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Grants Programme Lead Coordinator

You will lead on the delivery of the Exemplas Grants Coordinator team, supporting the successful delivery of the Innovate UK Business Growth Grants Programme, through support and administration of the grant’s programmes process. Your role as Lead Coordinator within the Grants team will be central to our ambition to be a recognised Partner of Choice within the national consortium of partners delivering Innovate UK Business Growth Support.

  • Do you want to play a lead role in the successful delivery of the Exemplas Grants programme?
  • Do you enjoy leading a team and are you customer focused?
  • Are you experienced in leading teams delivering several projects simultaneously?

If you’ve answered “yes” to these questions the role of Grants Programme Lead Coordinator could be for you!

About the role

You will lead on the delivery of the Exemplas Grants Coordinator team, supporting the successful delivery of the Innovate UK Business Growth Grants Programme, through support and administration of the grant’s programmes process. Your role as Lead Coordinator within the Grants team will be central to our ambition to be a recognised Partner of Choice within the national consortium of partners delivering Innovate UK Business Growth Support.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Leading and managing a team of Grant Coordinators, covering all aspects of people management activities (recruitment and onboarding, performance management and improvement, absence management, learning and development, coaching and mentoring, wellbeing, etc.)
  • Leading the Grants team in the review of grant applications for eligibility and compliance at each stage of the grants process, from application through to claims
  • Leading the Grants team in providing guidance to SMEs to ensure the submission of eligible and compliant applications and funding claims
  • Managing the project related support provided to the Innovate UK Business Growth delivery teams in their day-to-day roles, including support in fulfilment of client enquiries regarding monitoring, assisting and checking completion of project documentation, minimising errors and gaps in grant information
  • Managing the first point of contact process for SMEs, delivery teams and partners for project related enquiries
  • Managing the grants programme audit trail, ensuring it is robustly maintained and recorded, that all activities are eligible and achieve the projects’ intended objectives.

About you

We are looking for someone with proven management skills in a time critical, multi project environment with an administration, finance or projects background, who demonstrates attention to detail.

In addition, you will:

  • Experience of leading a team in a customer-facing role, preferably with SMEs
  • Experience of leading project work, ideally in a similar role with public sector funding
  • Experience of leading a team within a busy environment, responding to multiple demands at a time
  • Experience of financial and general monitoring and project management systems
  • Experience of working with databases and maintaining accurate customer information on a CRM system
  • Experience of and working knowledge of HR processes for managing people and teams
  • People management skills, in particular motivating and encouraging others, coaching and mentoring, adaptable communication style, managing conflict, giving feedback, etc).

What do we offer?

  • We are more interested in finding the right person but we are loosely looking in the region of £28,080 – £36,000 pa FTE
  • Broadband allowance
  • Generous, up to 10.5% non-contributory pension scheme
  • Ill-health income protection
  • Life assurance (Death in Service)
  • 26 days holiday (rising to 28 after 2 years’ service, pro rata for part time)
  • Flexible and supportive working culture including access to mental health first aiders
  • Wellbeing services for employees including access to discounts, employee assistance programme, Mental Health First Aiders, Doctorline and more
  • Modern, open space and technology enabled working environment
  • Flexible benefits including holiday-buy scheme, eye care vouchers, annual flu vaccination, Cyclescheme.

We fully embrace flexible working, so please feel free to talk about what flexibility means to you at your initial phone interview.

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all and value diversity in our workforce.  If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.

About us

We are one of the UK’s foremost business support organisations and for over 25 years, we have provided business advisory services to more than 500,000 small to medium sized businesses on behalf of Government and Private sector organisations. As part of our expert team, you can expect to be empowered to be the best you can and share our company values of Openness (I am keen and willing to engage), Inspiration (I want to be the best that I can be), Conviction (We win, or lose, together) and Accountability (I will take responsibility and ownership).  As a business we recognise that giving a superior service to our clients depends on making the most of our people and we aim to give our teams challenging opportunities, recognition for achievement, job enrichment and the maximum flexibility we can.

The fine print

  • Please note we are not a Home Office visa sponsorship licence holder and therefore you must be currently eligible to live and work in the UK to apply for this role.
  • Please read our recruitment privacy notice available on Exemplas website for information about how we process your personal data.

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