Arbor Education

Senior Strategy Consultant (12 month FTC)

Join Arbor Education as they are looking for a Senior Strategy Consultant (12 month FTC)

Senior Strategy Consultant (12 month FTC)

About Arbor

Arbor is the fastest-growing MIS today. Over 4,000 schools and MATs use our tools to work more collaboratively, free staff from busywork and drive their schools forward. We are a fast paced B2B SaaS scale-up at the forefront of EdTech with a clear mission to make a real impact in education. We’ve grown over 100% year on year and raised over £45m in funding, backed by some of the biggest names in private equity. We’re a diverse team of over 200 talented specialists with a passion for making a difference and some ambitious and exciting goals for the next 12 months and beyond!

Our mission

At Arbor, we’re on a mission to transform the way schools work for the better.

You’ve probably seen the headlines. Heavy workloads, constant change, admin pressure on teachers and staff at every level… sometimes it feels like this is just part and parcel of school life today. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

We passionately believe that there’s a better way to work. And it starts by giving everyone the right tools and technology for the job.

We’re building a platform and products we believe in - as well as a strong, diverse team of experienced specialists, ex-teachers and Edtech engineers passionate about making a difference to the sector.

Ultimately, we’re here to help make our schools and trusts stress a little less, and focus on what matters most - improving the lives of teachers and outcomes of students everywhere.

About the role

This role will sit on the Arbor Leadership Team, working closely with the CEO and wider management team, with significant exposure to our board to define and execute on key commercial projects such as internationalisation, M&A, legal agreements, pricing and business integration.

It will suit someone who is highly commercial, adaptable, data-driven, a self-starter with the ability to wrestle with complex problems and distil these to crisp, actionable solutions. You will be comfortable working within a senior team at a fast pace. In return we guarantee you deep experience working with a fast growth scale-up B2B SaaS business, and full trust to help solve some of our largest strategic issues that will make a lasting impact in the world of education.

In this role you will…

  • Help create & execute an international strategy

  • Identify >30 targets for M&A in UK and abroad

  • Lead on due diligence, working with external consultants

  • Define integration plans for acquisition targets

  • Define and execute a support and integration partner strategy

Core responsibilities

  • Work directly alongside the CEO and Senior Leadership Team to help define and execute key commercial projects

  • Work with external strategy consultants to build and execute on our international strategy

  • Identify a pipeline of targets for M&A both within the UK and abroad.

  • Work with the CEO and external consultants to lead DD and deal execution of M&A opportunities

  • Help the SLT build and execute on integration plans for multiple businesses post M&A

  • Work with the CRO and CEO on our Partnership strategy, ensuring we have a full suite of commercial and legal documentation

  • Work with the Finance Director to help model our 3 year strategy, and identify opportunities for margin enhancement through in-depth knowledge of our unit economics

About you
Are you someone looking to make a real difference and big impact? Are you perhaps too creative or independently minded for a strategy house, and want to get experience in an entrepreneurial, fast-paced, flat environment building real things that matter to millions of people? Well we’d love to hear from you if you are!

Culture is extremely important to us at Arbor. We’re energised by people that want to make an impact, are passionate about education and thrive in a fast paced environment where everyday is a school day. We know that prior experience and specific expertise are also important so for this role, we’d also love to see:

  • 3+ years in a strategy consultancy or in a high growth SaaS business in an in-house strategy function

  • A self-starter, able to define and deliver big projects end-to-end

  • Experienced at independently presenting and producing strategy docs to Private Equity board level

  • The ability to build rapport with multiple stakeholders up and down the organisation, as well as senior external clients at a human level

  • A lightning fast learner, able to pivot between the big strategic picture and the dirty detail

  • Supremely confident dealing with large datasets, including combining and cleaning data from multiple systems

  • Excellent communicator, able to break down difficult processes and content into simple narratives and descriptions

  • Incredibly organised, able to balance multiple spinning plates with a laser eye on detail

  • A positive and proactive attitude to problem solving, no problem is too big or too small

  • A team player, willing to muck in and help others when needed, driven personality who asks questions and actively participates in discussions. Passionately curious.

Refer a friend: Know someone else who would be good for this role? You can refer a friend, family member or colleague, if they are offered a role with Arbor, we will say thank you with a voucher valued up to £200! Simply email:

Arbor Education is an equal opportunities organisation

Our goal is for Arbor to be a workplace which represents, celebrates and supports people from all backgrounds, and which gives them the tools they need to thrive - whatever their ambitions may be so we support and promote diversity and equality, and actively encourage applications from people of all backgrounds.

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Please note: If you require visa sponsorship please let us know. We are able to do so for the right person.