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Economic Development and Prosperity recruitment

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'Retaining Surrey's position as an economic leader and growth generator through brave and innovative solutions'

Our storyDawn Redpath - Surrey's Director of Economic Growth and Prosperity

A note from Dawn Redpath - Surrey's Director of Economic Growth and Prosperity.

"In Surrey our vision is to help create better lives, a better place with positive local outcomes for our economy and people, and a county where no-one is left behind.

To help us realise that vision, we are currently undertaking a significant investment in supporting Surrey's economy. As the largest economy outside of London, and set against the backdrop of one of the most challenging and complex economic horizons in recent times, our new Economy Team will support the Council in its ambitions to focus on the opportunity presented by the whole Surrey economy providing a resilient and ambitious economic environment through unprecedented economic challenges. This work has already started with the development of Surrey's 2030 Economic Strategy which establishes a positive strategic context for growth, sets out the opportunity to both retain and secure additional investment in the county and focuses on how we will create inclusive, vibrant centres within the county through a 'hyper-local' approach to innovative place making.

The One Surrey Growth Board is also bringing forward its Plan for Growth, setting out how a focus on Surrey's economic strengths can be enabled by sustainable, long-term planning of transport and digital infrastructure as well as the creation of high-quality homes and communities of the future. Through targeted economic interventions linked to the delivery of high-quality place-based growth, Surrey will retain its role as an economic leader and continue to underpin the economic recovery of the UK. Sustained, strong partnership working is at the heart of the programme of work and our Growth Board intends to work with all stakeholders to build from the Plan for Growth bringing an appealing Growth Proposition to Government early in 2021. The proposition will set out how a different arrangement of resources, freedoms and flexibilities for Surrey could deliver at speed and scale against multiple Government priorities.

I am creating a new team to deliver on these ambitions and am seeking a number of high calibre candidates for a variety of roles to join me on this exciting and rewarding journey. If you have a track record in working in complex partnership structures, leading and delivering on ambitious economic strategies bringing innovative economic insights through an empirical approach, then I would love to hear from you."

Our opportunities

We have several roles available across our newly established Economy and Growth service, if any of those below pique your interest then please click on the relevant link to find out more and to apply:

Head of Economic Infrastructure - up to £80,586 per annum - Surrey (flexible and agile working supported)

You'll be a proven strategic leader with a solution focused outlook, bringing strong commercial and political acumen to the role. Acting as our specialist economic place making point of contact across the Surrey geography, you will be responsible for the interface between business, Surrey's strategic economic drivers (such as digital infrastructure, planning, housing, strategic transport connectivity and new place-based interventions to facilitate improved economic outcomes. The ability to build effective working relationships across the organisation and with critical partners is a must as is your standout experience of running strategic capital programmes and levering capital funding.

Apply for Head of Economic Infrastructure

Head of Economy and Employment (x2) - up to £80,586 per annum - Surrey (flexible and agile working supported)

You'll lead on the oversight and delivery of Surrey's Economic Strategies and Plans, managing resource, establishing appropriate interventions, KPIs and ensuring that suitable performance management systems are in place to deliver on our corporate and wider partnership objectives across a complex and fast paced political landscape. You'll take an active role in the stakeholder management of key accounts with anchor institutions and businesses, drawing on your established networks of influence to galvanize support for Surrey's economic development. You'll be keen to apply your technical expertise of national policies, economic frameworks and statutory requirements to drive effective economic decision making that addresses key issues such as high-volume unemployment, redundancies and sectoral workforce change.

Apply for Head of Economy and Employment

Economic Research and Insight Lead - up to £59,964 per annum - Surrey (flexible and agile working supported)

This role works closely with colleagues in our Insight, Analytics and Intelligence team as well as colleagues from our people and place functions and external partners. Leading on research, analysis and insight from national and international sources for economic development, you will be comfortable using a range of methods to inform your activity and translate your innovative thinking into creative solutions for economic development across the county. The work you do will provide invaluable insights to inform wider strategy development for the whole organisation and for all of Surrey. As our specialist point of contact for the Economy and Growth Team and wider organisation, your advice and guidance will be underpinned by innovation, up-to-date data and best practice thereby championing Surrey as a centre for excellence for economic development and promoting our profile on the national and international stage.

Apply for Economic Research and Insight Lead

Economy Leads (x4) - up to £59,964 per annum - Surrey (flexible and agile working supported)

You'll be at the very heart of collaborative working in this role, operating alongside Heads of Service and partners to suggest innovative ways of bringing to life our economic objectives in Surrey. You'll be a natural strategic thinker who is organised, analytical and can demonstrate a proven track record of delivery in a similar strategic role. You will bring with you the ability to spot opportunities to influence and maximise the positive impact that targeted economic activity can deliver and will be adaptable in your approach with a willingness to work across the multiple economic specialisms of the team such as digital infrastructure. Working at pace and in partnership you'll be comfortable working in a cross-matrix way to deliver programmes of economic activity at scale to secure positive economic outcomes.

Apply for Economy Lead

Thank you for your interest in our opportunities - we hope to hear from you!