This is an exciting opportunity to lead on the design and delivery of technology projects at Fair Finance, the ‘alternative lender of the year’. However, this role is not only about project managing technical projects but also being part of the driving force behind the development of the organisation’s affordable lending product, taking Fair Finance to the next level in the marketplace. This is a unique opportunity to join a small and dynamic social business with big ambitions.

 

About Fair Finance

Fair Finance’s vision is to build a fairer finance system that is more inclusive and fair. We do this by designing and delivering financial services that improve the financial wellbeing of our customers. We have a plan to scale a fairer alternative to high cost lenders across the UK.

Fair Finance has been awarded a Big Society Award by the Prime Minister, the Alternative Lender of Year Award from Credit Today and the Citi Micro-entrepreneurship Growth Award. Fair Finance’s founder Faisel Rahman has been honoured with an OBE for services to Community Finance.

About the role

We are looking for a brilliant Technology Project Manager to join us on our mission. As a key part of the management team, you will be the interface between clients, systems users and various subject matter experts, and will lead on the design and delivery of technology projects. You will be equally at home with complex projects and senior stakeholder management, understanding end-users, and communicating effectively with IT engineering teams.

The role involves project managing technical projects that make an impact either from client or internal user perspective, both for web/online and off line channels. Typical projects could include anything from rolling out a whole new system that dramatically improves our online UX to delivering small improvements on existing systems to improve productivity for internal users. The role is incredibly varied due to Fair Finance being a growing SME with ever changing needs and priorities.

Responsibilities

Change / Project Management

  • Work closely with stakeholders across the business to identify technology needs, assessing internal users and client “pain points”. Oversee our continuous improvement process.
  • Plan, scope and manage the implementation of technology enhancements that range in size, cost and impact
  • Project manage system upgrades, enhancements and (where necessary) system replacements
  • Employ a structured project management approach to scope, plan, design, test and implement technology changes in a controlled manner
  • Work with end-users, and systems providers, to develop and implement adequate training when deploying technology changes

Technology Management

  • Plan, scope and deliver IT strategy for the whole business
  • Manage contracts and relationships with key external IT suppliers and vendors
  • Monitor budget and spending and work with the Finance team to forecast and oversee departmental annual budget
  • Line management of technical analyst and, where required, project staff – including prioritisation of workload, performance monitoring and support
  • Work with technical analyst to support the resolution of technical issues

Digital / Web Management

  • Manage relationship with our digital marketing and web-design agency: plan out their work, monitor its effectiveness and look for new ways to improve value for Fair Finance
  • Lead on improving the digital experience for our customers through identifying and executing changes to relevant systems (website, CRM, etc.), working with the technical analyst and/or suppliers to execute changes
  • Manage relationship with external lending platforms and brokers with which Fair Finance works.

About you

You are an experienced project manager within a technical or digital environment. You may be a management or change consultant wanting to make the jump to a social business or a product manager with strong project management and technical skills. You are excited by new ideas but also have the rigour to see things through and implement your ideas. You will have a mix of business and technology skills and will be excited to use these to drive positive social outcomes within a social business.

Desired skills and experience

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience and can demonstrate that you have successfully led and delivered technology projects (either in-house or as consultant)
  • Commercially focused, understanding the balance between meeting client expectations and delivering within agreed budgets and timescales.
  • You thrive in an environment with uncertainty and rapid change
  • Excellent communicator and motivator, able to get the best out of teams through skilful interaction and proactive team-building around the goals of each project.
  • You have good problem-solving skills and are able to manage risks and issues, proactively and creatively, to ensure project delivery is not compromised.
  • You are a team player and will be committed to building and developing Fair Finance initiatives
  • Ideally, you have experience of working in a start-up, SME or financial services environment
  • Ideally, you have experience in web and digital marketing projects
  • Ideally, you will have experience in managing teams

If you want to work in a talented team and be a part of a company that values their people, then please get in touch by submitting your CV and a Cover Letter to sheena.pentin@careers4change.com

 

Location: London, with occasional working from home, some travel to Sheffield and Bristol

Salary:     £27,000-£28,000

Contract: Permanent (although please note that Power to Change are a spend down organisation with a planned closure in 2022)

Reporting to: Development Manager

Deadline for applications: 10am on 24th February, 2020

 

This is a great opportunity to work with the Research and Development team at Power To Change, supporting them in all their activities from organising events to ensuring meetings are run effectively to coordinating grants and contracts. To be able to do this well you will need to be very organised, be comfortable taking responsibility for arranging important activities and be able to communicate clearly and effectively.

Power to Change is an independent charitable trust that supports community businesses in England, endowed by the National Lottery Community Fund (previously the Big Lottery Fund). Their vision is better places through community business. They want to back people to build successful community businesses for the benefit of their local places.

You will be working closely with other like-minded passionate professionals in the organisation to build the profile of a movement that will change the face of the country.

Role purpose:

The role will be supporting the Research and Development department in the administrative and coordination activities that are vital for the department to run efficiently.

Key responsibilities:

Organising small events including:

  • sending invitations and tracking responses
  • finding and booking venues / meeting rooms including organising catering when needed
  • booking transport and travel for attendees if necessary
  • keeping track of invoices and attendees’ expenses
  • setting up and sharing joining instructions
  • assisting in preparation of paperwork and presentation materials from rough drafts.

