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Important advice on completing your application

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The decision to invite you for interview is based entirely on the information you give in your application.

Available via this website you have a job description and person specification. You should read these carefully as this information will help you to decide if you wish to apply for the job. The Job Description lists the duties of the post. The Person Specification lists the experience, skills, abilities and knowledge and personal characteristics needed to do the job.

Note To access the Job Description and Person Specification (if you have not already done so) please go to the role’s specific web page. Here, at the bottom of the webpage you can fill out your contact details and a PDF link for the JD/PS will then appear within the webpage at the bottom. You will also receive an email with the same PDF link included, to the address you submitted (please check as this may go into your spam folder).

Required Documents

Help in compiling your application can be found on the Proventure Website. Your application for the role should be made up of:

  • A completed CV
  • A covering letter, explaining your interest in the role
  • A response to Part One – Experience (9 points) section of the Person Specification
  • A completed equal-opportunities-form (Word doc)

In responding to the person specification, you should consider your own experience and suitability for the role. We suggest that you take each person specification item individually and then provide your evidence point by point. For each item outline the role in which you have shown the necessary experience and how you have demonstrated this (the skills and behaviours you have displayed). You should then provide one good example for each item, describing the challenge or issue you faced, what you did and the outcome achieved. Outcomes should be concrete, clearly quantified or evidenced.

You should aim to use no more than one third or half a page to address each person specification item; bullet points are OK.  Please do not get fixated on the length of the application but try to avoid being over long.

In your cover letter please also provide the names, positions, organisations and telephone contact numbers of two individuals who could be approached as referees, one of which should be from your existing/last employer. We will only approach referees if you are invited to attend the final stages of the process, and will only do so having first requested your permission.

In your covering letter, please outline your current remuneration. The first stage interviews are currently scheduled for the week commencing 14th November at De Montfort.  Please indicate any dates on which you would be unavailable for interview.

Please remember to complete the Equal Opportunities Form. We use the information to help us in assessing the effectiveness of our Equal Opportunities Policy.

Sending Applications

Applications should be emailed to elaine.smith@proventureconsulting.co.uk with the job number 723Chief Executive DSU in the subject field

If necessary, post applications to:

Mark Tobin
Proventure Consulting Ltd
Blackfriars House, Parsonage, Manchester, M3 2JA

Stage Date
Application deadline  10 am Monday 31 October
Longlist (first) interview  w/c 14 November
Assessment panels and final interview  w/c 28 November

* Please note that this timetable may change. Any changes will be indicated on this recruitment microsite. If in doubt, please contact Proventure to discuss.

Queries and help

Our advising consultants have provided more information on the Proventure website that will help you to produce your application. Please take your time to review this before sending your documents to us. The information provided will give you the tools you need to maximise the impact of your application.

If you have any queries about this appointment, about your application, or would like an informal and confidential discussion, please contact Mark Tobin on 07717 725 844 or Stephen Cooley on 07747 698829 or 0161 835 3377. They will be pleased to take your call.

Please contact Proventure Consulting on 0161 835 3377 if you have a disability and wish to make alternative arrangements. If you have difficulty in completing your application we will be happy to consider an alternative application, eg: tape or Braille.

Should you require any adjustments to be made to the selection process arising from any disability please notify our Proventure of your needs.