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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]

Silicon South has launched a new supporter network for everyone working in the digital creative and tech sector in Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole and Dorset.

This launch represents a big shift in the emphasis of what Silicon South stands for and delivers.

After several years of delivering support to businesses in the digital, creative and tech sector, set by a publicly funded agenda, we are changing to deliver an agenda set by the sector itself. The Network is being championed by a range of businesses from across the different elements of the sector who are all keen to promote the expertise and world-class talents of our sector.

Silicon South becomes a supporter-led organisation which will deliver three key goals:

  • Build the reputation of the region’s sector, maximise the appeal of working for the companies in it – and attract people and business to locate here
  • Strengthen the interest of potential customers in the services and products offered by businesses in our Network
  • Improve the capability of local businesses to manage ever-evolving demands and opportunities, and deliver financially-sustainable, imaginative and innovative solutions

Our Ambition is to raise the reputation of the sector to a level that is nationally recognised, e.g. on par with Bristol, Manchester, Cardiff, etc.

Silicon South will develop a campaign strategy that can significantly extend the reach of our reputation, both inside and outside the region. The details of the campaign have not been set yet, we want to have a wider consultation with businesses, as they become supporters of the network, to make sure we take into consideration the aims of a wider range of companies.

The end-goal of this campaign work must be to improve knowledge about the sector with potential recruits and customers, and making sure this leads to concrete actions for our supporters – such as stronger employment or increased customer enquiries.

As a first step we have implemented a series of practical online functions that can provide support in delivering these bigger goals. This includes:

  • News and stories: A single location where local business success stories and insights, demonstrating expert knowledge, can be found on this website. Primary mediums are articles, podcasts and videos.
  • Promotion and social media: the Silicon South team will use social media as a principal medium to promote stories, backed up by PR and other marketing options
  • Searchable database and map: The database on this website provides an overview of the expertise and skills offered by Network supporters. So they can be discovered by interested parties
  • Jobs board: Displays the breadth of opportunities in the region, and emphasises the choice available to applicants to provide a destination for them to appreciate the range of opportunities on offer
  • Contract finder: A place potential customers can advertise opportunities
  • Speaker/expert opportunities: Allows companies from other sectors to find businesses or consultants that can deliver news expertise they need

The Silicon South team will also be running a range of activities to ensure to push the wider agenda:

  • Develop links with other industries, to promote commercial potential offered by the sector and deliver meet-the-buyer activities especially around digitally-based innovation
  • Networking: to enable companies to connect with other local companies to share advice or find potential pitching partners, including meetups and dinners at a peer-appropriate level
  • Opportunities to grow and develop: The team will continue to deliver a range of programmes to support business leaders including: Mentoring; Access to expert advice; Specialist workshops and Masterclasses. We will use the expertise of the network to develop each other’s knowledge
  • Employee support programme: Enable employees to gain access to peer-appropriate support, to enable them to develop their skills, gain confidence and overcome imposter syndrome.

Joining the network is easy and your best way to keep up to date with the opportunities that will be on offer. You can sign up here https://siliconsouth.org.uk/memberships/