WIG – Charity Next & Talent Executive

The Whitehall & Industry Group (WIG) is an independent, not-for-profit corporate membership organisation. We believe that solutions to global, national and organisational challenges are inspired by bringing people together from across the sectors to collaborate, share and learn from one another.

WIG’s cross-sector membership consists of approximately 230 organisations – top FTSE and professional services companies, central government departments and agencies, local authorities, some wider public sector bodies, universities and not-for-profit organisations. WIG has three main activity areas: Events, Leadership and Talent – each contributing in turn to fulfilling its overarching charitable purpose of connecting the sectors.

  • WIG's Talent Team
    WIG’s Talent team can be described as a Careers management service, offered to all our member organisations as well as wider networks. Our purpose is to allow people and organisations to have experience of working or gaining direct insight into life in a different sector. We offer impartial careers advice to senior leaders in Whitehall, business and the wider public and not-for-profit sectors.

    We arrange secondments between business, government and the not-for-profit sector, we match people with mentors, we educate people on the duties of sitting on public and charity sector boards and recruit for such positions, and we arrange for Civil Service Fast-Streamers to enjoy a secondment in a non-profit organisation through the Charity Next scheme.

    Charity Next is a secondments programme, allowing future leaders of the public sector to experience a six-month secondment across a wide range of specialisms and areas in a charity, social enterprise or wider not-for-profit organisation. Originally established by the Prince’s Charities over 10 years ago, it has grown significantly over the years, placing 100 secondees into host organisations across seven functional specialisms in 2018.
  • Job Description
    The successful candidate will work with the Charity Next Director and across the Talent team to help deliver the Charity Next programme and support with the wider Talent offering. They will be a key point of contact for partners and stakeholders.

    Specific Role Responsibilities

    • Provide day-to-day support on the delivery of the Charity Next programme including:
    - Liaising with hosts and providing feedback on suggested roles;
    - Answering queries all year round;
    - Managing relationships with hosts and secondees during secondments;
    - Collating feedback at relevant points during secondment cycles;
    - Working in partnership with the Cabinet Office secondments team;
    - Issuing invoices;
    - Keeping the CRM system/database and other documents up to date.
    • Be responsible for business development and bringing new host organisations on-board.
    • Support the administration of Charity Next Advisory Board meetings on a bi-annual basis.
    • Contribute to the ongoing strategy for the programme.
    • Continuously improve and keep Charity Next marketing materials and the website pages up to date.
    • Ensure continuous improvement of Charity Next processes and participant experience.
    • Support the recruitment process for trustees, non-executive and secondment opportunities, including liaising with clients and candidates.
    • Assist with preparing candidate long-lists.
    • Engage with other WIG Teams, particularly with crosscutting areas such as Marketing.
    • Provide administrative support to the Talent team.
    • Contribute to wider Talent team activities including administration, marketing and evaluation.

    In addition, the postholder will also provide cover for the Charity Next Director and Talent colleagues as required and represent the team at WIG events.
  • Person Specification


    •    Enthusiastic, confident, self-aware, outgoing style; 
    •    A strong interest in government, business and the not-for-profit sector, their interaction, and the value of cross-sector learning;
    •    Strong organisational skills and ability to prioritise with high attention to detail;
    •    Outstanding customer service skills;
    •    Ability to work to deadlines under pressure and manage a mixed portfolio of tasks; 
    •    Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills; 
    •    Ability to liaise competently with a wide range of stakeholders including at a senior level via email, phone and in person;
    •    Ability to show initiative and be proactive about solving problems that may arise;
    •    Ability to work autonomously and as part of a team;
    •    Flexibility – need for an ‘all hands to the pump’ attitude;
    •    Good IT Skills (Word, PowerPoint and Excel);
    •    Desire to get involved in wider WIG projects and activities;
    •    Willingness to work some additional hours, including attending early morning and evening events, and travel to events and meetings outside London. 


    •    Wider knowledge of the UK not-for-profit sector;
    •    Project management experience and expertise. 

    You will have the opportunity for personal development. WIG invests in the training of its staff, and all are expected to show commitment to personal learning and professional development.

  • Application Documents (click here)

    To apply, please submit, via the button above, your CV, together with a covering letter and equalities monitoring form before Monday 28 January, midday.

    Interviews for short-listed candidates are likely to be held on Friday 1 February with second round interviews taking place the following week.

    If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Lydia Garrett on 020 7222 1166 or by emailing [email protected]

    WIG Charity Next Talent Executive January 2019.pdf Equalities Monitoring Form 2018.docx