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23 April 2013
The Trust is recruiting!

The Trust is recruiting a Graduate Enterprise Support Officer.

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A job description and terms are outlined below;


Graduate Enterprise Support Officer

Closing Date - 20 May 2013

Location -Highlands and Islands, Lochaber, Skye and Wester Ross

Salary -£16,000 per annum


Job summary

Sleat Community Trust based on the Isle of Skye, are recruiting for a graduate for a 12 month Enterprise Support role.  The successful graduate will work on two new enterprise projects for the Trust – Community Broadband and Forest Enterprise.

Job Description

The graduate will be required to seek funding, market the products/services, devise a billing/contract procedure, locate sites for infrastructure by working with land owners (broadband only), engage with potential customers/suppliers and develop a project maintenance strategy (broadband only).

The two enterprise projects are as follows;

Community Broadband
Sleat Community Trust is looking to deliver a fast wireless broadband solution to areas of the community which have poor current coverage and little chance of future improvement in service. A recent (Jan 2013) delivered design study has shown likely costs and schematic of a potential network. This network can cover all households in Sleat although it is likely that only those areas which have no chance of an upgrade in the foreseeable future will be included in the project (around 250 households and businesses). A funding application to Community Broadband Scotland is imminent. The graduate will be expected to work on the successful delivery of this application and/or seek other forms of capital to ensure the delivery of the project. This will require a business plan to be formulated. Once funding is in place the graduate will work with the preferred installer to complete setting up of the required network equipment. A network maintenance contract is to be tendered for along with an installation contract for individual customer broadband connection. Marketing of the service will be required as will a billing and customer contract procedure which will include comprehensive terms and conditions. A pricing strategy will need to be devised as will a customer helpline for any technical troubleshooting or replacement of faulty equipment.

Forest Enterprise
As owners of a 1000 acre community forest the Trust is keen to continue to develop sales of a variety of wood fuel products. The Trusts subsidiary, Sleat Renewables Ltd (SRL), currently supplies wood chip to the local college Sabhal Mor Ostaig and wishes to see further expansion of this and new product lines. As a result of several successful funding applications SRL is currently building a new wood fuel covered facility within the forest from which to operate the business from. The graduate will be required to seek further customers for woodchip within the area and devise a successful supply chain for manufacture and delivery of this product. Concurrently SRL wishes to enter the market for split log supply to individual householders. The successful candidate will require to formulate a strategy for making this happen by working either with existing contractors or employing staff to run the supply/delivery of the product. Marketing will be key to ensure a customer base is quickly established. Rental or co-operation with third parties in regard to equipment hire or use will also be required.

This position is part funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the European Regional Development Fund.

Skills / Experience

•   Knowledge of Funding Processes
•   IT Skills particular broadband knowledge
•   Business Planning
•   Working with charities and community groups
•   Customer facing experience
•   Can work on own initiative
•   Hardworking
•   Work to tight deadlines
•   Good timekeeping

•   Forestry Enterprise skills
•   Good report writing skills
•   Experience in co-ordinating community projects
•   Experience in contract writing


As part of this TalentScotland Graduate Placement Programme, the candidate will benefit from support from a team within Highlands and Islands Enterprise and also access a five day residential course training focussed on employability and business skills.

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