We are Tech North

Vacancy: Programme Coordinator

About Tech North

Tech North (part of Tech City UK) is a government-backed initiative aimed at accelerating the growth of the digital business sector in the North of England. Since launching in 2015, the team has already launched Northern Stars, Founders Network, the Digital Powerhouse Report and Career Hacker. We do this by focusing on five areas:

  1. Raise the profile of the Northern Tech sector and the companies within it by uniting the regions to tell one great story.
  2. Create the central point of data on Northern Tech to support our initiatives around funding and skills.
  3. Support the creation of a leading ecosystem for founders and entrepreneurs through access to funding, networking, training and support for accelerators and co-working spaces.
  4. Reduce the skills and talent gap in digital and tech by collaborating with tech employers both large and small
  5. Assure the sustainability of Tech North and its initiatives by making sure we secure funding for beyond 2018.

The culture is one of a start up with a lean mentality. We aim to be agile, transformative and authentic in our day-to-day operations.

The Challenge of the Role

Tech North is committed to addressing the opportunities and challenges that are posed by the growth of the technology sector in the North of England. Our programmes, such as Northern Stars and Founders’ Network, achieve this through the delivery of different programme scales, formats, target audiences, and partners. The objective is always to provide the relevant value-adding outcome for the programme participants, whilst the by-product of this activity should raise the profile of the North as a place with a high-quality, successful and attractive technology sector.

As part of the Programme team at Tech North, you will be passionate about working with the technology sector and keen to assist with programmes that will expose you to the various opportunities and challenges that our programmes address (such as entrepreneurship, talent, and finance etc.). Reporting to the Head of Programmes and working alongside the Programme Leads, you will help to ensure the successful execution and delivery across multiple initiatives, pro-actively taking on critical tasks whilst managing an extensive range of important relationships with programme participants, organisations and suppliers.

This role fulfils a vital administrative support function for the Head of Programmes and Programme Leads, however opportunity for advancement is possible depending on performance and availability of posts.

Main Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assist the Head of Programmes and Programme Leads with operational tasks associated with currently active programmes. This could include coordinating programme participants, important contacts, partner/sponsor relationships, managing suppliers, preparing documentation, presentations and briefing documents, organising payments, booking travel and accommodation, ordering branded merchandise, etc.
  • Collaborate with the Head of Programmes and Programme Leads on programme delivery, and be willing to suggest new ideas or areas for improvement.
  • Assist the Programme Leads to manage the organisation of participants through the programmes and ensure that the experience of participants is of the highest quality.
  • Report to the Programme Leads on any budget responsibility you may have been assigned
  • Attendance at programme events and aiding of events management personnel to ensure that setup is adequate and to required specification of the Programme Lead.
  • Meet the schedule expectations as set by the Programme Lead and take initiative on being prepared, helping to prevent ‘last minute’ scenarios.
  • Engage the Northern tech community to help solidify your role as a useful and known resource, and also to build your network whilst representing Tech North and sharing its vision and purpose.
  • Facilitate valuable introductions for programme participants and act as a useful resource for the local tech community.
  • Provide an approachable and public voice on behalf of the programme, Tech North, and the Northern tech sector.
  • Contribute to the work of the wider programme delivery and Tech North team, including internal/external communications, public affairs, media work and events, as appropriate.
  • Networking at various events for the purpose of maintaining programme relevance, quality and promotion.

Desired Skills & Experience

  • You have experience of working as a junior project manager or similar support function and able to work with others to achieve a common objective
  • Capable of assisting with medium to large scale events
  • Highly self-motivated and determined
  • You are personable and able to quickly build strong and positive relationships with various stakeholders including entrepreneurs, mentors, partners, sponsors, corporates, government and high-profile organisations or individuals
  • Passionate about the North and supporting early-stage tech companies and their founders
  • You have experience of working in the digital technology sector and/or have a thorough understanding of the needs of young and growing technology companies
  • Comfortable with handling pressure and deadlines
  • Willingness to work as part of a friendly and passionate team

How to apply

Location – The North East of England

Contact Details

If you are interested, please send a covering letter, your CV and a short email to jobs@techcityuk.com for more details. No agencies please.

Tech City UK is an equal opportunities employer. Job applicants may be asked to provide evidence of their ability to work and live in the country where the role exists.