Lead Specialist: Prosperity and Economic Development

Somerset West and Taunton Council


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    Local Government

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    £49,432 - £50,896

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    Somerset West and Taunton Council

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Thank you for your interest in this post.  Our new functional area of Customer is responsible for providing excellent customer care and efficient transactions and services for all of our external and internal customers.  Of equal importance is our resourcing and leadership of delivering our strategic ambitions on People, Place and Prosperity, working across other functional areas of the council.

Moving from a traditional service-based structure to a borderless and flexible way of working, the Lead Specialist will work as part of a team of three Lead Specialists to mobilise the delivery of our ambitions on people, place and prosperity.  With a strong background in Economic Development, growth and prosperity, the successful candidate will influence and help shape our strategic intent on prosperity within the Somerset West and Taunton area.  He or she will be responsible for providing specialist economic advice and expertise across the council, business and partners and for focussing the work of specialists, case managers and locality champions in driving these ambitions to deliver tangible outcomes that signal ‘we are open for business’ and which capitalise on the unique opportunities that our Districts offer.

Situated in a beautiful part of the South West, the Somerset West and Taunton area has plenty going for it in terms of prosperity opportunity.  Somerset’s County Town of Taunton was the first town in the South West to be awarded garden town status, which will attract significant, quality growth in the town and the surrounding area.  It also has a range of existing and planned employment sites including Nexus 25, a finalist in the 2018 Planning Awards for an innovative new 25 hectare strategic employment site which will come to the market in 2020.  Already well connected through rail, motorway and superfast broadband, this is set to improve further through significant investment in the railway station as well as a major government investment to dual the A358 from the A303 to join the M5 at Taunton.  For more information visit: https://www.investtaunton.co.uk/

Our outstanding natural environment and coastline is an important economic opportunity in its own right, and a mainstay for tourism and rural employment.  The development of Hinkley C nuclear power station in the West of our district, is currently the largest construction project in Europe and set to bring £18bn investment into the Somerset economy. 

I look forward to reading your application.

Simon Lewis

Head of Customer


Do you have what it takes to transform a new organisation?

We aim to become a world changing organisation that delivers exceptional customer experience and lifts our ambitions. We are undergoing a transformational programme of change at the same time as creating one new council, named Somerset West & Taunton, which will cover the area currently administered by Taunton Deane Borough Council and West Somerset Council. With this change comes the unique opportunity to wholeheartedly transform our ways of working and we are recruiting to a new team that will help us move from a traditional service-based structure to a borderless and flexible way of working that is fundamentally aligned to our priorities of people, place and prosperity.

We need an experienced professional to lead on our ambitions around economic prosperity and to maximise on exciting opportunities within our Districts, which includes the exceptional natural environment including Exmoor National Park, the Quantock Hills and Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; our recent Garden Town status award; the innovative new Nexus25 strategic employment site and the progression of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point.  Furthermore, our area plays a key role in the strong partnership of authorities and Local Enterprise Partnership, driving the Heart of the South West Productivity Strategy aiming to double the size of the economy over the next 20 years.  We seek a professional with the expertise, skills and desire to shape and influence our strategic direction, provide specialist economic advice and expertise across the council, business and partners and to lead a team of specialists and case managers in delivering these ambitions.

This is a critical role for us. Working as part of a leadership team of three lead specialists, you will collectively lead, align and mobilise our resources to deliver our ambitions on People, Place and Prosperity.  As our lead Prosperity expert, you will work closely with our Strategy function in helping prepare a Prosperity Strategy, deploy your expert knowledge and subject matter expertise and promote our districts as being “open for business”.  You will provide expertise and leadership for a range of officers to promote vitality in our towns, rural and coastal settlements; support growth and prosperity of existing key sectors and promising new sectors; help facilitate increased skills and productivity in the locality; and support and grow innovation and collaboration.   

We are excited to hear from individuals who want to join us in delivering our prosperity ambitions for our new council.

If you have the innovative leadership, drive, expertise and vision required to transform and improve our organisation, we would like to hear from you.

Closing Date3rd December 2018 at 10am
Interviews17th - 19th December 2018 - TBC
How to Apply

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email to confirm that you have applied. If you do not receive this email, please make contact with GatenbySanderson.

Associated documents
  1. TDWS Behaviour Framework.pdf