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NEF Consulting is a social enterprise with a reputation for high quality socio-economic research, training, capacity building and consultancy. The consultancy arm of the leading UK think tank, New Economics Foundation, we help organisations in their transition to a new, sustainable and socially-inclusive economy, across the UK and internationally.

To work with us, you will be passionate about social change and sharing NEF Consulting’s aims and values, and will have an interest in helping others to see the links between social, economic and environmental issues.

Your career development is important to us.  In exchange for your energy, enthusiasm and commitment we will give you, in addition to the agreed salary:

  • A range of benefits including 25 days holiday, free gym membership, contributory pension, cycle-to-work scheme and Employee Assistance Programme.
  • One-to-one support, mentoring and training to develop your skillset and career within NEF Consulting.
  • Dedicated training on core NEF Consulting methodologies.
  • Access to a vast body of knowledge, skills and resources through NEF and partner organisation networks.
  • Exposure to senior clients, industry stakeholders and thought leaders.

Current vacancies

Consultant / Senior Consultant – full time

Marketing Executive – 21 hours to full-time

For enquiries about any vacancies email recruitment@neweconomics.org or call 0207 820 6300.


Consultant / Senior Consultant

£33k – £39k /£40k- £48k per annum depending on experience

Full time, London (flexible working will be considered)

NEF Consulting is a rapidly growing social enterprise with a reputation for high quality socio-economic research, training, capacity building and consultancy.  We are looking for an outstanding individual to help clients improve decision-making through using and developing metrics on social, environmental and economic impact.

NEF Consulting is the consultancy arm of the leading UK think tank, the New Economics Foundation. We help organisations in their transition to a new, sustainable and socially-inclusive economy, across the UK and internationally. We have an ambitious strategy and now wish to expand our impact through recruiting a highly skilled and committed individual to join our dynamic and passionate team.

You will play a critical role in shaping the evolution of the consultancy, taking it into new sectors, and developing and winning new business. Passionate about social change and sharing NEF Consulting’s aims and values, you will have an interest in the bigger picture and in helping others to see the links between social, economic and environmental issues. You will be a valued member of our consulting team delivering projects, winning work and providing impartial advice to clients.

You will have at least two years’ client-facing consultancy or research experience for the consultant position and three years for the senior consultant, preferably involving management of large projects and business development, including contributing to proposal writing for competitive tenders. We expect excellent organisational and client management skills, and the creativity to design and deliver high quality socio-economic consultancy and research.

All applicants should have an interest in monitoring and evaluation, and hold good quantitative skills in data analysis, interpretation and visualisation. We are interested in receiving applications from individuals with particular specialist areas including:

  • Local governance, strategy, and planning – work in and with local authorities, and other organisations involved in strategic planning.
  • Economics – Local economic planning, circular economy, economics of social policy, social cost-benefit analysis.
  • Environment and climate change – climate change adaptation and mitigation, impact modelling, economics of climate change, spatial analysis including GIS, vulnerability assessment.

Deadline for applications:  12 noon on 2nd October 2018
Interviews:  Afternoon 8th October, Morning 9th October 2018 – there will be in-office exercise


To apply for the Consultant/Senior Consultant role:

  • Please download and complete both the Application Form and Equal Opportunities Form, returning them to recruitment@neweconomics.org .
  • Please do not send as a pdf
  • We cannot accept CVs for this role.
  • You must have the right to work in the UK.

Consultant Application Form: Click here

Senior Consultant Application Form: Click here

Equal Opportunities Form: Click here

NEF Consulting uses the recruitment services of the New Economics Foundation in full compliance with current data protection law.


Key Responsibilities

  • Design, manage and deliver socio-economic impact research and consultancy projects across a range of NEF Consulting product areas: strategy and culture change, evaluation and impact assessment, and training and capacity building.
  • Demonstrate thought leadership on behalf of the consultancy and specifically take a leading role in developing innovative methodologies to meet clients’ needs and progress new economic practice.
  • Develop and oversee a process for quality assurance of quantitative analysis methods and approaches to be applied across the team.
  • Develop and secure new business opportunities for NEF Consulting by expanding NEF Consulting’s presence in existing sectors, creating opportunities in new sectors and developing new product and service ideas.
  • Build strategic relationships with key internal and external stakeholders to deliver NEF Consulting’s strategic objectives.
  • Represent the consultancy publicly at speaking engagements and clearly communicate new economics principles and research.
  • Understand, use and develop practical methodologies to assess social, economic and environmental impact.
  • Provide training to small groups in evaluation and impact assessment tools and methodologies, as required.
  • Line manage staff in the consulting team.

