Location: Hybrid, remote based with 1/ 2 days office based
Reporting to: Chief Executive
Contract: Full time, fixed term contract to March 2025
Date closes:7th September 2022
Reporting to the Chief Executive this role plays an important part in the provision of capital grants to our charity and social enterprise customers working in the youth sector as part of the Youth Investment Fund (YIF).
We are looking for someone who has previous experience of funding of property / real estate / asset acquisition or redevelopment, (which could be in the form of capital grants or lending) and managing a team of funding managers. This is a great opportunity for someone to be involved in making a difference to young people.
The Youth Investment Fund (YIF) is a £368 million fund created by the UK government to create, expand and improve youth facilities and services in England to drive positive outcomes for young people.
YIF is being delivered by a partnership between Social Investment Business, The Key Fund, National Youth Agency and Resonance.
Together, we aim to deliver grants for up to 300 facilities in selected eligible areas across England by 2025 that represent positive value for money, are environmentally sustainable and enable positive activities for young people aged 11–18 (up to 25 for young people with SEND).
This funding will drive value-for-money facilities that youth organisations can afford to sustain. Using innovative construction techniques, as well as supporting redevelopment projects that expand youth service provision, the YIF will achieve savings on facility running costs, so that resources can focus on activities that enrich young people’s lives.
It will support projects to level up youth provision, assessing and distributing grants so that local youth facilities and services can be the best they can be.
This role will be employed by Key Fund.
Key Fund Investments Limited (KFI) is a social enterprise that provides support and mainly modest amounts of funding and investment, to enable the development and growth of other community and social enterprises. It operates across the Midlands and North of England, particularly targeting those enterprises working in deprived communities or with marginalised groups of people.
The mission of KFI is to provide the ‘right kind of money at the right time’ for the development and growth of sustainable and impactful community and social enterprises that are unable to secure financial support from elsewhere.
Our values are:
Purpose: Committed to achieving our goals to bring about positive social impact.
Responsibility: Believe in what we do and expect the highest standards at all times.
Integrity: Demonstrate honesty and credibility making mutual trust possible.
Respect: Genuine in the support, empathy and care that we supply to individuals.
Courage: Challenge and to push the boundaries to open doors to the future.
- Responsible for managing a team of four relationship managers who are assessing and managing capital grant investments as part of the Youth Investment Fund (YIF) and oversight of the grants under management of the team expected to be c. £90m+
- Support relationship managers and make decisions on grant execution that fall outside of the procedures/standardised grant and security documentation, drawing on legal counsel support as required.
- Ensure approval decisions and funding conditions are clearly communicated to the relationship managers.
- Ensure that the funding assessments by relationship managers are completed to a high quality across the ‘three pillars’ of the YIF: organisational resilience, construction/redevelopment project viability and supported activities for young people. This may include coordinating support from experts and the wider YIF partnership.
- Provide input and proposals to the Director of Investments and the Head of the Youth Investment Fund that help contribute to the ongoing improvement and development of the funding programme.
- Authorise funding drawdowns, reviewing that the Relationship Managers have undertaken all the required checks and that approval conditions have been met.
- Sign off facility letters and security (where applicable).
- Ensure that the relationship managers are undertaking robust monitoring of grant and grants are being draw to schedule.
- Discuss potential variations to the terms of funding with the relationship managers (including challenging situations where the organisation is not able to bring the capital project in on time and on budget, or is otherwise in financial distress) and approve variations in line with delegated authorities or recommend for approval to the grants committee as required.
- Relationship managers will be undertaking grant assessments and due diligence in conjunction with NYA and Construction consultants, and the assessment panels and grant committees will make all grant award decisions. This role oversees the production of assessment reports by RMs and co- ordinates with the senior member of the RM teams across SIB, Key Fund and Resonance, who are managing RMs at their organisations.
- Support and/or lead on relevant YIF projects as and when required.
- Support the Director of Investments/CEO on other projects as required.
- To work within the organisation’s values, principles and processes to achieve operational excellence.
- To adopt our continuous improvement and learning ethos.
- To support and embed equality, diversity and inclusion into day-to-day behaviours and activities within your role as well as contributing more widely across Key Fund’s commitment to E, D & I.
- To support and contribute to the implementation and delivery of Key Fund’s strategy.
- In agreement with manager to undertake other tasks and work on cross team projects that support the objectives of Key Fund as required
Skills and Experience
- Commitment to quality, equality, diversity & inclusion, and customers.
- Team player with the ability to work independently.
- Experience of construction, real estate or property funding (capital grants or lending).
- Experience of managing a team of funding relationship managers or assessors, and excellent leadership skills.
- Commercial lending or social investment – Significant experience of subjective funding – social investment or commercial funding to include significant experience of transaction management and execution.
- Have previously held delegated authorities in relation to funding.
- Credit cycle: Experience of working in commercial lending or social investment through at least one previous credit cycle.
- Working at pace: Ability to work to deploy funding at a fast pace, whilst retaining control and oversight.
- Commercial awareness and numeracy skills – experience of talking to and understanding businesses and organisations.
- Strong attention to detail – experience of reviewing detailed information and picking up key details.
- Problem solving – experience of finding problems and assessing why problems occur. Adaptability and flexibility to changing needs and ability to deliver results under pressure.
- Communication – strong interpersonal and influencing skills and the confidence to effectively communicate at all levels.
- Organisation/time management – experience of managing a large amount of data and delivering results within specified timescales to a high standard.
- Strong IT skills.
- Knowledge of the voluntary, community, and social enterprise sector, particularly the youth sector.