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Strategic Planning & Insights Manager

Strategic Planning & Insights Manager

Location: Milton Keynes (Hybrid)

Our established client is currently seeking Strategic Planning & Insights Manager on a full-time, permanent basis. The successful candidate will work closely with the Head of Strategic Planning and Insight, play a key role in generating market insights and supporting development of the BDU’s strategy and plans to reach more and diverse groups of learners, employers and partners, to deliver income growth and diversification.

Key Responsibilities:

  • planning and delivery of strategic development projects that support business activity, including the creation of compelling business cases and plans, and,
  • generation of research and business insights and analysis (qualitative and quantitative) to inform and contribute to the Unit’s strategy and business planning process,
  • conducting market sizing and developing scenarios for target setting and student number planning
  • contributing to new product development insight and planning
  • Working with the Head of Strategic Planning and Insight and BDU’s leadership team, play a key role in the formulation of the Unit’s strategy and business plans that supports the University’s income diversification.
  • Work within the Business Management team to deliver high quality outputs and service to the Unit and the wider University, work proactively and collaboratively with a focus on continuous improvement.
  • Identify information sources and develop frameworks and structures for research and analysis that support key strategic questions as directed by the Senior Leadership team in the BDU.
  • Conduct ongoing analysis of higher education markets and the political and regulatory environment as well as tracking key market data and analysis of trends and consequences.
  • Develop sector and product insights that support identification and navigation of business opportunities
  • Play a key role in market sizing and in target and student number planning, informed by business insights and market research. Work with stakeholders to gain institutional agreement for planning assumptions.
  • Effectively share market and policy insights and conclusions with internal stakeholders (e.g. Marketing and Communications, Government and External Affairs) in the most appropriate format as required.
  • Cultivate and manage appropriate relationships within the University (e.g. BDU, faculties, project teams) as well as with external clients and other stakeholders, and act as a representative for the BDU .
  • Where appropriate, lead and participate in wider University projects that help deliver the BDU’s objectives and targets, as directed by Head of Strategic Planning and Insight and the Senior Leadership Team.

Key experience:

  • Ability to develop complex and compelling business plans and investment cases
  • Ability to analyse complex information quickly and accurately for communicating simple narratives effectively to multiple internal and external audiences, through reports, papers and briefs.
  • Experience of complex stakeholder engagement, building relationships, influencing and negotiating at multiple levels, in a challenging and dynamic environment.
  • Experienced in developing strategic insights that support navigation of opportunities and business decisions
  • Experience of working with both qualitive and quantitate data to develop insightful analysis
  • Demonstrates following qualities: creative and resourceful self-starter with business vision and acumen supported by excellent planning and prioritising capabilities, and the ability to cope with multiple demands effectively in a fast-paced and changing environment.
  • Demonstrates ability to think strategically and proactively identify and resolve complex problems and issues.
  • Capacity for leading and managing projects– no formal qualifications or specific prior experience is required, but candidates should be able to demonstrate excellent project management skills or experience.
  • Experience of working in Higher Education sector or HE-related knowledge is desirable.

Key Words: Strategic Planning, Business Management, Communications

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