What we are looking for

Minimum criteria

To apply for the roles we request that you have:

  • A minimum of two-three years’ experience of senior client facing research or consultancy with local authorities, health or education sectors or in international development.
  • Excellent leadership skills and the ability to inspire others.
  • Experience of scoping, designing and delivering socio-economic consultancy and research projects.
  • Proven success in securing new and repeat business through successful proposal and bid writing.
  • Proven success in providing creative solutions to client problems that improve social, economic and environmental impact.
  • Proven success in building and managing internal and external relationships and networks.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to communicate complex ideas to non-specialist audiences.
  • High level of numeracy and the ability to understand complex datasets. Strong proficiency in Excel is a must.
  • Experience of delivering high quality outputs through team working.
  • Proven track record in working in a fast-paced environment and against tight deadlines.
  • Excellent skills in delivering training and/or facilitating workshops or focus groups / and presentations
  • Economics and/or social science background. We are particularly interested to hear from candidates with strong experience in economics.
  • Minimum second class honours degree in economics, social science or other relevant discipline with strong quantitative elements.

Desirable (optional) criteria

  • Experience of managing a team, including direct line management.
  • Highly proficient in use of Excel or other statistics packages e.g SPSS.
  • Strong proficiency in advanced statistical packages e.g. R, Stata.
  • Advanced degree e.g. Masters/Doctorate.

Cultural fit

We pride ourselves on our open and collaborative, but fast-paced working environment. It is important that you share the values and mission of NEF and are:

  • Both a strong team player and self-starter who enjoys taking initiative.
  • Able to think analytically and creatively.
  • Comfortable working across multiple projects, responding quickly to change and balancing attention to detail with meeting tight deadlines.
  • Able to form strong working relationships with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Easy going and able to have a laugh in the office!

Our offer to you

Your career development is important to us. In exchange for your energy, enthusiasm and commitment we will give you:

  • A salary of  £33,000 to £39,000 for the consultant position and £40,000  to £48,000 for the senior consultant depending on experience.
  • A range of benefits including 25 days holiday, free gym membership, contributory pension, cycle-to-work scheme and Employee Assistance Programme.

Marketing Executive

£28k  – £30.5k per annum fte depending on level and experience

Flexible/part-time working minimum 21 – 35 hours

We’re looking for a talented, experienced and enthusiastic marketing person to help promote and generate leads for our consultancy, events and training services aimed at charities, local government and the private sector.

You will have at least one, preferably two years’ experience in a marketing role, preferably in a business-to-business environment within a consultancy, training or professional services environment. Ideally you will be familiar with supporting bids and managing portals.

You will take responsibility for specific areas of marketing and for supporting our training and lead generation activities. We are a small team and so the role will be varied.

Your day-to-day job will involve running email and social media campaigns, updating and developing content for the website, pre-qualifying incoming leads for consultancy, organising workshops, gathering client feedback and handling bookings for our training programme.  A key part of the role will be supporting the business development process and reporting on lead generation and the sales pipeline.

This is an excellent opportunity to use and develop a wide range of marketing and customer-facing skills. We expect you to have proven skills in copywriting and proofreading, use of Twitter and Linked In for business, email campaign and website content management. You will be skilled in the use of Excel, PowerPoint and Photoshop for analysis, reporting and presentations. You will enjoy liaising across teams, organising events, dealing directly with customers and clients and be comfortable working under pressure and to deadlines.

You will be a valued member of our team, contributing ideas and, where appropriate, expertise.

As well as meeting the specified requirements of the role, you should be have a keen interest in NEF Consulting’s work and markets in order to promote our products and services effectively.


Deadline for applications:  9 am on 3rd October 2018
Interviews:  11th October 2018 – there will be in-office exercise


To apply for the Marketing Executive role:

  • Please download and complete both the Application Form and Equal Opportunities Form, returning them to recruitment@neweconomics.org .
  • Please do not send as a pdf
  • We cannot accept CVs for this role.
  • You must have the right to work in the UK.

Application Form: Click here

Equal Opportunities Form: Click here


Key Responsibilities

The following may vary slightly, depending  on the experience of applicants and the changing requirements of the role. This will be discussed at interview.

