Graduate IT Strategy Implementation Officer
Benefits: Company pension, 35 days annual leave, an employee assistance programme and learning and development opportunities.
Status: Full-time - 35 hours per week with flexible working opportunities. This post is jointly funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
Closing date: 5pm, Monday 07 August 2023
Location: Based in our muir of ord office with the option to work flexibly and remotely from home. Occasional (no more than monthly) visits to our head office in Edinburgh with travel to Edinburgh paid for.
Please note: This post is for graduates who have graduated within the last four years and have no more than 12 months of graduate-level work experience post-graduation.
We are looking for a values-driven graduate to join our highly skilled, motivated, and supportive team as our new Graduate IT Strategy Implementation Officer.
Over the last 8 years the Academy has evolved from being Scotland-focused with 24 staff to being a global social business with 49 staff in the UK, providing a licensed product to partner organisations in five continents. This transition requires our IT systems to evolve to meet the needs of an organisation in which teams are dispersed, often across different time zones.
This 12-month project is for a skilled graduate to deliver on the practical implementation of the Academy’s IT strategy. Supported by the Head of Finance, and with the active support of the Chief Operating Officer this individual would provide advice and guidance on the practical elements of the roll-out, provide training and coaching support and generally be a ‘champion’ within the organisation for the transition to new and more efficient ways of working enabled by our IT infrastructure.
Having the right mind-set, attitude and approach is as important for us as having the right experience and skills. We appreciate that the best person might not have all the listed criteria yet, so if you feel your experience and skills will help you to make a great contribution in this role and you have the right mind-set, we would welcome an application from you.
Background and Job Purpose
Following a Financial Resilience exercise in 2020 and a Sales Review in 2021, a Customer Relationship Management tool (HubSpot) was developed. We are now in the early stages of rolling this out across the organisation – initially domestically but ultimately internationally with franchise partners. We also commissioned an IT review from an external consultant, which identified a number of actions to be taken by the Academy to enhance our performance and enable efficient joint working between and across Teams. This includes the rollout of Microsoft Teams and Sharepoint. You will carry out the implementation and embedding of these systems across the Academy.
- Lead on internal communications and ensure the wider engagement of the staff team in relation to the IT strategy
- Build capability of staff and our Board in Hubspot, MS Teams, and Sharepoint
- Support the ongoing implementation of Entrepreneurial Operating Systems (EOS) throughout the business
- Liaise with our external IT support organisation with regards to the implementation, design, timescale, and communications relating to the IT strategy
- Enable the development of the cross-business IT Strategy group
This post is jointly funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise for graduates who have graduated within the last four years and have no more than 12 months graduate-level work experience post-graduation.
To see the full job description and set of criteria please download the recruitment pack below.
At the Social Enterprise Academy, we believe in the power of learning and development to transform people of all ages to be agents of change.
Since 2004, we have facilitated over 78,000 social entrepreneurs globally to help create fairer communities where people have equitable access to opportunities.
Through our social franchising model we have been scaling our impact and we want to increase this number to 10 million social entrepreneurs globally by 2030. Through our International Accelerator Fund we will build a financially sustainable hub network to increase the ripples of change taking place in communities around the world.
By providing them with the real life experience of running their own social enterprise, we are also empowering young people to become the future makers and job creators of their countries through our Social Enterprise Schools programme. Young people around the world are developing key future skills such as creativity, social entrepreneurship and financial literacy to ensure maximum sustainability and impact in their schools, communities and beyond.
- Complete the application form and the equality and diversity monitoring form (downloadable via our website)
- Send your application form and equality and diversity monitoring form in Word document format to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm, Monday 07 August 2023
- Please note that interviews will take place in person in Muir of Ord week beginning 14 August 2023
If you have any questions or would like to discuss any reasonable adjustments for the application or interview process e.g. application form in a different format or extra interview time please get in touch with Lanagh Taylor: email@example.com
Life at the Academy
We are a friendly bunch, split across two offices in central Edinburgh and Inverness. We are proud of our caring and collaborative atmosphere in both of our offices; so if you are looking for fun, supportive colleagues who both motivate and challenge each other, we would love to hear from you!
Can’t imagine ever working anywhere else – David Bryan, Highlands and Islands Hub Manager
I had high standards about what the ideal workplace should be but the Academy is way beyond my expectations, thanks to you and the rest of this amazing team - Elsa Vibert, Southern Scotland Learning Administrator
We enable a culture of life-long learning; personal growth and critical thinking.
We experiment and stay curious, creating connections to seize opportunities around a shared excitement for what could be possible.
We lead by example with honesty and transparency.
We trust and respect the skills, specialism and contribution of everyone we work with.
We create safe spaces for demonstrating empathy, humility, compassion, playfulness and care, and we appreciate each other’s skills, contributions and successes.
Flexible working and enhanced holiday – 25 + 10 public holidays
Up to 8% Employer contribution to Pension
Enhanced maternity leave and child care vouchers scheme
Central location beside other third sector organisations
Life assurance and an employee assistance programme
L + D opportunities and a monthly reading hour
The Social Side
Team building treats
Everything from mindfulness sessions to walking tours of the city
Taking time for lunchtime trips galleries, supporting culture in Scotland plus our annual fringe night out
Academy BYO Lunches
You can be sure Jan will bake a sweet treat!
Be a Birthday VIP
A cake, a card and the Academy choir’s rendition of Happy Birthday
The Christmas party
Scavenger hunts, caption competitions, dinner and drinks to celebrate our year
Did someone say Dishoom?
Last but not least... we are occasionally partial to a Breakfast Naan pick me up