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165a Leith Walk, EH6 8NR
Starting salary: £40,281
Contract Type:
Fixed Term
Position Type:
Full Time
35.75 hours per week
Work From Home:

This position has expired.

Job Purpose

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) Grants Manager is a new position requiring a wide-ranging skillset to meet the contract management and partnership relationships remit we require to deliver a Programme Management Office for Edinburgh delivery of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and Levelling Up Agenda. The programme will cover three main themes: Communities and Places; Local Business Support; and People and Skills. It will also connect to the nationwide Multiply programme.

The Grants Manager will report to UK government, City of Edinburgh Council and the Capital City Partnership Board regarding the performance and delivery of the programme of funding. They will also work with colleagues in Capital City Partnership, City of Edinburgh Council and the wider Job Strategy Partnership to ensure alignment and integration with other poverty alleviation, employment and community cohesion programmes.

We require a manager to oversee the over £9 million programme of delivery under UKSPF. The role will involve close working with the public, private and voluntary sector grant recipients. The successful candidate will be expected to provide monitoring, audit and tracking of all contracts and grants, identify opportunities for partnership working, and facilitate networking.

Other significant duties include supporting the development, design, and commissioning of service; developing service standards for delivery; co-ordinating a quarterly UKSPF Forum to support the programme; publicising the projects involved in the programme; working alongside the management information system and portals team for client tracking; and ensuring best value from spend in this area.

The post holder will join a small team of grant managers and officers and will line manage a grant officer and part time finance officer. The successful candidate will also liaise with our employer engagement team and our Edinburgh and South-East Scotland City Deal teams to promote synergies across the funding landscape.

Knowledge and Skills Required


  • Two years minimum recent senior management experience of working within the employability, skills, community development, business support or related areas.
  • Qualifications or skills and experience to SCQF Level 9 including, for example, Bachelors/Ordinary Degree, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate, Professional Development Award, or equivalent experience.
  • Understanding of the Levelling Up Strategy from UK Government and the No One Left Behind and Fair Work strategy from Scottish Government and their relationship and impact on local poverty alleviation and inclusive growth agendas.
  • Understanding of the Edinburgh Partnership and the Local Outcome Improvement Plans (LOIP).
  • Understanding of the Edinburgh Poverty Commission recommendations and the challenges facing people in poverty.
  • Understanding of the Edinburgh and South-East Scotland City Region Deal Integrated Regional Employability and Skills (IRES) programme.
  • Understanding of the Edinburgh Local Employability Partnership infrastructure, including the Joined Up for Jobs network of employability projects, and the Joined Up for Business partnership support for employers.
  • Experience in the management of contracts and grants, ensuring targets are met and high level of accuracy and compliance achieved.
  • Experience of managing and monitoring capital projects.
  • Ability to demonstrate an appropriate level of senior relationship building and networking to bring together stakeholders and partners for agreed objectives.
  • Experience of supporting businesses to develop their approach to an inclusive growth agenda.
  • Excellent presentation, verbal, and written communication skills, including report writing for a senior audience and funders.
  • Meticulous approach to record keeping and recording of information.
  • Confident in the use of a wide range of software packages, including MS Office.
  • Confident in working in a virtual setting if required, including use of Microsoft Teams, webinars, and other software options.
  • Ability to manage a small team of officers, including setting work targets and managing performance.


  • Understanding of Community Benefits and the potential to exploit procurement to generate support for positive outcomes.
  • Experience of capacity building in the third sector, supporting organisations and projects to grow and develop.
  • Understanding of issues related to diversity, inclusion and poverty
  • Experience of website and/or MIS systems development.
  • Experience of procurement processes and use of Public Contract Scotland, DWP Dynamic Purchasing System or equivalent.
  • Knowledge of the net zero approach and green skills.
  • Experienced in developing marketing strategies to promote and engage effectively with related audiences.
  • Experience of developing and managing training interventions for upskilling.
  • Experience of supporting vulnerable or marginalised groups to achieve positive outcomes and understanding the challenges they often face.
  • Experience of presenting data in an easily understood format, such as Power BI.
Employee Benefits
  • Hybrid working
  • Flexible working (flexitime)
  • 26 days starting annual leave
  • Birthday leave
  • 10 public holidays
  • Employer pension contribution
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Personal development opportunities.