Assistant Business Executive

Sage is the UK’s largest software company (and the second largest in Europe). In the UK, 56% of businesses pay their employees using Sage.

They advertised on movemeon for an Assistant Business Executive to the CEO. The successful member previously worked as Right Hand to the CEO of a large multinational and had 4 years’ consulting experience at Kea&Partners in France.

About the role

  • Provide clients with data analytics, data-driven strategic advice and support in the implementation of strategies to maximise their platforms’ engagement and monetization potential.
  • Identify new clients and support in the winning of work.
  • Play a key role in clients’ growth as well as that of Pivot Sport.

Job requirements:

  • Demonstrable business impact in previous work
  • Have been at the forefront of driving large scale change / improvement / innovation in businesses
  • Excellent at working with and influencing stakeholders at all levels in an organisation

If you are interested, here is the full job description:

Sage is growing at our fastest rate in a decade under the direction of CEO Stephen Kelly, who has been described as one of the most ambitious and forward thinking CEOs in the FTSE 100. This is from a stage where we are already a global leader in software, with over 3 million customers in 40+ countries. This is a unique opportunity to join the Office of the CEO, and play a critical role in driving a complex change programme designed to accelerate innovation and growth at Sage.

About Us

Sage is the UK’s largest software company (and the second largest in Europe). We are also the market leaders in countries such as South Africa and Canada. In the UK, 56% of businesses pay their people using Sage, which means that 1 in 3 employees in the UK are paid using Sage every month (9 million employees). It is a similar story in the majority of countries we operate in.

Thanks to the rapid growth of digital, online, cloud and AI, we are currently undergoing an ambitious and exciting transformation in response. We are leading the market with a raft of new innovations, such as the release of the world’s first accounting chatbot, Pegg, which gained users in 125 countries within the first 8 weeks of its launch.

The Office of the CEO

Stephen Kelly, has over 30 years leadership experience in high-growth businesses. This ranges from start-ups to multi-nationals, and has been a CEO of three public companies in California and Europe. He also serves as Business Ambassador to the Prime Minister and, prior to joining Sage, served as the Chief Operating Officer to the UK Government.

The Office of the CEO is a small, high-powered team that supports Stephen on all matters of business. It currently consists of just one Executive and one Personal Assistant. The Executive to the CEO, joined Sage from the Cabinet Office in 2015, where he was the Private Secretary to the Minister.

About the Role

To meet the growing needs the CEO’s commitments and business priorities, we are expanding the Office of the CEO to include another Business Executive (commonly described elsewhere as ‘Right Hand to’ or ‘Joint Chief of Staff’). This is a unique role that provides the opportunity to travel with the CEO, attend meetings with and on behalf of the CEO, and act as intermediary and sounding board between the CEO and the business.

There is no typical day in this role. One day you could find yourself waking up on a plane to Australia on your way to meet the Australian Prime Minister, or backstage at Sage Summit (the world’s largest gathering of entrepreneurs, hosted by Sage, hanging out with Richard Branson and the Killers) and the next day you are in back to back Board level meetings following up on actions on behalf of the CEO.

As this is a new role, there will be flexibility and freedom for a strong candidate to make it their own. It is a unique opportunity to develop before moving into a line role within the business.

About You

We are looking for an outstanding candidate who is prepared to roll-up their sleeves and turn their hand to anything to deliver the right results for the CEO and Sage. This is likely to be an extremely popular opportunity so it would be extremely helpful if you could put together a cover letter to give your application context. In particular we are looking for people who can:

  • Show demonstrable business impact in previous work (using numbers to quantify your impact would be helpful)
  • Have been at the forefront of driving large scale change / improvement / innovation in businesses
  • Can show that they are excellent at working with and influencing stakeholders at all levels in an organisation

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