Programme Manager (Economy)

This position is being advertised on behalf of West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

Grade L SP 1-4 £38,443 £44,512 per annum

Please note:  It is WYCA policy to recruit within the lower quartile of the advertised pay band in most cases; incremental increases are applicable in most cases on  an annual basis.

Based in Leeds City Centre 

We are looking to recruit a hard-working and enthusiastic Programme Manager to support the Implementation team within the Delivery Directorate.

This role involves managing and driving forward the delivery of two substantial programmes, the Local Growth Fund – housing and regeneration programme and the LEP Growing Places Loan Fund. You will deliver with the support of Project Managers and a Project Assistant who also provides support across a wide Economic Regeneration team.

Local Growth Fund – Housing and Regeneration - This £40+m fund supports a number of Local Authority projects aimed to deliver housing, jobs and regeneration outputs. Some of the funding has been allocated as interest free loans and some as grants, including grants for project development through legal agreements. The majority of the funding is allocated to projects and regular update meetings are held with partners to monitor progress and identify issues. Key areas of work include appraisal of business cases, programme level risk assessment, contributing to governance through our Assurance Framework, IC and WYCA reports, negotiating and entering into legal agreements, monitoring of spend against tolerances and assessing potential outputs. The work involves liaison with transport, policy and communication colleagues as well as LA officers and Members. There may also be some involvement with managing projects from the Priority 3 (Clean Energy and Economic Resilience) workstream.  Project examples include housing development on brownfield sites in East Leeds and the refurbishment and improvement of the York Guildhall building to provide new jobs.

Growing Places Loan Fund – This £36m fund was set up in 2012 and provides loans to kick-start stalled private sector projects. Currently there are 12 live loans, with 3 new requests progressing through assurance. The fund revolves as loans and interest is repaid.  The programme is currently undergoing a review to evaluate and determine future need.   Your role will be to provide general programme management, with key areas of work including provision of information to the LEP Investment Panel and the Investment Committee and WYCA, ensuring appropriate advice is procured and provided (especially valuation and legal), undertaking due diligence to assess risk and define loan terms, managing and monitoring ongoing projects and ensuring information is provided to the Dept. of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Close liaison is required with the LEPs Business Growth Service, professional advisers, private sector LEP IP members and financial institutions as well as dealing with enquiries from city region businesses. Project examples include the remediation of an old colliery and coke works site to provide new homes and jobs and the relocation of a business into new purpose built premises.

If this sounds like you, we would like to hear from you.

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Liz Courtney, Economic Regeneration Lead on elizabeth.courtney@westyorks-ca.gov.uk

For more information about the work of WYCA, please visit www.westyorks-ca.gov.uk

West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) aim is to attract people from diverse backgrounds building an inclusive culture, we welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, race, gender, religion or beliefs, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation. In return we can offer a flexible and encouraging environment that will allow you to achieve your best work/life balance and career goals; with a range of benefits including a local government career average pension scheme and a fully funded travel MCard (zone 1-5). We are committed to enabling working parents to progress their careers and will consider requests for flexible working patterns and job share arrangements.

To submit your application form online please visit http://www.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/jobs/ by Wednesday 14th February 2018

Given the high volumes of applications we receive we are unable to respond to all applicants, therefore if you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date please assume that on this occasion you have not been successful.

Candidate information will be retained by WYCA for 6 months unless you make a request for this to be deleted.