Head of Business Services

Salary: Up to £55,000 per annum (pro-rated for part time hours)
Contract Type: Permanent, Full-Time (Part-Time may be considered)
Location: Flexible / remote. The successful candidate will be expected to travel to Unseen’s offices in Bristol and in Northampton. Further frequent travel to client sites across the UK and potentially overseas will also be required to secure and deliver business services to clients.
Closing Date: 8 July 2024
Closing Time: 23:59

Unseen is working towards a world without slavery. We provide safehouses and support in the community for survivors of trafficking and modern slavery. We also run the Modern Slavery & Exploitation Helpline and work with individuals, communities, businesses, governments, other charities, and statutory agencies to stamp out slavery for good.

Purpose of the role:

Leading a small but highly motivated and ambitious team, you will be responsible for driving income through our services to business. You will achieve this by delivering excellent, unique and dynamic services to businesses and corporate partners throughout the UK which will help them improve their business practices to mitigate modern slavery risks.

You will play a key role in Unseen’s senior management team. Using your strong experience in managing and delivering services to businesses of all shapes and sizes, you will be required to work closely with the senior leadership team to develop and deliver the organisation’s five-year strategy for 2022-2027 to meet Unseen’s charitable aims. Project management and the ability to organise effectively is key.

To apply: 

  • Please complete Unseen’s application form for the role which includes a personal statement of 500 words outlining your suitability for the role, some personal details and equal opportunities questions, and;
  • Please send a copy of your CV to [email protected] with reference to the job title.

 

The deadline for applications is 7th July 2024.

 

Interviews will likely be held during the week of 22nd July 2024.

 

As an organisation focused on equality and diversity, we welcome applications from all sections of the community and all backgrounds, including those with a lived experience of modern slavery, those from ethnic minority groups, those with disabilities and those from the LGBTQ+ community.

Any questions, please contact [email protected].

Thank you for your interest in this vacancy which you can download below. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and recognise the value that diversity adds to our work and organisation. We encourage applications from BAME, disabled and LGBT people that are under-represented in this area of our workforce.

To apply:

  • Please complete the application form and equal opportunities form which can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.
  • Please also submit a covering letter with your application (CVs will not be not accepted).
  • Please return your completed forms and covering letter to [email protected].

Any queries, please email [email protected].

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Justine Currell

As I came to understand more about the issue, including through a visit to an Unseen safehouse, I knew I needed to do more to stop this abuse and exploitation.

For the last five years of my Civil Service career, I was the Modern Slavery Senior Policy Advisor in the Home Office and led on development of the Modern Slavery Act, including the transparency in supply chains provision and business guidance.

I joined Unseen to lead the development of the Modern Slavery & Exploitation Helpline, and Unseen’s work with businesses. I am regularly called upon to present at national and international conferences and use my experience of working with Ministers to influence other governments internationally to take action to address modern slavery and, in particular, business supply chain issues.

In my spare time I enjoy keeping fit, music, reading and travelling.

Andrew Wallis

What ultimately compelled me to act was a report on how people from Eastern Europe were being trafficked through Bristol airport to the USA. Kate Garbers, who went on to be an Unseen Director, and I wrote to all the city councillors, MPs and the Police Chief Constable challenging them on the issue. The challenge came back to us: this city needs safe housing for trafficked women. And so Unseen began.

But we never wanted Unseen to be just about safe housing. We wanted to end slavery once and for all, and that remains our driving focus.

I chaired the working group for the Centre for Social Justice’s landmark report “It Happens Here: Equipping the United Kingdom to Fight Modern Slavery”. This is now acknowledged as the catalyst behind the UK’s Modern Slavery Act of 2015. It was a great honour to be awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours that year. On the other hand, I’ve also been described as “the loveliest disrupter you could ever hope to meet”.

This job has taken me from building flat-pack furniture for safehouses, to working with businesses to address slavery in supply chains, to delivering training, raising awareness and advising governments around the world.

When not at work, I enjoy travelling, spending time with my dog Harley, cooking, supporting Liverpool and Yorkshire CC, music (I’m a former DJ) and endurance events such as the Three Peaks Challenge and Tribe Freedom Runs – which I vow never to do again. Until the next time.