Special Projects Manager

London, UK
Octopus Electric Vehicles 🚙 – Finance /
Full-time /
What we do. Electric Car Leasing

Why we do it. Greener. Fairer. Future.

Are you a high performing strategy consultant looking to move into a market-leading, rapidly growing, green business? Would you suit a highly varied role, working in a close-knit and high-impact team, directly supporting the continued growth of the Octopus Electric Vehicles business? Then read on…..

The Special Projects team works directly with our CEO on crucial strategic initiatives across Octopus EV to support our ambition to drive the uptake of EVs in the UK.

The Special Projects team is led by an ex-Strategy Consultant. The team is looking to meet experienced consultants who could bring greater capacity and capability to the team. We are keen to find individuals who can bring diversity of thinking and intellectual challenge, enabling the team to better support the business.

Due to the nature of the role, we aren’t entirely sure the projects you will work on, however we can guarantee that they will have an outsized impact on the business. Since the team was set up, they have:
 - reviewed and revamped end-to-end activities related to a key EBITDA driver
 - reviewed potential acquisition opportunities
 - explored a potential international expansion
 - liaised with industry players around potential future policy/regulatory initiatives which could support the mass market uptake of Electric Vehicles in the UK
 - provided coaching and mentorship to colleagues across the business, sharing best practice from consulting

What you'll do...

    • Often working across multiple projects concurrently, you will be expected to be flexible and comfortable undertaking varied activities
    • Own and deliver workstreams and projects with support from Head of Special Projects and other leaders across the business
    • Work with Head of Special projects to identify and test hypotheses to solve challenges without perfect data
    • Process data efficiently in a structured manner to support hypothesis testing
    • Develop strategic solutions to challenging problems and undertake / support the delivery of proposed solutions
    • Ask “Why?” - challenge the status-quo in Octopus EV and help to identify potential routes to improvement
    • Support the creation and embedding of tools to support increased efficiency across the business
    • Plan activities and proactively identify upcoming challenges with project delivery, seek out and implement potential mitigations with senior support
    • Write slides and Word documents to communicate outcomes of ongoing analysis
    • Actively participate in variety of meetings with stakeholders from across the organisation and, occasionally, external parties
    • Become a key member of the Special Projects team, working with the business to deliver meaningful results to the organisation
    • Support review of potential acquisitions and development of market entry strategies
    • Engage with colleagues across the business on a wide variety of topic areas

What you'll need...

    • 3 to 5 years of consulting experience with a primary strategy focus 
    • Experience across multiple varied project types, including implementing solutions
    • Demonstrable interest in clean energy/EVs/energy transition
    • Ability to multitask supported by strong organisational skills and the ability to prioritise tasks
    • Ability to manage with uncertainty / poorly structured asks
    • Ability to deploy strategic frameworks to provide structure to unstructured problems
    • Willingness to manage with limited data
    • Desire to help the team and wider business to grow
    • Strong quantitative abilities including ability to develop Excel models at pace
    • Interest in driving EBITDA performance improvements for the business

Why else you'll love it here

    • Wondering what the salary for this role is? Just ask us! On a call with one of our recruiters it's something we always cover as we genuinely want to match your experience with the correct salary. The reason why we don't advertise is because we honestly have a degree of flexibility and would never want salary to be a reason why someone doesn't apply to Octopus - what's more important to us is finding the right octofit!
    • Octopus Energy is a unique culture. An organisation where people learn, decide, and build quicker. Where people work with autonomy, alongside a wide range of amazing co-owners, on projects that break new ground. We want your hard work to be rewarded with perks you actually care about! We won best company to work for in 2022, on Glassdoor we were voted 50 best places to work in 2022 and our Group CEO, Greg has recorded a podcast about our culture and how we empower our people 
    • Visit our perks hub - Octopus Employee Benefits
About us

The electric revolution has arrived - and from 2035 you’ll no longer be able to buy a new petrol or diesel car in the UK. 

We’re building a whole new way for drivers to join the electric charge and not only learn about and shop for their EV online, but experience a 'lease for life' through an industry changing customer experience. This is the chance to join one of the UK’s most exciting start-ups – making it easy for individuals and businesses to go electric by getting their car, charger and energy all in one cracking deal.

Octopus Electric Vehicles launched in 2018 to make it seamless to switch to cleaner, greener driving. Our mission is to drive sustainable change, decarbonise the planet and provide our customers with fair pricing and a fantastic experience. 

We're an Octopus Energy company—an innovative new energy supplier. We are part of the Octopus Energy Group, which seeks to improve the lives of millions of people by transforming the industries we operate in. The Octopus Group incorporates Octopus Energy, Octopus Healthcare, Octopus Investments, Octopus Property, Octopus Ventures and Octopus Labs.

If this sounds like you then we'd love to hear from you.

Are you ready for a career with us? We want to ensure you have all the tools and environment you need to unleash your potential. Need any specific accommodations? Whether you require specific accommodations or have a unique preference, let us know, and we'll do what we can to customise your interview process for comfort and maximum magic!

Studies have shown that some groups of people, like women, are less likely to apply to a role unless they meet 100% of the job requirements. Whoever you are, if you like one of our jobs, we encourage you to apply as you might just be the candidate we hire. Across Octopus, we're looking for genuinely decent people who are honest and empathetic. Our people are our strongest asset and the unique skills and perspectives people bring to the team are the driving force of our success. As an equal opportunity employer, we do not discriminate on the basis of any protected attribute. Our commitment is to provide equal opportunities, an inclusive work environment, and fairness for everyone.