Organising meetings including:

  • sending invitations and tracking responses
  • finding and booking venues / meeting rooms including organising catering when needed
  • booking transport and travel for attendees if necessary
  • taking and typing up minutes including both full records of conversations as well as providing a summary of the conversation.
  • drafting meeting agendas, liaising with senior and other stakeholders as required.

Procurement and recruitment including:

  • managing pipeline of candidates/bidders,
  • drafting and sending invitations to interview
  • contacting unsuccessful applicants
  • collating applications/proposals for consideration
  • coordinating the feedback to applicants/bidders
  • managing project trackers
  • liaising with internal and external partners.

Grant and contract coordination including:

  • digitising signed documents
  • checking all resources completed
  • liaising with contractors/ grantees
  • coordinating iterations and signing of grant agreements and contracts.

 Other tasks as required, including:

  • Supporting the update of Salesforce records
  • Keeping track of multiple projects and all associated emails
  • Occasional travel to attend meetings if required

Provide ad-hoc assistance to other team members as required.

This job description is issued as a guideline to assist you in your duties, it is not exhaustive.  Because of the evolving nature and changing demands of our work this job description may be subject to change.  You may, on occasions, be required to undertake additional or other duties within the context of this job description.

 Skills & experience:

  • Experience in a similar support or administrative role reporting to multiple people
  • Experience of event coordination
  • Ability to communicate confidently, with excellent customer service skills through interactions with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to manage your own workload and multiple relationships within the organisation across multiple sites and locations
  • Ability to organise self and others efficiently, and with excellent administrative and time management skills
  • Ability to work well in a team environment and with limited supervision
  • Confident and competent in using IT systems, particularly databases, and Microsoft Office, especially Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint and Word. Experience of using Salesforce would be a favourable attribute.
  • Proactive in your approach and methodical

 

Location: Manchester preferred (occasional working from home considered)

Contract: 12-month Fixed Term Contract

Salary: £40K to £50K (depending on experience & location)

Reporting to: Investment Director & Head of Property Funds

Resonance, a leading Social Impact Investment Company, is seeking a Property Fund Development Manager who has a deep understanding of the property investment market and is motivated by delivering social impact property investment funds to house a range of vulnerable people throughout the UK.

Purpose:

To support the property funds team in developing the organisation’s social impact property investment fund business by

(i) growing their existing funds

(ii) launching new funds that are currently under development

(iii) working up new fund ideas that may launch in the future

 

Core Responsibilities:

  • Partner Development – ability to liaise and build relationships with numerous charities and social enterprises around the UK to understand (i) the nuances of the tenant group they are looking to support, (ii) partner property requirements in order to house the tenant group and (iii) the lease terms that work for both the partner and the investment fund which will ultimately allow investment to flow into the investment fund.
  • Investor relations – ability to liaise and build relationships with both existing and new investors who are looking to invest into this space and therefore financial analysis and financial modelling is a prerequisite here as well as the ability to articulate an investment case to a potential investor.
  • Sourcing strategy – ability to put in place and execute a strategy for sourcing properties required for their partners (eg acquisition and refurbishment, conversion, development, new build, acquisition of portfolios etc) that will be successfully approved by the Investment Committee.
  • Research & feasibility study – ability to undertake research into a market and to deliver a feasibility study around whether a social impact investment fund could work for a particular tenant group and / or partner organisation(s).
  • Legal Documentation – ability to interact with a law firm in order to discuss the optimum structure of a fund and ultimately to put together a suite of legal documents in relation to launching a new social impact property investment fund in partnership with their partner organisations.
  • Project management – ability to manage multiple projects with multiple stakeholders showing tenacity and perseverance in seeing new funds successfully launch.

Person specification:

The Property Fund Development Manager will play an important role in the delivery of the company’s offer to strengthen social enterprises and shape the eco-system that enables social investment to thrive.

The ideal candidate will have relevant experience to be able to demonstrate the following skills and experience:

Key strengths:

 This person will be:

  • A solutions finder; not giving up at the first barrier but able to think creatively to identify and implement investment opportunities even if this requires modifications to the initial proposal.
  • A team player; working with people in and outside of the organisation to get the job done.
  • Resilient; capable of maintaining motivation and focus despite set backs.
  • Strategic with attention to detail; capable of seeing and communicating the big picture and translate that into specific actions.
  • Strong on execution; able to bring together and orchestrate numerous moving pieces and drive things forward in order to get the deal done.
  • Financially literate but socially motivated; not “in it for themselves” but still highly skilled in shaping commercial solutions to best fit the social goals of client enterprises.
  • Empathetic in seeing the other side of the story and yet also holding people to account.

 

Essential experience and skills:

  • Fully subscribes to Resonance’s vision, mission and values.
  • Experience in property development and investment.
  • Ability to process and break down investment proposals, analyse risk and recommend decisions on investment suitability.
  • Ability to understand, interpret and advise on business and financial strategy within the context of a values led enterprise.
  • Commercial acumen and ability to creatively source investment opportunities suitable for funds’ criteria.
  • Strong financial modelling skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong networking, interpersonal, and influencing skills.
  • Experience in the implementation of systems and performance measurement processes.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the FCA.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills.
  • Able to prioritise work towards clear goals and performance targets.
  • Able to work independently and demonstrate initiative and tenacity in seeing tasks or projects through to conclusion.
  • Thorough and detailed approach to organising work and maintaining accurate records.
  • Highly professional and ethical approach in representing the company and marketing its products.
  • Willing to travel within the UK and work with colleagues in multiple locations using appropriate communications technology.
  • Enthusiasm to work in an entrepreneurial and innovative environment.

