Prestwick Town has been awarded funding by the Scottish Government and South Ayrshire Council to develop a Business Improvement District (BID). An individual experienced in developing and providing direct support and/or services to business users is sought to fill this post.
The successful candidate will need to be:
- self-motivated, with a passion to succeed
- excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- project management and marketing experience
- work well under pressure
We can offer:
- flexible working hours
- opportunity to work with a diverse and forward-thinking steering group
- excellent career development
- 15-month duration
- 2 days per week initially (increasing throughout the project to 4-5 days)
- £24,000 contract
CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS – 31st July 2017
The main duties of the BID Project Manager will include:
- Managing all development stages of the Prestwick Town BID project culminating in the production of a business plan, arrangements for the BID ballot and the setting up of a BID company.
- Managing a small team - to support the administration and the delivery of the project and the administration of the BID project finances.
- Developing the BID program and presenting options for the definition of the BID area.
- Ensuring systems are in place for the future monitoring of the BID.
- Carrying out publicity and other project work associated with raising awareness and support for the BID within the local business community, the local community and public-sector stakeholders in Prestwick Town.
- Developing and maintaining effective and positive communications with all businesses in the defined area.
- Developing and maintaining effective communication with council staff, elected members, the community council and other statutory and local organisations to enable open dialogue during the BID development process.
- Research to develop knowledge and expertise and ensure best practice and best outcome.
- Marketing the BID including the development of a website.
- Liaising with the key contact/officer from the Local Authority (who will be part of the BID Steering Group) on aspects of the BID and establishing support for the administration of the ballot.
- Liaising with the key contact/officer from the Local Authority in the setting up of the financial arrangements for the collection of the BID levy.
- Operating a computer system and managing the development of the BID databases.
- Performing any other duties and responsibilities as may be appropriate to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of the BID project as directed by the BID Steering Group.
- At the Steering Groups discretion, attending as considered necessary, meetings and conferences associated with BIDs Scotland to ensure good practice.
- The requirement to work with the Project Director BIDs Scotland.
Principle Accountabilities / Key Tasks:
- Develop a viable BID Business Plan including details of identified projects, service improvements, costs, proposed structure for delivering the BID and relevant performance measures.
- Develop and agree, with stakeholders, a timetable for the BID process with key milestones. Monitor the timetable on a regular basis
- Establish a BID communication strategy to facilitate effective liaison, consultation and communication with key stakeholders and acceptance of the BID proposals.
- Develop and maintain a database with relevant details of all businesses within the BID area.
- Develop mechanisms for the BID voting process and collection of the levy with the key contact/officer from the Local Authority.
- Quantify and benchmark existing public services to ensure that BID projects and services demonstrate real additionality.
- Evidence that they can work with several different organisations and agencies from the private and public sectors at a local and national level and have preferably an existing network of contacts in relation to BID area.
- Evidence of a proven track record in dealing with the local business community or similar.
- Evidence that they can begin with the advantage of intimate knowledge of local issues, businesses and politics, and would have the trust of local agencies and businesses from the beginning.
- Evidence that they have a good level of existing knowledge of the Business Improvement District process in Scotland and how this will be applied to the development of a BID for Prestwick Town.
- A high level of commitment and enthusiasm.
Qualifications / Skills / Knowledge
- Educated to degree level or equivalent, or with extensive work experience in relevant area
- Business planning experience coupled with knowledge of Public Sector
- Project management skills
- Good negotiating / influencing / motivating skills
- Able to take ownership of diverse workload
- Good written and oral communication skills
- Database management experience
- Experience of partnership working
- Marketing experience
- Previous experience of managing a Business Improvement District process