Interim Director of Delivery and Business Development

Local Government
South of England

Starfish Search are working with a LEP in the South of England to recruit an Interim Director of Delivery and Business Development. In this role you will embed commercial acumen and awareness across the LEP, positioning them as the expert provider of business and skills support as the key organisation to provide insight into the local economy.


You Will

  • Lead on delivery of all contracts, identifying new business opportunities for commercial activity of the LEP products and services
  • Lead on the identification of further new business development opportunities arising from stakeholder and partnership engagement, encouraging an increasing commercial focus whilst also working with public sector funds
  • Oversee the strategic direction and provide leadership to ensure delivery of contracted activity in business, skills and economic intelligence
  • Ensure that the LEP’s skills and business support activities are aligned to Government business and skills policies, identifying opportunities for growth


You Will Have

  • Evidence of successful use of knowledge and insight into commercial drivers to identify and secure market opportunities
  • Highly effective at managing delivery performance of contracts
  • The ability to identify, develop and maintain strong and effective relationships with internal and external partners
  • Ideally a good understanding of the local economic landscape and a understanding of the skills landscape
  • Excellent interpersonal skills that can be used to engage with a wide range of audiences
  • Experience as a highly effective line manager who is able to inspire, lead and motivate a diverse team through the delivery of major contracts


This is a hybrid role with an expected 2-3 days per week in office, offered on a term of 6 – 12 months


Due to the high volume of applicants, we are unable to respond to every individual. This role requires confidentiality and a full job spec will only be revealed to applicants at longlist stage.