We’re looking for someone with an administrative background that wants to take the next step in their career and wants a role that makes a difference.

We need someone willing to go that extra mile, someone with great administrative skills – enjoying the devilish detail in our processes and someone that understands the importance of accurate record keeping.
You’ll be joining a well-established team, keen to help support businesses with their project administration. We pride ourselves that we are big enough to deliver major funding contracts to support SMEs across the North East but most importantly, we’re small enough to care for each other – as well as every single business that we come into contact with.

This full-time position will play a important role in the administration of one of the region’s most popular grant fund programmes, the North East Business Support Fund. The fund, which is specifically aimed at small and medium sized enterprises (SME’s) across the region, is managed by NBSL and is funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) 2014 - 2020 (Enhancing the Competitiveness of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises). It provides grants towards business improvement or growth projects – www.nebsf.co.uk. You may also be given the opportunity to work on other programmes awarded to NBSL.

What would we would like you to do?

  • Provide a wide variety of compliance, project and administrative support to the project staff, ensuring that all appropriate documentation is obtained and accurately processed in accordance to funding requirements to enable timely monitoring of financial performance against projections and to maximise eligible project spend.
  • Ensure that all ERDF Eligibility criteria are adhered to, including state aid, publicity and procurement requirements.
  • Ensure all project expenditure invoices are authorised by relevant signatories and are logged on financial claim tracking spreadsheets.
  • Maintain spreadsheets and ensure accurate input of data is supported by valid evidence and payment information where relevant.

The post holder will be responsible for working with other team members in the delivery of a wide-ranging administrative support services and the role will be normally based full time at our office in Ashington but due to the current situation, we have restrictions on the number and location of staff allowed in the office at any one time.  You will probably be required to work frequently from the office during your initial months whilst you are being trained  but anticipate that the role will eventually involve a mixture of working from home and working with our wide team in Ashington.

We’d be keen to hear from you if you have the following knowledge/experience:

  • Highly numerate with the ability to work to financial budgets.
  • Highly accurate with an attention to detail.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels.
  • Demonstration of effective organisational skills.
  • Ability to work unsupervised or as part of a team.
  • Highly competent in all Microsoft Office Applications particularly Excel.
  • Working knowledge of databases/client-tracking systems.
  • Holder of NVQ Level 3 or equivalent qualification.
  • Experience of working within quality assurance frameworks.
  • A working knowledge of ERDF and other types of funding and individual project guidance, eligibility and legislative criteria.

You can download a full job description for the role by clicking here.

Further details.

  • Salary £19,050 to £21,000 per annum dependant on qualifications and experience
  • Permanent (subject to funding)
  • 37 hours per week - although we will consider requests for flexible working including part-time, flexible hours and job share.

How to apply.

The closing date for receipt of the application is midday Friday 27th May 2022. Please send an up-to-date CV and covering letter detailing your experience/knowledge for each of the Person Specifications listed above to:

Carol White, NBSL, 6 Esther Court, Wansbeck Business Park, Rotary Parkway, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 8AP or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Tel: 01670 813322


The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) 2014 - 2020 is managed by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities (DLUHC).

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