Responsible Business Executive

Company: Shakespeare Martineau
Closing date: 27/07/2021
Term: Contract
Duration: 1 year
Working hours: Full-time
Team: People and Development
Location: UK-Wide
Let us introduce ourselves…

It’s the people at Shakespeare Martineau that make us so special. By understanding what our people want, giving them the support they need, recognising everyone’s contribution and realising the unique power of teams, together we win.   As a firm we are focused on proactively building and developing diverse teams, bringing different backgrounds, personalities and perspectives together. We play to our strengths, pushing ourselves to be consistently better than yesterday and deliver amazing solutions for our clients. We empower our teams with a high degree of individual responsibility; we self-manage and encourage everyone to be responsible for their own learning, knowing it makes us even better at what we do!    

We believe in trusting our people to make the right decisions for themselves, from when and where you work, to how you dress; we focus on outputs.  

Want to find more about our amazing benefits?

Meet the team

Our Marketing & People Team comprises People Business Partnering, Development, Talent & Culture and People Operations functions all focussed on building a high-performance and people centric culture with strong engagement and a reputation for developing talent and enabling success at all levels.

The responsible business team manage the delivery of the responsible business agenda pushing ourselves to be brave with our actions and embedding into all aspects of our business that is meaningful and authentic.

The opportunity

The Responsible Business Executive will play a key role in delivering our responsible business agenda (which is focused on three streams: People, Communities and Environment) and assisting to grow our business to be one of the most successful legal groups in the UK Top 30. 

You will:  

  • facilitate the delivery of the Responsible Business 2021 and 2022 agenda
  • monitor progress by collecting and updating ambitions/targets
  • co-ordinate monthly champion meetings across the three streams (People, Communities, Environment)

Your key duties will be:

  • leading on the implementation of our responsible business strategy to drive the strategy
  • leadership and coordination of our internal Responsible Business networks
  • updating reporting on all responsible business initiatives for external or internal requirements
  • acting as a key contact for all responsible business enquiries internally and externally, including leading our partnership with BITC
  • building our external reputation for responsible business from the inside out – promoting what we do and what makes SHMA authentic. Central point of contact for all bids/tender information and responses
  • monitoring, managing and coordinating reporting for RB, pledges and RB commitments

Skills and experience you will have:

  • proven ability in planning, organising, project management and delivery
  • ability to prioritise multiple work-streams and meet key deadlines.

Key competencies you will need:

  • Excellent written and presenting skills.
  • Excellent level of empathy and emotional intelligence is critical.
  • Strong stakeholder engagement and interpersonal skills with an ethical and transparent approach to working.
  • To be engaging and a strong influencer, able to collaborate and bring colleagues on board with new initiatives.
  • Resilience and comfortable working on multiple projects within a fast paced, fast changing working environment.

About you - you will be:

  • highly enthusiastic, willing to go the extra mile and be happy to go beyond the job description
  • respectful towards others and have a positive, willing and ‘can do’ attitude
How we work

We embrace agile working and offer a blended approach to where and how we work.

We appreciate that people have different needs and preferences and we’re keen to be flexible, after all, we value what you do, not where you do it.

We have hubs in Birmingham, Leicester, London, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Solihull, Stratford-upon-Avon and Sheffield. This role will be a blend of home working and working from either our London or Midlands hubs.

Additional information

Please be aware, for some vacancies, where we receive high numbers of applications we may need to bring the close date forward.

Due to the nature of the work undertaken, confirmation of employment will be subject to a variety of checks which will be carried out once an offer of employment is accepted. Details of the checks can be found here.


Equal opportunities

Shakespeare Martineau is a committed equal opportunities employer. We seek to attract, develop and retain talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures. We value and respect individuality and encourage a culture within our business where people can be themselves and be valued for their strengths and experiences. Everyone who either applies to or works for the firm is treated equally, regardless of their gender, age, ethnic origin, nationality, marital status, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.