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Location: Bournemouth (home and office)

Salary level: £40,000-£45,000

With potential for job to be based on a 4-day week

Silicon South is looking for someone to take a prominent role in leading the organisation, providing strategic direction and delivering our activities and events.

Silicon South is dedicated to supporting the Digital, Creative and Tech industry in Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole, Dorset and surrounding areas. It has created a Network for local companies to join and participate in. You will take a major role in shaping the future direction of the work needed to support the Network and the wider digital economy. This involves delivering activities which benefit our Supporters – e.g.: delivering events where they can meet prospect businesses; promoting the activities of the sector locally, nationally and internationally; linking with talent pipelines, such as local universities, to enable simpler access for employment.

You will help define the activities needed to achieve these aims in the longer term. This will be through regular contact with local companies and responding to the guidance of our industry steering group. You will also be instrumental in generating new revenues and seeking funding opportunities that can help support these activities. In the shorter term, you will manage the delivery of specific events which are already scheduled over the coming months. This is a senior role with the intention to take on growing responsibilities for the running of Silicon South as a whole.

 

This role will call on a diverse skill set:

  • Based in Dorset, with a passion for the Digital Creative and Tech (DCT) sector, and eager to support its growth as a thriving sector in the UK
  • A creative thinker/strategist who can develop new ideas in response to outside direction
  • Able to turn ideas into concrete actions, and deliver them as specific projects or events
  • Happy to talk to business leaders at a board level. You will get to know a wide range of people running companies across the region.
  • Self-motivated and able to lead others
  • Have a strong grasp of marketing, promotion and customer engagement
  • An understanding of public funding
  • Experience of working with stakeholders in both the public and private sector
  • The ability to represent the interests of the sector to wider stakeholders
  • Writing contract winning proposals
  • Reporting to public funders and an appreciation of the requirements for audit-friendly reporting
  • Maintaining timelines and budgets
  • Reporting to the board
  • Having an established network with the local DCT sector
  • Knowledge of what it takes to run a successful business would be an advantage

 

Examples of specific activities include:

  • Oversee development of the SiSo Network, to encourage companies to join
  • Deliver events such as:
    • Director Discussion Groups
    • Multi-sector seminars
    • Panel discussions – live and virtual
    • Access to expert workshops
  • Oversee the promotion and marketing of:
    • Silicon South events
    • Activities in the region
    • Success and impacts of local businesses
  • Managing industry steering group and securing their support for future activities

 

Please send your CV and a covering letter explaining why you are interested in this role to: [email protected]

Dorset based – WFH or office-based 

Flexible working 

Part-Time Position 

£26,000 – £30,000 (pro rata) DOE 

About Silicon South 

Silicon South is a not-for-profit network that supports the digital, creative and tech sector in and around the Bournemouth cluster – including Poole, Christchurch and Dorset. Our aim is to support a thriving digital community driven by world-class, vibrant and exciting creative businesses. 

We support people to expand their knowledge, build confidence and develop their potential to help companies to flourish. And we shout about the successes they generate to make sure the region continues to build its reputation across the country and beyond. We promote the interests of all of the companies that form the Silicon South Network. 

We provide a range of workshops, events, mentoring and grants, backed up by extensive promotion and marketing – not just of the activities themselves – but highlighting the achievements and abilities of companies that sit in our region. 

The Role

This role will be pivotal in driving that message forward and ensuring there is plenty to talk about too. You will reach out to companies across the network, developing our relationships, and searching for stories and achievements to share and promote. You will help to set up some of the activities that we stage, make sure that people know about them, and generate engagement and participation. You will talk to people across the Network to make sure deliver activities which they want and need and help to attract more people to join. You will oversee the Silicon South social media accounts and ensure that new content is posted regularly.  

This job will suit someone who likes making connections and reaching out to a wide range of people (you will get to know a lot of people – business leaders in particular). You should be passionate about the digital, creative and tech sectors – and want to see our region thrive and gain national respect for the excellence that is produced by our local businesses – ideally international too.  

You should have experience in marketing and/or communications and be active on social media. You should be able to write articles for online and/or press releases and be unafraid of using WordPress to update our website. 

Silicon South is run by a small team working closely together, but from home much of the time. The role is really adaptable, which gives you plenty of scope to shape your own working day, but you need to be self-motivated. 

Job Specification

  • Help in the set up and promotion of the programmes delivered by Silicon South in BCP and across the Dorset LEP area, such as: 
    • Workshops 
    • Masterclasses 
    • Founder meetups 
    • Mentoring programme 
  • Deliver the communication and marketing of the programme content 
  • Reach out to the local digital sector to generate interest, engagement, and support e.g. 
    • Social media 
    • Email 
    • Update website – and oversee improvements with agency
    • Networking events 
  • Generate the content strategy and creative required to communicate across these mediums 
  • Extend the reach of Silicon South beyond existing contacts to generate wider engagement with the activities provided 
  • Support the delivery of the projects and events 
  • Attend regional events to make new contacts and promote the Silicon South Network and encourage participation – these may be in the evening 
  • Provide clear reporting of activities to the project director and the Silicon South board as required (e.g. Website & Social Media performance) 
  • Deliver additional activities as required briefed and agreed with the project director 
  • Good knowledge of Digital, Creative & Tech sectors in Dorset would be an advantage

 

To apply please send C.V. and covering letter to  [email protected]