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Strategic Delivery Lead

Job Title: Strategic Delivery Lead- Higher Level Skills
Salary range: £56,143 - £63,183 per annum
Hours: 36.5 hours per week
Contract: Permanent


Who we need


We are looking for an individual who has a passion for skills and is up for the challenge of helping shape the delivery of higher-level skills across the region.

Working closely with colleges providers and Universities you'll be developing skills offers in digital, green technologies, health science and manufacturing


You will need a good understanding of the skills landscape and delivery but more importantly you'll need experience of managing projects and delivery at pace and working with others to achieve this.


You'll need to be equally comfortable talking to businesses about what skills they need and their productivity challenges as you will talking to curriculum teams and education leaders.

This isn't about selling though, it's about co-design of the type of training we need as a region to support the economic recovery.

You will also need to be politically astute and able to work effectively with national government departments to develop business cases for funding and to manage a portfolio of delivery and associated KPIs.


You'll enjoy working with a team but will happily lead and take accountability for delivery.

You'll be committed to making a difference for the people and businesses in the region.


About the team


The Productivity and Skills team deliver around £160m of skills and employment support programmes working closely with Local Authorities, national government and businesses in the region.

Jobs and skills are an exciting and challenging agenda but one that is important to all residents in the region.


Who we are

The West Midlands has been one of the most promising regions in England with the fastest growing economy outside London; it has been seen as one of the best places to invest; with improved living standards, regional infrastructure was benefiting from huge investment; a rapid expansion in house building; increasing numbers of apprenticeship starts; construction on HS2 ; and the Battery Industrialisation Centre launched in Coventry.

The West Midlands has one of the greatest potentials to grow in 2021 and we are seeking investment in new markets, upskilling our workforce, protecting our environment, strengthening our communities and repositioning the region as a leader in the national economy.


Now more than ever, we need to be innovative and we don't just return to the old ways of working and living.

We already have many of the building blocks in place - we are resetting our thinking, rebuilding our region and reinventing our image as a national leader.

In order to do that, we will listen to our communities and deliver change for the better as a result of what we've experienced.

There is a lot to look forward to - next year the region will host the City of Culture in Coventry; and following that it will be the site of the Commonwealth Games.

These are opportunities to showcase our region to the world.


The West Midlands is a region which is resilient and innovative, and WMCA is building the future, with a shared vision of a healthier, happier, better connected and more prosperous West Midlands - a fast-growing global force with huge potential and ambition.

Everyone who works here plays their part in this success story and we're all determined to use our unique role to deliver lasting change across our region.

Come and join the West Midlands Combined Authority; be part of Building the Future.


In return for your hard work and commitment, we will reward you with a range of competitive and attractive benefits.


How to apply


To apply for this role, please click below and you will be emailed to let you know how to continue your application.


Closing Date: 6th November 2020
Interview/Assessment Date: w/c 16th November 2020


This is a remote working opportunity until a date is agreed for the WMCA workforce to return to our usual place of work at 16 Summer Lane, Birmingham.


Our priority is to keep all our employees safe and well during this time.

We will be working remotely for the foreseeable future, and we are doing everything we can to ensure all our employees can enjoy a comfortable remote working space.


We are committed to developing an organisation that is representative of the diverse communities that we serve and welcome applications from all sections of the community.


The following groups are currently underrepresented: young people, Black, Asian and ethnic minority groups and women at senior levels.


We are a Disability Confident Employer and offer a guaranteed interview scheme for applicants who meet the essential job role criteria.

We will make reasonable adjustments, in line with the Equality Act, for disabled applicants if these are needed.

Wherever possible we will offer flexible working options which assist work-life balance and support service delivery for the customer.




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