Strategic Relationships Manager

Strategic Relationships Manager

Office of the CEO

Full Time – UK based

We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced relationships specialist to work within our CEO’s office. This pivotal role will support the CEO with key relationships for external individuals and organisations (“strategic stakeholders”), coordinating institutional engagement and identifying opportunities to activate relationships to support the CEO’s agenda and the wider strategic objectives of the Foundation. 

You will be accountable for supporting the CEO in prioritising and managing their connections and relationships and helping to get the most out of their collaborations. How we interact with key external stakeholders requires a careful approach, orchestration and management and you will be highly experienced in working with stakeholders across a range of sectors. It will be a critical part of your role to coordinate with our internal teams to ensure that these key relationships are managed in line with our 2030 objectives and that we have a robust system in place for knowledge management and research.

Specific role and responsibilities:

Oversight of the Relationship Management of our CEO’s Strategic Stakeholder group

  • Develop and maintain a central view of the composition of the Strategic Stakeholders group in line with our 2030 strategy agenda to ensure we have convergent priorities across the organisation and a consistent, high quality engagement experience with EMF.

  • Provide an overview of relationship status, dynamics and opportunities:

    • Engagement in programmes and projects 

    • Market research and intelligence to identify opportunities

    • Produce insights for internal prioritisation and decision making.

  • Deliver a high-quality relationship management approach for the top priority group across the Foundation, including internal coordination, indirect and direct management recommendations.

  • Make internal recommendations for projects and initiatives related to the group and communicate the interests of this audience internally at all levels.

Develop a Strategic Programme that nourishes relationships and accelerates the Foundation’s efforts

  • Identify impact opportunities for different segments and establish targets and, specifically, define and drive the CEO agenda strategy guided by the 2030 strategy.

  • Develop a programme of activities that contributes to our targets.

  • Ensure maximum integration internally such that engagement with key individuals and organisations accelerates efforts within programmes.

Accountable for the delivery of the Strategic Stakeholder programme 

  • Define and deliver a consistent application of the stakeholder user journey to ensure a high-quality brand experience for each individual member in the priority group. 

  • Coordinate internal teams to ensure the Foundation meets deadlines and milestones associated with key programmes.

Your profile:

  • 10+ years of relevant work experience leading C-suite relationships within consulting or the business sector.

  • A relevant qualification in a related field is highly desirable.

  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills both written and verbal. The ability to influence and build trusted, collaborative relationships with internal and external senior stakeholders.

  • Demonstrated experience leading and inspiring high performing, diverse teams at strategic and operational levels across the organisation.

  • Knowledge of organisational and inter-organisational relationships.

  • Strong problem-solving skills with an analytical and structured approach.

  • A good understanding of the circular economy and its principles and application. 

Desired starting date: ASAP

Closing date: 31st January 2023

Salary and benefits: Up to £54,000 per annum, plus generous holiday allowance (25 days plus UK bank holidays and discretionary extra days leave), generous parental leave; enhanced pension options/private health scheme after 6 months; wellbeing programme.

Location: UK based with some travel required including to our head office based in Cowes, Isle of Wight.

Relocation support: We offer support with relocation from overseas, such as: helping to source accommodation, travel expenses to the UK (dependent on circumstances and eligibility). Many colleagues will have faced the same challenges as you (including relocating pets!) and we will be happy to assist you in this transition.

What we do

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation develops and promotes the idea of a circular economy. We work with, and inspire, business, academia, policymakers, and institutions to mobilise systems solutions at scale, globally. Our mission is to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. Our vision is a new economic system that delivers better outcomes for people and the environment. Business models, products, and materials are designed to increase use and reuse, replicating the balance of the natural world, where nothing becomes waste and everything has value. A circular economy, increasingly built on renewable energy and materials, is distributed, diverse, and inclusive.

Our commitment to you

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is committed to promoting equal opportunities in employment and providing a working environment free from discrimination. Job applicants will receive equal treatment regardless of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.