 

Desirable:

  • Educated to degree standard
  • Other relevant professional qualification
  • Knowledge of social enterprise sector
  • Knowledge of social investment sector
  • Experience in social investment either from the social enterprise perspective or from the investor side (if very hands on experience) including deal structuring, executing and ongoing management
  • Experience of the development and implementation of social impact management frameworks
  • Experience in the implementation of systems and performance measurement processes
  • Strong project management skills

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please send your CV and Cover Letter to sheena.pentin@careers4change.com 

Important Functional Relationships
(Internal):
CIO, Property Fund Development Manager, Deployment Manager, Portfolio Manager, Finance team, Communications team.
Important Functional Relationships
(External):
Investors, Charities & Social Enterprises, Property Agents, Property Developers, Resonance Associates.

 

Resonance

Vision
A world where…

  • capital serves people and communities
  • all are empowered to invest in enterprise for positive social impact
  • resources are stewarded for future generations

Mission

  • To connect capital to social enterprises
  • To find creative solutions matching transformational enterprises with investors who share their values
  • To shift market motivations, aligning commercial returns with social impact

Values

  • We are a bridge, not an institution
  • We believe there is always a solution
  • We build trusting and transparent relationships, one investment at a time
  • When we strive for mutual profit, all of society benefits

 

 

Location: London, EC4A

Contract: Temporary; full-time (open to flexibility)

Accountable to: Senior Communications Director

Start date: ASAP

 

Overall Purpose of the Role:

As a member of the Communications team, you will lead on our relationships with national, trade and financial sector journalists (written, broadcast and online), and develop high quality case studies that demonstrate our social impact. You will shape effective communications plans to raise the profile of our work with key stakeholders, using traditional media and social media channels.

Statement of Responsibility:

External Communications

  • Manage the press office including the preparation and distribution of press releases, maintenance and extension of media contacts and relationships, media briefings, press conferences and monitoring media coverage
  • Writing content for a range of outlets, including opinion pieces and blogs
  • Developing relationships with key media outlets
  • Assisting the Senior Communications Director with the creation of communications plans for the organisation, key theme areas and for individual projects within the key themes.

Narrative

  • Developing and pitching media stories
  • Proactive and reactive media relations

Social Media

  • Assisting the Digital Officer in driving engagement through social media channels

Compliance

  • Reviewing financial promotions and ensuring compliance with regulations

Internal Communications

  • Supporting staff and directors to understand and promote key messages

Event Coordination

  • Coordinating attendance/speaking opportunities at relevant conferences and events to help raise profile and understanding of social impact investment and Big Society Capital

Person Profile

Essential Experience

  • Strong, relevant external communications experience
  • First-hand understanding of UK national print, broadcast and digital media
  • Experience of financial services or investment management (in-house or agency)
  • Proven track record of achieving positive media coverage
  • Media monitoring

Desirable Experience

  • Experience and competency in:
    • Video/sound editing
    • Design packages including InDesign and Photoshop
  • Experience of working in social investment/impact investment
  • Agency experience

Skills, Abilities & Attributes

  • Strong writing skills, with attention to detail
  • Creative flair
  • Collegial, team player
  • Commitment to supporting positive social impact in the UK

 

This is a key role for Power To Change in their Sheffield office, supporting the Programmes Directorate in all their activities from organising events to ensuring meetings are run effectively to coordinating grants and contracts. To be able to do this well you will need to be very organised, be comfortable taking responsibility for organising important activities and be able to communicate clearly and effectively.

Power to Change is an independent charitable trust that supports community businesses in England, endowed by the National Lottery Community Fund (previously the Big Lottery Fund). Our vision is better places through community business. We want to back people to build successful community businesses for the benefit of their local places.

Role Purpose:

The purpose of the role is to support the Programmes Team with their administration, providing support to the Programme Managers.

Programme Managers at Power to Change are responsible for driving forward our investment in community businesses across England by working with partner organisations to deliver our community business funding and support programmes.  The Programme Coordinator will support Programme Managers through a range of activities, including: coordinating grant panels, events and other meetings, organising meeting papers, taking minutes, supporting process management and general administrative support.

In addition to supporting the Programme Managers in the delivery of their programmes, the Programme Coordinator will also support cross-team working within the Programmes Team.

This will be a busy role, working with a number of different people in a support capacity. You will need to be a highly organised person who can take responsibility for important logistical and administrative tasks; managing multiple priorities; and communicate updates clearly and accurately.

 Key responsibilities:

Organising small events including:

  • sending invitations and tracking responses
  • finding and booking venues / meeting rooms including organising catering when needed
  • booking transport and travel for attendees if necessary
  • keeping track of invoices and attendees’ expenses
  • setting up and sharing joining instructions
  • assisting in preparation of paperwork and presentation materials from rough drafts.

