THE Solent Freeport project is looking for a chief executive who will draw a salary of up to £134,000.

The boss of the project – which is aimed at generating thousands of jobs and billions in investment – will be responsible for a budget of nearly £1million in the first year.

Brian Johnson, chair of Solent Freeport, said: “The Solent Freeport is a key component of the region's long-term economic strategy. It will unlock billions of pounds' worth of investment, create tens of thousands of new jobs and play a critical role in achieving national levelling up ambitions.

“To fulfil these aspirations, we need an inspirational chief executive, someone with a passion for place-making, and someone with an outstanding history of success in delivering complex major regeneration, coupled with the ability to work across the public and private sector.

“This will be a high-profile role, and the right person will find that they are working in a complex landscape that requires them to be a skilled communicator, who can operate across a wide and complex set of stakeholders, and most importantly, can draw others into the vision for the Solent Freeport."

More than 500 people attended the official launch of the Solent Freeport recently to learn more about the sites involved and the opportunities the project aims to bring.

A recruitment pack online says the chief executive will be initially home-based but will be required to travel regionally and to represent the freeport at national meetings and sometimes internationally.

The salary band is from £130,000 to £134,000, based on a basic salary of up to £119,333 and a “market supplement” payment of £14,545.

Additional and “exceptional duty” payments will be considered based on performance against annual targets and responsibilities.

Because the role is high-profile and involved “significant sums of money”, the recruitment pack says, directors of the freeport are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the seven principles of public life known as the Nolan Principles.

Applications close on August 31 and shortlisted applicants will be required to make written submissions and a presentation, as well as meeting the freeport members and undergoing psychometric testing.

Interviews will take place in October and will begin with a 15-minute formal presentation from each candidate.