Business Advisor

Business Advisor



Fixed term contract to June 2023, 37 hour week

We are seeking a Business Advisor to work with the well-established team of a local business support organisation who engage with industry sector networks and businesses in the Northern Lincolnshire area. The role is to help businesses objectively and realistically review their performance, identify real strengths and weaknesses, and provide professional advice and guidance to help them become better informed, capable of riding the current economic challenges and making the most of opportunities for growth within their sector.

As a Business Advisor, you will have a passion for helping SMEs develop their businesses, utilising your own personal experiences.  It is anticipated that as a Business Advisor you will have held either a managerial post or worked in a consultancy capacity within business support. You will also need to be a good team player, along with having the ability to work independently using your own initiative. Although not essential, experience within the Tourism, Hospitality and Retail Sectors or Health & Social Care sectors would be welcomed.

Key responsibilities – Business Advisor:

  • Provide professional and meaningful advice to existing and new local businesses.
  • To deliver business support outcomes and impacts required by the GAIN Project.
  • Engage with business networks, business support providers and other advisors through the Greater Lincolnshire Growth Hub, to identify clients within the sector.
  • Forge relationships with sector networks, where appropriate.
  • Exceed client expectations and deliver to the highest standard with support and encouragement, whilst managing expectations.
  • Carry out face to face liaison with business owners and managers through the completion of an E-Factor Business Review as part of the process.
  • Attend business network events.
  • Use experience, knowledge, initiative and creativity to solve sector related problems in a practical and timely manner for the benefit of your clients.
  • Where necessary broker in support from other advisors and organisations within the Greater Lincolnshire advisor network.
  • To undertake on-going activity to measure customer satisfaction with the project.
  • Write reports as required to support the development of provision in the sector, providing evidence of need.

Personal specification – Business Advisor:

  • Educated to degree level, or by experience.
  • Be able to demonstrate experience of business support and a high level of knowledge within your sector.
  • Understand the value of business support -the advisor should be able to articulate the benefits of a client engaging with an impartial and knowledgeable third party.
  • Good networking skills and confidence during interactions with clients, colleagues and partner organisations – necessary to display professionalism and make contacts in the business community.
  • The ability to work well under pressure – managing a wide caseload of clients with different needs.
  • Significant knowledge and proven ability of identifying business performance issues and developing strategies and action plans.
  • Ability to analyse and help develop a company’s business plan and understand financials.
  • An understanding of marketing trends.
  • Good communication and IT skills including the use of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Shows attention to detail and presentation.
  • Well-honed creative problem-solving skills; innovative.
  • Knowledge of equal opportunities practice, an understanding of health and safety in the workplace and an awareness of the GDPR guidelines.

Benefits include 25 days annual holiday + 3 Days between Christmas and New Year + bank holidays. You will need to be a car driver with your own transport, insured for business use.

If you are currently working as a Business Consultant, Growth Consultant, Business Coach, Health Care Manager, Nursing Home Manager, Retail Manager, Visitor Attraction Manager, Hospitality Project Manager, Business Development Manager this may be an ideal opportunity for you.