 Organising meetings, such as Grants Panels including:

  • sending invitations and tracking responses
  • finding and booking venues / meeting rooms including organising catering when needed
  • booking transport and travel for attendees if necessary
  • taking and typing up minutes including both full records of conversations as well as providing a summary of the conversation.
  • drafting meeting agendas, liaising with senior and other stakeholders as required.

Other tasks as required, including:

  • Supporting the update of Salesforce records
  • Maintaining the office facilities in Sheffield and providing support to ensure effective meeting set up and management with external and all staff meetings at the Sheffield office.
  • Keeping track of multiple projects and all associated emails
  • Supporting timeline management and chasing up completion of tasks.
  • Occasional travel to attend meetings if required
  • General office management, providing practical support to keep the Sheffield office running smoothly, overseen by the Finance and Resource Directorate.

Provide ad-hoc assistance to other team members as required.

This job description is issued as a guideline to assist you in your duties, it is not exhaustive.  Because of the evolving nature and changing demands of our work this job description may be subject to change.  You may, on occasions, be required to undertake additional or other duties within the context of this job description.

Person specification:

Skills & Experience:

  • Experience in a similar support or administrative role reporting to multiple people
  • Experience of event and meeting coordination
  • Able to communicate confidently, with excellent customer service skills through interactions with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders
  • Able to manage your own workload and multiple relationships within the organisation across multiple sites and locations
  • Able to organise self and others efficiently, and with excellent administrative and time management skills
  • Ability to work well in a team environment and with limited supervision
  • Confident and competent in using IT systems, particularly databases, and Microsoft Office, especially Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint and Word. Experience of using Salesforce would be a favourable attribute.
  • Proactive in your approach and methodical

Based: Sheffield, occasional working from home, some travel to London & Bristol

Hours: Full time (part time considered)

Salary: £23,000-£24,000

Reporting to: Programme Manager

Closing date for applications: 3rd February, 2020 at 10am

Please send your CV and Cover Letter to sheena.pentin@careers4change.com

 

Living Power To Change Values:

Bold:

  • You will be open to change and recognise that change is part of an organisation’s growth.
  • You appropriately challenge change.
  • You will take the responsibility to identify what we could do differently, and you suggest an alternative approach.
  • You listen and consider the ideas of others, and spend time reflecting on your own ideas, and identify how these ideas can improve our delivery.

Collaborative:

  • You will build trust, respect and transparency with colleagues which allows for collaborative working to be successful.
  • You will be able to clearly articulate Power to Change’s vision, mission and values to others.
  • You will ensure that you work with others to achieve a result that is informed by their needs and interests and not just your own.

Informed:

  • You will seek out a variety of opportunities to update your knowledge and skills.
  • You will use your knowledge and insights to reflect on what you do and how you do it and change your approach when necessary.

Open:

  • You will consider the needs of others when communicating so that they can see, hear and understand your communication.
  • You will pay careful attention to your physical and emotional wellbeing and are open to having conversations with others to take care of yourself.
  • You will appropriately challenge discriminatory and non-inclusive actions in others

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all candidates irrespective of race, age, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion or belief, or marital or civil partnership status. We will assess all applications against the requirements for this post as detailed in the job description and person specification and ask for names and education history to be removed from applications.

We are Disability Confident Committed, we welcome and respond positively to applications from disabled people. We will meet individual needs throughout the recruitment process, including making any appropriate reasonable adjustments during the interview stage and to our workplace if selected into post to support colleagues with any form of disability. If you meet the minimum requirements for the role and would like a guaranteed interview please email Nicola Fuschillo, Head of HR, you do not need to share any details about your disability at this stage.

As a Mindful Employer we recognise that in the UK, people experiencing mental ill health continue to report stigma and discrimination. We are committed to creating a supportive and open culture, where colleagues are able to talk about mental health. We are also committed to ensuring that our employees feel safe in disclosing any mental health conditions and confident that they will be properly supported and offered reasonable adjustments when required.

If you have any questions about how Power to Change is an equal opportunities employer please contact our Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator, Edward Walden

 

Location: Manchester

Contract: 12-month fixed term contract for maternity cover (part time considered)

Salary: £30,000-£40,000

Reporting to: Investment Manager

This is an excellent opportunity to play a key role in the ambition of Resonance to strengthen social enterprises and shape the eco-system which enables social investment to thrive. Resonance is a leading Social Impact Investment Company and this Senior Investment Analyst, based in Manchester, will contribute to its growing prominence in the sector.

The Role of Senior Investment Analyst within the North West SITR Fund

Purpose:

To support Resonance’s Investment team with a focus on their North West SITR (social investment tax relief) Fund. The ultimate goal of this Fund is to dismantle poverty and disadvantage in the North West region by providing affordable investments to social enterprises so they can grow their business and scale up their impact.

Key Function:

Support the deployment and operation of the Fund. Responsible for coordinating and contracting with new business opportunities and ensuring projects are delivered to a high standard.

