Business Engagement Officer



Organisation
Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere
Reference
VAC-56801
Sector
Business Development & Sales, Community Development & Social Enterprise, Environment & Sustainability, Marketing & Communications
Location
St John’s Town Dalry
Salary Details
£25,000 – £27,000 p.a
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours per Week
37.5 hours per week
Closing Date
20/05/2021
Our UNESCO Biosphere is recognised internationally as a world class environment for people & nature. We're recruiting a Business Engagement Officer to help us engage with & support businesses towards a more sustainable future.

Job Description

The post holder will be responsible for working with the Business Development Lead Officer engaging with local businesses, creating opportunities for new business collaborations and growth, and building on the sustainability credentials of the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere designation.

In July 2012 Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere was recognised internationally as a world class environment for people and nature.  It was the first UNESCO Biosphere in Scotland and is part of a family of over 700 Biospheres around the world.

With our strong focus on sustainability; our commitment to facing up to the challenges of the climate emergency and biodiversity crisis; and the opportunity to play a key role in supporting a post Covid “green recovery”, the UNESCO Biosphere designation is very much “of its time”.

Our UNESCO Biosphere is just entering an exciting period of sustained growth both in staff numbers and initiatives that support our local communities, businesses and land managers in delivering the sustainability ethos of the Biosphere.

It is an opportunity to get involved at a new beginning, and to play a role in engaging with and supporting businesses towards a more sustainable future.

There are a host of opportunities and partners that are waiting to work with us in supporting, developing and delivering a range of initiatives that will really demonstrate the international significance of our UNESCO Biosphere.

Previous experience in a business development/business engagement or rural development role is essential.  You can download and read the full job description here.

If you wish to apply: please click the apply link and you will be transfered to our webpage where you can access the job description and application form. 

The closing date is midnight on Thursday 20th May 2021.

Interview date is Thursday 3rd June 2021.

Company Description

In July 2012 Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere was formally recognised internationally as a world class environment for people and nature. It was the first UNESCO
Biosphere in Scotland and is part of a family of over 700 Biospheres around the world of which seven are now in the UK. The UNESCO Biosphere designation is the only global designation – or
accreditation – for an area demonstrating excellence in sustainable development.
Covering 5,268 sq. km, the designation recognises the amazing wildlife, landscapes and culture of south west Scotland, and the commitment of its communities and businesses to live and work more
sustainably.  With our strong focus on sustainability; our commitment to facing up to the challenges of the climate emergency and biodiversity loss; and the opportunity to play a key role in supporting a post Covid “green recovery”, the UNESCO Biosphere designation is very much “of its time”.

Over the last eight years, the Biosphere has delivered a significant level of activity, working towards sustainability outcomes and maximising the use of a minimal budget and only 1.5 FTE staff. Key
achievements include:

  • Over 350 individuals, businesses and organisations signed up as Biosphere Proud Supporters
  • Over 25 businesses completing the Biosphere Business Certification Mark
  • Development of the Biosphere Communities initiative
  • A key role in three multi-million pound partnership projects
  • International and local learning partnerships and research projects
  • Production of a Natural Heritage Management Plan
  • Multi partner events focused on exploring biodiversity and future land use within the Biosphere area

Now with £1.9M of funding support and recognition by the new South of Scotland Enterprise agency that the Biosphere has the potential to become a ground breaking catalyst, bringing together
communities, businesses, land owners and individuals to help achieve a significant “green recovery”, we are looking to recruit a new, dynamic, forward thinking team to join us in the delivery of an
exciting programme of change.