Project Assistant (Ref 3229)

  • Multiple Locations
  • Full Time
  • £24,432 - £27,514 per annum, pro rata

1x Fixed Term 1 Year 

1x Fixed Term 6 months

Business Support and Innovation (Projects and Programmes), part of Economy, Enterprise & skills, is a dynamic team delivering grants, business support and sector development across Devon and the Heart of the South West. We are a fast-moving agile team where flexibility, professionalism and practicality are key to maximise opportunities for our local economy in a changing strategic landscape.

Two exciting opportunities to join the team as a Project Assistant have become available. 

One role is a fixed contract for 1 year (with the possibility of extension subject to funding). This role will initially support delivery of Agriculture and Food Sector projects and programmes alongside the Project Manager. 

Developing support for the Agriculture and Food sector is one of several key areas managed by the team to drive economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and building long term resilience and sustainable growth. The Agriculture and Food sector projects have ambitious targets and timescales and therefore we are looking for someone with excellent organisational, communication and time management skills and a strong drive to achieve success. An understanding of the challenges and priorities for the current food system, supply chains, agri-tech and agricultural transition would be useful for the initial work portfolio. In addition, strong knowledge of the economic landscape in Devon and the current challenges and future opportunities is essential.

The second post is a 6 month fixed term post to 31st March 2023 (with possibility of extension subject to funding).

This exciting position will undertake a variety of tasks to drive forward business support engagement and activity in Somerset.  

The role will be the point of contact for Somerset Businesses proactively contacting businesses to assess their business support needs and growth potential, following-up with businesses and proactively account manage growth potential businesses. Undertaking business diagnostics and directing them to further support. This broad ranging role requires producing and maintaining business client records, contributing to the development of a knowledge bank of business support options and information, supporting marketing activity, and attendance at outreach events and workshops as required to support business engagement and face-to-face diagnostic activity.

As the successful candidate for either role you will ideally have experience in coordinating and delivering projects. Due to the nature of the role is it essential that you also have:

  • Experience of working with external partners.
  • Exceptional organisational skills and time management.
  • An understanding of economic policy, challenges of the Devon & Heart of the SW economy and knowledge of current agricultural and food policies would be beneficial.
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to communicate with people at all levels both written and verbal.
  • Good understanding of ICT and experience of using content management systems, e-marketing and social media platforms and tools.
  • Ability to manage workloads with conflicting priorities and deliver within timescales.
  • Experience of marketing and engagement including advertising; promotion; direct mail; PR; communications; digital marketing; social media and e-marketing techniques.


Although initially the work will be within the food and agricultural business sector, a variety of projects and programmes are delivered by the team and the focus of the role may change over time. The successful candidate will be required to be adaptable, have flexibility to prioritise work and a willingness to embrace a forward thinking and dynamic team environment.

Devon County Council has an Agile Working policy to demonstrate commitment to supporting a positive work-life balance for employees and a commitment to be Carbon Neutral by 2030. Agile working is an important element of the strategy for adapting to, and thriving in, the working environment following the coronavirus pandemic.


For more information or to discuss this opportunity in more detail, please contact:

Charlotte Molyneux:  01392 383302


Scarlett Buck: 01392 380373


  • We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 
  • DCC embraces the positive benefits of a diverse workforce and is committed to providing an environment that is inclusive and safe. We welcome applications from people who share our commitment to stop discrimination, challenge inequality and promote diversity across Devon. More information can be found on ourEquality and Diversity webpages.  
  • The Council offers flexible working arrangements in terms of when and where people work e.g. hybrid working, part-time, condensed hours etc. 
  • This role requires the ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence and fluency in English. 
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  • Happy to Talk Flexible Working
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Job Details

  • OrganisationDevon County Council
  • Work LocationExeterSomersetDevon
  • Work Postcode

    EX2 4QD

  • Reference


  • Occupational GroupProject & Programme Management

  • Salary Details

    £24,432 - £27,514 per annum, pro rata

  • Job TermFixed
  • Appointment TypeFull Time
  • Hours

    37 hours per week

  • Closing Date


  • DBS Check Required