Consultancy leads/opportunities

  • Implement email and social media campaigns to generate leads.
  • Pre-qualify incoming leads for consultancy and bespoke training.
  • Register with relevant portals and monitor updates on open tenders, prequalifying and forwarding to the qualifying team.
  • Support Head of Marketing on bespoke/in-house training opportunities.
  • Co-ordination of production of participant packs for in-house training.
  • Update, check accuracy of and report on the sales pipeline.
  • In agreement with line manager, occasional support for bid teams on proposals (proofreading, format checking).

Website and PPC advertising

  • Add and update content including:
    • Case studies on projects, using and updating the project database.
    • News items, writing articles based on projects and new services.
    • Ensuring all published reports are consistent with our branding.
    • Suggesting blogs and assisting, as appropriate, in the writing and editing.
  • Ensure accuracy of training pages and booking forms.
  • Monitor and report on Google Adwords, reviewing and updating key words and suggesting new campaigns.
  • Monitor and review for technical issues.
  • Report on Google Analytics to track performance on a monthly basis.

Newsletters

  • Write and send out quarterly newsletters to subscribers, promoting our work.
  • Contribute to internal NEF newsletter on NEFC activities.

Training programme: marketing, customer service and sales

  • Write and send out training updates, monitor and report on bookings.
  • Agree and publish calendar dates, book catering and venues/rooms, prepare packs, set up rooms and meet and greet participants.
  • Liaise with external and internal trainers to confirm dates and, where relevant, contracts are in place.
  • Manage all incoming leads and enquiries, in liaison with the Head of Marketing.
  • Process bookings, updating the bookings spreadsheet, and send out invoices and workshop information.
  • Handle general enquiries from participants.

Customer and client feedback

  • Send out client satisfaction surveys at project completion, capturing comments for use in marketing and reporting to the team.
  • Input responses from training evaluation forms, capturing comments for use in marketing, adding to the website and in email campaigns.
  • Send out, track and report on training and consultancy ‘impact’ surveys.

Contact database

  • Add and update contacts from training programmes and consultancy projects, coding as appropriate for segmentation purposes.
  • Monthly report on metrics.

Social media

  • Twitter and Linked In – maintain regular activity and run regular reports.

Events

  • Client and business development events – send out invitations, select venues and catering, and attend as required.
  • Speaker/promotional opportunities – research new opportunities, manage our presence (ie stands, speaker and promotional materials) and attend as appropriate.
  • Business development/networking opportunities – recommend external events within our target sectors for attendance by the team.

Press & Media

  • Handle media enquiries in liaison with the Head of Marketing.

What we are looking for

Minimum (mandatory) criteria:

To apply for the role we request that you have:

  • Minimum of second class undergraduate degree.
  • 2 years of working within a related marketing role.
  • Excellent copywriting, proofreading, presentation and communication skills.
  • Proven digital and print marketing skills, including social media for business.
  • Proven website content management system skills including HTML.
  • Experience of email campaign management and email marketing systems.
  • Knowledge of design and print processes.
  • Some experience of media relations and event management.
  • Good, confident, customer facing and selling skills.
  • Excellent IT skills with intermediate proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Photoshop.
  • Keen eye for detail and quality in presentation with proven proofreading skills.
  • Capability to work under pressure and to deadlines.

Desirable (optional) criteria:

  • Professional qualification in marketing (CIM or IDM).
  • Knowledge of WordPress, Dotmailer (or a similar email marketing system), LinkedIn Updates and Google Adwords.
  • Experience of marketing and selling training programmes.
  • Experience in managing sub-contractors to produce marketing outputs.
  • Experience of working on publications and with the press media.

Cultural fit:

We pride ourselves on our open and collaborative, but fast-paced working environment.  It is important that you share the values and mission of NEF and are:

  • Both a strong team player and self-starter who enjoys taking initiative.
  • Able to think analytically and creatively.
  • Comfortable working across multiple projects, responding quickly to change and balancing attention to detail with meeting tight deadlines.
  • Able to form strong working relationships with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Easy going and able to have a laugh in the office!

Our offer to you

Your career development is important to us.  In exchange for your energy, enthusiasm and commitment we will give you:

  • A salary of ££28,088 – £31,263 per year, pro rata (dependant on experience).
  • A range of benefits including 25 days holiday (pro rata), free gym membership, contributory pension, cycle-to-work scheme and Employee Assistance Programme.

NEF Consulting uses the New Economics Foundation to manage its recruitment in compliance with the current data protection law.


 

We recognise that people have commitments and responsibilities outside of work, therefore NEF Consulting and the New Economics Foundation support flexible working.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all persons regardless of their race, gender, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.  Appointment will be based on merit alone.

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.