Strategic Projects Manager

Location: London Salary: £75,000 - £85,000
Sector: Leisure / Hospitality Specialism: Strategy
Type: Permanent Contact: Adam Leach

My client is a well-known and beloved Retail and Restaurant business, based in London, that is currently looking continue their exceptional growth by on-boarding a single individual into their UK Strategy Team.

The business itself operates across Restaurants and Grocery and has seen at least double digit growth across both the UK and international markets over the last 5 years. They have built out a unique brand presence with a loyal customer base, whilst also focusing on treating their staff, from the stores to the boardroom, with the highest level of respect, decency and flexibility. Due this the business has a unique culture which harbours an innovative and strategic mind-set, allowing them to keep ahead of their competitors and grow out quickly in new markets. 


The role itself is for a Strategic Projects Manager within the UK strategy team. Reporting directly to the Director of Strategy you will be responsible for both setting the strategic agenda for the UK business, as well as driving new innovation internally.

The majority of the role will be orientated around ideation; exploring and creating new revenue streams for the business. Initially, you will scope the potential feasibility of a new endeavour and build a business case – which you will then present this back to the c-suite and ex-co. Following this you will be tasked with testing this idea at scale within the stores/locations and, if successful, will ultimately be responsible for the role out of this across the UK.

The second part of the role is focused on setting the strategic direction of the business more generally. Working closely with the Strategy Director you will draw up the frameworks and strategic initiatives that will drive the business forward.  


- 2.5 - 4 years within a tier 1 strategy consultancy (McKinsey, Bain, BCG) or a leading strategy boutique (OC&C, L.E.K)

Commercially minded

-When faced with analysis you can prioritise the various needs and decide what approach to use – always with a view to providing information that will aid decision making within the business

-You can do “quick and dirty” analysis where required as part of feasibility checks

-You think through the implications of your recommendations on other areas of the business (e.g., operations)

Financial competence

-You are comfortable with the detail of P&Ls and can interact credibly with the Finance Director

-You can create and manipulate complex financial models

Strategic planning ability

-You can take a project brief and turn it into a comprehensive project plan

-You can tolerate working in uncertain and changing environments where you have to make assumptions with limited evidence

Project management experience

-You have experience of completing projects with multiple work-streams on time and on budget

-You have managed projects with strong “non-strategic” elements – e.g., operations projects

-You can create briefs and select and manage agencies to carry out work related to your strategic projects (e.g., territory planning, rental research, consumer research)

-You understand how to motivate and engage team members and to form effective cross-functional teams

Emotional intelligence

-You’re humble, don’t take yourself too seriously and are able to get on with a wide variety of people and can see value in diverse perspectives

-You’re approachable, you really listen and you don’t have illusions of grandeur or hierarchical preferences

-You can build working relationships across the entire organisation at all levels – so that people want to work with you instead of accepting that they have t

Enthusiastic and adaptable

-You roll your sleeves up and get stuck in

-You have good stamina – in an office and social environment – you throw yourself into things with enthusiasm

-You are self-motivated and are able to drive projects forward without regular guidance or supervision

-You are open to feedback and take it in your stride

-You’re adaptable – you will be asked to do things that you’ve never done before that are outside of your direct areas of experience you’ll embrace them

-You can see the big picture but you can also nail detail when you have to – in all things from presentation, to financial modelling to project management