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Strategic Lead - Adult Commercial Strategy and Development

Weston CollegeNorth Somerset

The post holder will work as one of the senior managers working directly with the College Leadership Board to lead the College approach to the commercial growth of the adult provision in the West of England Combined Authority, North Somerset and the South West as a whole working across the full range of College products and portfolios, including working with employers to deliver College income targets and wider objectives.

The post holder will lead the Employment Services area (which includes adult delivery for the unemployed, ESF projects and the West of England Works provision) on a day-to-day basis alongside their other duties to deliver the following core objectives through a wider range of activities and projects:

  • Deliver growth of adult and commercial income streams.
  • Expand the delivery of provision for unemployed learners.
  • Enable the College to be the recruiter of choice for businesses in the South West.
  • Produce efficiencies and innovation within existing contracts and delivery.
  • Grow/protect existing market share.
  • Ensure the quality profile of the college is maintained.
  • Improve the experience and/ or progression of learners.

The post holder will have the business acumen to identify strategic opportunity, be able to plan for such opportunities and have the capacity to bring relevant teams together to process opportunities, including bids and marketing/sales strategies, to significant wins and into implementation.

The role will focus on ensuring there is a Group-wide consistent approach to maximising our relationships with stakeholders in the full range of new and existing business opportunities, in order to support the continued growth of the Weston College Group.

The Post holder will be innovative, inspirational and forward thinking, able to identify opportunities for the College and translate these into sustainable successful outcomes.  The Post holder will be a strong leader able to manage multiple projects designed to maximise business opportunities for the College across a range of potential income streams and sectors.  This role will require achieving targeted business and income for the organisation.

This is an exciting time to join Weston College. The College is Ofsted 'Outstanding', its Higher Education provision is graded 'Gold' by the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF), and Weston College has recently won the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, one of only two Further Education colleges in the country to be awarded this prestigious honour. Furthermore, the College is an Investors in People 'Champion' and has been awarded 'Platinum' by Investors in People, which demonstrates Weston College's commitment to invest in our staff to improve performance.

Weston College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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