Core responsibilities:

  • Sourcing social enterprise investment opportunities
  • Assisting social enterprises with understanding SITR, the loans we can offer and how we work
  • Supporting social enterprises who are considering social impact investment to fund their growth
  • Managing ongoing relationships with both current and potential investees
  • Carry out due diligence and financial analysis to support our investment papers
  • Preparing investment papers and presenting recommendations to the Investment Committee
  • Supporting investees to meet their loan conditions
  • Executing deals from the Fund
  • Monitoring investments made
  • Helping to build the Resonance network in the North West
  • Actively sharing the learning from projects across the Resonance team

Secondary responsibilities:

  • Representing Resonance at events and other profile-raising activities
  • Developing relationships with investors and other partners
  • Assisting with reporting to Resonance’s leadership team and board of directors
  • Deputising for other team members

Person specification

The ideal candidate will have relevant experience to be able to demonstrate the following skills and experience:

Key Strengths

This person will be:

  • A team player; working with people in and outside of the organisation to get the job done
  • Resilient; capable of maintaining motivation and focus despite setbacks
  • Strong on execution; able to bring together and orchestrate numerous moving pieces and drive things forward in order to get the project delivered
  • Financially literate but socially motivated; not “in it for themselves” but still highly skilled in shaping commercial solutions to best fit the social goals of client enterprises
  • Empathetic in seeing the other side of the story and yet also holding people to account

Essential experience and skills:

  • Desire to help address social issues through impact investment
  • Fully subscribes to Resonance’s vision, mission and values
  • Ability to understand, interpret and advise on business and impact strategy within the context of a values-led enterprise
  • Commercial acumen and ability to creatively identify and execute business opportunities
  • Strong financial modelling skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Able to prioritise work towards clear goals and performance targets
  • Able to work independently and demonstrate initiative and tenacity in seeing tasks or projects through to conclusion.
  • Thorough and detailed approach to organising work and maintaining accurate records
  • Highly professional and ethical approach in representing the company and marketing its products
  • Willing to travel within the UK and work with colleagues in multiple locations using appropriate communications technology
  • Enthusiasm to work in an entrepreneurial and innovative environment

Desirable:

  • Educated to degree standard
  • Other relevant professional qualification
  • Knowledge of social enterprise sector
  • Knowledge of social investment sector
  • Knowledge of the North West region
  • Experience in social investment either from the social enterprise perspective or from the investor side (if very hands on experience) including deal structuring, executing and ongoing management
  • Experience of the development and implementation of social impact management frameworks
  • Experience in the implementation of systems and performance measurement processes
  • Strong project management skills

Important functional relationships – internal: Funds Team; Central Team (finance, people, compliance); Communications Team

Important functional relationships – external: Social Enterprise clients; Social Enterprise networks and support organisations; Investors; Financial Advisors and Wealth Managers, Resonance North West SITR Investment Committee.

Mandatory Questions for Candidates for Social Investment Analyst, Manchester

  1. Are you based in the North West?
  2. Do you have FCA approval or other Professional qualifications (please specify)?
  3. What has led you to apply for a social investment role specifically rather than a mainstream investment role?
  4. Have you worked with social enterprises or third sector organisations before? If so, please give a brief summary.
  5. Are you willing to travel across the UK?
  6. How would you rate your experience in using Microsoft Excel 1 – 4 (1 being basic and 4 advanced).

Resonance

Our Vision

A world where…

  • capital serves people and communities
  • all are empowered to invest in enterprise for positive social impact
  • resources are stewarded for future generations

Our Mission

  • To connect capital to social enterprises
  • To find creative solutions matching transformational enterprises with investors who share their values
  • To shift market motivations, aligning commercial returns with social impact

Our Values

  • We are a bridge, not an institution
  • We believe there is always a solution
  • We build trusting and transparent relationships, one investment at a time
  • When we strive for mutual profit, all of society benefits

 

 

 

 

 

 

Location: Birmingham
Contract: Permanent, full time
Salary: £30,000-£40,000
Reporting to: Investment Manager

This is an excellent opportunity to play a key role in the ambition of Resonance to strengthen social enterprises and shape the eco-system which enables social investment to thrive. Resonance is a leading Social Impact Investment Company and the Senior Investment Analyst, based in Birmingham, will contribute to its growing prominence in the sector.

The Role of Senior Investment Analyst within the West Midlands SITR Fund

Purpose:
To support Resonance’s Investment team with a focus on their West Midlands SITR (social investment tax relief) Fund. The ultimate goal of this Fund is to dismantle poverty and disadvantage in the West Midlands region by providing affordable investments to social enterprises so they can grow their business and scale up their impact.

Key Function:
Support the deployment and operation of the Fund.
Responsible for coordinating and contracting with new business opportunities and ensuring projects are delivered to a high standard.

Core responsibilities:

  • Sourcing social enterprise investment opportunities
  • Assisting social enterprises with understanding SITR, the loans we can offer and how we work
  • Supporting social enterprises who are considering social impact investment to fund their growth
  • Managing ongoing relationships with both current and potential investees
  • Carrying out due diligence and financial analysis to assess investment opportunities
  • Preparing investment papers and presenting recommendations to the Investment Committee
  • Supporting investees to meet their loan conditions
  • Executing deals from the Fund
  • Monitoring investments made
  • Helping to build the Resonance network in the West Midlands
  • Actively sharing the learning from projects across the Resonance team

Secondary responsibilities:

  • Representing Resonance at events and other profile-raising activities
  • Developing relationships with investors and other partners
  • Assisting with reporting to Resonance’s leadership team and board of directors
  • Deputising for other team members

Person specification:

The ideal candidate will have relevant experience to be able to demonstrate the following skills and experience:

Key Strengths

This person will be:

