Business Support Coordinator – Smart Manufacturing Alliance

Opportunity Peterborough




£25,000 - £28,000 DOE





CONTRACT TERM:              Full time, permanent

REPORTING TO:                  Programme Director – Smart Manufacturing Alliance

SALARY:                              £25,000 – £28,000 DOE


We are looking for an energetic, proactive, and reliable individual to help drive the launch and delivery of the Smart Manufacturing Alliance – a new organisation being created to drive the development of a world class manufacturing network. You will be joining us at an exciting time and will provide support to the team identifying and growing the membership of the Smart Manufacturing Alliance.


Based in Peterborough, with some remote working, and occasional travel to client and event sites throughout Cambridgeshire.


The SMA (Smart Manufacturing Alliance Ltd) is a joint venture that has been established by Peterborough’s economic development company, Opportunity Peterborough, and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.

The SMA has been established to create a membership network of manufacturing groups, sector based special interest groups, and associated programmes of support, in order to drive productivity, innovation, and sustainability in the manufacturing sector, primarily within the Greater Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area, but it will welcome members regardless of their location.

The objective of the SMA is to build a world class advanced manufacturing and engineering cluster with a clear comparative advantage, and competitive, innovative, and resilient supply chains. It is intended that at its core the Smart Manufacturing Alliance will be a membership organisation.


Reporting to the Programme Director of the SMA, the Business Support Coordinator’s key responsibilities will be:

  • To act as a direct point of contact on a day-to-day basis for the SMA programme. This will include making contact with individual businesses and stakeholders as well as organising networking events as appropriate.
  • Provide administrative support to the SMA development team.
  • Maintain and update the SMA network with a particular focus on the network hubs.
  • Maintain the Membership Network and produce the newsletters and marketing material sent to our members.
  • Working with the Marketing and Communications Team to ensure that the content of the SMA website is up to date and relevant, and finding creative ways to share our news with different audiences via our websites and social media accounts.
  • Working with the SMA team to take a proactive approach to promoting the programme within local and national media.
  • Supporting the delivery of projects by third party agencies ensuring satisfactory outputs and appropriate engagement between them and businesses.
  • Providing support for Advisory Board meetings, including distribution of papers and minute taking.



Ideally the successful candidate will possess most, or all, of the following experience and attributes:

  • Strong use of initiative and the responsibility to deliver.
  • Proactive team player with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Highly organized, with excellent written and oral skills.
  • Ability to act with diplomacy and confidentiality.
  • Strong attention to detail and numerical skills.
  • Good analytical and problem solving ability.
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines, and balance conflicting priorities.
  • Proactive team player with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Contribute to a collective, team-wide approach to the success of the SMA.

On occasions, some flexibility of hours may be required to attend evening or early morning meetings and events


The successful candidate will be employed by Opportunity Peterborough Ltd for this role.

Peterborough is an exciting, aspirational and cosmopolitan city with a diverse economy of major companies and innovative SMEs. It is one of the fastest growing cities in the UK and has big plans for the future.

Opportunity Peterborough is the city’s economic development company. We’re dedicated to our mission of supporting growth across the city, improving economic prosperity, jobs opportunities, and life chances for those who live and work here. We do this by engaging with local companies to support growth and development, by marketing Peterborough to attract new businesses, by working with partners at a strategic level to create an enabling environment, and by playing a leading role in the city’s skills agenda to ensure our current and future talent pool is work-ready.

Job Contact:

Samantha Demaio