£26,000 – MANAGEMENT CONSULTANCY & INNOVATION – INTERNATIONAL & UK
Consultancy, Training and Innovation.
Job creation, training, micro-investment, economic productivity, economic growth, and equality through entrepreneurism and social innovation.
TYPE OF ROLE
£ 26,000 pa.
Central London, with initial training in London and Birmingham. Also opportunities for travelling within the UK and internationally.
WORK STARTING DATE
Monday, September 5th 2016. Some flexibility is potentially possible.
APPLICATION CLOSING DATE
Friday, February 5th 2016, 4.00pm UK time.
Bridging to the Future is a radical company which challenges and reforms existing approaches to organisational and individual productivity, job creation, economic independence, and economic sustainability. We have a formidable record in designing, testing and bringing to market a range of highly innovative and successful products including methods to support job creation and productivity.
Founded in 2007, and currently operating on an international scale, Bridging to the Future is a micro-business that is looking to recruit at the graduate entry level. At its heart, the company believes in creating jobs through new businesses, active incubation, and practical leadership programmes
The work of Bridging to the Future varies from international programmes to local-scale interventions and training. Our clients are from both the private and public sector and from a range of countries e.g. The Netherlands, Greece, Lithuania, Italy, and Spain.
The successful post holder will be a key member of our small team and will be involved in developing businesses, organisations, regions and communities, and will build a dynamic career. We expect polite, intellectually curious, ambitious, hardworking, friendly, professional, team-orientated, talented, and articulate colleagues who share our ambition to create a more dynamic business sector that is more productive, more inclusive, and more profitable, with a social dimension.
- confident, innovative, articulate;
- business aware, able to set targets and achieve them, ambitious;
- personable, friendly, professional;
- able and willing to accept considerable responsibility, trustworthy, resilient;
- reliable, dynamic, thoughtful.
ROLE SPECIFIC INFORMATION
The role will require aspects of research, project management, delivering consultancy, planning and delivering training, innovative thinking, and an interest in dynamic change to the way individuals, organisations, communities, and regions work.
The successful candidate will be able to either rotate through a number of roles, developing a breadth of experience, or specialise in one role and develop a depth of experience.
This opportunity will offer considerable scope for innovative working and responsibility. The company is looking to expand via two main work areas: EIC (Economic Innovation and Challenge) and LCI (Leadership and Civic Innovation). The EIC looks at new ways to achieve economic independence and job creation through the market, while the LCI focusses more on the development of leadership qualities and attitudes to enable people in organisations and as individuals to become more productive, more economically independent, and for society to reclaim more responsibilities and opportunities for civic decision-making.
In both of these areas, there are elements of:
i) research and development of ideas;
ii) diffusion and challenge; and
iii) training and consultancy.
Bridging to the Future has a need to diffuse our work and challenge existing ways of working and thinking in organisations and communities. The post holder will raise the profile of Bridging to the Future’s products and expertise within the international and national market, leading the drive for us to connect with a wider number of potential clients through designing innovative ways to engage with a variety of sectors. This is a role where the expertise in our research and development will be taken and developed to current and potential clients.
The diffusion and challenge activities may include increasing income to the company, increasing client pool, increasing knowledge and understanding of our products and innovations, engaging with clients and potential clients, working on product development in the UK and Europe, growing social media presence, and innovative approaches to diffuse our work and to challenge existing norms of economic development.
The training and consultancy activities will be instrumental in increasing our ability to inform, enable, professionally develop, and challenge our clients. This will have the effect of engaging with more clients, training and informing more people, and having a direct impact on jobs, income generation, business creation and economic regeneration. We expect that the role holder will engage with a range of potential clients, arranging training courses and delivering consultancy services.
WHAT WILL YOUR DAY LOOK LIKE?
There will be a considerable variety of work for the post holder. Examples of potential work could include:
- identifying and meeting potential clients in London, both nationally and internationally;
- developing a consultancy programme for a public sector client and delivering it;
- designing a new leadership module for the professional development of staff in a leading organisation;
- project managing a programme delivery in Europe;
- delivering presentations on micro-investment in start-ups;
- researching the latest trends in job creation methods in England; and
- developing and implementing a new approach to enterprise education for the Czech Republic.
The role will require hard work, conviction, ambition, confidence, adept communication skills, sound organisational skills, and a desire to make a difference to businesses, individuals, communities and organisations both in the UK and abroad.
THE COMPANY AND OUR WORK
Bridging to the Future is an innovator – we are a private company, committed to making a profit but we also believe in using our talents and income in advancing our social missions of economic independence and economic sustainability. We design, test, pilot and then roll out methods to create jobs, enhance organisational and individual productivity, incubate new businesses, coach the self-employed, advance real leadership QEAS (Qualities, Experiences, Attitudes and Skills), and employability. We not only work in a variety of countries, but also in a variety of sectors including the private and public sectors, marginalised communities, the LGBT community, young entrepreneurs, and business start-ups and investment.
Simply put, we identify issues and underachievement at the individual, sectoral, organisational, regional, and international scale. Then we devise and innovate solutions, test them, pilot them and finally bring them to the market and engage and inform others. We work in all aspects that improve productivity, enterprise, new businesses, and employability.
WHERE WE WORK
We work in twelve countries within the European Union and act as advisers and consultants to a range of organisations and companies. We currently have offices in Birmingham and London.
APPLICATION PROCESS – THREE STAGES:
1) Letter of application and full CV (including the names and contact details of two referees. Applications should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line: "Graduate Application Submission".
Note: applications without referees are not processed.
2) First Interview and tasks.
3) Final interview.