  • A team player; working with people in and outside of the organisation to get the job done
  • Resilient; capable of maintaining motivation and focus despite setbacks
  • Strong on execution; able to bring together and orchestrate numerous moving pieces and drive things forward in order to get the project delivered
  • Financially literate but socially motivated; not “in it for themselves” but still highly skilled in shaping commercial solutions to best fit the social goals of client enterprises
  • Empathetic in seeing the other side of the story and yet also holding people to account

Essential experience and skills:

  • Desire to help address social issues through impact investment
  • Fully subscribes to Resonance’s vision, mission and values (see below)
  • Ability to understand, interpret and advise on business and impact strategy within the context of a values-led enterprise
  • Commercial acumen and ability to creatively identify and execute business opportunities
  • Strong financial modelling skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong networking, interpersonal, and influencing skills
  • Able to prioritise work towards clear goals and performance targets
  • Able to work independently and demonstrate initiative and tenacity in seeing tasks or projects through to conclusion.
  • Thorough and detailed approach to organising work and maintaining accurate records
  • Highly professional and ethical approach in representing the company and marketing its products
  • Willing to travel within the UK and work with colleagues in multiple locations using appropriate communications technology
  • Enthusiasm to work in an entrepreneurial and innovative environment

Desirable:

  • Educated to degree standard
  • Other relevant professional qualification
  • Knowledge of social enterprise sector
  • Knowledge of social investment sector
  • Knowledge of the West Midlands region
  • Experience in social investment either from the social enterprise perspective or from the investor side (if very hands on experience) including deal structuring, executing and ongoing management
  • Experience of the development and implementation of social impact management frameworks
  • Experience in the implementation of systems and performance measurement processes
  • Strong project management skills

Important functional relationships – internal:
Funds Team; Central Team (finance, people, compliance); Communications Team

Important functional relationships – external:
Social Enterprise clients; Social Enterprise networks and support organisations; Investors; Financial Advisors and Wealth Managers, Resonance West Midlands SITR Investment Committee.

Mandatory Questions for Candidates:

  1. Are you based in the West Midlands?
  2. Do you have FCA approval or other Professional qualifications (please specify?
  3. What has led you to apply for a social investment role specifically rather than a mainstream investment role?
  4. Have you worked with social enterprises or third sector organisations before? If so, please give a brief summary.
  5. Are you willing to travel across the UK?
  6. How would you rate your experience in using Microsoft Excel 1 – 4 (1 being basic and 4 advanced).

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please send your CV, Cover Letter and answers to the mandatory questions to: sheena.pentin@careers4change.com

Resonance

Our Vision
A world where…

  • capital serves people and communities
  • all are empowered to invest in enterprise for positive social impact
  • resources are stewarded for future generations

Our Mission

  • To connect capital to social enterprise
  • To find creative solutions matching transformational enterprises with investors who share their values
  • To shift market motivations, aligning commercial returns with social impact

Our Values

  • We are a bridge, not an institution
  • We believe there is always a solution
  • We build trusting and transparent relationships, one investment at a time
  • When we strive for mutual profit, all of society benefits

Role: Policy Manager, Power To Change

Based: London with occasional travel to Sheffield & Bristol and occasional working from home

Salary: £46,000-£48,000

Reporting to: Head of Research & Policy

Closing date for applications: 15th January, 2020 (10.00am)

Please send your CV and Cover Letter to sheena.pentin@careers4change.com

This is an excellent opportunity to support Power To Change in their endeavours to create a legacy where community business is understood and valued for the opportunities it brings to local communities.

Power to Change is an independent charitable trust that supports community businesses in England, endowed by the National Lottery Community Fund (previously the Big Lottery Fund). Our vision is better places through community business. We want to back people to build successful community businesses for the benefit of their local places.

Power to Change was established in 2015 as a charitable Trust with a spend-down endowment. We plan to close by the end of 2022. We have three strategic priorities over the next three years: growing the community business sector, transforming places (through the work of local community businesses), and making the case for community business to those who matter. You can read more about these priorities in our 2019-2022 strategy.

The Policy Manager will be core to our priority of ‘making the case’. They will work with our CEO and across the organisation to develop and oversee our policy thinking and research to make sure we leave behind an environment where community business is valued and supported.

Role Purpose:

A key element of our 2019-2022 strategy is to make the case for community business – so that we can leave a legacy of a stronger sector that is well-understood and supported. The role of Policy Manager is crucial to this goal. The Policy Manager will oversee our engagement with central and local government and key stakeholders, building on our established reputation and relationships.

