Head of Economy & Skills

London Borough of Bexley


  • Location


  • Job type


  • Sector

    Local Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    up to £67,959 inclusive of Choices Benefit

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    05 December 2021

  • Client

    London Borough of Bexley

Ref: GSe80868

Based in South East London and bordering North West Kent, Bexley is within the Thames Gateway, an area designated as a national priority for urban regeneration. We have a real passion and a commitment to improving the economic prosperity of all our residents, as well as our current and future businesses, and are seeking a Head of Economic Development and Skills to lead the agenda, turning strategy into practical action.

Head of Economic Development and Skills

This is a broad role, and you will lead a large, established team of c40 professionals that deliver services across economic development, employment & skills, town centres, inward investment, business support and more. We will look to you to proactively and positively engage our residents and businesses to design and deliver relevant economic support programmes, building upon our success of securing funding to kickstart many of these.

With two Business Improvement Districts, four major town centres and a further eighteen that we support, you will ensure we deliver targeted economic interventions to all corners of our borough. You will build upon our strong local employment & skills links and develop further sub-regional partnerships that deliver direct positive impact within the borough.

As a senior figure within our innovation centre in Thamesmead, The Engine House, you will provide strategic and operational leadership to attract new businesses to Bexley, as well as support our growing mix of start-up and SME businesses.

About you

You will be a positive people manager that understands how to get the best out of those around them, ensuring the collective skill and expertise of the team is used to deliver practical change to our residents and businesses.

You will have experience of leading and delivering complex economic programmes with insightful understanding of the cross-cutting nature of economic activity in a local government setting. You will not only be able to develop strategic programmes, but also have a demonstrable track record of delivering positive outcomes through their successful delivery.

You will build upon our existing well-established partnerships as a strong collaborator and confident system leader, ensuring there is collective focus in delivering our ambitions for the borough. You will be politically astute and be able to present yourself positively with confidence and conviction to inspire both respect and trust amongst colleagues, businesses, partners, and peers.

For more information about the role or for a confidential discussion about your suitability, please contact Frazer Thouard (07384 810 743) or Alex Hayes (0113 205 6109) from our recruitment partners, GatenbySanderson.


Recruitment Timetable

Closing date
Midnight, Sunday 5th December

Long listing
Tuesday 7th December

Preliminary interviews
Thursday 9th December

Short listing
Friday 10th December

Final panel
W/C 13th December

How to Apply

  • Please submit your CV along with a Supporting Statement addressing the person specification criteria, evidencing how you meet the criteria.
  • Detail any employment or education gaps.
  • Be ready to provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees; one should be your current or most recent employer. Referees will be contacted for those proceeding to final stages. We will always gain your permission before we contact referees.
  • Let us know any difficulty you may have with the indicative timetable.
  • Check that your contact details are correct before you submit.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email confirmation. If you do not receive, please email contactus@gatenbysanderson.com


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