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Thank you for showing an interest in the Head of Business, Development and Innovation role at West College Scotland! This microsite should provide you with all the information you need, along with our College website, however if you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Donogh O’Brien at Aspen People on 0141 212 7555.

About West College Scotland

West College Scotland is an innovative and dynamic college which plays an important role in supporting both individuals and businesses to flourish recognising the changing economic and social landscape being driven by emerging technologies, digitisation, demographics, and Industry 4.0.

Being located on both the north and south banks of the River Clyde, West College Scotland inherited a rich legacy of innovation, enterprise and industry. We are proud to build on these traditions and playing a key role in helping the west region of Scotland to prosper, the role of Head of Business Development and Innovation will contribute to this.

West College Scotland is recognised as a systems leader, delivering first-class industry standard education and training, and being a central driver on a number of strategic social and economic development projects working alongside regional partners and stakeholders.

The training and expertise we offer extends across a range of industries and sectors: from renewable energies to integrated health and social care; from the blue economy to digital technology. The College has an extensive network of partnerships with employers reflecting the economic diversity of the region, from business start-ups to blue-chip companies, and has been recognised as a sector leader receiving a number of awards for Business and Employer Engagement and Innovation.

With the collective ambition, pride and passion of our staff, the College plays a significant role in providing life-changing opportunities, tackling skills gaps and supporting inclusive economic growth and economic productivity. The four strategic priorities outlined in our Corporate Strategy are supported by operational strategies and measurable performance targets and reflect the aspirations of our College:

Personalisation: Delivering the skills solutions that employers seek and the learning outcomes students want in a way that suits their individual needs.

Collaboration: Building the immersive relationships to create new learning pathways and delivery partnerships that best support our students, communities and businesses.

Agile and Adaptive: Developing the specialist delivery capabilities to respond to shifts in demand and seize new opportunities quickly.

Digital: Ensuring that the College has the capacity and capabilities to keep pace with technological advancements to deliver for students and employers.

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The Role

Head of Business Development & Innovation
Cross Campus Role
Circa £60,000

This is a unique opportunity to lead the Sector of Business Development and Innovation at one of Scotland’s largest Colleges, West College Scotland.

West College Scotland is committed to being at the forefront of national business development and innovation. The post holder will be expected to drive forward this agenda with a key focus on building strong relationships with employers, businesses, and a range of regional and national stakeholders. You will be responsible for the College’s Business Development and Innovation portfolio including income generation and exploiting new and emerging technologies to enhance College provision and maximise associated training opportunities.

Focusing on increasing commercial income and supporting innovation and growth, you will have a proven track record in successful business development, significant experience of B2B activity, and of working with external partners. You will be qualified to degree level with knowledge and experience of generating and devising activity for commercial income generation and developing strategies and plans to deliver targeted results and outcomes.

As a creative problem solver, you will demonstrate an innovative approach to work and have a “can-do” attitude. The ability to motivate and empower people and teams, together with creating a strong team working ethos is critical. You will have significant management experience, including efficient and effective deployment of staff and robust reporting and budgetary control.

Full details of the skills and qualities required can be found on the employee specification.

Any offer of employment will be subject to receiving a satisfactory Scheme Record through the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme.

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How to Apply

Thank you for visiting our recruitment site - hopefully you have found all the information you need to consider our vacancy.

However, should you have any queries, or if you would like to have an informal discussion about the role, please feel free to contact Donogh O’Brien at our recruitment partners, Aspen People, on 0141 212 7555.

To apply, please click here to upload your up-to-date CV, covering letter / supporting statement and equal opportunities monitoring form (this form can be downloaded below).

Applications will be shortlisted by matching the details given on your CV and covering letter against both the job description and person specification. Please give clear evidence to show how your experience, skills, abilities and knowledge match those required. We’d also ask that you outline for us why you are interested in this role. Please also include your:

Please note that you will receive an acknowledgement of your application within 48 hours - if you do not receive this please contact Melissa Scholes on 0141 212 7555.

Key Dates

Provided below are a note of the critical dates which will help you plan your diary:

Closing date for applications: Monday 25th October 2021

First interviews: Tuesday 16th November 2021

Second interviews: Thursday 25th November 2021