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Higher Executive Officer (Midd

Job Description

Job summary:

The Strategy and Planning team are entering into a significantly busy period with the development of a new corporate strategy and the implementation of the year 5 against our current strategy. Due to recent changes in the team, we are seeking a Strategy and Planning Officer (up to 1FTE) to join our team for a minimum of 6 months.

Overall this role is about supporting the team across the three areas of corporate strategy, strategic planning and monitoring and reporting. This will be an excellent opportunity to demonstrate your skills working in collaboration with the team to support business needs. You will report to a Senior Strategy and Planning Manager supporting a range of activities as well as leading on specific tasks to support the function of the team.

Activities could include:

  • Corporate Reporting: commissioning quarterly report input from Directors and Corporate Senior Leaders identifying accurate and timely qualitative and quantitative insights from that data to feed into the annual corporate business plan quarterly progress reports.
  • Report writing: providing practical support to the team to produce documents to feed into the development of our corporate strategy
  • Workshops and Meetings: providing support to the whole team to organise and prepare for meetings and workshops, organising agendas and recording and distributing key insights and actions
  • Presentation and communication: presenting in meetings and communicating with all levels of the business
  • Flexibility and resilience: You will support work across the team picking up new tasks where allocation of work needs to be reviewed to meet team objectives.
  • Organisational team support: maintaining the team inbox, flagging important items and allocating them to appropriate team members. Maintaining the team plan to feed into the monthly team planning meetings.

This list is not exhaustive, you may be required to carry out additional duties according to business needs.

Person Specification

We are interested in people who:

  1. demonstrate strong organisational and planning skills to be able to balance priorities and support others to contribute to your workstreams.
  2. take ownership and show initiative for taking on tasks and actions that support the function of the team, working both independently and alongside team members.
  3. demonstrate excellent people skills to quickly develop positive and collaborative relationships with a range of colleagues across the organisation
  4. demonstrate critical thinking skills, including the ability to identify and assess options, and make well-argued recommendations.
  5. demonstrate excellent communication skills and the ability to communicate messages clearly to a range of audiences at all levels - both verbally and in writing.
  6. present confidently with colleagues at all levels and can plan and produce materials, in preparation for workshops and meetings
  7. proficient in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Sharepoint and Teams
  8. can operate in an ambiguous and changing environment, identifying what is important and continuing to deliver team objectives.

About the Strategy and Planning Team

Strategy and Planning are a small but impactful team working at the heart of Companies House, within the Strategy, Policy and External Communications Directorate. We help shape, produce, and communicate our corporate strategy across the business. We also work across the business to produce underpinning strategic roadmaps, the annual business plan, and public targets. We facilitate strategic planning and prioritisation activities with Executive board, Main Board, and senior management with oversight of strategic priorities. We are also responsible for tracking progress against our strategy through regular monitoring and reporting. We work collaboratively with colleagues at every level across Companies House, providing support with translating strategy into delivery, prioritisation, and planning.

Our team is organised around a cycle of developing and delivering our corporate strategy, building annual plans and monitoring, and reporting its progress. We broadly work under three areas of focus - strategy, strategic planning and monitoring and reporting. Each of these areas has a lead (Principal Strategy and Planning Manager) supported by Senior Strategy and Planning Managers.

Behaviours

  • Managing a quality service
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace

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