To apply, please email a letter of application outlining your suitability for the role and a full CV. The CV must include the names and addresses of two referees, one of whom must be a current or most recent university referee, and one of whom should be someone with direct knowledge of you in a working environment.
The closing date is Friday, February 5th, 2016 at 4.00pm UK time.
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What is SELFY?
SELFY (Sustainable Enterprise and Leadership For Youth) is a European consortium focused on raising the qualities, experiences, attitudes, and skills (QEAS) of young people across Europe in relation to Social Enterprise and Leadership. SELFY is a project about enabling: enabling young people to lead and be enterprising so that they can become full, equal, and productive members of society.
Based on the SLAM! methodology, developed by Bridging to the Future, SELFY is a robust and practical programme for developing social leadership and social entrepreneurial QEAS amongst a wide section of communities, individuals, regions, and organisations.
Bridging to the Future has piloted SLAM! in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the UK and has helped over 1000 young people to date. These young people have run micro-businesses, community projects, youth projects, and have created paid employment through SLAM! Now, the SELFY project is a partnership of organisations from the UK, Lithuania, Spain, Greece, Poland and the Czech Republic who want to work together to take SLAM! into Europe. In January, practical delivery of the SELFY methodology will start in Athens, Ostrava, and Šiauliai.
Over the past few months, the SELFY partners have conducted research on entrepreneurship and leadership of young people within their country. The research concerned topics such as socio-economic disadvantage, unemployment, social exclusion, entrepreneurship of young people, and support for the development of knowledge and experience related to entrepreneurship and leadership.
Looking forward, SELFY aims to:
- · Increase the social enterprise and leadership abilities amongst 100 young people from five different countries;
- · Create a toolkit for youth organisations across the EU to raise social enterprise and leadership amongst their young people; and
- · Enable individuals and organisations to move towards economic independence through running a social business.
Head to www.selfyproject.eu and learn more about the project, how you can get involved, and for the full State of the Art Report.
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Bridging the Gap is a programme that originates from The Bridge Model. It is about creating jobs; a practical and proven framework to support new business people, new entrepreneurs, social innovators, and public sector organisations spinning out into the private sector. The Bridge Model has been successfully piloted in five European Union countries over the past 2 years, which has guided and coached over 25 entrepreneurs and businesses. The pilots and project have been supported by the European Union’s Leonardo Transfer of Innovation programme.
This model is one of the practical methods created by Birmingham based social innovators, Bridging to the Future, and it delivers directly to economic independence through entrepreneurship, education, and enablement. Bridging the Gap targets all three of these aspects by fostering new business creation, individual coaching, and flexible planning; so far we have seen the creation of an educational app designer in the Netherlands, a fashion boutique in Spain, and a microbrewer in Greece, to name a few.
The Bridge Model offers a framework to start and develop a business, and consists of four stages, each termed a ‘bridge’. Each step over the bridge offers support to a business person or entrepreneur and is supported by insightful advice from active Coaches, who are all contemporary business professionals.
Bridge 1 takes aspiring business people from having an idea to having a business. It covers the initial questions that need to be asked such as: why is your idea a good business idea, what are the legal aspects of forming a business, what is your business plan, what do I need to run my business?
This step is crucial to the idea of developing economic independence. 31% of women in the UK believe that they have the skills, knowledge, and experience to start a business. This first bridge therefore enables this large pool of human talent. A trained Coach helps entrepreneurs to personally and professionally develop and also discuss and assess the validity of their business idea. They can do this using an ‘Idea Audit’, aimed to empower these budding entrepreneurs, never shutting down an idea as being silly, incomplete, or unoriginal.
Now that the entrepreneur has a business, bridge 2 involves the crucial steps to then obtaining a successfully operating business. Coaches use anecdotes of their personal experiences to support the entrepreneur through this important period. We ask questions such as: how do you identify your strengths and weaknesses as a business person, what do you need to think about in relation to cash flow, management accounts and bookkeeping?
In other words, how can we ensure your business is strategically secure and economically independent?
Bridge 3 is central to those entrepreneurs who are now running a viable and successful business but would like to grow it. This step often takes the longest as it requires a ‘big picture’ view and very careful deliberation as to where the entrepreneur wishes to take their business. How to develop business strategy, perform Operations Audits, finding the optimum between marketing and advertising, and putting in middle leadership structures all are found on this third bridge.
Hopefully, this business in now operating on profit and can start looking at contributing directly to its local community and economy (see our SEEB series here).
The role of the Coach changes slightly over the course of Bridge 4: they become a critical eye to scrutinise the entrepreneur’s plans and support them to move forward. At this stage, the entrepreneur has had their talents nurtured and developed and so the coaching relationship trends to becoming a friendship. Importantly, they appreciate the fact that the entrepreneur has a successful business and so don’t ask the basic questions. Among 12 steps are: relationships and networking, utilising personnel and human capital, and leading a strengthening business.
We believe that economically independent businesses are a crucial part of creating capacity to make life, society, and business work better and to strengthen and sustain local, regional, and global well-being. So, developing these businesses remains at the forefront of what we do.
The Bridge Model for Job Creation is the result of a two year strategic partnership between six organisations from five countries. The impact, learning, and future benefit of Bridging the Gap is a product of the hard work and dedication of our partners. Please get in touch if you wish to link up and work with and of these organisations.
The Bridging to the Gap Consortium:
Bridging to the Future (United Kingdom)
Business Development Friesland (The Netherlands)
Academy of Entrepreneurship (Greece)
Business Incubator Gotse Delchev (Bulgaria)
Merseyside Expanding Horisons (United Kingdom)
The project Bridging the Gap had been funded with support from the European Commission. This article reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.