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Responsible Business Apprentice L4 CRSP

Pinsent Masons
1, Park Row, Leeds, LS1 5AB
£18,100.00 annually
Closing date
7 Dec 2021

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Business / Management
Consulting & Business Services
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Higher
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To support the work of the Pinsent Masons Responsible Business ("RB") team to deliver our firm-wide Responsible Business commitments.

The broad purpose of the occupation is to be a social conscience for the organisation, helping innovate and drive ambitions for social and environmental change and make these a reality that are embedded and implemented across the organisation. The roles and responsibilities of businesses are changing rapidly; society increasingly expects that organisations should act responsibly not just to their shareholders but also to their wider stakeholders and the broader community. Business therefore is a great platform for social and environmental change and CR&S Practitioners help to drive this by delivering an organisation's CR&S or Responsible Business strategy ("The Strategy"), releasing the power of business to contribute positively towards social and environmental outcomes.

To work in a rewarding role within a fast-paced office environment, to undertake a Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Practitioner apprenticeship and become a key member of the team.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

To provide support to the Responsible Business team with:
  • Supporting our inclusion employee network and community investment groups
  • Preparation of award submissions for our responsible business programmes
  • Responding to external requests for information about our commitment to responsible business
  • Attendance at events and meetings in other offices and locations as required including supporting the RB Executives

Information Administration:
  • Managing event and project calendars
  • Maintaining intranet & Yammer pages
  • Collating feedback for projects, events and training courses and creating data reports

Communication Management:
  • Managing internal and external queries
  • Responding to correspondence, including letters / emails / phone calls
  • Organising and booking travel for the Responsible Business team as required
  • Working directly with the internal communications and business development teams to ensure that projects and events are communicated appropriately.

  • Supporting the Responsible Business team with the management of invoices and payments as required.

Events / Projects Administration:
  • Attending internal and external meetings, conferences and events as required (including UK travel).
  • Managing and responding to project requests
  • Supporting Responsible Business training events and projects
  • Co-ordination and management of events and training courses - sending invitations, monitoring responses and creating guest lists, preparing badges and organising hospitality.

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with a variety of internal and external stakeholders. Internally, CR&S practitioners interact with a wide range of staff which could be across one or multiple sites/countries. They facilitate change by helping others to understand how different roles within the strategy, and how everyone's contribution, can impact the greater good. Practitioners may also reach out into the community to work collaboratively, and in some cases, to understand the views of external organisations such as charities, social enterprises, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), or local and central government. Furthermore, CR&S Practitioners are often ambassadors for their organisations, championing their CR&S strategy and expanding their network of influence to bring about positive impact.

An employee in this occupation will be responsible for contributing towards, and in

some cases ownership of CR&S, campaigns, projects and events. Depending on the size of the organisation, the CR&S Practitioner may be expected to contribute towards strategy design, internal and external communications and reporting, data management, research and horizon-scanning, and supporting budget management. Ultimately, they will be responsible for helping to ensure their organisation acts to embed 'The Strategy' into every-day business practices and in turn managing risk and reputation.

This is not a routine office job; the CR&S Practitioner will typically be working on multiple initiatives covering a variety of geographies, focus areas, and stakeholders. For instance, some roles may be weighted towards managing employee volunteering initiatives or fundraising for charities. Others may have a stronger focus on topics like human rights, carbon reduction, waste management, energy efficiency and supply chain. The occupation can also encompass diversity, inclusion, health & safety, and well-being. Therefore, the CR&S Practitioner's day-to-day responsibilities will vary depending on circumstances and in turn means they could work independently, in a team, or collaboratively with multiple stakeholders. While not the norm, this may mean occasionally working weekends or evenings to ensure delivery of CR&S initiatives and events. The CR&S Practitioner is also expected to be adaptable, able to thrive in a changeable environment, and support others through the process.

It is vital for a CR&S Practitioner to be passionate about social and environmental change, and strive to role model ethical behaviour and values. It is also imperative for the CR&S Practitioner to understand their business, the landscape and industry it operates in, and demonstrate the value of CR&S to the business.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • IT literate with good knowledge of Microsoft Office products, specifically Word, Teams, Yammer, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work with people at all levels across the firm, and to develop a network of external contacts.
  • Good time management and organisational skills with acute attention to detail.
  • Flexible and able to able to work on own initiative.

Personal qualities

  • A motivated self-starter who is a good team player, determined to meet achallenge
  • Confident and outgoing with the ability to work effectively in different offices and teams whenneeded
  • Able to balance pressure with good humour
  • Ability to change and adapt in a fast-moving environment
  • Exhibits approach and behaviours consistent with the firm's purpose and core values

Desired qualifications

  • 5 GCSEs (or equivalent qualification) at grade C/4 or above.
  • This should include mathematics and English
  • 3 A levels (or equivalent qualification) at grade B or above

Although we do have minimum academic requirements, we are willing to accept applications from candidates who have mitigating circumstances or feel like they can demonstrate the required qualities and behaviours and an interest in Responsible Business

Future prospects

  • During this Apprenticeship you will undertake first class training & development. Our training provider partner provides 100% tailored programmes to meet the needs of both the apprentice and employer
  • Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship there may be future opportunities available at Pinsent Masons, depending on the individual apprentice and business need

Things to consider

  • The interview dates and startdates are to be confirmed
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