Global Talent Visa Lead (Contract)

The opportunity to have a significant personal impact on one of the UK’s primary visa routes for technology employees and entrepreneurs, working directly with the Home Office.
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About Tech Nation

Tech Nation is the growth platform for tech companies and leaders. We fuel the growth of game-changing founders, leaders and scaling companies so they can positively transform societies and economies, by providing them with the coaching, content and community they need for their journey in designing the future.

We bring together a network of purposeful founders, leaders and philanthropists, progressive enterprises and policymakers, influential funds and institutions so we can collaborate in building the technological innovation that will improve the future for the UK and beyond. 

We provide learning and content, insights and analysis, coaching and research. We’re laser focused on delivering powerful outcomes and impact, because collectively we want to create a world in which anyone with vision and drive can access the skills and support needed to scale and succeed as a game-changing leader. #WeAreTechNation. We fuel growth. 

Our company values:

  • Deliver impact that lasts
  • Collaborate to innovate
  • Inform to inspire
  • Be all in

About the role

This role will have responsibility for the successful operation and delivery of Tech Nation’s Global Talent Visa (GTV), offering the opportunity to have a significant personal impact on one of the UK’s primary visa routes for technology employees and entrepreneurs. Working with the administration and policy teams at the Home Office, the GTV Lead will help shape and update important visa policy, oversee the process and experience for visa applicants and assessors, whilst ensuring that a high quality of service is maintained at all times.

A high degree of attention to detail, exceptional execution ability and a constant desire to seek out opportunities for significant improvements is crucial to success in this role. This role requires a genuine passion and interest for the UK tech talent landscape, particularly in relation to international talent and scale-ups. Given the strategic importance of this role, a high degree of personal motivation and commitment to the highest standards is required.

The GTV Lead will be supported by the Head of Visa and have line-management responsibility for the Visa Programme Manager (who is responsible for day-to-day running of the route, such as managing applications, assessors and finance). In addition, the Lead will work closely with other members of the Visa and Tech Nation teams, such as Engagement, Marketing and Commercial teams, to ensure that accurate communications are available in the promotion of the Global Talent route.

This is a unique opportunity to build on the existing strength of Tech Nation’s Global Talent Visa, a vital pathway for supporting the growth of the UK tech talent pipeline.

A Day in the Life of the Global Talent Visa Lead might look something like this:

  • Work with the Head of Visa, Home Office, and various Advisors to continually develop the route and Eligibility Criteria, ensuring that the route continually meets the needs of the UK tech sector. 
  • Manage and develop the processes and systems used by the Visa team in operating the Global Talent route, ensuring that the user experience for applicants, assessors and operations with the Home Office are always of the highest standard.
  • Line-manage the Visa Programme Manager in the day-to-day operation of the route, overseeing the processing of applications, supporting the assessment panel, responses to external enquiries and processing of finances. Sign-off any major changes or external communications handled by the PL.
  • Work with the Visa Engagement Manager to assist with raising awareness of Tech Nation’s visa and increase the number of high quality applications.
  • Generate improvements for the Global Talent route’s Eligibility Criteria, Evidential Requirements, Assessment Process and Immigration Rules. Work with the Home Office on applying those changes and ensure that the Guidance and any other external communications are kept up to date.
  • Manage the operation of Visa Systems, making updates to the application platform to reflect changes in the process and guidance. These systems are critical and must be maintained at all times, with any major changes being planned well in advance.
  • Communicate any changes to the Visa route or process, both internally and externally in a timely manner, ensuring that audiences are kept informed and made aware of important notices or upcoming events.
  • Engage with external stakeholders regarding the Global Talent route and support efforts to promote and raise awareness of the route throughout the tech sector and beyond.

As well as sharing our ambitions and values you will have:

Essential Skills:

  • Senior project management experience with exceptional planning and execution ability
  • Systematic, detailed and documented approach to all areas of work
  • Management and development of critical software based systems
  • Experience engaging with senior stakeholders
  • Strong communication skills both verbal and written, must be capable of creating clear and concise instructions and frameworks

Desired Skills:

  • Career expertise in the digital technology sector
  • Knowledge of the UK’s immigration system for digital talent

Where to from here?

We welcome those with alternative identities, backgrounds, and experiences. Our team includes women, men, mothers, fathers, the self-taught, the university-educated, and people of a wide variety of nationalities, ages, and socio-economic backgrounds.

Obviously, we’re looking to ensure it’s a solid fit from both sides: we want you to step into a role you love, and we want to offer you a place you’re proud to come to every day. 

We know that diverse teams are strong teams, and welcome those with alternative identities, backgrounds, and experiences to apply to life at Tech Nation. We are committed to a fair and accessible recruitment process for all candidates. We would be happy to meet any accommodation requests during the application or interview process, please just let us know.

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We are a small, high performance team with high standards and big ambitions.

We strive for excellence in everything we do. Our aim is to be transformative and collaborative in our work. We focus on speed, scale, resourcefulness and optimism. We never ship junk and never start with ‘no’. We’re solutions oriented and always focus on the outcome and impact of any project or priority.

We’re a curious bunch, creative and a little quirky. We debate things passionately in team meetings and stand-ups. We sometimes disagree how the world should work, but we all agree on making a big difference through our work at Tech Nation. Which is why we love it here and never take it for granted.

Want a peek behind the curtain? Check out our blog on our culture here.

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