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Business Development Manager

Our Values

It’s great to know that you are interested in working with us at Coventry City Council. As a prospective employee, it is important that everyone who works for us is committed to our One Coventry values and shares our commitment to becoming a more diverse and inclusive organisation. 


Our Values are:

About the team we are recruiting to

The Economic Development Service (EDS) has an instrumental role in the delivery of the Council’s ambitions and in particular the vision to promote the growth of a sustainable Coventry economy.   

The department also delivers objectives set by central Government, the Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) and West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).  

To achieve our ambition of delivering sustainable growth through creating opportunities, the teams within EDS carry out a number of key activities including:  

  • Monitoring and shaping policy 

  • Identifying and delivering investment opportunities and projects 

  • Delivering an inward investment and skills and growth function 

  • Providing a business support and investment programme; and  

  • Managing external funding programmes.  

The benefits of these services aim to meet the needs of local businesses and industry across all sectors, international businesses seeking to invest and local residents through jobs and growth.    

The team has a strong track record of success including:  

  • Support in the delivery of the successful City of Culture 2021 bid 

  • Securing funding for and providing project delivery of the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC) 

  • Attracting major investors to the City through the promotion of opportunities to a national and global audience; and  

  • Awarding grants to local SMEs to help them to grow and create jobs 

As a department we do not want to stop here but have ambitions to continue to develop the service. We are seeking driven individuals to support us in these aspirations. 

What is the job role?

We are looking for someone to join our Economic Development Service Leadership Team to take on an exciting role managing and developing our highly successful business support programmes. This is a 2 year fixed term contract.

You will be joining our team at a critically important time. We currently run three high performing business support programmes covering business support & investment, green business and innovation worth a total of £17.8m in grant funding from the European Regional Development Fund. You will lead the team responsible for making sure these programmes achieve their targets and maximise the value of this grant funding to city’s economy.

You will also work with the rest of the Economic Development Service management team to further develop these highly successful programmes and prepare bids for the new UK Shared Prosperity Fund, and other funding sources that become available to help meet the needs of Coventry businesses.

Who are we looking for?

The successful applicant will have ability to build and manage partnerships working in business support / economic development activities, and an excellent track record of managing complex programmes to meet output and financial targets. An excellent understanding of regional economic development policy and the ability to lead a team developing highly competitive bids will also be essential to this role.

For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'

Interview date(s): TBC 

Introduction to Coventry City Council

Coventry is a lively, multicultural city, which embraces old and new. Around the modern city centre there are traces of history everywhere – in the old city walls, the timber-framed buildings and the reconstructed medieval Spon Street. But Coventry has always had an eye on the future, and is now firmly focused on regenerating and re-inventing itself to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. With major developments and new projects taking place right across the city, Coventry City Council is the place to be!

There's a huge buzz about the city – Coventry ranks as the 8th best city to live, work and do business in the UK, and is the UK City of Culture 2021 ! We believe this will help put Coventry on the map for all the right reasons. You can feel the sense of local pride throughout the city as we build towards this momentous year. It also offers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to those joining us to play their part in it.

We genuinely believe that Coventry City Council is a special place. You will be joining Coventry City Council during an exciting time to become part of a team that contribute to achieving our visions for the city. We have made our council a place where we look after our people, making sure you're happy in your work and given everything you need to succeed. We've created friendly, welcoming workplaces where everyone is working towards the same cause, providing the best possible services for the city of Coventry.

As a council with improvement at its heart, we’re committed to making life better for the people who live and work in Coventry. We’re equally concerned with the quality of life enjoyed by our people, so by joining us, you won’t just be helping the community, you’ll be helping yourself too.

Not only do you get to work alongside great people that are helping to improve services for our community we offer great benefits too! For your valued contribution we will provide a fantastic benefits package including;

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Generous annual leave allowance starting at 27 days and rising to 32 days
  • Pay progression through multiple increments
  • Outstanding local government pension scheme
  • Learning & Development with access to certified courses.
  • Access to an award winning Occupational Health Team
  • Vibrant employee networks 

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