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Local Growth Officer

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

The Role

We have a unique opportunity to work as a High Streets and Local Growth Officer for Richmond and Wandsworth Council based in Richmond. The post involves working with other internal teams, town centre stakeholders and investors to develop, manage and co-ordinate initiatives and interventions which support the sustainable growth and vitality of Richmond town and local centres. This role will appeal to individuals who would like to make an impact on the economic development and growth of Richmond boroughs local high streets and town centres.

You will be required to:

  • Support the Head of High Streets and Local Growth and the Local Growth Manager (High Streets) and develop/deliver initiatives and projects as required.
    Provide focused support for High Streets, developing projects / managing projects.
  • Engage with stakeholders and businesses in different town and local centres to identify challenges and opportunities and to devise responses and solutions.
  • Develop a co-ordinated approach to local growth and place-making for different town- and local centres.
  • Organise and managing events and promotions.

You will need to be:

  • Motivated able to work proactively enjoy new challenges and a versatile workload.
  • Have strong people skills and project management experience. 
  • You will be able to work individually and as part of a team.
  • Able to prioritize your own work within a supportive framework.

As a Local Growth Officer, you will be focusing on the borough of Richmond, with the expectation of working across boroughs if required. On occasions the requirement to work evenings and weekend may arise. As the High Streets and Local Growth Officer the position will entail working mostly in the town centres or Richmond office, although occasional home working is possible.

We are looking for a motivated individual’s with transferable skill sets including the ability to innovate, engage with stakeholders/businesses, project management, customer service and the ability to demonstrate successful project deliverables. We recognise the required skill set for the Local Growth Officer may arise from varied backgrounds. We encourage you to apply if you have the required skills specified in the job profile and do not need previous local authority experience within a similar role. We welcome and encourage applications from backgrounds including but not limited to business development, retail, customer services, housing, and recruitment.                   

We offer a generous holiday allowance of 39 paid days (pro rata) including bank holidays and a wide range of learning and development opportunities.

In addition, we offer a comprehensive range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts with many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments.

Indicative Recruitment Timeline

Closing Date:  31st October 2021

Shortlisting Date: 1st November 2021              

Interview Date: 12th November 2021        

For an informal discussion please contact: Lorinda Freint - Head of High Streets and Local Growth - 0207 627 3182.

When applying for the role please focusing on the knowledge, skills and personal experience you would bring to the role, and how you would contribute towards realising the team’s/department’s priorities. This should address each point on the person specification. 

Useful Information:

The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. We strongly advise you to complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Please note that the advertised dates for interviews may change due to the current Covid-19 situation. If they do, we will let you know as soon as possible.

Your health and wellbeing is our top priority. Should you become unwell due to Covid-19 during the recruitment process we would very much appreciate receiving an update from you as soon as possible.

We particularly welcome applications from sections of the community who are currently underrepresented within our teams.

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils

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