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London, United Kingdom

17 Jan 2013

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Compensation details:
£40-45k depending on experience
Duration: One year fixed term - ideal start date March 2013

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Entrepreneur / Project Lead

We're launching an innovative crowd-funding platform that enables local residents to invest in thriving small businesses and that, in turn, connects them to skilled people who can power their growth. You're the person who’ll make it all come to life!

London, United Kingdom

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Compensation details:
£40-45k depending on experience
Duration: One year fixed term - ideal start date March 2013

Job Type:
Mid Level
Escape Factors:
Social Impact
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With a million young people out of work, a contracting economy and a Government looking to small businesses for job creation, the need for new solutions has never been more critical. Participle is launching an innovative crowd-funding platform that enables local residents to invest in thriving local businesses and that will, in turn, connect them to skilled and motivated people to help power their growth. You are the entrepreneurial project lead who’ll make this happen.

We have raised the seed funding, done the initial research and developed the concept with small businesses, local residents and the wider community in South London. We are in advanced discussions to leverage the technology assets of a US-based start up operating a similar model. Your role is to bring this all together, launch the venture and lead delivery on the ground over an initial 12-month development period. You will report to our Start Up Director as part of a small, multi-functional EmployAbility project team at Participle. Your ultimate objective is to build and refine a scalable, sustainable business model.

The role will involve the following activities and responsibilties: 

  • Building the network: you’ll need to recruit and collaborate with small business owners, meeting the influencers in the local community and getting them on side.
  • Selling the vision: you’ll be constantly communicating with the public and professionals, with large audiences and small ones, successfully mobilising people and resources. You’ll represent the project in public forums and presentations. 
  • Customer development: you’ll create and execute a savvy marketing strategy that engages the early adopters. You’ll be quick on your feet, adapting the proposition based on their insights and through successive phases of delivery.
  • Creating assets: you’ll manage the development and/or integration of the required technology to launch the venture, as well as visual identity and marketing materials. 
  • Building for scale: you’ll develop an understanding of how the enterprise could be sustained and scaled, and make sure all key operational processes are in place.
  • Leading internally: you’ll line manage two Marketing interns that support participating SMEs with running campaigns, and call upon other team members as necessary.

About Participle

Participle works with and for the public. Together we create new types of public services that make a real difference in everyday lives. We’re a social enterprise based in London, working throughout the UK. We design, develop and take to scale innovative solutions to the most pressing social challenges of our time.

Participle is an equal opportunity employer. Please note that due to the varied nature of our work, this appointment is subject to an enhanced CRB check and we can only accept candidates who are able to work legally in the UK for the duration of the contract. 

About You

You will have a track record of making things happen, of turning ideas into workable enterprises, and of delivering solutions not just managing them. We’re interested in meeting people from a range of backgrounds. Qualifications and experience matter less to us than the qualities we think make a Participle. The following three qualities matter most for this role:

  1. Doer / Producer: you are totally focused on delivery – a completer/finisher through and through. You love to get stuck in and make things happen. You're resourceful, resolve problems creatively and love a challenge. You're determined in the search for 'the thing' that'll make the difference, but know when 'good enough' is good enough. You’ve got connections, you know a man who can...and you know where to get a thing that will…You're a good communicator, producer and organiser. People know that when you're there, everything's in hand. 
  2. Resilience / Focus: you will be comfortable in a fast paced, changing environment – with a good feel for when to expand creatively and when and how to focus. You orient yourself quickly in a new place and know how to prioritise. You adapt as lessons are learnt along the way and your ‘can do’ attitude is infectious for others around you. You know how to quickly interrogate a situation, make connections and develop solutions.
  3. Connector / Empath: You're a connector, building rapport quickly. You are as comfortable talking to small businness owners as your are multinational MDs. You get people onside and doing things that would surprise them; you open people’s eyes to opportunities they didn’t know existed. Socially, you’re the one who brings people together. You use your natural empathy to gain insight into what will work for people. You're a social chameleon, able to hang out in a youth club or have a meeting in a chief executive’s office and you enjoy meeting different types of people.

To Apply (important!)

First, have a look at Backr - a social network we launched last year that connects and creates opportunities for those in work, out of work and everywhere in between.

Then, if you think this opportunity is for you, send an email to Daniel Dickens ( detailing the folllowing three things:

  1. A link to your LinkedIn profile (a CV won’t help you)
  2. The name of the most interesting person you are connected to on LinkedIn along with why you think the connection is interesting and how it came about;
  3. Your suggestions for three professional opportunities that might interest Backr members, and why you think they are suitable / what they would offer our members. 

Please apply by noon on Monday, January 28th at the latest making sure you give the information asked for above. We won’t consider any late or incomplete applications.

Lastly, note that first round interviews will take place between February 1st and February 8th 2013 and you will need to be available if successful.

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