Job Title: Consultant

Salary:   £60,000 per annum
Reporting to:  Group Managing Director / Managing Consultant
A full job description can be downloaded here.

Application Deadline:  By 13:00 on Monday 2 August 2021

The Company

SUMS is an equal opportunities employer and we recognise the value that diverse backgrounds and experiences bring to our work and our organisation. Some identities are still typically under-represented in the workplace and we particularly encourage you to apply if that might be you.

The SUMS Group

The SUMS Group is made up of three divisions which include SUMS Consulting (SUMS), Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC) and the Procurement Shared Service (PSS). With over 150 subscribing institutions, we offer universities world-leading services at a price point that reflects both our commitment to the sector and our values as a not-for-profit company and registered charity.

SUMS Consulting

SUMS Consulting is a specialist Higher Education management consultancy. We are passionate about the sector and proud of the pace, creativity and unrivalled expertise that our staff bring to our clients.

We represent more than half the UK’s student and staff population by FTE; big research-intensive universities like Oxford, Cambridge, Durham and UCL as well as a host of modern and specialist providers. Our work is not limited to institutions within the UK. We also have an active portfolio of projects in the EU and Asia.

Our members and client institutions expect us to have the capabilities, strength-in-depth, and objectivity to support and advise them to continued success, whether that be through subject-matter expertise, in niche areas of provision, or wholesale changes to their operating model through major transformation programmes.

Our continued impact has been reflected in a sustained period of growth. We already have a pool of >60 expert consultants, but with a growing assignment portfolio spanning UK and overseas markets, we wish to strengthen further.

Who We Are Looking For

We are seeking to recruit a Consultant as part of our core team. If you thrive on complex problem-solving, if you share our passion for the sector and if you have outstanding people skills then we want to hear from you!

Working both individually and on team assignments, the Consultant will deliver a range of projects that bring unique insight, sustainable benefits and tangible impact to our clients. We want all universities who work with us to look back on their engagements and feel confident that the extent of progress would not have been possible without us.

Expectation levels are high but the SUMS Group promotes a healthy work-life balance. We have an agile workforce and offer flexible working arrangements. We place great importance on the continued professional development of our team. The successful candidate will have multiple opportunities to grow their skillset. Whilst the Consultant role is a senior appointment in its own right, there will also be a clear progression route mapped out to our senior and principal consultant roles and we’ll invest in making sure you reach your potential.

We are looking for energetic, creative thinkers with excellent interpersonal skills, an appetite for hard work and a commitment to excellence. Experience of organisation design and/or business change in an HR context would be a bonus. Our consultants need to understand the nuances and complexities inherent within the HE sector and to be comfortable facilitating sessions and building positive relationships with stakeholders from boards of governors, Vice-Chancellors, executive teams, professional service functions and academic departments.

About SUMS Consulting

Further information about SUMS Consulting can be found on our website: and a full job description can be downloaded here.

If you would like an informal discussion about the role then please contact David Becker, Managing Consultant, at

How to Apply

Please submit your CV and a cover letter to by 13:00 on Monday 2 August 2021.  We aim to shortlist within 24 hours and anticipate holding interviews through Microsoft Teams on Monday 9 August. Alternative arrangements can be accommodated.

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