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Project Manager (Getting Building Fund) - Solent LEP

Portsmouth City Council

Reference: JAN20217038

Job details


1000 Lakeside, North Harbour

Job type

Full Time, Fixed Term


£39,880 - £43,857 Per Annum

Closing date

24 January 2021

Location – Ordinarily based at 1000 Lakeside, North Harbour, Western Road, Portsmouth, PO6 3EN

with travel in the Solent region, but currently working remotely in line with HM Government COVID-19 guidance

Solent LEP

Established in 2010, Solent LEP is a limited company by guarantee and business-led collaboration between private, public and education sectors across the Solent. Of the 38 LEPs across England, Solent LEP represents one of the most significant coastal gateway regions in the country, and is responsible for securing and investing large amounts of public and private sector funding in ambitious projects to create new businesses, jobs and homes.

Successful Local Enterprise Partnerships are led by influential private and public sector leaders, acting as champions for their area’s economic success. Since its formation Solent LEP has benefitted from business expertise and acumen. We have created a new partnership between the public and private sector the Solent that represents the diversity of local businesses and communities.

Solent LEP prioritises policies and actions on the basis of clear economic evidence and intelligence from businesses and local communities. Our interventions are designed to improve productivity across the local economy to benefit people and communities with the aim of creating more inclusive economies.

As an organisation, Solent LEP prides itself on demonstrating innovation, passion and commitment for the region by working in a collaborative and inclusive manner with its complex and varied stakeholder networks. The board of Directors will play an integral role in providing the leadership and setting the strategy for the area to support the “ambition to create a dynamic, vibrant, inclusive and internationally competitive region”.

Your new role

Reporting to the Local Growth Programme Manager in the Programme Delivery Team, you will be responsible for the assessment, delivery and monitoring of a portfolio of Solent-based projects supported by HM Government’s Getting Building Fund (GBF).

The £900 million GBF is aiming to deliver jobs, skills and infrastructure across the country. It is supporting the delivery of shovel-ready infrastructure projects, agreed with mayors and Local Enterprise Partnerships to boost economic growth, and fuel local recovery and jobs. Solent LEP has secured £15.9m fund for the delivery of projects which are expected to help position the Solent as the UK’s capital of coastal renaissance, harnessing new technologies and approaches to revitalise coastal communities, and delivering decarbonisation in one of the UK’s most significant carbon generating clusters.

The role will also include taking responsibility for performance management and evaluation of projects, and acting as a key professional adviser to the Assistant Director of Programme Delivery in relation to the Getting Building Fund.

Communication skills will be critical in this role and you will need to be able to interact and network effectively with a broad range of partners. A flexible approach to working will also be essential, as we are a small but growing team that makes a major contribution to the economic success of the region, and you will be expected to undertake any other relevant duties as required in support of the business.

Specifically this will involve, but not be restricted to:

Contract managing the delivery and performance of a designated portfolio of capital projects funded under the Getting Building Fund;

Supporting the assessment of new funding applications to the Getting Building Fund;

Managing and organising investment panels to consider new applications to the Getting Building Fund;

Development of contracts / funding agreements for projects supported by Panels and Board;

Organising, attending and providing advice to the LEP’s broader Panels and Board, including the preparation of written reports, statistics, risk registers and presentations;

Monitoring and evaluating the delivery of projects supported by the Getting Building Fund, including the responsibility for the collation and submission of data returns and monitoring reports to central government and managing authorities as required;

Providing advice to the Programme Managers and Assistant Directors on all aspects of Getting Building Fund policy and delivery;

Being directly involved in the formulation of Solent LEP policies and strategies linked to Local Growth programmes;

Working with a range of other organisations at local, regional and national level, including industry, Local Enterprise Partnerships, Business Representative Organisations, academia, and Local Authorities, amongst others;

Coordinating activities to attract and increase levels of high value jobs, particularly within our strategic sectors, through infrastructure delivery in the Solent area;

Standing in for the Local Growth Programme Manager as required in their absence and to represent the Solent LEP on local, regional and national fora;

To support the Programme Officer with ongoing programme monitoring and reporting;

What you’ll need to succeed

Due to the time-bound nature of the funds, the Project Manager will need to be highly-resilient, very well organised, have a real eye for detail and also demonstrable experience of effective project and contract management in previous roles. They will be joining the LEP at a very busy time in the funding cycle – closing down the £183m Local Growth Deal which has been in operation since 2014/15, and finalising the delivery arrangements for the current round of the Getting Building Fund – so the successful candidate will be a confident self-starter, unafraid to ask for guidance when the need arises, but equally comfortable working under their own direction.

The successful Project Manager must be able to demonstrate that they possess the following:


  • Formal vocational or professional qualifications, such as NVQ level 4 or 5 equivalent or higher, and or membership of a professional body.
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development.


  • Two years relevant experience of project management in an economic growth / regeneration role.
  • Experience of contract management, ideally within the context of business support programmes and the funding, delivery and monitoring of capital / infrastructure projects.
  • Experience of managing both grant and loan funding programmes.
  • Experience of regeneration, infrastructure and / or economic development programmes and projects, policies, strategies and objectives.
  • Experience of working constructively with partners at a range of levels (local, regional and national) on complex change issues.
  • Demonstrable success in enhancing organisational reputation.

Professional Skills

  • An understanding of national guidance on local growth, economic development and Local Enterprise Partnership polices and legislation.
  • Knowledge of the statutory, regulatory, strategic and key operational issues relevant to the specific post including governance requirements underpinning Solent LEP Limited and the supporting panels.
  • Knowledge of local authority governance models and local accountabilities.
  • Ability to interrogate data and evidence submitted by beneficiaries, identify inconsistencies and work in a professional way to challenge beneficiaries and resolve any issues.
  • Ability to identify and highlight to the Assistant Director – Programme Delivery the main issues impacting upon effective delivery of the Getting Building Fund programme.
  • Ability to encourage innovative solutions, balanced against commercial and financial awareness.
  • Ability to initiate and implement effective strategies designed to achieve success and meet Solent LEP’s objectives.

What next

Please read the “Job Profile” to ensure your application meets the requirements of the role and you fully demonstrate how you meet the points on the job profile. If you wish to send a CV, please consider a cover letter outlining why you are the perfect candidate for this position.

Applications via email should be sent to:

Closing time/date – Midnight, Sunday 24th January 2021

Applications received after this may not be considered.

Interview date: Wednesday 3rd February 2021

You will need to demonstrate that you have the Right to Work in the UK. No post will be offered without it.   

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