Vacancy details

Head of Productivity Programme

Location: Peripatetic

Posted on: 10/11/2022

Do you want to work for the UKs leading company for delivery of SME business support?

Do you to support the economic growth in West Yorkshire?

Do you want to lead a team providing intensive support to SMEs to help them become more productive?

If you’ve answered “yes” to these questions the role of Head of Productivity Programme could be for you!

About the Role

We are looking to recruit a leader for a new SME business support contract we have secured in West Yorkshire. The Productivity Improvement Programme will provide cutting edge support to help SMEs in West Yorkshire to make improvements, become more productive and grow.

The role will be responsible for:

  • The overall programme including planning, activity, performance, people, financial performance and operational continuous improvement
  • Leading and managing a team of Productivity Managers who will be working directly with, supporting and facilitating improvements with the programme clients
  • Working closely with funders and the wider stakeholder network to promote the programme, the value that is being delivered and the Exemplas business.
  • Managing the relationship (and their performance) with a key partner in the delivery of the programme
  • Providing direct support in the development of deliverable new value propositions that will enhance the Exemplas brand and status in West Yorkshire and wider geographical areas

About You

We are looking to recruit a person with significant SME business experience. This may have been gained through working with, supporting and growing SMEs from working in business support programmes previously or having run your own SME business. You will be familiar with the challenges SME businesses are faced with and will be able to empathise. In addition, you will have:

  • Demonstrable experience of both operational delivery and commercial development in public sector business support.
  • Knowledge of the Yorkshire SME business base and the business support infrastructure.
  • Existing relationships, networks and connections in the West Yorkshire area.
  • Experience of managing and developing people.
  • Experience of managing performance.
  • Experience of developing new business capable of being scaled and replicated.
  • Knowledge and experience of productivity, growth/scale up and how improvements can be made in SMEs
  • Experience of and working knowledge of HR processes for managing people and teams;
  • People management skills, in particular motivating and encouraging others, coaching and mentoring, adaptable communication style, managing conflict, giving feedback, etc

What do we offer?

This is a full-time permanent contract. The role is peripatetic and requires travel around the West Yorkshire area working with clients and managing the relationship with the funder and other stakeholders.

  • A generous and competitive salary of up to £61,500 per annum
  • A car allowance of £3,840 per annum
  • Broadband allowance
  • A generous, up to 10.5% non-contributory pension scheme (conditional upon being enrolled and remaining in the scheme for the duration of employment)
  • Ill-health income protection (conditional upon meeting the scheme rules)
  • Life assurance (Death in Service) scheme underwritten under the pension scheme regulations (conditional upon meeting the scheme rules)
  • 26 days holiday (rising to 28 after 2 years’ service, pro rata for part time)
  • Free car parking onsite
  • A flexible and supportive working culture including access to mental health first aiders
  • Wellbeing services for employees including access to discounts, workshops, employee assistance programme, Doctorline and more
  • Modern, open space and technology enabled working environment
  • Flexible benefits including holiday-buy scheme, eye care vouchers, annual flu vaccination, Uno buses discount (Hatfield only), discounted gym membership (Hatfield only) and a cycle-to-work scheme.

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all and value diversity in our workforce. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.

About Us

We are one of the UK’s foremost business support organisations and for over 25 years, we have provided business advisory services to more than 500,000 small to medium sized businesses on behalf of Government and Private sector organisations. As part of our expert team, you can expect to be empowered to be the best you can and share our company values of Openness (I am keen and willing to engage), Inspiration (I want to be the best that I can be), Conviction (We win, or lose, together) and Accountability (I will take responsibility and ownership). As a business we recognise that giving a superior service to our clients depends on making the most of our people and we aim to give our teams challenging opportunities, recognition for achievement, job enrichment and the maximum flexibility we can.

The fine print

  • Please note we are not a Home Office visa sponsorship licence holder and therefore you must be currently eligible to live and work in the UK to apply for this role.
  • Please read our recruitment privacy notice on the Exemplas website for information about how we process your personal data.

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