Consultant (engagement and communications)

Job description

As a GGI consultant, you will experience and contribute to a fast-paced consultancy as part of a dedicated team delivering a demanding programme of work. The role involves core responsibilities in contributing to the continued growth of GGI in engagement and communications.

Job duties

  • Work in partnership with leaders in organisations of all sizes to resolve their governance challenges through strategic and tactical support in governance, engagement and communications
  • Contribute to the delivery of the knowledge management programme
  • Promote innovative solutions to organisational problems through use of benchmarking, networking and sharing of creative ideas and sound data across boundaries
  • Undertake independent research and analysis to generate intelligence of strategic and practical value
  • Work with leadership to review services, identify areas for improvement and alter strategies and scope
  • Contribute to the evidence base for our work through the creation of intellectual property, tools and techniques which set an industry standard
  • As part of a team designated to deliver one or more of GGI’s strategic goals, contribute to non-client work and GGI’s growth strategy
  • Facilitate the growth of value from knowledge for GGI and our clients through imaginative knowledge of excellent communications approaches

How we work

Our ethos runs through everything we do. We are proud of our values which shape not just our work with clients, but the way the company is structured and run.

We support our clients by using sound, evidence-based thinking and deep knowledge of the sector to add value by what we do, often creating bespoke programmes of work. It means that whoever works for us must enjoy the challenge of variety, be flexible in their approach to clients, and be active in turning our ethos into practice always.

We have recently reorganised to focus our work even more towards impact for our clients. Our work is now orientated around service lines, for example core governance or engagement, and framing our work about the difference we can make to clients rather than describing the particular methods we use to provide our services. We have developed a matrix management approach which values both the holistic development of GGI and at the same time the value we add to clients.

Our service lines offer

  • Strategy, sustainability, place and systems; mergers and acquisitions

  • Core governance; risk management, quality governance

  • Board development

  • People, staff, investigations and dispute resolution

  • Digital governance

  • Public protection

  • Reviews and regulations

  • General consultancy

GGI is committed to ethical, inclusive and legally-compliant recruitment and employment practices. We encourage and support applications from candidates without discrimination and operate an equal opportunity workspace.

Person specification Essential skills

  • Demonstrable understanding and interest in engagement and communications as enablers of constructive change
  • Evidence of delivering complex programmes from design to conclusion, to time and quality, gained either in consultancy or in senior communications and engagement roles
  • Proven experience in creating and using engagement and communications in projects including service redesign, change management and improvement programmes
  • Strong writing skills; for the development of proposals, creation of thought pieces, and report-writing
  • Experience of training others
  • Presentation skills at a level expected for engagement with a board in a large public organisation
  • Our consultants work with senior leaders in large, complex public sector organisations. You will need to be credible with senior colleagues, have gravitas and possess empathy with our clients

Desirable skills

  • Ability to network effectively with fellow professionals at a national level
  • Resilience and flexibility to handle multiple projects and changing demands to time and quality
  • High levels of respect and sensitivity to the contributions of others required in a small team
  • Background degree and/or management experience relevant to working in communications and engagement
  • Enthusiastic; positive about the potential for change and energetic in wanting to achieve goals

More information about the role and expectations

At GGI we pride ourselves on providing extensive support and a positive learning experience for those who join the team. GGI maintains an ambitious and hardworking culture and strives to support the belief that there are no limits for the potential of individuals. Within our grade system (analyst, consultant, senior consultant and principal consultant) we would expect a commitment to professional development which GGI will unambiguously support, be this through formal qualifications, on the job experience, coaching and mentoring, short courses or attending national and international symposia. We encourage team members to write and get published as well as develop their own professional networks. We have a holistic view of development which is underpinned by the accompanying diagram describing the skills and mindset for members of the GGI team.

We expect the most from our staff and we do our best to be an excellent employer. GGI salaries are good and the organisational ethical ethos strong. Staff who leave us stay in touch and go on to excellent jobs in a variety of senior posts such as in the NHS, policy institutes or large, international consultancies.

Consultants are expected to contribute to:

  • Direct client services: creating impact and value for our clients through delivering excellent consultancy services
  • Knowledge management and national thought leadership: every assignment is an opportunity to develop and share knowledge, and generate and promote original thinking. GGI learning is an open source and as part of our commitment to public service, we work to push national thinking about governance thinking forward
  • Commercial success: Consultants contribute to developing our client base through business development, excellent client care, bids and proposals development
  • Communications: Good consultants are great communicators and as a consultant you will participate in our webinars, engagement events, through social media presence and published writing to advocate good governance

Location

Open to applicants throughout the UK. All GGI 32 staff are home-based and we run as a virtual organisation. Subject to current public health restrictions, there is usually regular UK-wide travel to support client work and we have a corporate workspace in central London which is open as a place to work with colleagues.

We provide good IT equipment and a company phone. We will support you working at home through ongoing assessments in line with good Health and Safety practice. We are just upgrading our software packages around document and project management, our CRM and team communications processes as we go through a major digital development programme.

Salary

Starting at £60,165 rising on an incremental scale to £66,332. Benefits package includes enhanced employer’s pension contribution, gym/fitness allowance, and a personal development package.

Equal opportunities

GGI is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

How to apply



Please provide the below as attachments using your name as the file name – do not put the information in the body of the email.

Closing date: 5pm on Monday 7 February 2022.

Interested candidates should apply to Spike Smilgin Humphreys (spike.smilgin@good-governance.org.uk) with:

Up to date CV outlining: contact details, education/qualification and awards, work history, current remuneration details, published work references

Separate supporting statement explaining why you should be considered for the role

Two referees (to be contacted following final interview only following specific permission from you)

Closing date: 07 February 2022

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