ABOUT THE ROLE
We are recruiting for a Growth Strategy Associate to orchestrate the expansion of Generation into new regions and new professions, reporting into the Head of Growth for UK&I.
This is both a strategic and operational role.
On the strategic side it will involve analysis and research of different labour markets and sectors of the UK & Irish economy; identifying, interviewing and building relationships with target employers in different markets; and problem solving over priorities, sequencing and commercial models. This will all lead to developing proposals to drive growth.
On the operational side, it will involve making detailed, deliverable operational plans to launch new programmes across regions and delivering those plans working with the Generation team where we operate.
The role will be fundamental in both feeding and driving the overall Generation strategy, specifically regarding the shape of our portfolio of programmes, and directly contributing to the growth in its impact.
This role is an exciting opportunity for somebody passionate about the Generation cause and social impact, eager to both tackle tough strategic questions and operationally deliver on the proposals.
Generation’s mission is to train, coach and support people into life-changing careers that would otherwise be inaccessible.
We are a global not for profit, founded by McKinsey & Company, and a UK registered charity, delivering tailored programmes to recruit, train and place unemployed people into work. Through our unique approach we also solve a wide range of employer challenges-skilled talent shortages, poor job performance, lack of diversity, and high turnover.
Generation launched globally in 2015, and has grown quickly to become the world’s largest demand-led employment initiative. We have placed over 35,000 people into roles (many of whom have suffered some form of adversity), using a bootcamp model working with over 2,000 employer partners to date across 10 countries and 26 professions. In the UK, we are running training to employment programs in London, Manchester and the West Midlands across tech, healthcare and customer service roles.
Here are the core attributes we think you’ll need in the role:
– You’re entrepreneurial – you get things done, filtering ideas and making the good ones happen
– You’re operational – you can manage the detail of plans and processes to ensure things are delivered on time
– You’re analytical – you’re comfortable with research, reports and data and synthesising what they say
– You’re a people person – you at excel at quickly building new relationships
– You’re an organised and self-motivated – you’re able to manage multiple workstreams in a fast-paced environment while staying focussed on your goals
– You’re passionate about the cause – you have a demonstrated interest and motivation to support those from a disadvantaged background and see the importance of what we are trying to achieve in the long term
To succeed, we think you’ll need…
– Proficiency working with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Excel Word, Powerpoint)
– Experience pitching a new idea, project or proposal to a variety of stakeholders
– Experience delivering a new project, proposal or initiative through the whole life cycle from initial ideas to a live programme assessing options and making proposals for teams or organisations
– To be comfortable in a fast-paced and fluid environment (for example in a management consultancy, fast-growth or start-up business, or fast-moving project team on the side of your studies)
Additionally, we think it would be beneficial to have…
– Experience with the Google suite (sheets, docs, slides etc.)
– Experience working with employers and /or working in recruitment or training and development
– Knowledge, and passion for, fair recruitment practices, and the benefits of diversity in the workplace
The role has the following key responsibilities:
– Find, analyse and interpret labour market data and reports to understand and identify in-demand professions as candidates for Generation programmes
– Identify, contact, interview and build relationships with employers hiring at scale for target professions (and other relevant stakeholders)
– Research target roles, other forms of provision and training to understand the role Generation can play
– Work with our Community manager and programme managers to understand and profile learner demand for target professions
– Develop budgets and/or commercial models to support funding bids
– Develop proposals for new professions to drive decision making at the Generation UK (SMT and Board) and global levels
2. Identify and prioritise new regions to be added to the Generation portfolio
– Analyse labour market, unemployment, population data and information on the stakeholder/institutional landscape in new UK regions
– Identify, contact and build relationships with employers and other industry partners to understand likely demands and needs
– Develop proposals for new regions for Generation UK to launch to drive decision making at the Generation UK (SMT and Board) and global levels
– Develop budgets and/or commercial models to support Generation UK planning and funding bids
3. Launch new programmes and regions
– Develop detailed operational plans and timelines to launch new programmes or new regions
– Develop and oversee the development of the budgets and operational materials (E.g. flyers/websites/presentations) to support launches
– Coordinate and work with a wide range of Generation colleagues to deliver these plans including youth outreach, employer engagement, youth assessment doing the doing where required and impactful
– Collaborate with and support regional and central teams in development of grant funding applications to support Generation’s growth
4. Contribute to the wider success and growth of Generation in the UK & globally
-Feedback on organisational plans and actively participate in reviews of past performance
– Work closely with Generation UK and global colleagues to feed in learnings and learn about what works
– Support development of Generation UK’s playbook, specifically with regards to best practices for exploring and launching new programmes
A FAIR CHANCE
Every role at Generation is open to applications from all sections of society. We believe in the
potential of everyone; regardless of race, religion or belief, ethnic origin, different physical ability, family structure, socio-economics, age, nationality or citizenship, marital, domestic or civil partnership status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other aspect that makes you, well, you.
We believe that the more diverse we are the better we become. More than just encouraging your application, we’re committed to conscious inclusion that (we hope) cultivates an ethos of belonging, connection and shared purpose. We go further together. It’s this philosophy that drives us towards our mission. We open our doors to those who share this mindset.
We are particularly interested in hearing from candidates from marginalised groups. We will assess applications on a rolling basis and close this posting as soon as we have found the right candidate. We look forward to hearing from you.
All staff are required to pass a basic criminal records check.