Nesta

Interim Business and Operations Manager (People Powered Results)

This is an opportunity to join a fast-paced, collaborative, and high performing team working across the UK to accelerate the pace of innovation and change in complex systems.

We are recruiting for an Interim Business and Operations Manager, People Powered Results!

We are looking for a dynamic and motivated person to join the People Powered Results team, as a Senior Business and Operations Manager for a fixed period from as soon as possible to 30 June 2022.

This is an opportunity to join a fast-paced, collaborative, and high performing team working across the UK to accelerate the pace of innovation and change in complex systems.

People Powered Results is a Nesta Enterprise and operates as a not-for-profit consultancy. We work with organisations and public systems across the UK to release the power of people closest to issues to adapt and take action in an increasingly complex world. We take on some of today’s biggest challenges and face the future with curiosity and confidence. We bring energy and optimism, and embrace failures as opportunities for learning. We’re collaborators, architects of change and developers of everyday innovation.

The role

We are looking for an experienced and proactive individual who has directed operations in a similar sized organisation before to lead on reviewing and updating our internal systems and processes as we transition out of Nesta’s systems and into a more independent commercial consultancy model.

You will be intuitive, have sound judgement, attention to detail and be a true team player - empowering others and building strong relationships, fast.

You will be very comfortable with big picture thinking and making strategic recommendations, at the same time as being heavily involved in the detail of our operations, including finance, planning, resourcing and reporting.

Key responsibilities and accountabilities:

This role will be responsible for identifying, developing and implementing new policies, protocols, systems and business processes necessary to maintain/enhance the performance of the team. You will work in collaboration with the wider senior leadership team, and be supported by the Team Coordinator.

You will provide operational leadership and oversight of improving our operating model and business processes to become more efficient and effective, this will include:

  • Resource and financial management: Lead the development, implementation and review of new systems and processes to support the team’s ongoing financial resilience, including budgeting, forecasting and monitoring of resource and programme spend. Ensure financial decision-making is consistent with short-term and long-term strategy. Apply your insights and expertise to inform the team business modelling processes.
  • Internal operations: Lead the development, implementation and review of the team’s procurement, invoicing & contracting processes; accountable for ensuring compliance with GDPR and all other relevant internal and external governance processes; develop and implement a robust and timely review process of these requirements and supporting processes.
  • Business Development: Lead the development, implementation and review of new systems, tools and processes to support the team’s approach to pipeline management and procurement and enable the team to proactively respond to new business opportunities
  • Reporting: Lead the preparation, planning and delivery of our regular reporting processes; working closely with the coordinator to gather and report on management data; provide strategic updates to the wider leadership team to enable informed decision making, particularly in relation to finances, comms, business development, programme delivery and team management.

What we offer

Salary: £53k- £65k plus array of benefits, including health cash plans, dental insurance, the ability to buy and sell annual leave, eyecare vouchers and more

Location: The role could be based remotely, with potential travel to our office in London.

Term: 3-4 days per week, 6 month contract

Work to: Kate Simpson, Co-Director, People Powered Results

Making an application

To apply for this role, please submit your application before 8:00am on the 8th of December 2021.

Interviews will take place w/c 7th of December 2021.

At Nesta, we believe that a diverse workforce leads to an organisation that is more innovative, more creative and gets better results.

We want our workforce to represent the diversity of the people and communities we serve. We also want our workplace to be one where different experiences, expertise and perspectives are valued, and where everyone is encouraged to grow and develop.

This means that when we are recruiting, we actively seek to reach a diverse pool of candidates. It also means that we are happy to consider any reasonable adjustments that potential employees may need to in order to be successful.

We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life, so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working, including working from home, compressed or part-time hours, job shares and other arrangements.

Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process (and beyond) if these are options you’d like to explore.