Job Description

Workwhile and IPPR are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from all sections of the community, and from applicants with a range of professional and lived experiences. We value the creativity and range of perspectives that a diverse team can provide.

Business Engagement Officer
£37,000 p.a. (pro rata for the duration of the contract)
FTC to 31 December 2024, with the potential for extension
Full time 37.5 hours per week
Requests for part-time or flexible working arrangements are welcomed

Workwhile is an innovative not-for-profit initiative, with a mission to create a more equitable world of work. We work with employers to create more good work, and to ensure everyone can access it – from creating high-quality apprenticeships to boosting line management quality. We’re incubated by IPPR, a charity working towards a fairer, greener, and more prosperous society – and we’re on an exciting journey towards becoming an independent charity over the next 12 months.

We are seeking a talented Business Engagement Officer to deliver Workwhile’s support offer to small- and medium-sized businesses. You’ll be comfortable delivering high-quality advice and guidance to businesses across a range of sectors, and excited about building this support service as Workwhile develops. Whilst this will currently focus primarily on supporting business to create apprenticeships, you’ll also work on issues across the ‘good work’ agenda. You’ll be determined to deliver results, whilst being flexible and empathetic to the challenges facing small SMEs. Alongside this, you’ll ensure we’re collecting the data we need from SMEs and other partners, to monitor our impact and report to our funders.

To be successful in this role, you’ll need outstanding relationship-building skills and a clear and persuasive communication style, bringing an ambitious and entrepreneurial approach to our work. You’ll be comfortable working at pace and navigating uncertainty as we build Workwhile’s future. And of course, you’ll be driven by our mission to create a more equitable world of work.

This is a unique chance to contribute your expertise to an exciting early-stage not-for-profit, and to work with a talented and committed team. We bring a wide range of previous experience and diverse backgrounds to the team, and we’re all committed to diversity, inclusion and social mobility.

As part of our commitment to flexible working we will consider a range of options for the successful applicant to fill the post including secondment. All options can be discussed at interview stage.

For an informal chat to find out more about the job and Workwhile, contact Ajay Purbhoosing, Workwhile’s Senior Account Manager, on 07503 629217 /

Before applying, please click on the document below to read the information pack that includes the job description and person specification. Or email quoting the job title or REF: LPC/APR.

Please provide a CV with a 2-page personal statement. The statement should address, under separate headings, each of the attributes in the person specification. The CV and statement should be combined into one PDF document and returned to In order to complete your application please also complete IPPR’s diversity monitoring form

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 9am on Monday 20th May 2024

Interviews will be held w/c 27 May 2024