Social Finance

  • Contract

To apply for this job please visit www.socialfinance.org.uk.

About Social Finance

We are an ambitious not for profit group organisation aiming to achieve lasting social change that enables people to lead fulfilling lives. We collaborate with governments, funders, community organisations and the wider social sector to create breakthrough solutions to challenging social problems in the UK and internationally.

Founded in 2007, our team shares a passion for social impact and includes over 100 employees with a blend of experiences from the public, commercial and voluntary sectors. Our people bring a unique set of skills in digital, data, research, operations, policy, facilitation and financial analysis that is highly valued by our partners in social change. We are based in Vauxhall, London with sister organisations in the US, Israel, India and the Netherlands, as part of the Social Finance Global Network. We are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

What we do

We develop models, products and services that are pragmatic and have the scope to drive systemic change to improve people’s lives. In the UK, we focus on issues such as homelessness, domestic abuse, mental health, learning difficulties, loneliness and vulnerable children on the edge of the care system. We also look to improve equity for marginalised communities in social services. Internationally, we design outcomes- based models for issues such as maternal and neonatal health, education and employment.

Our Values

Everyone at Social Finance believes that change is possible. Our unique blend of skills and backgrounds enables us to create breakthrough solutions to society’s toughest problems. To help us do it, we have three core values that guide everything we do:

Pioneering Spirits

Be ambitious for lasting change and don’t stop until social systems truly meet people’s needs. Change is hard but by juggling social insight, business flair and practical savvy we make it happen

Curious Minds

Unearth the evidence, ask awkward questions and don’t give up until we get the right answer. Through rigorous thinking and learning from others we generate ideas that make a big social impact.

Respectful Hearts

Be all ears, see all angles – we seek to understand, not to blame.
We embrace diverse backgrounds to build strong teams and create lasting partnerships for change.

If this sounds like you, then we’d love to hear more.
More information about us can be found on our website: www.socialfinance.org.uk

The Opportunity

The Data and Digital Team is a fast-growing part of Social Finance with ambitious plans over the next 3-5 years. To support and enable this business to grow and meet demand, a dedicated Talent Acquisition Specialist is needed. As part of the Human Resources team (HR), you will have the support and resources you need to successfully deliver the Data and Digital resourcing and recruitment plans.

About You

You will bring experience of talent acquisition in either an agency or in-house role. You will be proactive in your approach to identifying resourcing solutions and take pride in building positive rapport with prospective candidates and in turn employees through recruitment, onboarding and induction. You will be solutions focussed and thrive off matching people with opportunities. You will be passionate and motivated by social impact and the role of data in delivering lasting change. Collaborative in approach, you will enjoy working across teams and sharing knowledge and best practice with others.

Key Responsibilities

• Work with the HR Manager and Business Unit Head to determine staffing needs and to define and prioritise the recruitment and resourcing needs and develop the recruitment strategy.

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This is a fantastic opportunity to build your career in talent acquisition and HR, working in a dynamic and fast-growing social impact business. With responsibility for the full cycle of recruitment across the Data and Digital team, you will work closely with the Director to shape the way we build the team, acquire and develop talent and support team cohesion.

  • Oversee the full recruitment cycle from initial job briefing to onboarding, working with the HR team and Data and Digital Team to plan and coordinate the process.
  • Identify key assessment criteria that will ensure an inclusive recruitment process and attract a diverse range of candidates with the relevant skillset.
  • Use creative sourcing techniques to build an effective pipeline, which identifies and engages a broad range of candidates through a blend of recruitment methods, including social media, recruitment agencies and search firms, job boards, referrals and networking.
  • Shortlist and interview candidates alongside other team members. Design and administer other interview assessments such as presentations and case study exercises.
  • Identify and build a network of people interested and experienced in our digital and data work for current and future vacancies, for both permanent and contractor roles.
  • Build opportunities to further improve our employer brand and reputation through recruitment and networking.
  • Work with the HR Manager and Data and Digital Team on ensuring a positive new joiner experience complemented by relevant learning and development resources.
  • Provide steer and guidance to the Business Unit head on wider planning and people management considerations.
  • Assess recruitment statistics available through our Applicant Tracking System to monitor and report on the effectiveness of our recruitment strategies.

• A passion and motivation for social impact. Desirable

Skills, abilities and attributes

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  • Previous experience of working within talent acquisition either in-house or with an agency.
  • Proven experience across the full recruitment cycle using a range of techniques and creative thinking to

    source and retain talent for a broad range of roles.

  • Understanding and experience of working with data and digital focussed roles and recruiting into this


  • Extensive experience of using recruitment, selection and networking channels such as LinkedIn, CV

    databases and recruitment events.


  • Experience in attracting talent to an emerging area within an organisation.
  • Experience of managing multiple recruitment rounds simultaneously.
  • Experience of supporting a growing business area.
  • A strong communicator with excellent interpersonal skills, both with candidates and team members.
  • Ability to prioritise tasks and adapt to changing priorities.
  • Effective interview skills and ability to recognise strengths and potential areas for development.
  • An ability to understand and synthesise various requirements for different roles.
  • A willingness to learn and solve problems and work proactively with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent attention to detail, time management and organisational skills.
  • Proactive and solutions focussed.

Our Commitment to You

Social Finance offers a range of training and development support, using both in-house expertise and external partners to develop and deliver our training programmes. Alongside the Project Managers you work with day to day, your Line Manager will support you in your career planning and personal development. All new staff have a buddy in place to help them learn about life at Social Finance.

The fixed salary for this position is £50,000 per annum plus an additional 10% pensionable salary in lieu of benefits. We offer a generous holiday allowance plus bank holidays and corporate leave between Christmas and New Year when the office is closed. We also offer a contributory stakeholder pension scheme, season ticket loans, bike to work schemes and Give as you Earn via salary sacrifice.

Encouraging community and wellbeing is important to us. We have a health and wellbeing plan to encourage better working practices for individuals. Social Finance is a disability confident committed employer as well as a founding signature of the UK social investment sector’s Diversity Forum manifesto.

We need a diverse organisation to be effective. Our work requires us to bring together people with a broad range of skills and life experiences to ensure our impact across a range of social issues and systems. We are committed to having an inclusive culture and working environment in which everyone feels at home and is supported to achieve their potential. We know there is further to go and are implementing a Diversity and Inclusion strategy with a group of external experts to hold us to account.

We actively encourage applications from under-represented and minoritised groups, including those with lived experience of the social issues we are working to address. We are an equal opportunities employer.

We support a range of flexible working options and welcome UK based applications from outside of London/the South East so far as they can meet the in-person meeting requirements for the role. We can also accommodate secondments and part-time working.

How to Apply

Social Finance are using Applied, a new application platform developed by the Behavioural Insights Team, to record your application. Applied is focused on using behavioural and data science to improve hiring decisions and minimise unconscious bias in the recruitment process. You will be asked to respond to four situational based questions which will allow you to express your ability.

Your answer to each question will be viewed in isolation. Please therefore ensure there is enough detail in that single response, without any references to your other responses.

NB: Whilst we are asking for your CV, please note that we will not be viewing your CV during the initial sift process. The selection panel will not have access to your CV, so it is therefore essential that you respond to each question fully.

To begin your application, please click here.
Should you require any reasonable adjustments to allow you to attend an interview, please highlight this

when you are invited.

Closing date for applications: 9am – Monday 26 July 2021

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