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Pre-Start Business Advisor

This post is open to internal candidates currently employed within Student Education Service at the University of Leeds only.

Do have a passion for enterprise within higher education? Are you driven by helping young entrepreneurs? Do you want to see people succeed at business? 

Spark Business Start-up is part of the Student Education Service and Enterprise at Leeds, providing a wide range of excellent and innovative support to help students and recent graduates set up and run their own businesses. As part of the University’s commitment to delivering an exceptional student experience, and in recognition of its critical role in supporting student and graduate entrepreneurs, Spark are recruiting additional staff. 

Spark is a small multi-disciplinary team that supports students through primarily time limited, focused interventions. In addition to individual appointments the service offers a comprehensive group and entrepreneurial workshop programme, incubation facilities, networking opportunities and the Start Up visa.

You will be committed to working collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team, confident in assessment and risk management of early stage business proposals and it is essential that you are enthusiastic about focused, short-term interventions in enterprise. Using your professional training and drawing on your experience and knowledge, you will manage a varied and complex caseload of students and recent graduates, provide initial assessments and appropriate interventions, including delivering focussed group sessions. 

We welcome and encourage applications from all sections of the community. Our aim is to reflect the University’s diverse and vibrant community and ensure we are as welcoming and accessible as possible to all students.  We will select the best candidate solely on the basis of merit and ability to do the job.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Kairen Skelley, SPARK Business Start-up Manager

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 8355, email: k.skelley@leeds.ac.uk 


Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Student Education Service
School/Institute:  Student Opportunity
Category:  Administrative and Clerical Support
Grade:  Grade 6
Salary:  £27,511 to £32,817 p.a.
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Ongoing
Release Date:  Tuesday 11 February 2020
Closing Date:  Monday 24 February 2020
Interview Date:  Monday 16 March 2020
Reference:  SESSP1232
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  
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