The Centre for Growth is a centre for expertise in business and economic growth and a focal point for growth programmes and other small business activity at Aston Business School. The Centre for Growth has been running high profile and high impact support for SMEs since 2011 including the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme, the Aston Programme for Small Business Growth, and Pitchfest West Midlands. The Centre works with external funders and partners, for example delivering growth programmes in collaboration with other Small Business Charter holding business schools, and is a strategic partner in the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Growth Hub. ERC, the national Enterprise Research Centre run jointly by Aston University and the University of Warwick, operates at Aston within the Centre for Growth.
The Centre for Growth has a small team of 10-15 people and the Programme Manager is a senior member of the Centre’s team with responsibility for leading on core business engagement activity for the benefit of entrepreneurs and small businesses. This requires relationship building with the SME beneficiaries as well as funders and regional bodies, academics and external experts. During the current year this will include the Midlands development and delivery of Productivity through People, a major new growth programme coordinated nationally by Be the Business.
The successful candidate will be passionate about providing quality support to small businesses, and will enjoy working collaboratively with a range of people within the University and externally in what is often a fast paced and busy environment. Previous experience of managing programme operations and end-to-end delivery of business support is essential, as is a proactive approach to taking advantage of opportunities and the ability to support others to thrive in a flexible and productive team.
Salary: £39,992 to £47,722 per annum
Grade: Grade 09
Contract: Fixed Term (12 Months)
Basis: Full Time
Closing Date: 23.59 hours BST on Sunday 09 September 2018
Interview Date: Friday 21st September 2018
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