Corporate strategy and planning manager-Senior Associate

Ofcom - Various
22 Jul 2020

Team overview:

Ofcom exists to make communications work for everyone. We regulate the TV, radio and video-on-demand sectors, fixed and mobile telecoms, postal services, plus the airwaves over which wireless devices operate. We are also helping to inform the ongoing debate about the future of online regulation.

Our culture is shaped by four corporate values: excellence, agility, collaboration and empowerment.

The Strategy and Policy team does a range of exciting work across all the sectors Ofcom regulates. In brief, our key responsibilities are:

  • Defining Ofcom’s corporate strategy – working with senior management and the Board to help define Ofcom’s priorities and assessing how well we have delivered past priorities
  • Providing market and policy insight – understanding how the communications sector is developing in order to inform our wider policy programme and our corporate strategy
  • Delivering Ofcom’s strategic priorities – steering major projects that set the future direction of regulation in the sector
  • Offering thought leadership on emerging policy issues – working collaboratively with other teams to establish Ofcom’s position on new or cross-cutting competition, consumer, or public policy issues 

Purpose of the Role

We are improving Ofcom’s corporate planning, prioritisation and performance management process.  

Specifically, we want to make our approach to planning, budgeting and re-prioritisation more strategic; improve our approach to management  reporting; and ensure that the decisions we take about where to deploy our   resources are informed by the broader market context.

In order to achieve these goals we are expanding the corporate strategy function within the Strategy and Policy team and recruiting a dedicated corporate planning manager. This is an exciting opportunity to make real changes to the way in which Ofcom goes about planning, budgeting and reporting on priorities and offers the opportunity to make a real difference to how the organisation is run.

We are looking for a candidate with a combination of strong planning skills and excellent strategic thinking and analytical skills. The successful candidate will report to the Head of Corporate Strategy, but will also work closely   with colleagues in the Finance team.

Requirements of the Role

Requirements of the Role:

  • Developing Ofcom’s Annual Plan and 3-year strategic plan, ensuring this plan takes account of latest market trends as well as the broader socio-economic, public policy and technological context
  • Working closely with the Finance team to ensure that Ofcom is allocating its budget and resources in a manner consistent with our strategic priorities
  • Helping to prepare Ofcom’s management reporting and information packs and ensuring these reports provide clear updates on progress with our priority projects
  • Using data to identify resourcing and timing pinch-points in our workload, and devising creative solutions on what to re-prioritise in order to ensure our work programme is delivered
  • Finding ways to assess the success of our past interventions and identify the most important lessons learned
  • Appreciation of, and a desire to promote, Ofcom’s corporate values of excellence, agility, empowerment and partnership

Skills, knowledge and experience

Skills, knowledge and experience:

Our colleagues come from a variety of different academic and career backgrounds, and have developed their skills in many different roles and sectors. The core skills for the role are:

  • Analytical skills: You should be able to use data to think creatively about problems and develop effective, evidence-based solutions
  • Planning and Project Management skills: You should be able to make forward-looking plans and manage resources effectively to achieve outcomes in a time-efficient way
  • Communication skills (Written and Oral): You should be able to communicate arguments to different audiences in a variety of settings
  • Influencing skills: You should have an ability to successfully influence colleagues through a range of different channels
  • Relationship Management skills: You should be able to build and maintain working relationships with a broad range of people and be able to handle difficult   conversations sensitively

Desirable skills are:

  • Prior knowledge of the media and/or telecommunications sector would be an advantage, but is not essential.
  • While Financial qualifications are not a requirement for this role, an understanding of corporate finance would be a plus.

Qualifications

You do not require any specific academic qualifications for the role, but we will be looking for evidence of your ability to solve problems that may have operational, business, legal, economic and technology dimensions, to explain your thinking effectively to different audiences and to deliver projects.

A degree could be a relevant indicator, as could relevant professional experience

Further Information

We will only consider applications for this role accompanied by a cover letter