Standard Life Foundation
Standard Life Foundation

Charity registered in Scotland SC040877

We are an independent charitable foundation. Our mission is to contribute towards strategic change which improves financial well-being in the UK. We want everyone to have a decent standard of living and have more control over their finances. We fund research, campaigning and policy work to improve living standards and personal finances for people on low to middle incomes in the UK. We are an engaged funder who does more than just make grants; we provide support, advice and add value to the projects we fund.

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Top job! Executive Officer

  • Part time
  • £32,500 – £34,125 pro-rata
  • Currently working from home. Edinburgh office base when offices re-open.
  • Closing 28th March 2021

We are an independent charitable foundation working to tackle financial problems and improve living standards. Our focus is improving the lives of people on low-to-middle incomes in the UK. We aim to achieve this by funding a range of work with the potential to create real and lasting change, working collaboratively with a number of partners and key stakeholders.

Each year we intend to award over £2 million in grants. Our funding comes from the unclaimed assets from Standard Life’s demutualisation in 2006, which we received in 2017. The company has since merged to become Standard Life Aberdeen and supports us through in-kind donations of office space and professional support. Decisions about our strategy and what we fund are made by our independent board of trustees, chaired by the former Chancellor, Alistair Darling.

We aim to be an open and engaged funder that offers more than money. The team is small (currently four staff) located in Edinburgh and London and this post is based in Edinburgh. The role is an exciting opportunity for someone who shares the vision of Standard Life Foundation, and offers a chance to contribute to strategic change in improving financial well-being in the UK.

Role Context

We are looking for a committed individual who is willing to support the close-knit team on an ‘all-round’ executive support and administration basis and in the delivery of the team’s work and priorities. The Executive Officer will be a key member of our small team, ensuring the smooth and efficient running of the Foundation by providing a range of support, including senior secretarial and general administration, diary management and events organisation. The Executive Officer will liaise with senior stakeholders internally and externally, and will bring a high level of professionalism, discretion, and relationship building skills to the role. The successful candidate will have a willingness to work collaboratively and be passionate about the Foundation’s objectives.

Key responsibilities

  • Provision of highly efficient, reliable and proactive secretarial service to the Chief Executive, Trustees and other senior colleagues, including diary management, handling communications, managing information, producing reports and documents, following up queries and correspondence, and recording and processing expenses and invoices.
  • Provision of secretariat to the Board and its committees, including scheduling annual cycles of meetings, administering the preparation of agendas and supporting papers, taking minutes and following up actions.
  • Work closely with the Head of Finance and Operations to assist with financial administration (including grants), as well as liaise with Standard Life Aberdeen plc as required in relation to contracted services provided to the Foundation, such as IT, facilities, payroll and HR.
  • Plan, organise and deliver events on behalf of the Foundation, including publicity, venues, speakers and presentations, logistics, invitations and support on the day, working closely with colleagues.
  • Work closely with the Head of Communications to update the Foundation’s website on a regular basis (training will be given but experience is preferred) and manage the Foundation’s distribution of newsletters and similar materials.
  • Develop and manage a range of administrative support for the Foundation, ensuring good quality administration systems and processes; and documentation, data storage and retrieval systems.
  • Support the editing and drafting of funding proposals and reports, working closely with the Chief Executive and other staff engaged in the Foundation’s grant activities.
  • Undertake delegated research, drafting of documents, preparation of presentations and proposals as required by the Chief Executive and other members of the Foundation Team.
  • Management of travel and accommodation bookings for Chief Executive, Trustees and other Foundation employees, ensuring compliance with all relevant policies.
  • Maintain central information resources on behalf of the Foundation, including policies, guidance, handbooks, contributing to the development or editing of documents as delegated.
  • Liaise with a wide range of stakeholders on behalf of the Chief Executive and Trustees, developing effective relationships and networks in support of their activities.
  • Develop and maintain a good knowledge of the full range of the activities of the Foundation in order to effectively handle a wide range of callers and enquiries, providing guidance and support and referring on to colleagues as required.

Person specification

Experience, knowledge, skills and qualifications

  • Experience of providing a range of secretarial, administrative, financial, and/or committee secretariat support.
  • Strong knowledge of administration, document and data management systems and processes.
  • Good numeracy skills and willingness to provide support (or experience) in financial administration, including grant paperwork and payments, financial/grant databases, accounts payable cycle, bank reconciliations.
  • Confident and creative user of Microsoft Office, including ability to produce high quality PowerPoint presentations and well-presented reports (Word, Excel).
  • High level of literacy and ability to draft content for reports or presentations, copy edit reports, and draft communications to stakeholders (internal and external).
  • Strong planning, prioritising and organising skills, including some previous experience of supporting or delivering events organisation (and ideally some experience of online events planning/delivery).
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to liaise and build relationships with a wide range of stakeholders at all levels.
  • Excellent attention to detail.

Personal attributes

  • Strong commitment to the mission of the Foundation and its work.
  • Self-motivated, able to work under own direction.
  • Flexible, creative and can-do approach.
  • Good team player able to work as part of a small team and supportive of colleagues.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • A professional manner, diplomatic and discrete, able to work with confidential and sensitive information.

Reports to: Head of Finance and Operations

This post will require occasional travel within the UK (when safe to do so) and some evening work.

We value diversity in our workforce and welcome enquiries from everyone.

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Top job! Head of Policy and Research

  • Full time or Part time
  • £49,199 – £51,659
  • Blended between home-working and office base working - with Edinburgh or London office
  • Closing 16th October 2021

We are looking for an enthusiastic, committed and experienced individual who will develop and drive forward a number of the Foundation’s policy and research activities, working closely with the Chief Executive and other members of staff and trustees. The Head of Policy & Research will help to develop the Foundation into a leading organisation working on issues relating to financial well-being, establishing and developing relationships with key policy makers and opinion formers. The successful candidate will have a willingness to work collaboratively and be passionate about the Foundation’s work.

About us

We are an independent charitable foundation working to tackle financial problems and improve living standards. Our focus is improving the lives of people on low-to-middle incomes in the UK. We aim to achieve this by funding a range of strategic work with the potential to create real and lasting change, working collaboratively with a number of partners and key stakeholders. We support research, policy work and campaigning activities and fund a range of universities, think tanks and not-for-profit organisations. We also commission some work and aim to grow this.

Our funding programmes relate to personal and household finances and cover areas such as wages, pensions, savings, social security, borrowing, taxation, debt, the cost of living and consumer spending.

Currently we award grants of around £2.5 million per annum but expect this to increase from next year. Our funding comes from the unclaimed assets from Standard Life’s demutualisation in 2006, which we received in 2017. The company has since merged and rebranded as abrdn. It supports us through in-kind donations such as office space.

Decisions about our strategy and what we fund are made by our independent board of trustees, chaired by the former Chancellor, Alistair Darling.

We aim to be an open and engaged funder that offers more than money, that works in collaboration with those we fund. The team is currently five members of staff, located in Edinburgh and London, and this post can be based in either location. The role is an exciting opportunity for someone who shares our vision, and offers a chance to contribute to strategic change in improving financial well-being in the UK.

We’re committed to providing an inclusive workplace where all forms of difference are valued and which is free from any form of unfair or unlawful treatment.

We define diversity in its broadest sense – this includes but is not limited to our diversity of educational and professional backgrounds, experience, cognitive and neurodiversity, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, religion or belief and ethnicity and geographical provenance. abrdn supports a culture that values meritocracy, fairness and transparency and welcomes enquiries from everyone.

If you need assistance or an adjustment due to a disability please let us know as part of your application and we will assist.

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