Key responsibilities:

Policy development

  • Work with the CEO and the wider team to develop new policy thinking that is credible and influential, and that draws on our robust evidence base
  • Identify and agree policy priorities for Power to Change. Develop organisational policy positions and communicate these internally and externally through blogs, social media, and other writing and speaking opportunities. Support the wider PtC staff team to do the same
  • Commission and manage policy-relevant research
  • Monitor the policy landscape and relevant parliamentary proceedings – relating to our policy priorities
  • Respond to relevant consultations and calls for evidence
  • Deliver policy-focused events throughout the year and at Party Conferences (drawing on support from our Events Officer and Comms Team)

Public affairs

  • Work with the Head of Research and Policy to develop and implement our public affairs engagement strategy
  • Establish regular contact with key external stakeholders such as local Government officials, MPs, Government ministers, SMT of other important funders in the social sector, political advisers and civil servants to keep them informed about Power to Change’s work and policy concerns
  • Organise or attend regular meetings with these stakeholders, representing Power to Change and forging contacts with key decision-makers
  • Keep abreast of important media stories and of the work of key opinion formers with whom we work, or who we would like to influence

Supporting our CEO and senior team

  • Support our CEO to engage with key stakeholders, in particular in Westminster and Whitehall, by preparing briefing and speaking notes and PowerPoint presentations
  • Provide ad-hoc assistance to other team members as required

This job description is issued as a guideline to assist you in your duties, it is not exhaustive.  Because of the evolving nature and changing demands of our work this job description may be subject to change.  You may, on occasions, be required to undertake additional or other duties within the context of this job description.

 Skills & experience:

  • Significant experience in a policy and advocacy role and a strong understanding of the policy context in England, relevant to community business
  • Proven experience of using critical thinking skills to analyse policy and data to produce relevant reports and position papers
  • Experience of managing policy-related research projects, or collaborations with e.g. think tanks, would be desirable
  • Ability to structure, substantiate and draft compelling policy positions
  • Excellent, high-level writing skills adaptable for different audiences; very strong general communication skills
  • Great inter-personal and relationship-building skills with external contacts and internal colleagues
  • Confidence in using IT systems including MS Office

 Living Our Values:

Bold

  • You will be flexible in your thinking and open to being challenged about change.
  • You will take calculated risks and have the courage to stand by decisions despite resistance.
  • You will actively seek connections between information and results to bring a wider view to the organisation.

Collaborative:

  • You will actively look to collaborate with others on all areas of your work, and you will encourage others in the organisation to collaborate.
  • You will help people understand the value of their contribution to our vision and mission.
  • You will actively seek out feedback about how you build relationships and adapt your behaviour and language as necessary.

Informed:

  • You will take part in relevant professional networks to pro-actively develop your skills and experience.
  • You will use your knowledge and insights to develop a comprehensive understanding of issues

 Open:

  • You will confidently raise sensitive matters with others with specific examples of what’s happened in a timely manner and the impact it has had.
  • You will motivate, inspire and encourage others despite your own concerns or disappointments.
  • You will proactively seek contributions from others to ensure our work reflects the needs of diverse communities

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all candidates irrespective of race, age, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion or belief, or marital or civil partnership status. We will assess all applications against the requirements for this post as detailed in the job description and person specification and ask for names and education history to be removed from applications.

We are Disability Confident Committed, we welcome and respond positively to applications from disabled people. We will meet individual needs throughout the recruitment process, including making any appropriate reasonable adjustments during the interview stage and to our workplace if selected into post to support colleagues with any form of disability. If you meet the minimum requirements for the role and would like a guaranteed interview please email our Head of HR, Nicola Fuschillo. You do not need to share any details about your disability at this stage.

As a Mindful Employer, we recognise that in the UK, people experiencing mental ill health continue to report stigma and discrimination. We are committed to creating a supportive and open culture, where colleagues are able to talk about mental health. We are also committed to ensuring that our employees feel safe in disclosing any mental health conditions and confident that they will be properly supported and offered reasonable adjustments when required.

If you have any questions about how Power to Change is an equal opportunities employer please contact our Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator, Edward Walden.

 

Chief Operating Officer (one year maternity cover)
Full time (4 days a week also considered)

Based in Oxford

£40,000 to £48,000 DOE

The COO role puts you at the strategic heart of Ethex and at the cutting edge of delivering growth to make positive investing mainstream. The COO is responsible for the successful running of the business on a day-to-day basis which includes both the Ethex platform and our 50% owned sister platform, Energise Africa.

Ethex

Ethex is a multi-award-winning positive investment retail platform that brings together the best positive savings and investment opportunities to make it easy for everyone to #makemoneydogood. We are a leading innovator in the field and this role offers the right candidate an excellent opportunity to be part of an organisation at the cutting edge of making positive investing mainstream.

On our platform, ethex.org.uk, individuals can invest and save with businesses they believe in – whether it’s renewable energy, fair trade, social housing, organic farming, green transport, or micro-finance schemes – and these positive businesses can then find the investment they need to develop and grow. In 2017, we launched energiseafrica.com, offering people a chance to fight climate change investing in pioneering businesses that install life-changing solar systems in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Since 2013, multi-award winning Ethex, and its sister platform, have helped raise over £85 million of investment for nearly 100 charities, social businesses and community organisations, from over 15,000 positive savers and investors.

Chief Operating Officer

Leading a team of four, and working across Ethex and with our partner organisations, the COO must make decisions pertinent to the operation of both platforms and ensure efficient and effective management of processes and people, to deliver against a growth strategy for Ethex and Energise Africa. There are five key strands to the role:

Platform Compliance, Risk and Operations

  • Oversight of the business performance of the two platforms – Ethex and Energise Africa. Specifically, ensuring we are meeting regulatory requirements and investor needs when order handling, managing products and when acting as a share registrar.
  • Ensuring back office systems and procedures are efficient, comprehensive and fit-for-purpose, and spearheading the design & review of improvements.
  • Overseeing key customer relationships with service providers, escalation point for businesses and investors for difficult queries and complaints, and overseeing new contracts.

