Economic Development Assistant

Economic Development Assistant

  • Location: West Oxfordshire
  • Salary: £24,000
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Contract Type: 2 year fixed term contract
  • Closing Date: 29 November 2020
  • Interview Date: 16 December 2020

Do you care passionately about local economies and town centres, and do you want to make a difference?

West Oxfordshire District Council

West Oxfordshire District Council has prepared an ambitious Local Recovery Plan to support our local economy and town centres, alongside action to strengthen local communities and on climate and nature.  We are determined to tackle the economic challenges facing us and ‘build back better’ as the district recovers from the impacts of the pandemic. 

About the role…

We are looking for a self-motivated and pro-active individual to play a key role assisting our economic development work in West Oxfordshire as we recover from the COVID pandemic. The Economic Development Assistant is a new role so that we can gear up to support our district’s economic recovery.

You will support the work of the Business Development Officer and Market Towns Officer in taking forward a programme of Council action.  In addition to project work you will help organise and host meetings and events, and help prepare our business newsletter and articles for our website.

Part of your role will be to deal with enquiries from businesses in a clear and helpful manner and maintain a good understanding of support available for businesses so you can direct those needing it to the most appropriate help available.

This role is ideally suited to someone embarking on a career in Economic Development.

Who are we…

Four partner Councils (West Oxfordshire District Council, Cheltenham Borough Council, Forest of Dean District Council and Cotswold District Council) have created Publica Group Ltd to deliver more efficient and improved services. The Councils will continue to be responsible for the standard of services that are provided as well as setting strategy, policy and making decisions. 

Publica is a unique place to work – we’re a local government organisation with a twist! Publica wants to transform the way local services are delivered. To help do this we have started to fundamentally rethink the way we design our services in the digital era so that Publica is a customer focused organisation driven by real user needs.

This is a new role which will cover West Oxfordshire. Within the District, there are plenty of places to see and visit whether you love hiking or cycling. With our agile working ethos: you will be spoilt for choice.


You will need…

  • A minimum of 5 qualifications equivalent to NVQ level 2 or GCSE at Grade C/4 or above, must include Maths and English
  • Ability to build customer relationships
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work with other partners such as the Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Experience of MS Office


For more information about this role please see the Job Description/Person Specification.

Special Conditions…

  • Use of a car for work purposes

If you wish to have an informal discussion about this role, please contact Will Barton on or 01993 861482

Please follow the link to see our great benefits: Benefits

Closing date for CV’s: Sunday 29th November 2020 @midnight
Interview Date: Wednesday 16th December 2020

Please note that we are receiving high levels of applications and we may close this advert before the advertised closing date.

If you feel this is the role for you please email your CV and supporting statement detailing how you meet the criteria above by clicking on the ‘Apply for this Position’ icon within this page.

Your application will not be considered if you have not provided a supporting statement, in addition to your CV.

Please note that if you do not hear from us within two weeks of the closing date shown on the advert, unfortunately your application has not been successful on this occasion.

Accredited of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies - Please state this within your covering statement or in a separate email.

Safer recruitment practices are applied to all job vacancies. Successful candidates will be required to complete a pre-employment medical questionnaire; provide references;  proof of identity; nationality and immigration status; three years’ employment or education history (if applicable) and, in some cases, verification of criminal record.

Do you consider that you have a disability?

Publica has signed up to 'Disability Confident' commit to encourage applications by offering an interview to those who declare they have a disability, if the person meets the minimum criteria for the job as defined on the person specification.

Please indicate on your covering letter if this applies to you.

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