-making – planning, design and management of public spaces

Activities will include:

• Developing and driving forward one or more of GBSLEP’s Delivery Plans for increasing business productivity, sustainable growth and quality of life as it relates to one of business productivity and innovation; low carbon technologies and services; advanced manufacturing; higher level skills; or place-making.
• undertaking research and engaging with stakeholders across the provide, public and education sectors to understand market opportunities and supply-side barriers to growth and where there is a need for intervention by the LEP;
• designing and costing policy interventions;
• bringing forward interventions either via direct commissioning or procurement within approved budgets or by influencing partner activities including supporting the development of a pipeline of investible propositions for Local Growth Funding and other sources; and
• supporting the development and implementation of performance management arrangements including KPI reporting to LEP Board(s).

The Candidate

These exciting, influential roles will be responsible for developing external relationships and interventions that bring about meaningful change. Successful candidates will bring a passion for innovative approaches to delivering substantive policy change at a local level.

Candidates will have experience of and a passion for one or more of the following areas – business productivity and innovation; low carbon technologies and services; advanced manufacturing (including food and drink manufacturing); higher level skills; or place-making and will be comfortable acting in an advisory / support capacity to senior leaders.

For more details, download the Senior Policy Officers job description

Salary £35,000 – £43,500

Senior Policy Manager (Local Industrial Strategy)

In 2018/19 GBSLEP worked closely with the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), Black Country LEP and Coventry and Warwickshire LEP, to develop a Local Industrial Strategy for the West Midlands (WMLIS). This Strategy builds on our Strategic Economic Plan (SEP), along with those of the Black Country and Coventry and Warwickshire LEPs, prioritising economic development activity right across the three LEP geography.

GBSLEP is leading work on five of the sector action plans; Creative, Life sciences, Low carbon technology, Food & drink and Professional skills, and two of the new major market opportunities; Data driven health and life sciences and Modern services

There are two vacancies for the role of Senior Policy Manager (Local Industrial Strategy); these roles will be responsible for developing, enabling and facilitating interventions that support the delivery of two of the four major new market opportunities identified through the WMLIS.

Specifically, there are two distinct roles focused on one of two areas:

• Data-driven healthcare and life sciences (including development and delivery of a life sciences sector plan)
• Modern Services (including development and delivery of a business, professional and financial services sector plan)

To do this, the Senior Policy Managers, working with our partners, stakeholders and other LEP officers, will develop interventions aimed at driving increases in levels of business productivity, the number of residents with higher level skills, volume of good jobs and improved quality of life across the West Midlands as part of implementation of the Local Industrial Strategy.

As part of this, there will be a focus on maximising the future potential of the West Midlands economy as it relates to either data-driven healthcare and life sciences or modern services.

Reporting to the Head of Strategy within the LEP team, Senior Policy Managers will have substantial autonomy in developing and helping to deliver interventions that make a substantive difference to the West Midlands economy, supporting delivery of GBSLEP’s SEP and the WMLIS.

These exciting, influential roles will be responsible for developing external relationships and interventions that bring about meaningful change. Successful candidates will bring a passion for innovative approaches to delivering substantive policy change at a regional level.

The Candidate

The successful candidates will have a deep knowledge and understanding of sub-national economic growth and industrial strategy policy, the role of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and Mayoral Combined Authorities and will be able to maintain productive and collaborative working relationships at strategic and operational levels.

With at least two years’ experience of undertaking policy research and/or policy development and designing policy interventions and the ability to analyse and interpret complex and varied data and intelligence to prepare clear and concise reports, briefings and presentations, these opportunities will play a pivotal role in supporting the wider implementation of the West Midlands Local Industrial Strategy.

For more details, download the LIS Policy Managers job description.

Salary £45,000 – £55,000

How to Apply (all positions)

To apply please submit your CV along with a covering letter reference ‘job title of the role you are applying for’, explain why you are interested in the role and how your knowledge, skills and experience match the specification and make you a standout candidate to HR@GBSLEP.co.uk

Deadline: 28th February

Interviews will take place on the weeks commencing 9th March

We encourage applications from all backgrounds and communities, and value diversity in our team.