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Partnerships Executive role at Combined Authority

3 August 2018

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Job title: AEB Partnerships Executive.
Salary range: £40,000-£48,000.

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority is seeking a Partnerships Executive as part of an exciting new opportunity within the adult education sector.

In May 2017, residents of Cambridge and Peterborough voted to elect their first mayor, and the area established one of the first Mayoral Combined Authorities in the Country. This gives us access to newly devolved powers and resources from central government, to drive forward an ambitious agenda that can increase economic growth and prosperity across the region.

Devolution has created an exciting opportunity for the Combined Authority to receive and manage the multi-million pound Department for Education’s Adult Education Budget (AEB) from August 2019.

In order to prepare for implementation of this budget, we are recruiting an AEB Partnership Executive to work with partner organisations to develop the Combined Authority’s strategic and operational plan for implementation. Working with the Programme Manager to create and support sustainable skills provision, including commissioning providers and monitoring performance that addresses both learners and business demand, will be an integral part of the role.

Role profile
1. To work in partnership with key stakeholders to define the future delivery requirements for adult skills across a range of business sectors and from the diverse demand from residents across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. This will include senior personnel from Further Education colleges, councils, independent training providers, and government departments and agencies.
2. Be the point of contact for our strategic skills development within Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and develop good working relationships with partner organisations, funding bodies and a range of stakeholders at national and local level, that can assist in the delivery of the CPCA Skills Strategy and AEB Action Plan.
3. Take the lead in ensuring partners and stakeholders are kept informed and up to date on related policy development, implementation plan progress, associated risk, and challenges faced.
4. To lead on the procurement exercise for new providers of AEB provision.
5. Develop and lead a process of performance management of the AEB providers, including policies for addressing underperformance.
6. To maintain awareness of funding opportunities and to oversee and prepare bids for external funding for projects as relevant.
7. To participate in contract negotiations with funding organisations ensuring that all funding options are maximised.
8. Dealing with enquiries from AEB Providers on funding rules, policy changes and performance.
9. Engage and host stakeholder events to speak to providers and engage in funding rules, policy changes and performance.
10. Maintain effective links and relationships with relevant local and national agencies.
11. To undertake any other duties that may reasonably be requested appropriate to the grade.
12. To comply with Financial orders and standing regulations.

Person specification
Skills, Knowledge and Experience
1. Possess the necessary qualifications and experience to carry out the functions associated with the post.
2. Extensive experience of working in large, complex political environment with an understanding of the unique role that the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority has.
3. A knowledge of a range of approaches to leadership and management in adult learning, and how to prevent and tackle underperformance by providers.
4. Experienced in identifying and implementing key policy changes.
5. Knowledge and experience of managing procurement processes.

Leadership and management
1. Ability to think widely and solve complex problems logically.
2. Ability to positively promote the Council and its services.

Communication and relationship management
1. An excellent advocate and relationship builder able to communicate well and engage with a range of partners and stakeholders including local authorities, DfE and providers.
2. Excellent organisational skills and expertise in managing a project involving multi-disciplinary stakeholders and groups.
3. A record of innovative achievements in partnership and joint working with partners and stakeholders.
4. Ability to communicate authoritatively, and appropriately in verbal and written form with a wide range of stakeholders at all levels.
5. Strong negotiating skills.

Resource management
1. The ability to identify resource opportunities through multi-agency working that deliver significant improvements to services.
2. Experience of resource/budget management.
3. Understanding of how to develop innovative deals in order to maximise funding and deliver optimum results.

Service specific and general
1. Excellent grasp of national and local agenda for education, adult learning and apprenticeships.
2. Ability to demonstrate a customer-focused approach to the provision of services within the directorate and across the combined authority.
3. Understanding of the effects of discrimination and exclusion with the ability to promote inclusion and equality of opportunity.
4. An understanding of devolution and Metro-Mayor arrangements, local government, and current and future issues to be faced, as well as the financial, legal and political context of public sector management.

To apply please send a copy of your CV and a covering letter to: hr@cambridgeshirepeterborough-ca.gov.uk
The closing date for applications is 5pm, Friday 31st August 2018