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Our Colchester BID - BID Manager

Location: Colchester
Job Type: Full Time
Salary: Up to £45,000 p.a. DOE
Application Deadline: 12th July 2024

Purpose of the Role 

Our Colchester BID is a successful BID delivering a bold and ambitious business plan. An opportunity has arisen for a BID Manager to lead the BID and its delivery throughout its current BID term.  

The BID Manager will work to deliver the strategic direction of the BID alongside managing the operations of the company, in agreement with the BID Board of Directors. They will provide  leadership, direction, purpose and continued financial sustainability of the BID. The BID Manager will attend Board meetings and will be the primary link to the Board. 

The BID Manager will be the public face of Our Colchester BID, collaborating with and managing relationships with external stakeholders and partners. They will lead, manage and grow the BID by implementing and developing strategic planning, objective setting and review, ensuring the effective delivery of all BID activity. This requires a forward-looking perspective with responsibility for strategic engagement to  ensure that the BID continues to be a key voice for its members.  

The BID Manager will set the tone, vision and culture of the BID. Will manage resources effectively, providing day-to-day operational support and personal development, as required.   

Key Responsibilities 


  • To champion Our Colchester BID, internally and externally. Proactively engaging with stakeholders, businesses and partners and ensuring that they understand the BIDs aims and objectives, and that effective working relationships exist at strategic and operational levels.  
  • To facilitate the delivery of Our Colchester BID projects, services, contracts and commitments in line with the Business Plan. 
  • To be responsible to the BID Board, working closely with the Directors to develop strategy and visions and report on progress. 
  • Work with the BID Chair, Board of Directors and staff in developing annual, long-term plans and targets, translating these into operating plans and ensuring that they are monitored and delivered appropriately.  
  • Lead the BID and the business community and be a high-profile credible figurehead across all sectors of our stakeholder community and media. 

Operational Management:

  • Set and manage the annual budget and keep within agreed parameters. Maintain oversight and scrutiny of the BIDs financial performance, providing regular forecasts, commentary and analysis to the Board at scheduled meetings.  
  • Review and develop key performance measures ensuring the Board have clear oversight of progress towards strategic goals. 
  • Ensure the BID projects, events and services are delivered to a high standard and developed to meet the changing needs of members. 
  • Take responsibility for ensuring appropriate health and safety measures are undertaken when services and events are delivered by the Our Colchester BID. 
  • To promote and uphold the principles of diversity and inclusion and treat everyone fairly and value opinions and contributions of others. 
  • Lead the performance management process for all staff that includes regular monitoring of their performance against set objectives and the strategic aims of Our Colchester BID, with annual reviews being completed. 
  • Oversee a positive, healthy and safe working environment in accordance with all appropriate legislation and regulations, as well as the wellbeing of staff. 
  • Ensure the team are given appropriate support and guidance to develop operational strategies for their areas of responsibility and be responsible for identifying training and development needs of their team and yourself as relevant. 


  • Manage the BID company to comply with its articles of association and relevant legislations relating to BIDs, financial management, employment, governance, data protection, health & safety and any other relevant laws.  
  • Support the Board to ensure there is appropriate induction, training and regular appraisals for the development and effectiveness of Directors. 
  • To develop and maintain a strong and effective working relationship with the Chair and Board of Directors and ensure they are supported with the appropriate level of administration and information in order for them to undertake their duties and responsibilities effectively.  
  • To proactively seek and secure further funding opportunities to allow additional BID activity including voluntary contributions through the BIDs Friend of the BID scheme, grant funding, commercial sponsorship, or in-kind support.  

The above is not an exhaustive list of duties and you will be expected to perform different tasks as necessitated by your changing role within the organisation, or as directed by the Board of Directors. 

Skills, Knowledge and Experience   


  • Senior leadership experience. 
  • Evidence of commercial acumen and experience of small business management. 
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision under the leadership of a board and in close cooperation with management consultants. 
  • Evidence of direct management of staff and/or contractors. 
  • Ability to manage complex relationships with partners. 
  • Proven tenacious leadership style. 
  • Proven negotiation skills at strategic and operational levels in both public and private sectors to achieve partnership working towards common goals. 
  • Ability to work with professionalism and integrity at all times. 
  • Knowledge of Colchester and BIDs. 


  • Degree level education (or equivalent) or an appropriate professional qualification in a relevant discipline. 
  • Visual presentation skills. 
  • Knowledge of political and economic conditions of retail, leisure and licensed businesses.  
  • Project management experience. 

Closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 12th July 2024 - CV’s should be sent with a covering letter to place.recruitment@savillspm.co.uk.