Organisational & Team Leadership

  • Providing strategic input to the boards and senior management teams of Ethex and Energise Africa.
  • Working with the CEO on staff engagement and ensuring appropriate internal communications and regular updates on company strategy.
  • Deputising for the CEO in her absence
  • Managing and leading the operations team and resources to deliver against a growth strategy.

 Programme & Service Delivery

  • Responsible for project management and implementation of special projects relevant to the operations of the businesses as appropriate.
  • Ensuring effective delivery of Cooperative management services for Westmill, acting as their company secretary role and managing their accounts.

Financial Management

  • Oversight and management of the finances for Ethex, Energise Africa and Westmill Solar Co-operative, equivalent of an FD function.
  • Managing budgets and allocation of resources for existing and new projects for Ethex and Energise Africa.
  • Providing financial direction and scenario planning by liaising with internal and external stakeholders and managing our business models.
  • Preparation of management accounts and year-end accounts.

Business Risk Management / Body Corporate

  • Owner of Ethex’s suite of policies and procedures including our Employment Manual and associated policies, Business Continuity Plan, and our Organisational Risk Management strategy
  • Maintaining health and safety standards and insurances for the Ethex office and ensuring a good working environment for staff.
  • Providing day to day HR support to Ethex – contracts, payroll, ensuring staff management practices are adhered to

Reports to: CEO

Direct Reports: Senior Operations Manager, Operations Manager, Investment Support Officer, Finance Administrator

What we are looking for

Essential:

  • Ability to perform at a senior operational level with both internal and external stakeholders
  • Experience leading significant budgets with diverse streams of income and expenditure
  • Ideally with a financial or accounting background

Desirable:

  • Experience of working in a social investment or social sector or not-for-profit organisation
  • Experience of working in a start-up/fin-tech environment
  • ‘can-do’ attitude

Our Values

  1. We want to create a positive impact and make a difference in the world.
  2. We love helping communities, social entrepreneurs and businesses in innovative ways
  3. We aim to provide excellent customer service and treat all our investors fairly.
  4. We are a dynamic, professional and knowledgeable team with a friendly, can do attitude.
  5. We are a small team that likes delivering big impact.

 

What it means to be part of the Ethex team

  • You can work with mission driven, happy people and help grow an award winning fintech social enterprise.
  • Visit some of the social businesses we are supporting to see positive impact on the ground.
  • Put forward awesome projects that we should be raising investment for.
  • Enjoy flexible working hours if it works for you and us.
  • A good amount of holiday plus some extra days around Christmas when we close to have a rest.
  • Statutory pension scheme
  • Plenty of bike racks to stash your bike

 

 

 

Catalyst at Large provides consultancy, speaking and facilitation in the arena of gender lens investing. This spans the intersection of investment, philanthropy, international development, and entrepreneurship. We are passionate about amplifying the role of women in impact investing and investing with a gender lens.

The Role

Catalyst at Large are hiring an experienced and tenacious EA/Project Support to carry out administrative work on behalf of Chief Catalyst – Suzanne Biegel. A keen interest in business, finance or gender and investment/business is preferred. This position will encourage remote working, although applicants must have the ability to meet in London weekly. Roles and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

General Support

  • Acting as a first point of contact: dealing with a large volume of email correspondence and phone calls
  • Managing a challenging diary and organising numerous meetings and appointments throughout different time zones
  • Booking and arranging a significant amount of travel, transport and accommodation
  • Managing a confidential database and filing system
  • Typing, compiling and preparing reports, presentations and correspondence
  • Implementing and maintaining procedures / administrative systems
  • Independent ongoing development of appropriate level of business knowledge to facilitate informed decisions.
  • Regular updating of website
  • Organising and managing large and small scale events and conferences
  • Taking minutes and preparing detailed debriefs of meetings and calls
  • Carrying out background research and presenting findings
  • Researching the field and collecting facts and stats
  • Independent ongoing development of appropriate level of business knowledge to facilitate informed decisions.

Finance

  • Collating and filing expenses
  • Administering the accounts using a computerised account package (Harvest)
  • Processing and chasing up on monthly invoices
  • Completing appropriate reporting
  • Liaising with the company’s accountant and team

Project Support:

  • Ensure that all projects are running effectively and efficiently within agreed timescales
  • Ensure that all current work is tracked appropriately to enable: Catalyst at Large
  • Management of current ongoing work (setting, assigning and tracking tasks)
  • Tracking of time spent on various projects so that we can accurately assess profitability (of current projects) and also to collect the necessary data to allow accurate cost projections for future work/projects
  • Scheduling of current and future work to ensure that there is sufficient capacity
  • Take ownership of the company’s business plan ensuring that it is updated regularly

Key Skills

  • Discretion and trustworthiness: you will be party to confidential information
  • Comfortable with working closely with the Chief Catalyst (a very small team)
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent organisational skills and the ability to multitask
  • To be proactive, take initiative and prioritise
  • Work well under pressure and tight deadlines
  • Manage stress very well
  • A knowledge of standard software packages and the ability to learn company-specific
    software, such as Daylite, Evernote, Harvest, Google Drive, MailChimp, Squarespace, and Dropbox.

Qualifications and training required
A  minimum of four years’ experience in previous administration role required.