Wellspring helps transform food systems and agricultural value chains to deliver positive impact. We provide high-quality strategic advisory and implementation support to development organisations and the private sector. Our work helps increase the dietary diversity of the poor, drive climate mitigation and adaptation, enhance gender equality, and contribute to economic development (e.g. jobs, livelihoods, and trade linkages). We will do this by helping our clients navigate the trade-offs between people, prosperity, and planet and identify win-win-wins where they exist.

We have deep practical experience of implementing projects and investing in agribusinesses, combined with a strong consulting skillset. Alongside our partners we have facilitated investments into agricultural businesses and market development projects worth over £600 million over the past 12 years. We work in LMIC territories, with particular expertise and deep networks in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. We have carried out over 80 projects in agribusiness and food systems to date.

We partner with a range of development partners, development finance institutions, impact investors, and private sector firms. Key clients and funders include FCDO, DIT, BEIS, GAIN, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, World Bank, CDC Group, AgDevCo, Acumen Fund, DFAT, IFC, AGRA, Larry Ellison Foundation and USAID.

The Role:

Our business is growing rapidly, with high demand from new and repeat clients. We have a small but growing core team which works alongside a pool of associate consultants who support us with project delivery.  We will only allow the core team to grow as quickly as we can find the right people who share our values and have the experience and capabilities we are seeking. In return we provide a platform for people who want to use their intelligence and creativity to help solve our clients’ problems and deliver impact at scale, whilst also deepening their sectoral and technical expertise.

We are looking for a confident and experienced manager who brings a consulting skillset, can build productive relationships, and will enjoy being a key member of a values-driven and creative team.

You will lead and contribute to multiple projects in the portfolio, working with our core team and close group of associate consultants and experts. You will also support the Directors to win new work and deepen existing partnerships. We would expect the right candidate to progress into a Director role where they would be eligible to join an Enterprise Management Incentive share scheme, if that is their ambition. The role would also participate in a generous and fully transparent annual bonus scheme.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead workstreams or entire teams to deliver consultancy projects across our range of clients, to ensure high-quality, on-time delivery across multiple projects
  • Develop relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders – both to deliver projects and generate opportunities for new business
  • Conduct economic and financial analysis and create clear and compelling client outputs (mainly in Excel and PPT)
  • Participate in regular client presentations, and be comfortable presenting to wider groups on occasion, in addition to supporting or leading delivery of workshops and trainings
  • Contribute to business development, proposal writing, and leading on new project designs to support the project pipeline
  • Undertake international travel as part of project work, including at times, working at the client site (in the UK and internationally)
  • Bring energy, creativity, and an entrepreneurial mindset to help us achieve our vision.

Key skills and experience:

  • At least 4 years of experience in strategy consulting, development consulting, or impact investing with at least 2 years client facing and managing teams
  • Experience working in low- and middle- income countries (LMICs)
  • Demonstrated sector experience in one or more of agribusiness, food systems, renewable energy, or access to finance
  • Proven track record of managing effective client relationships with stakeholders such as development partners, foundations, investors, agribusinesses, and policymakers
  • High-quality written and oral communication skills, with attention to detail and the ability to formulate and present analysis and recommendations in a clear and concise manner
  • Experience working remotely with global multi-cultural teams
  • Fluency in English

Other desirable characteristics:

  • Advanced economic and financial modelling skills (e.g. three statement financial models, cost-benefit analyses, market sizing, regression analyses)
  • Excellent understanding of the enabling environment and business development needs in the agriculture sectors of emerging markets, particularly in Sub Saharan Africa and South Asia
  • Experience of living in LMICs, with a strong network of professional contacts
  • Experience developing new business leads, with an established network of prospective clients and some proven business development experience
  • A postgraduate degree in economics, finance, MBA, or other relevant discipline.

Application Process:

Applicants should send a full CV and cover letter via the online submission form below.

Wellspring welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We recognise and actively promote the benefits of a diverse workforce and are committed to treating all employees with dignity and respect regardless of race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion, or belief.

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