Project Manager – Prestwick Town Business Improvement District

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

Project timescale:

  • 15-month duration
  • 2 days per week initially (increasing throughout the project to 4-5 days)


  • £24,000 contract

Interested?  Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 01292 677 671 for a more detailed job description.


The main duties of the BID Project Manager will include:

  1. 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.
  2. Managing a small team - to support the administration and the delivery of the project and the administration of the BID project finances.
  3. Developing the BID program and presenting options for the definition of the BID area.
  4. Ensuring systems are in place for the future monitoring of the BID.
  5. 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.
  6. Developing and maintaining effective and positive communications with all businesses in the defined area.
  7. 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.
  8. Research to develop knowledge and expertise and ensure best practice and best outcome.
  9. Marketing the BID including the development of a website.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Operating a computer system and managing the development of the BID databases.
  13. 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.
  14. At the Steering Groups discretion, attending as considered necessary, meetings and conferences associated with BIDs Scotland to ensure good practice.
  15. 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.

Essential Criteria

  • 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