Vacancy: Senior Associate

Role: Senior Associate 

Salary: £40-50k per annum (depending on experience)

Contract: Full-time (we are open to part-time); 12-month fixed-term contract, flexible working  

Location: Canary Wharf, London UK but we encourage people to apply from all over the UK as remote working is possible, and encouraged often even for those based in London. If applying from outside the UK, you should ensure that you meet the necessary visa and work permit requirements. We are unable to act as a sponsor or provide visa support. 

When: September 2020


About the Centre for Public Impact (CPI)

CPI is a not-for-profit founded by the Boston Consulting Group. Believing that governments can and want to do better for people, we work side-by-side with governments — and all those who help them — to reimagine government, and turn ideas into action, to bring about better outcomes for everyone.

Our mission is to help governments achieve public impact, i.e. better outcomes for citizens. We are only six years old but already our global footprint is expansive and we partner with some of the biggest names in government, academia and public sector innovation in the world. We work all over the world but have regional teams in the UK, the USA and Australia. 

As an organisation, we are: 

  • courageous – we have the courage to speak the truth, to challenge without fear and tackle the difficult questions
  • respectful – we respect differences, we seek to understand them and we look out for one another
  • optimistic – we are positive about what we and governments can do for our societies
  • inclusive – we are non-partisan, we work together and seek ideas and solutions across the divides

We encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply. CPI is a values-led organisation, with curiosity, inclusivity and courageousness at our heart. We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds, who will challenge and broaden our thinking and who have the ability to relate and connect with people from all over the UK. This includes candidates that have previously found it hard to be considered for other positions on the basis of their qualifications, disabilities, personal background or life events. If you would like to apply for the position but see a barrier to joining us, please do apply and we will work with you to find a solution.


What you’ll be doing

This role is part of the UK team, which helps the government and public sector organisations in the UK ensure citizens and governments can work better together for better outcomes. Our aim is to help the UK government and public sector organisations listen, learn and adapt better so citizens’ needs come first. Activities would include:

  • Lead research and fieldwork projects, which involve both desk-based research but crucially involve innovative methods to ensure we are listening to citizens and putting their needs at the heart of everything we do
  • Develop clear communication around our research and further our thought leadership
  • Build and manage long-term client relationships
  • Develop knowledge and expertise of Local and Central Government in the UK
  • Seek and apply for public sector grants to help CPI UK further our mission 
  • Help run our small team and help us as an organisation listen, learn and adapt to challenges better. We believe that by experimenting as an organisation with different methods and strategies we bring authenticity in our recommendations for organisational change

As a Senior Associate in the UK team, you will be responsible for delivering programmes of work with governments and their partners as well as helping shape our research agenda in the UK and helping us secure funding for public sector projects. The role would be roughly split between programme work (25%), research and developing our points of view and thinking (50%), and helping us write proposals to build out our research and project portfolio (25%). The Senior Associate should have these skills: 

  • Passion for government and improving outcomes for citizens.
  • 2+ years experience in a related field such as consulting, public service, civil service or not-for-profit related roles. 
  • Experience of communicating effectively, having strong plain English writing skills. 
  • Experience with balancing competing priorities, willing to take initiative and work autonomously to meet deadlines. 
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and the complexity of our work, where anything is possible but not always known in advance.
  • High levels of digital literacy, particularly across Google and MS Office applications. 

In your first 6 months, you’ll:

  • Go through a bespoke onboarding and induction process. We operate in a self-managed way, working in lean, entrepreneurial teams and being accountable to one another for what we do and how we do it.
  • Help shape the objectives and key results (OKRs) of the team and choose which programmatic work to contribute to
  • Lead your work streams, working together with a Programme Manager
  • Write and publish your first article or blog with the support of the Communications team 
  • Have a buddy (someone who challenges and supports you) and a mentor (someone who provides advice and guidance in the context of your broader career trajectory). 


Like the rest of the CPI team, you’ll benefit from:

  • Competitive salary 
  • Flexible work from home options
  • Pension plan
  • Private health insurance
  • Regular team activities, socials and away days (depending on government restrictions) 
  • 25 days’ holiday (excluding public holidays) per year, plus office closure at Christmas!