Business Partnership Adviser (8 posts)

Business Partnership Adviser (8 posts) Grade J £30,948 - £35,835 per annum (all appointments are recruited to SP1) Based in Leeds City Centre Closing date 8th March 2020

Business Partnership Adviser (8 posts)
Grade J £30,948 - £35,835 per annum (all appointments are recruited to SP1)
Based in Leeds City Centre
Closing date 8th March 2020

Post is subject to confirmation of ESF funding

An exciting opportunity has arisen to play an important role in enhancing support for businesses and shaping better economic outcomes for people in the Leeds City Region.

West Yorkshire Combined Authority is seeking to appoint eight Business Partnership Advisers as part of a three-year ESF Skills for Growth programme.  The successful candidates will be joining the innovative Employment and Skills team, proactively identifying and building relationships with a wide range of small and medium sized enterprises (SME’s) to enhance access to employment and skills programmes for people in our region.  The successful applicants will:

  • Initiate, maintain and manage face-to-face relationships with SME businesses in our region. The desired outcome is to support businesses to engage with education, encouraging them to innovate their practices in line with the Combined Authority’s goals of inclusive growth and increasing productivity. This will help businesses to engage with schools, Further and Higher Education, apprenticeships, “T” levels, internships, undergraduate/graduate placements and bespoke projects, benefiting their long term growth, scale up, and diversity ambitions.
  • Lead, manage and monitor the provision of support to businesses from first contact to the design and delivery of projects.
  • Identify publicly funded referral routes with businesses, optimising the level of support and intervention available.

This is a high profile and varied position, providing a unique opportunity to contribute to the economic success of the Leeds City Region. It is also a chance to build strong, lasting and productive relationships between businesses and the education and training sector.

The Person

We are looking for a highly motivated individual to be part of a new business engagement ESF funded programme. The successful applicant will be able to work flexibly and on their own initiative, as well as part of a team in a productive and demanding environment – often working to tight deadlines. 

The successful applicants will have knowledge and experience of publicly funded programmes and the employment and skills landscape. They will have experience of engaging with small and medium sized businesses to influence organisational outcomes.

The applicant will have experience of managing successful project lifecycles, including mitigating risks and using appropriate channels of communication.

The applicant will be highly competent in using online programme monitoring systems and utilising a CRM system.  Excellent communication skills are required in order to liaise directly with businesses and partners to ensure the programme engages a wide range of SME businesses. Innovative approaches on how to engage businesses in the programme are also encouraged.

The successful applicants will be based in regional offices across Leeds City Region and required to travel to businesses and partners.

Our Offer

We offer an excellent benefits package including access to a generous employer-contribution, local government pension scheme and fully funded travel throughout West Yorkshire by bus and rail with the MCard.  We also offer an encouraging environment that will allow you to achieve your best work/life balance and career goals. 

The Combined Authority’s aim is to attract people from diverse backgrounds to build on our inclusive culture.  We welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, race, gender, religion or beliefs, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation.  

We are committed to inclusivity and will consider requests for flexible working including part time and job share arrangements.

Secondment opportunities will be considered for this post, however, in line with the Combined Authority’s Secondments Policy, in the case of internal applicants, you must have 12 months’ service in your current role and seek approval from your current line manager.

If you would like an informal chat or have questions about the application, please contact Jane Green on 07813 454518 or email

Please note that these posts are subject to confirmation of funding.

Please submit your application form by 11.55pm on 8th March 2020

We are recruiting a full team to deliver this project and are anticipating a high volume of applicants. We therefore plan to hold an assessment centre in order to help us shortlist for interview.

Assessment centres will be held on Thursday 19th and Friday 20th March 2020 in the morning. Interviews will take place on 27th, 30th and 31st March.

Please note that whilst it is our policy to recruit at SP1 for all appointments, each role includes career salary progression, with incremental increases applicable in most cases, on an annual basis.

Given the high volumes of applications we receive we are unable to respond to every applicant, therefore if you have not heard from us within four weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application has not been successful on this occasion.

Candidate information will be retained by the Combined Authority for six months unless you make a request for this to be deleted.

This post is part-funded by the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

Please read the Business Partnership Adviser role profile before applying for this role.

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