UK Network Director – North and Midlands

Last updated 11 days ago
Location:Greater London
Job Type:Full Time

Location: Field Based

Contract: Permanent

Hours: Full Time 37.5 hours per week

Salary: Up to £80,000 p/annum depending on experience

Benefits package: 30 days annual leave plus bank holidays, pension with 15% employer contribution, flexible working, performance related bonus, cycle to work scheme, healthcare cash plan, life assurance, buy and sell holiday scheme, lifestyle benefits and more.


This is an influential role as the UK Network Director – North and Midlands, you will be the Bank’s senior representative and figurehead in the North of England and Midlands. This opportunity comes at an exciting time when the British Business Bank (BBB) is looking to identify opportunities where we can influence regional access to finance, and this role will participate extensively in the design, build and implementation of BBB’s post-Covid Demand Strategy.

The role sits in the Bank’s UK Network (UKN) team, which is part of the Demand Development Unit (DDU) and was established in late 2018 to help the Bank identify and address geographical imbalances in access to finance amongst small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the UK. The team provide a physical presence in each English region and the Devolved Nations (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland).

Reporting to the Managing Director - UK Network, your key responsibilities will include:

Team Leadership: You will line manage and lead five Senior Managers based across the North of England and the Midlands, supporting them to achieve their objectives and to fulfil their personal development plans.

Intel Gathering: You will act as the strategic representative for the Bank in the North and Midlands and provide BBB with a deep understanding of the access to finance characteristics and issues affecting SMEs.

Relationship Development: You will develop and maintain strategic senior level (CEO/Board) relationships with a small number of key organisations involved in supporting SMEs to access finance.

Identification of Strategic Value-Add and Influencing Opportunities: You will bring your strategic insights to spot opportunities where BBB could shape and influence SME access to finance, and share information across strategic stakeholders to promote effective access to finance ecosystems, particularly in a post-Covid operating environment.

Regional Demand Activation programmes: You will be part of the UKN senior team, collaborating with other UKN Directors on the regional programmes which UKN will deliver as part of the Bank’s Regional and Demand strategies. This will encompass, on a test and learn basis, a ‘regional events programme’, a ‘regional partner programme’ and several other regionally focussed demand activities (including regional newsletters, regional case studies, regional communications and PR campaigns).

It is essential that you have experience of identifying opportunities based on intel shared by partner organisations and diverse amounts of data and information, with an ability to identify from this information anything of strategic or policy interest to BBB. You will have excellent communication skills, including exemplary report writing skills, and you must have the ability to influence at the most senior levels. Knowledge and experience of the SME access to finance eco-system at a national and regional level is advantageous, especially in the North and Midlands. You will be highly collaborative and always approach tasks with a high level of professionalism and integrity. You will also need to be comfortable dealing with ambiguity. You will be educated to degree-level or have an equivalent professional qualification/experience in an economic development field, ideally with SME finance related experience. You will strive as a senior leader in the UKN Team to inspire continuous improvement and encourage diversity of thought.

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The British Business Bank is a unique and exciting institution. Its mission is to make finance markets work better so smaller businesses across the UK can prosper and grow.

Established in 2014, it is a 100% government-owned economic development bank but independently managed.

To deliver its programmes, the Bank works through more than 200 delivery partners such as high street, digital, specialist and challenger banks, venture capital and private debt funds and fintech platforms.

Currently, we employ around 415 people, split between offices in Sheffield and London.

Please note all candidates applying for this role should have the right to work in the U.K.