SUMS Consultant


13th April 2023

CONSULTANT, permanent, £60,000 to £70,000 + benefits

SUMS is an equal opportunities employer and we recognise the value that diverse backgrounds and experiences bring to our work and our organisation. Some identities are still typically under-represented in the workplace and we particularly encourage you to apply if that might be you.

The SUMS Group

The SUMS Group is made up of three divisions which include SUMS Consulting (SUMS), Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC) and the Procurement Shared Services(PSS). With over 150 subscribing institutions, we offer universities world-leading services at a price point which reflects both our commitment to the sector and our values as a not-for-profit company and registered charity.

SUMS Consulting

SUMS Consulting is a specialist Higher Education management consultancy. We are passionate about the sector and proud of the pace, creativity and unrivalled expertise that our staff bring to our clients.

We represent more than half the UK’s student and staff population by FTE; big research intensive universities like Oxford, Cambridge, Durham and UCL as well as a host of modern and specialist providers. Our work is not limited to institutions within the UK. We also have an active portfolio of projects in overseas markets.

Our members and client institutions expect us to have the capabilities, strength-in-depth, and objectivity to support and advise them to continued success, whether that be through subject matter expertise, in niche areas of provision, or wholesale changes to their operating model through major transformation programmes.

Our continued impact has been reflected in a sustained period of growth. We already have a pool of >80 expert consultants, but with a growing assignment portfolio spanning UK and overseas markets, we wish to strengthen further.

Who we are looking for

We are seeking to recruit a Consultant as part of our core team. We’re looking for candidates who can combine outstanding people skills with an analytical approach, and who can offer our clients core consultancy skills across areas like project management, change management and verbal and written communications. If you also thrive on complex problem-solving and if you share our passion for the sector, then we want to hear from you!

Working both individually and on team assignments, the Consultant will deliver a range of projects that bring unique insight, sustainable benefits and tangible impact to our clients. We want all universities who work with us to look back on their engagements and feel confident that the extent of progress would not have been possible without us.

Expectation levels are high but the SUMS Group promotes a healthy work life balance. We have an agile workforce and offer flexible working arrangements. We place great importance on the continued professional development of our team and the successful candidate will have multiple opportunities to grow their skillset. Whilst the Consultant role is a senior appointment in its own right, we’ll invest in making sure you reach your potential, and development pathways have been mapped out to principal consultant roles.

We are looking for energetic, creative thinkers with excellent interpersonal skills, an appetite for hard work and a commitment to excellence. Given the rapidly changing nature of the HE landscape, direct experience of organisation design and/or business change is an essential

criteria. Our consultants need to understand the nuances and complexities inherent within the HE sector and to be comfortable facilitating sessions and building positive relationships with stakeholders from boards of governors, Vice-Chancellors, executive teams, professional service functions and academic departments.

About SUMS Consulting

Further information about SUMS Consulting can be found on our website: and a job description at

We will hold a number of slots open for exploratory calls with candidates who are interested in the role. If you would like an informal discussion with a member of the team then please contact Penny Dale, SUMS Administrator, who will be happy to arrange this for you.

Full Job Description and timeframes can be found at

CV and covering letter should be sent directly to

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