Closing Date: 01 August 2017
Project: Cywain
Location: Aberystwyth. Ystyrier lleoliadau eraill. / Other locations will be considered
Department: Food Development
Salary: 29,831 - 31,822
Grade: 5
Manager: Cywain Project Manager
Contract: Llawn neu rhan amser (o leiaf 4 diwrnod) / Full or part-time (at least 4 days)
Bilingual Skills: Essential
If you'd like more information about this post, please contact:
Myrddin Davies
01745 770273

Cywain Development Manager - Mid Wales



Cywain, delivered by Menter a Busnes is a model providing targeted support to micro and SME businesses operating in the Welsh food and drink sector. We have received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020 to trial and develop a revised service and working towards mainstreaming the service.


Support provision is being trialled to develop capacity and capability of businesses, facilitate knowledge transfer and industry intelligence and strengthen supply chain integration. Delivery is pan Wales with an emphasis on collaboration with businesses which add value and market development for growth and job creation. Cywain has developed a wide network of stakeholders and integral to the client development is a coherent approach with other delivery partners.





To lead the development of the project and provision of the service to new businesses or those which are growing mainly within the specified geographical area and provide food and drink sector specific expertise.  The post holder will be expected  to inform and facilitate  the development of the businesses in the Region, identify and respond to the sector’s requirements and coordinate the provision within the budget. 


Main Responsibilities


Project Development and Service Provision

  • Ensure provision of the project’s services to food and drink producers and businesses within the specific area

  • Foster a close relationship with producers and processors to identify their growth needs through diagnostic assessment and create an appropriate support programme

  • Recruit groups and individuals from across the supply chain to the project with a focus on potential for growth and job creation.

  • Work with groups of producers, and individuals, to identify and develop new products and markets.

  • Prepare an action plan and undertake a diagnostic assessment at the outset of the work with each group/individual and manage the resources within the project’s budget.

  • Co-ordinate activity and disseminate intelligence from the projects thematic initiatives in the region, ensuring client contribution where required.

  • Create good links with individuals, businesses and other bodies involved with innovation, product development and new market development for a coherent delivery.

  • Work closely with the Project Manager and the other Development Managers to plan, manage and professionally execute a portfolio of events/ exhibitions and  study tours both locally and nationally, ensuring a relevant and engaging content schedule.

  • Arrange and deliver workshops on specific themes within the Region.

  • Identify needs, plan and advise businesses on their development, referring to alternative sources of support where appropriate.

  • Encourage client ownership of the business and its development throughout the support process.

  • Manage/Monitor the budget set by the Project Manager, ensuring value for money and collaborative delivery where feasible.

  • Take responsibility for all activity and client development in the region and that geographical targets are met.

  • Continually develop knowledge and understanding of other specialisms, ensuring the provision of a holistic service to the customer; with a commitment to carrying out any research and learning and development required to meet these needs

  • Be prominent and flexible whilst mainstreaming the service in the Region


Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Ensure that accurate and relevant reports are provided at the end of the work with each group/individual and that outputs are accurately monitored, reviewed and reported to the Project Manager and Welsh Government in-line with contract requirements, and in order to satisfy relevant Audit requirements.

  • Keep detailed records of all activities and paperwork in order to ensure the  monitoring and achievement of project targets, in compliance with the project’s and Welsh Government’s reporting and monitoring systems

  • Take responsibility in ensuring that all documentation for work undertaken within the region is up to date and completed in accordance with  the scheme requirements.

  • Produce a final report at the end of the work with each group/individual, which reports on the strengths and weaknesses of the activity/assistance received.

  • Accurately monitor,  review  and  report  on targets, outputs, expenditure and performance to the Project Manager in-line with Welsh Government contract requirements, including the creation  and  maintenance  of  effective management systems in order to satisfy relevant Audit requirements



  • Ensure standards for quality, customer service, equality and diversity, health and safety and biosecurity are met

  • Accept other reasonable duties and responsibilities, and input into related food assignments undertaken by Menter a Busnes as required

  • Represent Menter a Busnes as required


Skills and Experience



  • Educated to degree level or equivalent qualifications in food development, or related subject

  • Demonstrable experience of working in the food development industry in Wales’

  • Thorough knowledge of the agri-food sector in Wales, with the ability to identify the latest information and research work relevant to the sector

  • Able to analyse and utilise the evidence, and think laterally

  • Able to assess and understand the clients’ needs, and provide support according to their requirements

  • Extensive awareness of agri-food policy development, as well as Welsh Government strategies and policies

  • Strong management and coordination skills

  • Strong project management skills

  • A good understanding or experience of working with the private sector

  • Able to develop and integrate new services in an effective and timely manner

  • Able to make difficult and timely decisions for the benefit of the business and/or service, including raising appropriate concerns regarding service delivery, budgets and sub-contractors in a professional and objective manner

  • Advanced presentation and interpersonal skills

  • Able to be proactive and with the enthusiasm to drive things forward effectively, both independently and as part of a team

  • A self-motivator, committed and accepting responsibility for setting and reviewing priorities for achieving targets, with a clear focus on quality

  • Awareness of food safety standards and industry regulatory requirements

  • Excellent oral and written bilingual (Welsh/English) communication skills

  • Advanced standard of IT skills, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Email, Databases and Internet

  • Full driving licence and use of a car (this role may require travel across Wales)



  • Background and/or experience in a subject related to the agri-food and enterprise sectors

  • Experience of arranging events

  • Experience of supporting and facilitating growth businesses

  • Knowledge of sources of support for rural businesses




Assessments will be held for this post on Monday, 7 August 2017.  If this date is inconvenient, please note on your application form.


Aberystwyth. Ystyrier lleoliadau eraill. / Other locations will be considered.

More Information

If you’d like more information about this post, please contact:

Myrddin Davies
01745 770273

How to Apply

Applications for this post can be made by downloading and completing the application form and the equal opportunities monitoring form below.

Please return these forms either

  • via email to:
  • or by sending to:  Human Resources Department, Menter a Busnes, Unit 3, Science Park, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3AH

Closing Date

The closing date for applications is: 01 August 2017 at 10:00

Equality and Diversity Policy

Our Equality and Diversity Policy can be found in the document below.