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Head of Economic Development

Ipswich Borough Council

Are you motivated by creating a driven, modern and strategic service in a Council on an exciting journey?  
Ipswich is a town with a rich heritage and an exciting future. As a regional centre, we play a vital role in Suffolk’s economic success. This is the perfect time to join us. We have developed a new corporate strategy and operating model that maximises the many opportunities available to us and defines our core purpose to champion our community and revitalise our town.  
This role gives you the opportunity to lead, manage and develop an innovative service, working to ensure the delivery of the Councils strategies. You’ll be working openly and imaginatively with our partners including the Ipswich Vision Board and those in the private, arts, community, voluntary and government sectors who are committed to helping us realise our vision.  
About the role  
In conjunction with the Council’s Senior Leadership team, you will have the chance to jointly create and own Economic Development Strategies. We are on a journey to revitalise our county town, Ipswich. This includes the delivery of a £25m Town fund programme. As a result, your role will be important in ensuring that we maximise our opportunities to secure external funding by building effective partnerships and identifying opportunities for investment that enables economic growth.  
It is important that we have strong management and monitoring over our funding programmes to ensure that outcomes are delivered in accordance with objectives and agreement targets, you will have the opportunity to oversee this. You will also have the chance to work on a local, regional and national level to maximise opportunities for investment which enable economic growth and create the conditions to generate inward investment opportunities.  
About Ipswich 
As Britain’s oldest Anglo-Saxon town, we have amazing heritage coupled with great arts and culture. We are an urban borough, home to 140,000 people and just one hour from London, all surrounded by the beautiful Suffolk countryside and coastline. Our Waterfront area, home to the University of Suffolk, the Ipswich Marina and a host of bars, restaurants and leisure facilities, builds on our proud history as a maritime powerhouse. 
Let’s talk about you 
This is a role for an experienced Economic Development professional who will bring enthusiasm, positivity and imagination to the role.   You’ll show us your ability to work collaboratively and collegiately across the Council and with partners to achieve our ambitions and serve the people of Ipswich. 

Visit to find out more and apply. Or, for a confidential discussion, contact our retained advisors at Tile Hill: Maud Hollis 07444 696659 or Clare Connor 0161 4080703  

Closing date for applications: Sunday 21st April at midnight.

To apply:

To apply, please submit an up-to-date copy of your CV (four sides of A4 maximum), along with a supporting statement (four sides of A4 maximum) detailing your experience, and achievements and addressing the key criteria for the role set out on this site and using examples to demonstrate how you meet the requirements. Documents should be uploaded via our website, please include and upload the below information in two documents only. If you experience any issues whilst applying, please contact

Applications should include:

  • Full contact details;
  • Names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees (we will ask your permission before contacting referees);
  • Notification of any dates when you are not available for an interview.

Recruitment Timeline:

  • Closing Date: Midnight on Sunday 21st April
  • Longlist Meeting (no candidate involvement): Thursday 25th April
  • Technical interviews (virtual): Monday 29th April - Wednesday 1st May
  • Shortlist Meeting (no candidate involvement): Wednesday 1st May
  • Psychometric Assessments: (online) Wednesday 1st May - Sunday 7th May
  • Final Panel (in person): Thursday 9th May or Friday 10th May 

At Tile Hill, we are committed to inclusion and accessibility. We champion and support all individuals to ensure everyone feels valued, listened to and motivated to get the very best out of each recruitment process and that processes are designed to meet the needs of individuals. If you have any specific requests and would like a confidential discussion with the Tile Hill team, then please email

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Ipswich Borough Council

Ipswich, Suffolk


£59,625 to £64,146 pay award pending from 1st April 2024

REF: 1510178

Expires: 21/04/24 23:59

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