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Strategic Analysis Manager/Head of Strategic Analysis

Job Introduction

As Head of Strategic Analysis you'll be responsible for the provision of strategic analysis and recommendations directly for the Global Government Senior Leadership team, and you'll be actively involved in and provide an input into the global segment’s strategic planning process for our Global Government segment, a business that currently operates in seven countries.

The analysis and insight provided assists in and influences business development and developing business strategy at the highest level

Everywhere in the world, governments and associated agencies are seeking solutions for greater efficiency while reducing costs. With this goal in mind, Sodexo designs, builds and provides services to prevent re-offending and encourage inmate rehabilitation through our Justice Services segment.  We also provide logistical and soft services support to the armed forces so that they can focus on their core activity through our Defence segment. We also operate in both central and local government and associated agencies, our wealth of experience means we are able to transfer best practices from the corporate sector to create better working environments in the public sector through our Government Services segment.


Role Responsibility

  • Responsible for identifying and assessing key white space opportunities for the Global Government segment, putting forward recommendations and presenting the conclusions to the Global Government leadership team for consideration
  • Responsible for the detailed design, delivery and project management of a wide range of insightful and strategic research and analysis projects for the Global Government Senior leadership team to support key bids and gain a wider understanding of existing and new markets (including detailed market sizing and market share analysis), as well as enhance knowledge of key competitors in each of our markets. 
  • Regular one-to-one meetings with Global Government leadership and other senior management personnel (e.g. Global Director of Business Development for Justice) to ensure I am aware of their key and current priorities and to find out how best I can support them.
  • Responsible for delivering briefings at Global Government Comex and RLC meetings on competitor/ market analysis.
  • Acts as a senior representative for the Global Government segment in group wide initiatives and forums e.g. attendance at the Big Data conference, and member of Group-wide Market & Competition network.
  • Input into the development of our Global segment’s strategic plan, challenging the financial and market sizing assumptions submitted by the different government regions and helping define our global segment’s future short, medium and long-term strategy.
  • Management of the delivery of competitor/ market monitoring and production / circulation of government related newsletters to ensure the content remains useful, timely and informative to ensure our global segment’s primary decision makers are kept up to date on key and current issues
  • Responsible for defining and updating the global government segmentation and key account attributes, with input from the Global Government leadership team, and in collaboration with the Global CRM team. This involves liaising with key stakeholders around the business, including the Global CRM team and Global government employees, to drive continuous improvement in the way we collectively capture information and in support of our digital transformation.
  • Manages the Strategy Research Analyst, as well as providing guidance, direction and support to the Senior Strategic Planning Manager based in NORAM to ensure both a high level of engagement and a high quality of work.
  • Responsible for the design, development and lead on creating and deploying innovative, new and auditable methodologies for all research and analysis projects undertaken, with these methodologies being shared and used by senior Sodexo employees in other countries (e.g. Global Strategy SVP, Sports and Leisure) for their own analytical projects and leading to a greater understanding of their own markets.

*Please see Job Description attached for full details


The Ideal Candidate

  • Advanced analytical skills and the ability to problem solve, with experience of putting forward actionable recommendations to senior management based on this analysis.
  • Ability to think strategically
  • Good presentation skills
  • Detailed knowledge of PPT, with experience of creating strategy presentations for Senior Management
  • Advanced research skills
  • Proven editorial skills
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate clearly and persuasively, orally and in writing, with all levels of staff, including Global Segment leadership members and Group level executives.
  • Excellent organisational and planning skills
  • Experience of project management.
  • Team management skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Dynamic and flexible approach according to business needs


  • FM or catering background.
  • Public sector background.

Package Description

Competitive salary of up to £46,410 + benefits including car/car allowance, bonus, pension, flexible benefits scheme

As part of our commitment to improving the quality of life for our employees, Sodexo offers a Flexible Benefits Scheme, allowing you to tailor a reward package to suit your needs which includes a technology scheme, private dental insurance, travel insurance, gym membership, Gourmet card, private medical insurance and the ability to purchase or sell annual leave to name but a few.

We also offer Sodexo Discounts site promoting discounted mobile phone tariffs, savings across restaurant chains and days out, where you and your family can save money on everything from your weekly food shop to the latest cinema blockbuster.

About the Company

In the UK and Ireland, Sodexo employs some 35,000 employees to deliver integrated facilities management services to clients at over 2,000 locations in the corporate, healthcare, education, leisure, defence and justice sectors. With an annual turnover of over £1bn, we provide everything from catering, cleaning and reception to security, laboratory and grounds maintenance services, enabling our clients to focus on their core business

Sodexo and our clients are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults within a regulated activity. Certain roles will require applicants to undergo screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and/ or Disclosure Scotland.

We are building on our support to the Armed Forces community through the development of specific pathways within our recruitment process to further engage ex-forces personnel and reservists.  Those applying for roles with us who meet the essential criteria advertised under the ‘ideal candidate’ on the vacancy advertised are guaranteed to progress within the selection process.


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