Social Enterprise Adviser

Job Title:                    
Social Enterprise Adviser

Social Enterprise Team

Responsible to:         
Social Enterprise Manager

£31,000.00 to £35,000.00 (pro rata) + benefits including, pension, healthcare, cycle scheme, flexible working plus café and free on-site parking. Full or part time will be considered

We are looking to supplement the team and recruit a full time Social Enterprise Adviser to support the team with the delivery of this fixed term project from 1st October 2022 through to March 2025.

The North East BIC has an experienced team of enterprise professionals who have established themselves as regional leads in this sector.  Working with funding partners we are looking to deliver a series of UKSPF packages of support for aspiring and established social entrepreneurs in the region.

Main Purpose of Job:

  • To promote, develop and support social enterprises and co-operatives
  • To provide business start-up and SME support to social entrepreneurs, and their social and co-operative enterprises for all stages of their enterprise journey (taking account of funding priorities and constraints)
  • To ensure clients have access to the most appropriate support, receive a quality service of expert advice and guidance, whilst managing their expectations
  • To help identify funding opportunities, liaise with potential Contractors and Funders on bidding, delivery and compliance issues to assist beneficiaries with their growth
  • To promote all programmes and encourage network referrals from niche and complementary sources e.g., Co-ops UK, Social Enterprise UK, Locality, Social Enterprise Funders (Lottery, UnLtd etc), Social Investors (Co-op and Community finance etc), Local and National Government Voluntary, Public and Community representatives to promote growth within the beneficiary group
  • Evaluate processes and help with the interface between BIC operational activities and contracting, and to adopt innovative solutions to secure continuous improvement
  • To monitor social enterprise support activity by conversing with clients, ensuring support is compliant, is to clients need, that clients are progressed appropriately
  • To develop processes and systems per project for audit, compliance and claims
  • To undertake development and delivery of workshops with Advisers/Trainers     
  • To identify and produce case studies and PR stories per programme, worded to programme specifications
  • Be responsive to data requirements and supply within timescales
  • Produce ad hoc management information

Key Skills / Qualifications

  • Enthusiastic and committed to build the Social Economy – essential
  • Social Enterprise business start-up and SME support / business growth experience – essential
  • Motivator – essential
  • Project Management
  • Knowledge of regional networks
  • BIC product knowledge
  • Knowledge of the region and client needs
  • Good organisational skills and ICT competent
  • Be able to adapt Communication to suit every scenario
  • Contract production and management
  • Good listener/impartial observer in service delivery
  • Good time management skills
  • Team Player
  • Approachable and empathy with clients
  • Able to react to changing marketplace and demand

For further details of the vacancy or to send a CV and covering letter please email:

Deadline for completed applications: 29th July 2022


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