Economy and Growth Recruitment
A note from Dawn Redpath, Director for Economy and Growth at Surrey County Council.
"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 have made a great start building my new team to deliver on these ambitions but have several opportunities still available for the right candidates. In these roles you will support the delivery of a high profile portfolio of work for Surrey, therefore I am looking for candidates who are able to present themselves positively with both confidence and conviction and an ability to inspire both respect and trust amongst colleagues, partners and peers. If you are able to demonstrate a proven track record of successful co-delivery of projects in complex partnership structures, dynamic leadership skills, clear strategic thinking underpinned by economic insight, and innovative approaches to problem solving then I would love to hear from you. Why not have a look at our opportunities as detailed below."
Our Economy and Growth roles are all offered as full time, permanent opportunities where options for agile and flexible working can be discussed, we care about the job you do not where you do it.
Head of Economic Infrastructure - up to £80,586 per annum
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 and 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.
Head of Economy and Growth - up to £80,586 per annum
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.
Economy and Growth Leads x3 - up to £59,964 per annum
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 strategic economic objectives in Surrey. You'll be organised and analytical with the ability to spot opportunities to influence and maximise the positive impact that targeted economic activity can deliver. Working at pace and in partnership you'll be comfortable working in a cross-matrix way to deliver programmes of economic activity at scale.
If you would like to arrange for an informal discussion about any of our Economy and Growth roles please don't hesitate to contact Kate Northwood via email Kate. Northwood@surreycc.gov.uk
We hope to hear from you!