Bid Director

Charles Stuart
19 Apr 2019
28 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Bid Director

Responsible to:

The Lancashire 2025 Steering Group Lancashire 2025 is looking to appoint a bid director on an initial 12 month contract to lead on the development of a bid for UK City of Culture 2025. The post holder will work to the bid Chairman and steering group, and will have support from Marketing Lancashire and the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership.

Lancashire has decided to bid for UK City of Culture in 2025 at a county wide level. The bid will involve multiple agencies from the county including the three universities, the cultural sector, broadcasters and the media, community groups and business. It is early days in the journey of Lancashire’s bid but the county has been testing support and feasibility for 6 months and there is a high level of backing from the cultural sector and agencies across the county.

The anticipated timetable for UK City of Culture is to submit outline bids by early 2020 with final bids towards the end of 2020/early 2021. Lancashire is likely to be one of 10 or 12 destinations bidding for the title, which is held by Coventry in 2021.

The post holder will initially be located with Marketing Lancashire and will eventually work for the company set up to manage the bid and delivery of Lancashire 2025. Overall purpose of the job To be responsible for the development of a bid for UK City of Culture in 2025 on behalf of Lancashire.

The successful candidate must be able to engage all stakeholders across the public, private and cultural sector, and bring together the vision in a compelling narrative. They will need to be able to win hearts and minds and drive fundraising, as well as structure the delivery mechanisms for Lancashire 2025 and commission additional elements of support.

Requirements of the role:

We are seeking an exceptional individual who will lead our ambition to create a county wide bid for UK City of Culture in 2025. We believe that Lancashire has the scale and capacity to take the impact of the award to the next level, incorporating rural communities, towns and cities, as well as exploding what is meant by the term 'culture’. It is critical that we create a compelling, authentic narrative for the bid, working in partnership with key stakeholders across the county. The successful candidate will have: • A passion for Lancashire • A commitment to the role of culture in economic development • Inspirational communication skills • An impressive track record of leadership • A proven approach to public and private sector fundraising • An enviable network of regional and national senior-level influencers

1. To be accountable to the Steering Group for the strategic development of the Lancashire 2025 bid.

2. To provide strong strategic leadership for the development of the bid, working in partnership with key organisations across all sectors.

3. To ensure that the bid for Lancashire 2025 is at the heart of the wider Cultural Strategy for Lancashire, which is in turn an intrinsic part of the evolving Greater Lancashire Plan and Local Industrial Strategy (replacing the Strategic Economic Plan).

4. To manage the relationship with the Steering Group and associated advisory and delivery boards.

5. To identify and recruit a series of Cultural Ambassadors for Lancashire who will act as advocates for the bid.

6. To develop and implement a fundraising strategy to secure private sector support for the bid.

7. To work with Marketing Lancashire on the development of an effective PR and communication plan to maximise the exposure of the bid nationally, regionally and locally to drive engagement and support. To act as the primary interface with DCMS on the process of bidding to ensure that the Lancashire 2025 bid is fully compliant with all identified criteria.

Person specification Essential skills and experience

Excellent leadership, business and management skills, ideally in the creative industries. • Experience of supporting non-executive boards and managing relationships with senior stakeholders from business, government, creative sectors and elected officials. • Understanding of business development with demonstrable evidence of securing income and negotiating commercial deals. • Network of current senior industry contacts, in both the arts/cultural and business communities (locally and nationally) • Excellent communication and networking skills including public speaking. • Personal integrity. • Political nous and influencing skills. Personal attributes • A strong commitment to equality and diversity. • Ambitious, enthusiastic, energetic, committed. • Passionate for arts, culture and community engagement. • Collaborative - with the ability to manage and bring diverse stakeholders together. Terms and conditions of employment

The Bid Director position is a full time, 12 month fixed term contract with the option for an extension if the Lancashire Bid is shortlisted. We welcome applications from individuals and would also be happy to consider secondment proposals from relevant organisations. The role will involve national and occasionally international travel. The position has an entitlement of 25 days’ holiday pro rata, in addition to 8 days public holidays. Salary Competitive, commensurate with experience.

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