Social Business Wales supports the development and growth of social businesses across Wales. It aims to increase the sustainability and growth of the social business sector in Wales
To identify and build relationships with large social businesses with growth potential and promote the services of the Social Business Wales Operation. To identify relevant growth markets within Wales and promote these opportunities to the Social Business sector
Fixed Term to 31.03.2019 with the possibility of extension.
This post is funded by The Welsh Government and European Regional Development Fund.
35 per week. (Job share would be considered)
22:00, Monday 28th May 2018
Previous candidates who have applied for this role within the last 12 months need not apply.
2. Duties & Responsibilities
Role Specific Main Duties & Responsibilities
- To identify established social businesses with growth potential and promote the services of the Social Business Wales Operation to these potential customers.
- To link in with sector teams and any other relevant officers within Welsh Government to promote the growth of social businesses within Wales.
- To develop and procure research into potential growth markets for social businesses in Wales.
- To monitor, research and analyse information from European, national, devolved and local government documents and websites relating to social business and growth opportunities.
- To actively promote growth markets to social businesses in Wales through relevant events and literature.
- To support peer mentoring of established social businesses by facilitating regional networks of growth businesses.
- To support social businesses to access relevant Business Wales services, particularly around exporting, access to supply chains and intellectual property management.
- To establish and maintain links with representative bodies such as Development Trust Association Wales, Institute of Directors, CBI, Institute of Directors and the Federation of Small Business.
- To seek additional funding for and develop pilot projects that will support the developments of new markets with specific relevance to social businesses, for example social care.
- To organise and facilitate the “Top 50” publishing the annual top 50 social businesses within Wales to promote business growth within the sector.
- To work with the marketing officers, procure, publish and keep updated a robust directory of Social Businesses within Wales.
- To produce quarterly reports for funders on all activity undertaken and other reports when required.
Wales Co-operative Centre Duties & Responsibilities
- To work co-operatively with other staff and Wales Co-operative Centre programmes to promote the work of the Centre and facilitate achievement of the Vision
- To contribute to and represent the values of the Wales Co-operative Centre
- To promote and ensure safe working practices in line with Health and Safety requirements
- To adhere to all Wales Co-operative Centre policies and procedures
- To actively promote diversity within the Wales Co-operative Centre
- To play an active role in achieving excellence
- To maintain proper records of activity and produce reports as required
- To regularly attend and contribute to team meetings
- To work flexibly, including early mornings, evenings or weekends as necessary
- To travel as necessary to meet the requirements of the post
- To undertake professional development as required
- To undertake such other duties appropriate to the level of the post that may reasonably be required
3. Person Specification
In order to be eligible to apply for this job, you must be able to demonstrate the following criteria (applications which do not address these criteria will not be considered):
- Experience of identifying established businesses with growth potential
- Experience of facilitating networks and events
In addition, our ideal candidate would also be able to demonstrate the following:
3.Experience of identifying business sectors with growth potential.
4. Experience of developing and procuring research into potential growth markets for businesses.
5.Experience of developing pilot projects that will support the developments of new markets with specific relevance to social businesses, for example social care.
6.Experience of promoting growth markets to social businesses through relevant events and literature.
7.Experience of using digital technology to access new markets.
The ability to communicate fluently in Welsh is desirable but, not an essential requirement for this role.
If you feel that you could be the next member of our team, please tell us how you meet the criteria listed above within your application. Use your supporting statement to address each point clearly.
Skills and Behaviours
All Wales Co-operative Centre staff are also expected to be able demonstrate the following skills and behaviours. Some or all of these will be tested at interview stage.
- Ability to manage own workload, time and diary in order to meet deadlines / achieve outcomes
- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
- Ability to work calmly and efficiently under pressure
- Ability to work co-operatively and effectively as part of a team
- Ability to competently use MS Office
- Ability to deliver excellent customer service
- Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in written format, across various audiences
- Ability to build relationships with internal and external stakeholders
- Ability to identify opportunity for innovation and solve problems
- Commitment to our values:
- Be co-operative – work collaboratively for mutual benefit
- Be supportive – give your time, expertise and encouragement
- Be fair – value diversity and democracy
- Have integrity – strive to be open and honest in everything that you do
- Be positive – invest your energy on achieving outcomes
- Be inspirational – stimulate businesses, communities and people to take control and reach their potential
- Commitment to good working practices e.g. professionalism, punctuality, adaptability
- Commitment to continuous professional development
To apply please download the application and diversity monitoring forms using the links below. We use a standard application form, which has been carefully designed to get the most relevant and useful information from all applicants. Please note that we do not accept CVs. Once you’ve completed the forms please return them to HR Department, Wales Co-operative Centre, Y Borth, 13 Beddau Way, Caerphilly, CF83 2AX or by email to email@example.com.
Tips for Applicants
We use a competency based approach to recruitment. This means that throughout the recruitment process you will be assessed against the knowledge, skills and behaviours that we consider necessary to do the job. This approach starts from the application stage.
Here are a few tips to help you submit the best application possible:
- Complete all parts of the application form wherever possible. If you think some parts do not apply to you write N/A (not applicable) in the spaces provided for your answer.
- It is preferable to complete your application form using a computer. However, if this is not possible, please ensure that you write in black ink and that your handwriting is clear and legible.
- Ensure that the information you provide is clear, concise, relevant to the job you are applying for and easily understood (if you have to use jargon or acronyms, please explain what they mean!)
- Read the job description so that you have a clear understanding of the duties associated with the role and highlight on your application form where you have done these duties, or similar duties, previously.
- Read the person specification so that you have a clear understanding of the knowledge, skills and behaviours we are looking for in an applicant. The person specification will instruct you to highlight on your application form how you meet the criteria listed above within your application. Use your supporting statement to address each point clearly.
- The supporting statement is a very important part of the application form. This is your opportunity to demonstrate how you meet the criteria outlined in the person specification. You can refer to experiences at work, home, school, in leisure activities or voluntary work. It is helpful to the panel if you are very specific about how you meet the required criteria – either by using the criteria as headings to each paragraph with an explanation or evidence beneath, or by referencing the criteria in your supporting statement by using the criteria numbers (1, 2, 3 etc). Examples should be provided wherever possible. Please restrict your supporting statement to a maximum of 3 sides of A4.
It should be noted that this job description merely provides a summary of the main duties and responsibilities of the post. It may be subject to periodic review and modification in conjunction with your Line Manager and the HR Manager which may lead to revisions in light of operational requirements.