WIG – Talent Manager

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 delivers around 130 events a year, tackling issues of importance to both business, government and the not-for-profit sector. Our briefings, workshops, roundtables and conferences attract over 7,000 delegates annually. WIG’s Leadership team offer a range of longer-term modular programmes for every phase in your career alongside a number of one-day development seminars that focus on softer skills.

  • 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.

    Reporting to the Head of Talent, the role of Talent Manager is a varied and unique opportunity to work at the interfaces between business, government and the not-for-profit sector. The successful candidate will take ownership and responsibility for the management and continuing development of our Non-Executive Director and Trustee Recruitment service.

    WIG’s Non-Executive Director and Trustee Recruitment service has been operating successfully since 1999. This cross-sector recruiting is aligned with our charitable purpose as it allows Boards to gain new perspectives and expertise, whilst Non-Executives gain insights and knowledge from their involvement in the governance of on organisation. Previous partners include Government Agencies, Housing Associations, organisations within the NHS, and charities

    In addition to the Talent Manager, the Talent team consists of the Head of Talent, Charity Next Director and Charity Next & Talent Executive.
  • Job Description
    Specific Role Responsibilities

    • Overall ownership for WIG’s Non-Executive Director and Trustee recruitment service;
    • Managing the recruitment process for all opportunities including candidate and client management and related project management;
    • Providing a high standard of support to candidates and building a network of high-calibre Non-Executives;
    • Leading on Learning & Development interventions, including secondment brokering and mentor-matching;
    • Business development for both the Recruitment service but also the Talent offering more broadly;
    • Building strong relationships with our members by learning about their organisations and requirements;
    • Supporting on the delivery of workshops for prospective Non-Executive Directors and other development programmes;
    • Improving user experience.

    WIG Relationship Management

    • Relationship management of specific WIG member organisations to ensure that they gain full value from their WIG membership;
    • Attendance at events and other WIG activities.
  • Person Specification


    •    Enthusiastic, confident, self-aware;  
    •    A strong interest in government, business and the not-for-profit sector, their interaction, and the value of cross-sector learning;
    •    Experience in one or more of the following: Talent Management, Learning & Development, Executive Search or Recruitment;
    •    Excellent organisational and project management skills, and attention to detail; 
    •    Consultative and partnership-driven;
    •    Excellent interpersonal skills – an adaptable style to suit different people, cultures and situations;
    •    Experience of developing and managing relationships with senior stakeholders;
    •    Flexibility – particularly during occasional ‘all hands to the pump’ situations;
    •    Desire to get involved in wider WIG projects and activities. 

    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 Process and Documents (click here)
    • Please apply with a CV, Equalities Monitoring Form (downloadable below) and cover letter (maximum 500 words), setting out your reasons for applying and how you meet the criteria by email to Patrick Reihill, Head of Talent, The Whitehall & Industry Group – [email protected].
    • If you have any questions about this opportunity, or would value a confidential discussion, please contact  Patrick Reihill, Head of Talent, The Whitehall & Industry Group on 020 7222 1166 or [email protected].  
    • The deadline for applications is midday, Friday 7 June 2019. 
    • First round interviews will be held week commencing Monday 17 June 2019. 
    • Second round interviews will be held week commencing Monday 24 June 2019.


    WIG Talent Manager May 2019.pdf WIG Equalities Monitoring Form