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Director of Strategy and Planning

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We’re Simply Business
We insure small businesses and enable big dreams – not just for our customers, but for our people and communities too. With over 750,000 active insurance policies, we protect builders, bakers, landlords, and more than 1,000 other trades. 

We’re a B Corp too, which recognises our strong track record of having a positive impact on people, society and the environment.  

But what’s it like to work here? Here are three reasons why Simply Business could be your next employer

We Embrace Individuality We value what’s important to each and every SBer. Whether that be providing access to cutting edge wellbeing support, or being part of one of our many diversity networks and communities.  We also take personal development seriously - we’re all about enabling big dreams.

We Trust Who We Hire We empower SBers with choice and flexibility to make the right decisions based on the needs of their roles and we’ve been working this way long before Covid19. 
There’s no one-size-fits all solution when it comes to how often we get together in person, so all of our people and teams find the rhythm that suits them best when it comes to working from home or hub.
We’re innovative We've created a place for people to be curious, experience new things, and bring unique ideas to the table. If you want to learn how we do all this - head over to our Careers page where you’ll see us walk the talk 

If Simply Business sounds like the kind of place you’ll thrive, we’d love to hear from you.

Simply Business are seeking a Director of Strategy and Planning in London to join it's leadership team.

A pivotal role for Simply Business, operating across the whole of the UK business. Seen as an expert in setting the long term strategy of the business and exploring opportunities to develop our business. 

The role is a mix of high-level strategic thinking and problem solving and with high levels of influencing and education an executive levels with both internal and external stakeholders. As key member of the wider leadership team, the role holder will regularly attend and lead strategic planning meetings.

The core responsibilities for this role are strategy, planning and execution:

  • Driving and owning strategy
  • Develop long term (3+5yrs) and short term (1y) company strategy to grow the UK business profitably and sustainably, coordinating with the exec team to ensure the central plan and LRP knits together based on the desired future end state
  • Identify the capabilities needed to reach those ambitions and develop the exec’s plans to build/buy/borrow those capabilities
  • Work with the CEO to build the Board strategy & investment cases
  • Looking ahead of marketplace trends, leveraging internal and external resources

  • Planning and execution
  • Drive return on investments which are critical for the strategic plan (i.e. entrance to adjacent products & services), working with functional owners to deliver
  • Identify gaps and influence Exec to a resolution
  • Accelerate UK-wide delivery by embedding an efficient operating rhythm. Ensure the right process and forums are in place to focus the attention on critical areas for success, maintaining pace and accountability

  • External opportunities scouting
  • Keep a clear view of competitors strategic movements and how the competitive landscape is evolving
  • Early sight of potential future winners / winning ideas
  • Identify opportunities for partnerships and potential investments to accelerate SB plans
  • Own strategic investment cases for agreement by boardLead the execution of any subsequent investment with external support where required

What we’re looking for

  • Drive Purpose -  strong experience in corporate strategy, simplifying and solving complex and ambiguous problems in a fast growth business
  • Coach for growth - inspiring and respected manager and leader creatively forming the right teams around the right problems
  • Collaborate effectively - influencer with exceptional collaboration skills in order to support and bring people together
  • Be courageous - Big systems thinker comfortable with ambiguity, entrepreneurial and pragmatic scout with a commercial mindset, highly analytical individual pushing people to think beyond their comfort zone
  • Be humble - interest and curiosity for the Insurtech ecosystems and hunger to deliver innovation with a customer-first focus
Our culture is inclusive and diverse

Our mission is to make Simply Business synonymous with fairness, belonging and inclusivity. We won’t be happy until we’ve created a truly inclusive culture – where every employee, whatever their background, role, or location, feels comfortable being their authentic self at work.

We all have a part to play – to learn more, to do more and to go further – in building this new reality that’ll be befitting of the diversity of the customers we serve. At Simply Business, we’re all in.

What are the benefits?

At Simply Business, our benefits let you balance life and work properly:

flexible parental leave – you can choose to take shared parental leave, plus we offer full pay for the first six months of your maternity leave and four-week fully paid paternity leave, subject to meeting the qualifying criteria
remote working – more of us are currently working remotely than usual, but longer-term you can balance working remotely with working in the office, giving you the opportunity to connect with colleagues
mental health and wellbeing resources – we take your wellbeing seriously, giving you access to counselling (through our Employee Assistance Programme) as well as technology to support your mental health (through the Unmind app)
paid sabbatical – two weeks off when you’ve been here for five years and four weeks off when you’ve been here for 10 years
a dedicated learning platform – including a management and leadership programme – the platform lets you balance both work and life goals

And we compensate you fairly:

• a competitive salary that reflects your experience, our pay policy and the market we’re in from your first day
• the potential to earn an annual bonus based on business performance (those on commission-led roles will be rewarded monthly)
• we match what you put into your pension up to five per cent
• a health cash plan reimburses your everyday medical expenses (with the opportunity to increase the level of your plan in your flexible benefits)
• a generous holiday entitlement of 25 days annual leave, plus bank holidays
life assurance of four times of your basic salary
Smart Health services including unlimited access to a 24/7 virtual GP
• a flexible benefits scheme with an allocated allowance each year to choose from benefits including private medical insurance, dental insurance, travel insurance, up to five days extra holiday, and gym membership

These values are important to us and our people
- Learning
- Empowerment
- Authenticity
- Pioneering
- Simplicity

These all mean something unique to every person at Simply Business, but if you’re thinking about working here, give them some thought. They’re at the heart of our story.

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