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Programme Engagement Manager

Aston Business School

Location:  Aston University Main Campus
Salary:  £27,929 to £33,314 per annum
Grade:  Grade 07
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (until 30 June 2023)
Basis:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Monday 03 October 2022
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  R220615
Release Date:  Friday 16 September 2022

Aston Centre for Growth, at Aston Business School, designs and delivers business support programmes for SMEs (face to face and online) and provides other business support opportunities for entrepreneurs, as well as start-up and incubation support to student and graduate businesses. The fast-paced and productive Centre has a small team of 10-15 people. The programmes currently delivered by the Centre for Growth team include, Aston Programme for Small Business Growth, Help to Grow: Management, Minerva Birmingham Pitch Up, BSEEN (Birmingham Skills for Enterprise and Employability Network) and Aston Business Mentoring Programme.

The Centre works alongside leading research centres ERC (the national Enterprise Research Centre) and CREME (Centre for Research into Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship). Through these centres of excellence Aston has built a significant role in the West Midlands region and nationally in promoting inclusive growth through impactful research and business engagement. Aston was awarded both University of the Year by the Guardian and THE Outstanding Entrepreneurial University in 2020.

There are 10-15 people within the Centre team and the Programme Engagement Manager will work closely with other team members to support the successful delivery of the Aston Programme for Small Business Growth. The key responsibility within this role involves engagement with beneficiaries, stakeholders and suppliers, ensuring compliant procurement processes throughout and for co-ordinating the effective marketing and promotion of the programme. Please see the job description for further details.   

The post-holder will be a motivated self-starter with a passion for high quality delivery. They should show keen attention to detail, a desire to work in a fast-paced environment, excellent writing skills, be able to demonstrate initiative in all situations and have the ability to support others to thrive in a flexible and productive team. 

Enquiries about the vacancy can be sent to Kavita Jeerh, Programme Manager,

Anonymous shortlisting will be carried out for this role as part of Aston University’s commitment to equality and diversity and ensuring a fair and consistent approach to recruitment. Personal details that are included on application forms, including the candidate’s name and address will not be disclosed to the shortlisting panel.  We kindly ask that candidates do not send CVs or cover letters as these will not be considered.

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Aston University is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.  It promotes equality and diversity in all aspects of its work. We are committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter, recognised by a silver award, and we are a Disability Confident Employer Level 2. We strive to have robust inclusivity strategies in place, including race and sexual orientation, to encourage colleagues to have the confidence and freedom to be themselves in the workplace. For more information, visit:

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