Thurrock Council

Assistant Director - High House Production Park

Location: Purfleet, Thurrock
Salary: £75,000 per annum
Contracted Hours: 37 hours per week
Type of Contract: 2 years fixed term
Advert Closing Date: 7 April 2019

High House Production Park (HHPP) is a world class centre for production in the creative industries and currently includes The Royal Opera House Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop and Costume Store, the National College for the Creative Industries, ACME Artists Studios Complex and converted barns used as event venues.

HHPP is at the centre of the emerging Thames Estuary Production Corridor and next to a £1billion regeneration scheme in Purfleet which features proposals for a state-of-the-art media village complex. HHPP and Purfleet as a whole has superb potential for further exciting developments.

Our vision – an ambitious and collaborative community which is proud of its heritage and excited by its diverse opportunities and future.

The Assistant Director for HHPP will be responsible for realising and delivering on the full potential this exciting creative centre has to offer but driving the development of the remaining sites to complete the production park. The role will involve identifying opportunities for new development, facilitating investment packages, negotiating development agreements and driving projects forward to completion.

This is a fantastic opportunity to play a pivotal role in expanding this flagship world-class centre for cultural production. Working closely with the HHPP Board, the Assistant Director will create effective relationships with leaders in local government and the cultural industries.

The successful candidate will be familiar with the sector, should have a proven track record in the development of new facilities for cultural industries and should be able to demonstrate the drive, ambition, tenacity and personality to see development through.

A DBS check will not be required for this role.

Our vision – an ambitious and collaborative community which is proud of its heritage and excited by its diverse opportunities and future.

Here at Thurrock council we are striving to unlock sustainable growth, and lay the foundations for future growth and prosperity of the area.  Situated on the north side of the River Thames bordering Essex, Kent and East London, Thurrock is an area of great contrast, with a well-balanced mixture of beauty and business. We are determined to improve Thurrock as a place, ensuring we are providing the best services for the people of Thurrock whilst offering the opportunity of prosperity.

Thurrock council is bucking the trend seen across most local authorities, we have a forecast balanced budget to 2021/22 which will provide the council with unique opportunities to change how we do things and improve the offer to our residents and businesses. Our aim is to create a place where people and businesses want to stay and thrive, and developers and investors want to invest.

We have an exciting and ambitious agenda to deliver here at Thurrock council with £20billion of new investment planned for homes, jobs and infrastructure including £6billion being invested in private sector jobs; 24,500 new jobs planned over the next 20 years - working towards a future where every resident has a good job and £100million new investment in our schools – to ensure our education offer is first class, whilst building upon 97% of our primary schools being “good” or better.

Thurrock is a diverse place, known not only for its ports and logistics centres but home of the Royal Opera House and the expanding intu Lakeside Shopping Centre. Thurrock’s heritage, wildlife sites and breath-taking countryside offer the best of both being perfectly positioned just 35 minutes from central London.

Thurrock Council is an Investors in People (IIP) Gold accredited employer and committed to equal opportunities. As a Disability Confident Employer, disabled people will be offered an interview where they meet all essential criteria on the person specification. We champion flexible working and job share applications are welcome.

We serve a diverse community where people are different yet equal. Diversity underpins everything we do.

If you want to be part of an ambitious, exciting yet challenging council, where you can really make a difference join #TeamThurrock now!

How to Apply

A job profile and person specification is available for download below.

Please submit your CV and cover letter detailing how you meet the requirements of the role to recruitment@thurrock.gov.uk.