We have recently been successful in obtaining European Regional Development Funding to support “SME Competitiveness” in East Herts. This will be a 3 year project, expanding our flexible working facility (the Launchpad) and supporting social enterprise, bio-science and airport MRO sectors.
We are looking for a highly motivated individual to contract manage key parts of the project. Some of the key responsibilities include:
- Monitor delivery of the contract ensuring that agreed targets, outcomes and outputs are met, on time and on budget, to agreed standards
- Collation and reporting of budget, outputs and outcome data, in accordance with ERDF reporting and auditing requirements
- Provide strategic advice on the overall Launchpad 2 project as required
This role will suit an individual with a strong eye for detail and accuracy, an understanding of the challenges facing business growth in the district and with some experience of managing externally funded projects.
The ideal candidate will have:
- Experience of managing contracts
- Experience of writing business cases and specifications
- General knowledge of the barriers and opportunities for business growth amongst small businesses
- Ability to form positive relationships with different stakeholders
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
East Herts was recently voted the best place to live in the country. We have excellent schools and healthcare, a huge array of green space, beautiful waterways, unique market towns and picturesque villages.
We also enjoy high levels of employment and a diverse local economy, made up of over 8,000 micro and small businesses operating in different sectors. East Herts sits within the wider Innovation Corridor (stretching from Cambridge down the M11 into North London) – a global destination for inward investment and a major source of wealth and jobs creation. Through its new Corporate Plan the Council wishes to “Encourage Economic Growth” and our ERDF funded project will bring about a step change in our approach, expanding our current flexible working facilities (based in Bishop’s Stortford and Ware) and bringing in delivery partners to target specific sectors for support and growth. The total value of the project is over £1.2m over the 3 years.
Benefits of working for us
- A variety of flexible working options available, including part-time working, job share, compressed hours and home working.
- Flexi-time scheme.
- Local Government pension scheme, including death in service benefit.
- Generous annual leave – 25-28 days plus 5 additional days after 5 years’ local government service.
- Discounts at top high street retailers, including interest-free repayment through salary for tech such as tablets, laptops and mobile phones.
- Professional environment where your career path really matters and your development is supported by the council through a combination of corporate training courses, e-learning packages and sponsorship for professional qualifications.
- Excellent wellness programme including a free and confidential employee assistance programme; a dedicated wellbeing centre providing education, support and tools for employees e.g. to improve financial wellbeing; Wellness sessions on e.g. mindfulness, reflexology; Mental health first aid support; Discounts at gyms, Health screening, Flu shots, Volunteer time, and a Buddy programme
- Staff forum, staff suggestion scheme and a monthly staff recognition award.
- A dynamic, positive, friendly and supportive working culture. Open communications between staff and managers at all levels, and between services and teams.
As part of our Green Travel agenda we actively encourage employees to explore more economical and eco-friendly means of travel to work, e.g. public transport, cycle, walk or car share, and support this through a number of initiatives such as Liftshare. Employees can take advantage of the cycle to work (salary sacrifice) scheme and we also have pool e-cars available for employees to use for business travel.
How to apply
For an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Benjamin Wood, Head of Communications, Strategy and Policy on 07519 293733
Closing date: 8th March at midnight. CVs will not be accepted.
If you do not hear from us within 2 weeks of the closing date please assume that your application has not been successful.
If your application has been successful, the recruiting manager will contact you to invite you to an interview. We hope you enjoy the process and look forward to making contact with you very soon.
EHC is an equal opportunity employer committed to embracing a diverse and inclusive work environment. We aim to attract and retain the best people regardless of their gender, marital/parental status, ethnic origin, nationality, religious belief age, background, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity