Charity Next Director & Talent Manager, The Whitehall & Industry Group

The Whitehall & Industry Group (WIG), a registered charity, is an independent, not-for-profit corporate membership organisation. Our philosophy is underpinned by our values: Creative, Open-minded and Trusted.

Our charitable purpose of promoting mutual understanding between the sectors is delivered through a range of activities in the following three areas:

• Events and networks – briefings, roundtables, workshops and conferences to explore latest policy and share best practice from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors;
• Talent – offering the transfer of experience and expertise to another sector through mentoring, secondments, Non-Executive appointments and charity Trustee roles;
• Leadership – developing leadership skills at all career levels in a cross-sector environment.

Central to our cross-sector placement activity, the Charity Next programme was established by The Prince's Charities Foundation in 2008. It is an initiative designed to improve understanding between the sectors through secondments. The programme, managed by WIG since 2011, gives future leaders in the public sector the opportunity to contribute their skills and enthusiasm to key posts in the not-for-profit sector, in order to facilitate an exchange of expertise, build greater mutual understanding and encourage closer working. Participating charities include NSPCC, Samaritans and WWF-UK.

Over the past number of years, WIG has established itself as a trusted partner with the Civil Service, working closely with stakeholders to ensure secondment placements are aligned to requirements of the Civil Service curriculum, secondees are supported during their placement, and increasing assessment of the impact of the programme. 2020 saw further developments in the context of COVID, with all secondment roles assessed and deemed critical to the nation's COVID response. WIG has worked hard to ensure secondments continue to take place and thrive virtually, in line with government guidelines.

  • Job Description
    Specific Role Responsibilities

    • Project Management, delivery and development of the Charity Next programme of secondments;
    • Delivery of Charity Next revenue against the agreed income target (currently £124,000);
    • Working with the Charity Next Advisory Board to develop the future strategy of the programme;
    • Maintaining and building on stakeholder relationships within the Civil Service, Clarence House and not-for-profit sector partners;
    • Business development for both the Charity Next programme and also the Talent offering more broadly;
    • Ensure secondment placements are designed in line with Civil Service requirements;
    • Act as a trusted advisor to both secondees and hosts;
    • Lead analysis of feedback at relevant points during secondment cycles, including those relating to Equality, Diversity & Inclusion;
    • Lead on the continued development of, and engagement with, the Charity Next alumni community and measurement of the programme’s impact;
    • Act as an ambassador for Charity Next at key events such as Civil Service Fast Stream Basecamp;
    • Lead continuous improvement of Charity Next processes and participant experience;
    • Task managing WIG’s Senior Charity Next & Talent Executive to deliver the above;
    • Delivering projects across the Talent offer, including senior secondments, mentoring and recruitment;
    • Engage with other WIG Teams, particularly with crosscutting areas such as Marketing.

    WIG Relationship Management and other WIG Activities

    • You will have personal responsibility for the relationship management of between 12 to 15 WIG members from across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors;
    • Representing WIG Talent at breakfast and evening events and programmes.
  • Person Specification

    • A strong interest in government, business and the not-for-profit sector, their interaction, and the value of cross-sector learning;
    • Ability to work to strict deadlines under pressure and manage a mixed portfolio of tasks;
    • Strong organisational skills and ability to prioritise with high attention to detail;
    • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills;
    • Ability to influence, persuade and liaise with senior stakeholders over the phone, by email and in-person;
    • Ability to work autonomously and as part of a team;
    • Understanding of building and developing relationships in a professional context;
    • Commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion;
    • 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 & programmes, and travel to events and meetings outside London;
    • Desire to get involved in wider WIG projects and activities;


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

    Values and Behaviours

    • Embodiment of WIG Values internally and externally – Creative, Open-minded, Trusted;
    • Flexibility – need for an ‘all hands to the pump’ attitude when the organisation is particularly busy.

    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.
  • Terms of Employment and Employee Benefits

    The position is available on a permanent basis. We are delighted to hear from candidates interested in both full-time and part-time working, for example a 9-day fortnight. Remote working in the first instance, this role will be based at our office near St James’s Park. We offer a flexible working space, with an environment designed for various types of work.

    A salary of between £30,000 to £34,000 (dependent on skills and experience) will be payable. A suite of benefits is available to WIG employees, including an interest-free annual season ticket loan, cycle to work scheme, 5% pension contribution, a BUPA ‘Classic’ health check every two years and employee support programme. Complimentary fresh fruit & vegetables are provided in the office when it is open.   

    Holiday entitlement for full-time employees is 25 working days per year. Staff who have completed two years’ service are entitled to 27 working days per year.

    In addition to the above entitlement, staff receive extra leave over Christmas when the office is closed.

    WIG is keen to ensure that we appoint someone with the right skills, experience and commitment and is always willing to consider flexible working arrangements (including reduced hours working) for the right candidate.

  • How to apply

    Please submit your completed Application Form and Equalities Monitoring Form (downloadable below) via the ‘Apply Now’ button at the top of this page, or via email to Patrick Reihill, Head of Talent – [email protected]   

    If you have any questions about this opportunity, or would value a confidential discussion, please contact Patrick Reihill, Head of Talent at The Whitehall & Industry Group on 020 7222 1166 or [email protected]  

    The deadline for applications is midday, Monday 25 January 2021.  

    First round virtual interviews will be held during the week commencing Monday 1 February 2021. 

    Second round virtual interviews will be held during the week commencing Monday 7 February 2021. 

    WIG - Charity Next Director and Talent Manager January 2021.pdf


    Charity Next & Talent Manager Application Form January 2021


    WIG Equalities Monitoring Form