Business Development Advisor, Business Gateway


Website South of Scotland Enterprise

Are you a business adviser, coach or mentor with an interest in business start-ups?

Do you want to work for an organisation with a culture based upon trust and autonomy?

Are you excited by the prospect of working for an organisation that is committed to helping you manage your busy lifestyle by offering flexible working opportunities that work for both you and us?

If you’ve answered yes to the above questions, read on…

About Us

South of Scotland Enterprise (also known as SOSE) is the newly established Economic and Community Development Agency for the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

We promote a wider view on the economy and how it impacts all we do.  Jobs, businesses, communities and the environment are all equally important to us and we want to make sure that everyone has an opportunity to fulfil their ambitions, no matter who or where they are.

What You’ll Do Day-to-Day

As a Business Development Adviser within Business Gateway in the Scottish Borders, you’ll provide a high quality 1-2-1 business advisory service to pre-start-ups, start-ups and early stage SMEs to help them maximise their potential, in turn, helping to build the Scottish Borders’ business base and enhance Economic Impact.

We’ll need you to be pro-active and visible in the local area, working to identify which businesses have untapped potential and/or need your support and which could have a more positive economic impact in the Borders.  You’ll help them with all aspects of their business, including responding to opportunities and challenges and in doing so will work with a range of partners in both the public and private sectors supporting the development of an entrepreneurial culture and business base.

The Skills, Experience and Personal Attributes You’ll Need to Have

We are looking for passionate, commercially minded individuals who have experience of providing 1-2-1 business support to SMEs and who have the ability to demonstrate credibility, including understanding the issues faced by businesses and their customers.  It goes without saying that your relationship management, influencing, communication and interpersonal skills will be exceptional.  You’ll need to be flexible in your approach to evolving operational requirements and be able to embrace the dynamic nature of our growing organisation.

You should also be able to demonstrate:

Experience of understanding business diagnostic reviews and knowledge of appropriate business analytical tools
Good knowledge of economic development factors impacting the South of Scotland.
Good knowledge of the business support environment in Scotland and of Scottish Government policy and priorities in this area.
Analytical and presentational skills
Report writing skills
It would also be really helpful if you:

Have experience of running your own business
Have a good understanding and knowledge of one or more of the sectors relevant to the South of Scotland
What We’ll Offer You

We offer a competitive and varied reward package, designed to cover your wellbeing, your lifestyle, your working life and your future, including 43 days holiday annually and a generous pension contribution.  Our salary ranges are designed to be competitive and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range, except in exceptional circumstances.  We want to make sure that what we offer helps you to fit your work around your life, not the other way around.

At South of Scotland Enterprise, we celebrate and support differences. We are an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to offering equal employment opportunities regardless of race, colour, ancestral heritage, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender identity and expression, or veteran status.  If you need any adjustments to support your application, such as information in alternative formats or special requirements to access our buildings, or if you’re eligible under The Disability Confident Scheme please contact us and we’ll do all we can to support you.

Due to COVID-19 all our staff are currently working from home until further notice and guidance from Scottish Government, although we do expect to move to a hybrid way of working once restrictions allow.  As such, one of our main hub locations (Dumfries or Selkirk) should be within reasonable commuting distance of your home address.  To enable you to do your job to the best of your ability, IT equipment will be delivered to your home to make the onboarding process as seamless as possible.

This role is full time and permanent, although we will consider alternative working patterns.

The closing date for applications is 31st October 2021 at 11.59pm and interviews will be held as soon as practical thereafter.

If you are an Inclusive, Responsible and Bold individual who is always Striving for success and believe you have something to offer the South of Scotland as a Business Development Advisor, for Business Gateway, then we would love to hear from you.
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