Bury BID - Town Centre Director

Location: Bury (Greater Manchester)
Job Type: Full Time (37.5 hours)
Salary: Up to £60,000 (including bonus)
Application Deadline: 24th March 2023

Do you have the passion and drive to make a difference in Bury Town Centre? Bury is currently undergoing a huge development to shape it as a true destination for working, living and playing. The BID will support by bringing more business opportunities within the town itself. This role is an exciting opportunity that involves managing relationships with stakeholders, customers and suppliers to deliver the aims and objectives of the Bury Business Improvement District business plan.

We are looking for an exceptional individual who is able to develop the newly formed Bury Business Improvement District and make Bury a great place to live and work. Working with local businesses and stakeholders, you will be a person who wants to make a difference, and who can spot opportunities. This is a unique opportunity to make this role your own.

Since the legislation was introduced in the UK in 2004, more than 300 Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) have been developed in towns, cities and business parks across the UK with a total investment exceeding £100m annually. Their mission is to introduce new initiatives in the area to boost footfall, spend, dwell time and attract inward investment. Ultimately, the aim is to maximise a destination and empower local businesses to tackle local issues. Money is raised locally, invested locally, and managed locally. It is a powerful voice for local business to shape our town.

Job Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Be accountable to the Chair & Board of Directors and undertake both operational and strategic projects to sustain the success of the Business Improvement District in line with the BID Business Plan.
  • Deliver the initiatives and services set out in the BID Business Plan and to maintain and further develop a positive climate within which business stakeholders will ultimately endorse the continuation of the BID after its initial 5 year period.
  • Propose revisions to the Business Plan as necessary and prepare reports and briefing papers for the BID Board to make appropriate and informed decisions.
  • Direct and manage the BID contracts, commitments and baseline statements in line with the BID Business Plan and formulate actions and follow up as appropriate to ensure appropriate remedial actions are take.
  • Act as the Champion for the BID and be the main Company point of contact for all matters.
  • Develop effective working relationships at strategic and operational level with a variety of public agencies, private sector partners, stakeholders, press and media and other interest groups.
  • To promote a convincing business case for membership and participation in the Company to all businesses within the BID area and if appropriate wider.
  • Effectively manage all programmes of work identified within the BID Business Plan ensuring that interdependencies are identified and work is undertaken to appropriate time, cost and quality with the resources available.
  • Measure, monitor and be proactive in improving the Key Performance Indicator’s (KPI’s) set out in the Business Plan to the satisfaction of the BID Board.
  • Manage the overall BID budget in line with financial control procedures to ensure that BID activities are developed within the agreed budget and monitor expenditure and advise the Board of the financial position. Including the assistance with the preparation of financial reports.
  • Liaise and work with the necessary agencies in relation to the strategic development of the BID Location.
  • Manage Staff, Contractors and Partners to ensure projects and initiatives are developed in a cost and time efficient manner and ensure that all those involved in the BID understand the contribution they make and identify with the BID’s aims and objective.
  • Oversee the marketing, promotional and associated events with the possible assistance of staff or creative, design & marketing agencies to maximise resources and ensure that the BID is promoted appropriately and that the reputation of both the BID Company and the destination are maintained to the highest quality.
  • Co-ordinate and manage day to day administration of the BID project including office accommodation, staff, BID board meetings, and any correspondence associated with the BID project.
  • To ensure the maintenance of the Company’s database of members, stakeholders and partner.
  • To work in partnership to develop and help implement any projects and activities relating to location(s) as agreed with the appropriate organisations and react as appropriate to issues that may affect businesses.
  • Comply with appropriate legislation governing employment and data protection as part of day to day management of the BID Company and deployment of additional resources.
  • Carry out any other reasonable activities as required by the BID Board.

Person Specifications:

  • Previous multi-functional operational experience – an understanding and working knowledge of the destination is desirable.
  • High level of interpersonal and communication skill.
  • Demonstrable commitment to providing an exceptional customer service culture.
  • Entrepreneurial in nature, you should be comfortable in a flexible and changing environment.
  • Experience of project and budget management.
  • Evidence of knowledge of both public and private sector activities in the location.
  • Ability to communicate both orally and in writing to a wide range of audiences (including ability to write clear and concise reports and presentations.
  • An ability to prioritise and remain focused; to organise workloads of self and others with no daily supervision.
  • Ability to build and maintain strong working relationships with a diverse set of partners.
  • Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadline.
  • Ability to effectively present a business case to key stakeholders for recommending changes.
  • Experience of dealing with the media and press would be desirable.
  • IT skills – ability to use and adapt a variety of Microsoft Office based and project management applications.
  • Experience in project management, relationship management, marketing or brand management would be desirable.
  • Ability to be able to analyse problems and adopt an innovative approach to finding solutions.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

If this is of interest to you, please apply by submitting a detailed CV along with a covering letter, setting out why you are the ideal candidate for this role to elizabeth@themosaicpartnership.co.uk by 12pm on  Friday 24th March 2023.

If you need any further information, please email elizabeth@themosaicpartnership.co.uk