About us

The Oakland Group is a fast growing, modern consulting company who operate at the intersection of people, process and technology. As data specialists, we work across the full data ecosystem including: Strategy & Governance, Architecture, Engineering and Advanced Analytics.

We’re on a mission to create the best data consultancy in the UK, where our brilliant people can create the ingenious solutions that are powering our growth.  

Founded in 1986 out of our Leeds HQ, we work with a wonderful range of clients ranging from FTSE 100 Telcos to Series-A funded start-ups, regularly punching above our weight due to our obsession with quality and client satisfaction.

Oakland has been named one of the Top Small Businesses and Top Consultancies to work for in the UK. We’re committed to ensuring our employees are given opportunities to grow both personally and professionally and are rewarded for their incredible work.

Our obsession with quality and client satisfaction had led to rapid growth in the last year and we work with some of the UK’s biggest and best-known brands along with a number of newer tech disruptors. 

Due to exponential growth over the past 18 months, we have a number of opportunities across each of our talented and passionate teams. We’re still small enough for everyone’s voice to be heard whilst working with some of the worlds most recognised companies.


The role

We are looking for an experienced consultant to come and join our small but growing team. As an Oakland Principal Consultant, a key part of your role is to develop and nurture new and existing client relationships and position Oakland as their Data Specialist partner of choice.

This role would suit an individual who has experience of consultancy delivery as well as account management, who is looking for the next step and is keen to make a strong, positive impact within a small but growing consultancy.

You’ll be experienced and comfortable building senior client relationships, managing teams and managing commercial technicalities. The role is ideal for someone who thrives in fast paced, ever changing environments. This is also a great opportunity to help influence and grow our organisation and become part of that growth.

As well as a background in consultancy, you’ll need a high-level understanding of the modern Data ecosystem, and how it can be leveraged to produce both data insights and predictive modelling. These include a knowledge of: Databases, Data Lakes, Data Warehouses, Cloud Data Services (Azure, AWS, GCP), and Analytics as well as approaches to Security, DevOps and supporting tools such as GitHub, Jira and Confluence.

The role combines leadership, strategy and business development with hands-on delivery:

Leadership/Strategy

  • Define and Develop Account Strategies to develop medium and long term engagement
  • Build trusted relationships and lead client engagement with stakeholders, often at board level / C-suite level
  • Identify opportunities within existing clients and look for opportunities for develop strategic partnerships

Delivery

  • You will be capable of, and willing to, manage small project teams and work with delivery leads for larger teams
  • Acting as the senior point of contact for the client you will take ownership of resource allocation within own clients
  • Be accountable for project delivery (On Time, On Cost, On Quality, On Performance)

Business Development / Commercial Management:

  • Be responsible for winning new business, nurturing new business relationships, developing compelling proposals and managing the associated Oakland processes.
  • Take ownership of and grow strategic client accounts; be involved in new sales and extensions
  • Write bid documents, client presentations and project reports

The skills

Essential

  • Consulting background
  • Expertise in any of the following: Data Governance, Change Management, Systems Engineering, Enterprise Architecture
  • From a Technology domain background e.g. Digital, Cloud & Data
  • Track record of managing technical teams as well as client relationships
  • Proven leadership qualities with a natural focus on team enhancement and growth
  • Exceptional communication skills (both written and verbal) at all levels

Desirable

  • Track record of developing thought leadership and speaking at conferences

Oakland is an equal opportunities employer, committed to developing, maintaining and supporting a diverse workforce. We welcome applications from anyone who believes they fit the essential requirements of the job advertised.

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