Help Us Deliver Economic Growth Opportunities in Coastal Furness : Coordinator Research, Data and Administration

Furness Economic Development Forum (FEDF) are seeking a Coordinator (Research, Data/ Administration support) to help drive forward economic development priorities in Furness. The contract will be initially for 12 months (option to extend, subject to performance). The role will have self-employed status and may interest consultants. Contract involves research, data analysis/interpretation and support to the Programme Manager/ FEDF Support Team, assisting provision of information to businesses, preparation of events or information to support business cases. Administration skills also required.

The role will help FEDF make the most of an unprecedented amount of investment taking place in Furness in defence, life sciences, energy, manufacturing, construction, service sectors together with projects designed to realise the delivery of a new Waterfront Business Park, Marina Village and town centre growth whilst at the same time strengthening companies’ ability to capture more business locally and securing better communications.

Further information contact: Stuart Klosinski Tel: (01229) 314039

Contract Value £30,000

Apply by Email by: 16/12/16 noon

–2016 FEDF/Barrow in Furness Borough Council

Furness Economic Development Forum (FEDF) is looking to engage the services of a Research, Data and Administration Coordinator to help with project management and delivery of its economic development projects in the Furness /SW Cumbria area. This is a self-employed status post. The successful applicant will be responsible for their own tax and national insurance liabilities and for demonstrating they hold relevant insurances.

To Support the Furness Economic Development Forum (FEDF) Delivery Team, its Programme and Project Manager and other partnership colleagues by undertaking research and administration for the Forum to help to assist in its delivery of FEDF’s Delivery Plan Priorities.

Candidates for this new role should demonstrate an understanding of the area’s economic development needs; emerging developments, future skills development, infrastructure, environmental improvement priorities and provision of business support research needs associated with a Coastal Communities Funded Initiative to help companies to capture more spend and penetrate supply chains effectively.


ENGAGING AUTHORITY: Barrow in Furness Borough Council

Purpose of Role: There is a requirement for a self- employed individual or consultant to be engaged to work within the small FEDF Delivery Team on a range of duties to support economic development actions and the companies seeking to expand their activity in SW Cumbria.

This is a varied role, working with the FEDF Delivery Team to help grow the economic and social resilience of the Furness area through research, analysis of existing new evidence bases, responding to government and Lep invitations to bid for funding, consultations and responding to company developments. We need an enthusiastic person to deliver efficient administration and research including summarising data in reports so FEDF can communicate this clearly, concisely and effectively to internal and external audiences.

Principal Accountabilities: cover administration and supporting research, including:
– Working with and reporting to the Programme and Project Manager to liaise with colleagues including seconded personnel and Borough Council staff to deliver administration support to FEDF, help with signposting firms to Cumbria Growth Hub, Department for International Trade and other business support services;
– provide directly, or in association with Cumbria Growth Hub, 1-to-1 information to inquiring firms and developers, assisting and informing them about the growth opportunities in the area;
– Offer administration supporting a Furness Energy Forum network of companies and other networking of companies and organisations to overcome barriers to business growth
– review and development of data, research and information resources to support FEDF’s economic development priorities;
– Conducting desk research for ongoing projects as well as proposal development
– encouraging companies to register on-line with their interest in projects underway locally, including company capabilities so as to help build a capability register, identify capability gaps, and moderation of their registrations to ensure each is fit for purpose;
– research, interprete, manage data, produce written and spoken updates to the team to provide support to its engagement in economic development across Furness ;
– marshalling information to be used in making business cases for investment in infrastructure or in informing Cumbria Lep, and /or lobbying regional or national bodies for the allocation of resources and new investment;
– assist with organisation and delivery of accelerator events, workshops, seminars including some delivery of presentations;

Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed:
– enthusiastic, entrepreneurial, self-motivated, target focusse demonstrating a desire to take on new challenges with a resourceful attitude;
– confidence to develop and maintain effective working relationships with a wide variety of partners;
– proven administrative , work coordination and research experience, good analytical skills and IT competencies;
– self-confidence, quick learner with commitment to further skills development; good interpersonal skills including effective listening and negotiation;
– capability and experience in supporting marketing and event delivery;
– excellent communication and organisational skills;
– strong track record of delivery against targets in a challenging environment;
– knowledge of and confident user of web or social media content management systems;
– Knowledge and experience of effective writing report summaries;
– Familiarity with operation of procurement procedures and preparation of reports.
– ability to take responsibility for the day to day progress and delivery of projects; working independently to deliver high quality and timely outputs.

Furness Economic Development Forum Company Summary:
Furness Economic Development Forum (FEDF) is a local and strategic economic development support organisation operating in Barrow TTWA. It operates through a FEDF Board for which Barrow in Furness Borough Council acts as the accountable body.

FEDF Delivery Priorities focus upon maximizing the economic growth opportunities arising from the new development projects arising in SW Cumbria. Its actions are currently concentrating upon on facilitating Waterfront/port Business Park, Marina Village, town centre development with improved transportation, lobbying for improved integrated transport links and attracting retaining companies and the skills they will require. There is also a focus on helping companies to capture more of the spend associated with major investments and on working closely with partner organisations such as Cumbria Growth Hub, Department for International Trade and local authorities.

FEDF’s current Delivery Plan a contains priorities to develop
– Skills;
– Business Support including supply chain assistance;
– Infrastructure;
– Environmental quality enhancements.
Sub Groups report in regularly to the FEDF Board.

The Furness area is experiencing growth unprecedented in a generation with emerging projects resulting in £20-40bn of new investment. These comprise on-going manufacturing and construction projects which range from a £525m modernisation of Barrow shipyard, to £350m of new investment in life sciences at GSK Ulverston for manufacturing of biopharmaceuticals. In addition a £2bn Walney Extension windfarm is being built. National Grid plan new power transmission lines at a cost of around £2.8bn to link one of the first of a new generation nuclear power generation stations at Moorside in West Cumbria to the electricity transmission network. A number of manufacturing expansion projects related to growth of multinational and SW Cumbria based firms’ local expansions are also likely to occur.

Additional information…
about the role and Furness Economic Development Forum Delivery Plan can be discussed with Stuart Klosinski on 01229314039/07836254721 and found on or @fedfsupplychain

Anticipated Terms & Conditions
Consultancy hours – potentially up to 37.5 hours per week – although flexible part-time hours will be considered for the right candidate
Basic Fee –dependent on experience and knowledge, not exceeding £30,000/year – there will be a 3-month probationary period after which this will be reviewed.
Travelling expenses – will be paid at 45p per mile (from our Barrow office)
To apply to deliver this exciting and interesting opportunity: please set out your proposal accompanied by a cv request an application form by emailing: by the close of December 16th 2016

Applications for this contract are now closed.

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