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Part Time Projects Manager (Economy) Post Ref. D/I6d

Grade K SP1-4 £33,871 - £39,219 per annum. Pro rata for 18.5 hours, Closing date 27th July 2017. Based in Leeds City Centre

 This part-time role works alongside 2 other project managers (1.5 FTE) and a Programme Manager and in partnership with a range of partners (local authority, statutory agencies, business) to oversee funding for a range of projects.  The current focus is on Local Growth Fund and Growing Places Loan Fund.  The forward programme of activity will include facilitating development on the LCR Enterprise Zones, flood resilience initiatives and further high profile housing schemes.

Local Growth Fund – Housing and Regeneration This £40+m fund supports a number of Local Authority projects aimed to deliver housing, jobs and regeneration outputs. Some of the funding has been allocated as interest free loans and some as grants, including grants for project development once a legal agreement can be entered into. The majority of the funding is allocated to projects and regular update meetings are held with the authorities to monitor progress and identify issues. Key areas of work include appraisal of business cases, negotiating and entering into legal agreements, monitoring of spend against tolerances and assessing potential outputs. The work involves liaison with transport, policy and communication colleagues as well as LA officers and Members. There is also some involvement with managing projects from the Priority 3 (Clean Energy and Economic Resilience) workstream.  Project examples include housing development on brownfield sites in East Leeds and the refurbishment and improvement of the York Guildhall building to provide new jobs.

Growing Places Loan Fund – This £36m fund was set up in 2012 and provides loans to kickstart stalled private sector projects. Currently there are 12 live loans, with amounts allocated from £250k to £5m and a further 2 loans due to be approved in July. The fund revolves as loans and interest is repaid and Leadership Team are currently considering what should happen to the fund in the future.   Inevitably these projects are risky and there is ongoing work to deal with financial and reputational issues arising from two loans.  Key areas of work include providing information to the LEP Investment Panel, managing and monitoring ongoing projects and ensuring information is provided to the Dept of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Close liaison is required with the LEPs Business Growth Service, professional advisers, private sector LEP IP members and financial institutions as well as dealing with enquiries from city region businesses. Project examples include the remediation of an old colliery and coke works site to provide new homes and jobs and the relocation of a business into new purpose built premises.

 

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