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 desire to seek out opportunities and continuously improve 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.
General Role, Purpose and Scope
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.
Take direct ownership of external engagement in order to raise awareness of Tech Nation’s visa with key stakeholders and increase the number of high quality applications.
Main Responsibility Areas & Key Tasks:
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.
Ensure the effective 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 various governmental departments and external stakeholders regarding the Global Talent route
Own the promotional and engagement strategy for the visa route, creating and continuously ensuring a consistent narrative to raise awareness across the globe.
Project management skills with exceptional planning and execution ability
Systematic, detailed and documented approach to all areas of work
Able to write detailed policy, guidance and criteria documentation and capable of creating clear and concise instructions and frameworks.
Management and development of critical software based systems
You must be a people person, able to work with official government departments engaging with senior stakeholders at the highest level, right through to managing individual applicant queries.
Able to oversee and drive the direction of internal marketing and comms
Able to conduct public outreach and engagement through excellent communication and interpersonal skills (written, verbal and presentation)
Career expertise in the digital technology sector
Knowledge of the UK’s immigration system for digital talent
Comfortable delivering keynotes and public addresses to international audiences
Capacity to travel nationally and internationally to key markets, as the business needs require.
What's in it for you?:
- An opportunity to work with the fastest-growing tech startups in the UK
- Flexible Working - Reviewed in near future
- £25 monthly phone allowance + £250 home office allowance tax-free + a MacBook
- 16 health benefits via Untangl e.g. Gym Discount, Dental, Health Scans, Private Medical Insurance, 4% employer pension contribution
- Autonomous and flexible work style - be your own leader
- Team outings and quarterly team-building events
- Cycle to work scheme
- Season ticket loan
- 28 days’ holiday a year (plus UK public holidays)
- A collaborative and fast-paced environment
- A vibrant and diverse team based in central London and Manchester
- £200 Annual Budget between Learnerbly and YKN
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.