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Deputy Director - Cities and Local Growth Unit

The Cities and Local Growth Unit (CLGU) sits across two Departments, reporting jointly into the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

The Unit is made up of ten Deputy Director led teams and has around 250 staff, based in 8 locations around England.

CLGU leads in Government on developing and implementing policy to drive economic growth and productivity in each part of the country.

The priorities for the Unit will be set by the new Government but priorities have included:

• Developing the capability of local institutions to drive growth, including overseeing the work of Local Enterprise Partnerships and devolution to Mayoral Combined Authorities.

• Working with these local institutions to develop economic strategies, that harness the economic assets in localities and deliver a coherent and long-term plan to improve productivity everywhere.

• Driving growth across regions, working with pan-regional partnerships to develop plans for driving growth through investing in infrastructure and improving the coordination of economic policies on the ground.

• Developing new local growth funding policies, working closely with colleagues across Whitehall and with HM Treasury to ensure that flexible funding is in place that provides local leaders with the necessary tools to invest in improving their place.

• Oversee the delivery of significant funding and programmes to drive local growth and manage key stakeholder relationships across the country through the five area teams based in eight offices around England.

Job description

The successful candidate will:

Act as Government’s senior civil servant on economic policy for the West Midlands, South West England and the Western Gateway (partnership with South Wales).

They will build key strategic relationships with civic and business leaders and lead the team in shaping policy design and delivery of economic strategies within the region and oversee the wider economic growth agenda, working closely with partners in the private sector, local government and other Government Departments.

Key responsibilities include:

• Develop and maintain day-to-day relationships on behalf of HM Government with key partners in South West England, West Midlands and Wales including Local Enterprise Partnership Chairs and Chief Executives, key Local Authority Leaders and Chief Executives and senior business leaders across the region.

• Lead the development of economic policy across the region, working closely with colleagues in the Cities and Local Growth Unit and across Departments and local partners, to drive growth and productivity through the development of local industrial strategies.

• Coordinate the Government’s economic agenda for the Western Gateway, working closely with colleagues in MHCLG, Wales Office and other Departments to develop a strategic approach and engagement with the local partners.

• Responsibility for Government’s oversight and assurance of Local Enterprise Partnerships in South West England and West Midlands (12 in total), working through your team’s Area Leads to ensure that each LEP has strong governance and capability to deliver against their existing commitments and prepare for future reforms, including the implementation of the Stronger Towns Fund, Future High Street Fund, and UK Shared Prosperity Fund following the UK’s departure from the European Union.

• Forming a key part of the Leadership Team of the Cities and Local Growth Unit, providing collective leadership and direction to build a Unit that is an excellent place to work, with an inclusive and vibrant culture, and that supports individuals to develop in their career. The post will also be expected to work with a wider range of teams within BEIS, MHCLG and across Whitehall.


Person Specification

The successful candidates will be able to demonstrate success in the following areas:

• A strong corporate and team leader with a proven track record of leading others; providing leadership strength in a dynamic environment and an ability to build high performing teams;

• An experienced policy professional with the ability to move smoothly between long term strategy development and delivery and tactical decision making in a fast moving, exposed environment.

• A proven ability to build effective relationships with diverse senior stakeholders and capable of flexing your style, to understand and engage with different audiences;

• A self-starter with strong personal impact, able to work across organisational boundaries in a complex political environment, and with experience of presenting complex issues and influencing senior stakeholders;

• The ability to lead and manage policy delivery, identifying and implementing innovative improvements, negotiating options and contingency planning to support delivery of key Departmental objectives.

Please take time to read the attached Candidate pack for further information about this role and the recruitment process.



BEIS offers a competitive mix of benefits including:

A culture of flexible working, such as job sharing, homeworking and compressed hours.
Automatic enrolment into the Civil Service Pension Scheme.
A minimum of 25 days of paid annual leave, increasing by 1 day per year up to a maximum of 30.
An extensive range of learning & professional development opportunities, which all staff are actively encouraged to pursue.
Access to a range of retail, travel and lifestyle employee discounts.
Apply today!