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Associate

at Bridges Outcomes in London, UK

About the Job

Are you looking for a life mission and a rewarding career where you can help find ways of tackling social and environmental problems in the UK and globally. Do you want to change the world and people’s lives?

Bridges Outcomes is looking for enthusiastic and motivated individuals who are intellectually curious and understand the value of how collaborative design, flexible delivery and clear accountability can contribute to achieving a positive social, health and environmental impact.

In the coming year we are focused on growing our direct and systemic impact nationally and internationally and we are incredibly excited about your help on this journey!

We would love to hear from you if you are:

  • Curious, analytical, highly numerate, and great at solving problems

  • Exceptional at building strong working relationships with team members and across a range of stakeholders

  • Flexible and adaptable team player with a can-do attitude

  • Able to undertake a variety of activities with a substantial degree of personal responsibility and autonomy.

About the opportunity

We are looking for someone exceptional to join our team as we build new projects and partnerships.

As an Associate you will work on the development of our outcomes contracts activities in both the developed and emerging markets. You will be participating in the development of new projects and partnerships along with ongoing management of the existing portfolio.

Here’s a taste of what you’ll do:

  • Working on the development of outcomes partnerships opportunities: Identifying and engaging with challenges faced by central and local government and donor organisations in order to develop impactful delivery models which tackle those challenges

  • Solving problems using first principles: Supporting impact and financial analysis, building detailed analysis models, drafting assessment papers, managing project development processes and supporting assessment of delivery partners.

  • Developing and maintaining excellent stakeholder relationships: Engaging with and managing key stakeholders, including government bodies, donor agencies, delivery partners, advisors designing the projects, etc.

  • Working with delivery teams on a day-to-day basis: This includes working with delivery partners to help create best possible impact in sustainable ways, by identifying issues and opportunities, initiating projects, and developing delivery innovations.

Key attributes we are looking for:

  • A genuine passion to drive social change: We are constantly searching for new ways to dramatically change the status quo. This requires someone with excellent attention to detail and intellectual rigour who will demonstrate the ability to lead on impact and value creation.

  • Ability to deliver more than the market expects: We believe that more is possible than the current system is achieving, and we need to demonstrate this in practice. This requires tenacity and relentless optimism.

  • Ability to think differently: We will not succeed by copying existing models or structures. Our projects and investments all require the team to think through each problem from first principles and find the most effective and efficient new solution in each case. This requires logic, analytical rigour, and a willingness to question assumptions. It also requires the desire to work in a dynamic environment, along with the ability to be solutions-focused and work in a small team.

  • Ability to build and maintain trust: We aim for the edge of what we believe is possible, from ourselves and our partners; this can only be achieved through mutual trust. Everything we do must be open to scrutiny and full transparency. This requires excellent interpersonal skills and absolute integrity.

Qualifications

Suitable candidates will have:

  • 2+ years of experience working in management consulting, social investment, public sector delivery or similar sectors

  • High level of financial literacy through a financial qualification (ACA or similar) or relevant experience at another social investor, bank or consultancy.

  • Good command of a second language, both written and spoken.

  • Experience of working with government partners to develop social change projects is desirable

  • Experience working on projects tackling developmental challenges preferably in areas like education, health and employment is desirable

  • Excellent academic qualifications – degree level education or equivalent experience

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, adept at working with multiple stakeholders

  • Excellent financial and modelling skills, with proven experience supporting the development of comprehensive business/financial plans

  • Experience of the social sector, impact investment and a desire to drive profit with purpose desirable

Benefits - What we will offer you

You will be joining an incredibly dedicated, vibrant, dynamic and talented team of people who are deeply passionate about services which improve people’s lives and public sector reform.

  • The health and wellbeing of our employees is really important to us. We will offer a range of benefits to support you, including enhanced family friendly policies, employee healthcare benefits, employee protection benefits, an employee assistance programme alongside other well-being initiatives to promote a healthier working environment. We will support you to ensure that you achieve a work life balance that suits your individual circumstances.

  • You will get 25 days’ annual leave, plus bank holidays, and a 5% contribution to the company pension scheme.

To apply

Apply directly at https://app.beapplied.com/apply/gguswey9jq

Hiring process and next steps

You’ll answer some questions that are related to the day-to-day job. After the job closes on the 20th January 2022, your answers will go through our sift process: all answers will be anonymised, randomised and then reviewed by a panel of reviewers.

If you are shortlisted, we’ll invite you to the next step, from the 26th January 2022. This will involve first and second round interviews with some of our colleagues, alongside completing a case study. Once we have concluded the process we would like the successful candidate to start as soon as possible following their appointment. You will be joining an incredibly dedicated, vibrant, dynamic and talented team of people who are deeply passionate about services which improve people’s lives and public sector reform.

Expected duration of this application process: 4-7 weeks.

We are an equal opportunities employer

We are committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and are determined to ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, age, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation, marital status, or race, or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be justifiable.

Bridges Outcomes

Bridges Outcomes is a mission driven not for profit social enterprise. We work with Government, community groups and specialist partners in the UK and emerging markets to design and deliver vital services that support people to improve their lives, in areas ranging from education and wellbeing to housing, employment and environmental protection.

Bridges Outcomes is a not-for-profit subsidiary of Bridges Fund Management, a specialist impact-driven investor. Over the last decade, we had the privilege of working on 55+ outcomes contracts, supporting over 30,000 people, alongside 133 socially motivated delivery organisations, 109 outcome payers, and 22 co-investors.

The role of Bridges Outcomes spans project development (working with outcome funders and others to design and launch the service), project and delivery management (coordinating the delivery phase and liaising with the various stakeholders) and project finance (funding the project until it starts to earn outcomes payments). Our own funding comes from a group of pioneering social investors, including The Office for Civil Society, Big Society Capital, UBS Optimus Foundation, Pilotlight, Trust for London, who, like us, are motivated by improving lives and changing the system for the better.