Business Development Manager

Forestry Commission England

Lyndhurst, Hampshire
£33,636 - £36,601 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Reference: 1612970

Closing date: Tuesday, 22nd January 2019   4 days left

Do you have an innovative approach to business development and are you looking for a fresh challenge?

The Forestry Commission are seeking someone with proven business and financial management experience to join the team in South England.

South England Forest District manages some 46,000 hectares of the public forest estate across West Sussex, Surrey, Berkshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Dorset & South Wiltshire. The varied, mixed woodlands produce some 120,000 m3 of timber each year, of which 25,000 is hardwood. Much of the land is of high importance for nature conservation, supporting some 29,000 hectares of SSSIs of which approximately 27,000 are also designated at a European level as Special Areas of Conservation. The majority of the land managed by the District is also within areas designated for their landscape value, including 7,500 hectares within AONBs and 31,500 hectares across two National Parks. The area receives some 20 million day visits by the public each year and includes two major Forest Centres at Moors Valley Country Park and Alice Holt Woodland Park.

Purpose of the Job

To lead, develop and manage essential business improvement projects across functions, increasing our financial sustainability. With particular focus on generating income by optimising existing and developing new opportunities.

Key Work Areas   

  • To map, document and assess existing development opportunities.
  • To actively seek out and explore new income generating opportunities across functions and to improve the existing bottom line.
  • Accountable for developing and establishing clear business cases for new opportunities that deliver significant financial improvements.
  • Accountable for the successful delivery of subsequent projects.
  • Act as specialist to support in the creation, submission and delivery of capital submissions.
  • Build internal and external relationships that aid in the support and delivery of projects. Including releasing the potential of 3rd party funding. Benefits of working for the Forestry Commission
  • Attractive working environment
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • 25 days annual leave in addition to 10.5 days public and privilege days

Next steps:

For further information and to apply for this exciting opportunity please visit Civil Service Jobs or contact

Simon Smith, Head of Sustainable Land Management

0300 067 4628

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