Consultants - risk, quality governance and assurance, digital and data, communications

Be part of what we do

We’re here to make the world a better, fairer place. And we’re always on the lookout for people who share that goal.

We believe that good governance of all organisations – from the smallest charity to the greatest public institution – benefits everyone and helps to build a better, more sustainable future.

That fundamental belief underpins everything we do. And we’re committed to running our own organisation in the same ethical and inclusive way as we advise our clients to run theirs.

What really sets us apart is the quality of our people – a skilled and experienced team from a wide range of backgrounds, who collaborate closely with one another, and who relish opportunities to embrace new challenges and new ways of working.

It’s a busy, friendly and supportive environment in which learning and development is a constant, and where there are plenty of opportunities to contribute to our growing body of thought leadership material.

More about GGI

We are a highly respected independent consultancy, rated by the Financial Times as a top management consultancy for four years in a row, since 2018.

The core of our business is helping to ensure that organisations are run well by the most talented, skilled and ethical leaders, working within fair systems that are set up to take the best decisions.

Our main market sector is healthcare and most of our clients are in the NHS, although we also work with higher education establishments, national sporting bodies, professional associations, charities and arts organisations.

We are also an institute, providing thought leadership on good governance. Through the institute we make a significant contribution to the public and third sectors through our research and publication programmes, our development events and networks.

Find out more about what we do here

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. We are looking for people with experience in at least one of the following areas:

  • Risk practitioners who are confident working flexibly on improving risk systems and assurance for our public sector clients
  • Quality governance experts who understand clinical governance, clinical audit, assurance and compliance
  • Systems working with experience of working across complex multi-agency partnerships
  • Digital and data practitioners who understand the changing landscape and opportunity for digital and data products
  • Engagement and communications specialists who understand stakeholder and internal engagement in complex working environments

Job duties

  • Work in partnership with leaders in organisations of all sizes to resolve their governance challenges through strategic and tactical support working across several service lines
  • Contribute to quality governance and/or clinical governance programmes
  • 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, identifying areas for improvement and altering strategies and scope
  • Contribute to the evidence base for our work through 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
  • Work with the Head of CSR to facilitate the growth of value from knowledge for GGI and our clients through imaginative knowledge of excellent communications approaches

Person specification

  • Demonstrable understanding and interest in governance as an enabler of constructive change
  • Evidence of contributing to complex programmes from design to conclusion to time and quality, gained either in consultancy or in senior operational management or policy roles
  • Proven experience in creating and using the methodologies of service redesign, change management and improvement programmes relevant to health and care, higher education or the private sector
  • Strong writing skills; for the development of proposals, creation of thought pieces, and report-writing
  • Presentation skills at a level expected for engagement with senior leaders 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
  • 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 middle management experience relevant to the service lines described above in current health or social care, higher education, housing, or VCSE organisation
  • Driven to and organised about creating beneficial change
  • Enthusiastic; positive about the potential for change and energetic in wanting to achieve goals

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 part of our commitment to the public service, and 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 35 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 with performance grades 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

Interested candidates should apply to Spike Smilgin Humphreys (spike.smilgin@good-governance.org.uk). Please provide the below as attachments using your name as the file name – do not put the information in the body of the email.

We will be looking at and responding to applications throughout, so early applications are encouraged.

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: 25 July 2022

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