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Business Development / Operations Manager


Boyne Valley Food Innovation District – BVFID (a not-for-profit subsidiary of Meath  Enterprise) is a smart specialisation collaborative that nurtures food and drink SMEs and  talent to achieve their commercialisation and scaling potential. It is a leading-edge cluster  that is fuelled by collaboration with the unique potential to spur productive and sustainable  regional economic development, levering the power of intercompany linkages to drive  innovation and sales growth nationally and internationally. 

Reporting to the CEO, the Business Development and Operations Manager will champion the  development of the new Boyne Valley Food Hub and play a pivotal role in the management  and development of other major infrastructural and enterprise development projects,  initiatives and facilities that support startups, SMEs, remote workers and ecosystem  development across Meath and the wider region. 

Key responsibilities include (but are not limited to); 

  • Managing the design, development and completion of major infrastructural and enterprise development projects including local authority planning applications,  project funding applications, procurement and legal matters, 
  • Managing the architects, technical consultant teams / contractors (and related  activities) of all construction / infrastructural projects and ensuring that all the  relevant quality and safety standards and KPIs are met, 
  • Managing all project budgets and funding claims relating to major infrastructural and/or enterprise development projects in line with agreed parameters and providing  regular and detailed reports to the CEO, 
  • Managing all the day-to-day operational, promotional and development functions of the enterprise centres / hubs and all related projects, initiatives and activities, Managing tenant/client relationships, leases and occupancy levels within the hubs, Developing new income/funding streams and opportunities internally and externally, Developing strong working relationships and collaborative partnerships with tenants/clients and with external stakeholders such as startups, SMEs, Corporates,  local and national government and state agencies, academic and research institutions,  business support and funding organisations and the community / social enterprise  sectors to ensure balanced, inclusive and sustainable ecosystem / regional  development, 
  • Developing and facilitating food startup, scaleup and SME training and development programmes, events, networking, internship and funding opportunities and more to support the development of the Food Innovation District and the wider entrepreneurial ecosystem. 
  • Supporting, promoting and developing a culture of innovation, collaboration &  entrepreneurship within the organisation and across the County and the wider region, Working to ensure best practice Governance in line with the Good Governance code  is achieved in the operation and growth of the organisation and all related activities, 

Key Skills & Experience: 

  • A QQI level 8 Degree in Business, Management or a related discipline is preferred and would be a distinct advantage, Minimum 7 years professional and relevant industry/sector experience is essential, Excellent IT, digital media, presentation, reporting, business & financial planning skills  and experience is essential
  • Ability, and a proven track record, in planning, promoting and delivering major local and regional projects, events and initiatives that support and promote economic and  enterprise development, multi-sectoral and multi-regional clustering, sustainability  and social prosperity, 
  • Ability to strategically and tactically manage, lead and negotiate with large teams,  groups, organisations and networks in order to deliver on the organisations vision and  objectives, 
  • Ability to connect, lead, motivate and inspire people both online and offline, Strong PR, marketing and digital content creation skills and experience, Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, 
  • Full clean ‘B’ driving licence and own transport is essential for this role. 

Location: Navan, Co Meath 

Contract Type: Full-time 

Contract Duration: 2 year fixed term contract subject to 6 month probationary period

Reporting Structure: Reporting directly to the CEO of BVFID (Meath Enterprise) 

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