Job details


Business Engagement & Employability

Responsible to

D2N2 External Engagement Manager


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus


£23,725 to £25,944 per annum

Closing date

Sunday 23 January 2022

Contract type

Fixed term contract 24 months

Post type




This project is part-funded by the European Social Fund

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About the role

The University of Derby has been awarded European Social Funding (ESF) for an ESF Higher Level Skills project: Grads for D2N2. This is an exciting collaboration between the Derby College, Nottingham City Council, Nottingham College, University of Derby and Vision West Nottinghamshire College, and NTU.

ESF Grads for D2N2 will offer a range of opportunities and initiatives to strengthen partnerships and co-operation between SMEs and education and skills providers to improve the labour market relevance within the D2N2 education and training system and strengthened vocational education.

The purpose of this role is to provide business administration and support for the day-to-day operation of the project. We are seeking a personable and proactive Project Officer who is confident in relationship management, process development, and extracting data for reporting purposes. 

This post is fully funded by the European Social Fund.

Principal accountabilities

  1. Support the ESF projects with project and resource coordination, for successful delivery in accordance with the outputs targeted by European Social Fund.
  2. Management of project documentation, including audit documents and database records evidencing interaction and outcomes for start-up, employer engagement and job creation.
  3. Managing and ensuring the protection of sensitive data required for financial processing or IP for start-up.
  4. Create, maintain and refine a procedure for keeping records for project finances, including subsidies for SMEs.
  5. Co-ordinate and develop a series of events for ESF projects, including developing a programme of guest speakers and competitions.
  6. Responsible for the project co-ordination and delivery of the online resources for the projects, researching and developing content, creating structure and co-ordinating contributions from resource creators.
  7. Ensure auditable evidence is available on a timely basis and support the compilation and preparation of the quarterly ESF claims in line with the requirements of the Funding / Partnership Agreement and ESF regulations.
  8. Ensure all project evidence is collated and stored consistently and securely and is readily available for inspection in anticipation of audits.
  9. Monitor completion of project staff timesheets against profile.
  10. Manage the relationships with external partners to ensure the financial procedures are compliant and being followed.
  11. Manage and update project information on an internal project database and run reports as required for both enterprise projects.
  12. Collate evidence and monitor compliance with ESF branding and publicity requirements.

Person specification

Essential Criteria



Skills, knowledge & abilities

Desirable Criteria




As well as competitive pay scales, we offer generous holiday entitlement. We also offer opportunities for further salary progression based on performance, and the opportunity to join a contributory pension scheme.

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How to apply

You can apply by submitting an online application. Once you have signed in or registered with us you will be able to begin your application. If you are creating an account for the first time, please ensure you provide an email address that you access regularly as this will be our main means of contacting you regarding your application.

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Please note all applications must be submitted online by Midnight GMT on the closing date of the vacancy.

Important information

Please note that unfortunately, this role will not attract sufficient points to obtain a sponsored Skilled Worker visa under the UK Visas & Immigration points based immigration system; however, applications are welcome from candidates who do not currently have the right to work in the UK, but who would be eligible to obtain a valid visa via another route..

Please consult the Home office website for further information.


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