Closing Date: 25 February 2019
Location: Aberystwyth
Department: Food Development
Salary: 30,278 - 32,300 @ 60% / 32,300 - 34,320 @ 20%
Grade: 5
Manager: Arweinydd Tm - Cefnogaeth ar gyfer Busnesau Bychain a Meicro / Team Leader Support for Small and Micro Businesses
Contract: Rhan amser 80% / Part time 80%
Bilingual Skills: Essential
If you'd like more information about this post, please contact:
Dewi Evans
01970 631424

Development Manager: Food Sector

This is an excellent opportunity to work on a project in the vibrant Welsh food and drink industry which is crucial to the growth of the Welsh economy.

Due to demand for the projects’ support, Cywain is looking for a Development Manager to work across mid-Wales to support small and micro business to start and grow.


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. Project funding has been secured until October 2022.

Support provision is in place to develop the 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.


There are three strands to the project:

  • Support for start-up and micro businesses
  • Diagnostic support available to all businesses within the food and drink sector in Wales
  • Clustering and collaboration between businesses to promote business growth and efficiency


One of the themes within the project is to develop opportunities for trade for supported businesses in the tourism and hospitality sector. The Strategic Business Growth Grant Scheme provides support for one off and annual events which have a defined Welsh food and drink offer (e.g. shows and festivals) with the activity happening within Wales. This scheme is funded by core Welsh Government funds and is strategically important in developing a trading platform for new food and drink businesses. Although this scheme is not funded by Cywain, it is important that delivery is interlinked.


Aim of the Role

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

To lead on managing and delivering a scheme on behalf of Welsh Government, providing funding for food and drink events that deliver against set criteria. This includes scheme development and execution, budget management and monitoring/evaluating impact


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 project’s 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 Line Manager, 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 and 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


Strategic Business Growth Grant Scheme

  • Manage and deliver a support scheme on behalf of the Welsh Government for Welsh food and drink events in-line with agreed criteria
  • Act as the main point of contact for the scheme, responsible for the timely undertaking of all scheme related publicity, assessment and appraisal, as well as counter checking and authorising claims for payment
  • Manage any subcontractors and staff required to effectively deliver the scheme
  • Monitor and effectively evaluate the scheme and provide timely and accurate information for Welsh Government to decide on events to support
  • Take responsibility and management of the scheme’s annual budget as set by Welsh Government and reviewed during the scheme year. (Current budget is circa £120,000)
  • Lead on additional activity requested by Welsh Government to support the delivery of the scheme and engagement with event organisers including organisation and end execution of bespoke and informative workshops and/or stakeholder events
  • Ensure effective communication with relevant Cywain staff members on strategic linkages to capitalise on trade development opportunities for new or scale up businesses at supported events.



  • 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 in business, economics, agriculture, food, land-based, or relevant subject
  • Thorough understanding of the agri-food and land-based sectors in Wales, with the ability to identify the latest research and information relevant to the sector(s).
  • Broad understanding of policy development, as well as Welsh Government strategies and policies
  • Good understanding and/or demonstrable experience of working with primary food producers and the private sector
  • Demonstrable experience of managing and engaging with clients / businesses either face to face, via e-mail or over the phone
  • Ability to evaluate and use evidence in a practical and clear manner which is relevant to the audience and to think creatively, expressing the benefits, disadvantages and risks of different options
  • Ability to assess and gain a clear understand client needs, and support them in line with their individual needs
  • Good understanding of business accounts and business plans
  • Skills and experience of developing excellent networks at various levels (e.g. formal and informal contacts) from potential beneficiaries to professionals within partner organisations
  • Excellent organisation and coordination skills, with experience of arranging exhibitions and events
  • Ability to develop and integrate new services in an effective and timely manner
  • Excellent presentation and interpersonal skills, with the ability to make and communicate difficult decisions in an impartial manner 
  • A proactive self-motivator, accepting responsibility for setting and reviewing priorities for achieving targets, with a clear focus on quality
  • Awareness of food safety standards and regulatory requirements within the industry
  • Excellent bilingual communication skills (Welsh/English) both verbal and written
  • High level IT skills including Microsoft packages, databases and the web
  • Full driving license and the use of a car (the role could mean travelling across Wales)
  • Available to work evenings and weekends occasionally



  • Demonstrable experience of running marketing and communications campaigns
  • Demonstrable experience of working / running a project of a similar scale


Making an Application

You can apply for this post by completing an application form and an equal opportunities form (available on our website and return them to

If you wish to have an informal conversation regarding this post, please contact Dewi Evans on 01970 631 424.



Interviews will be held for this post at Menter a Busnes’ office in Aberystwyth on 4 March 2019. If this date is inconvenient, please note on your application form.


at our Aberystwyth Menter a Busnes office.

More Information

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

Dewi Evans
01970 631424

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: 25 February 2019 at 10:00

Equality and Diversity Policy

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