Why work for UKGI?
UKGI’s inclusive and collaborative culture ensures colleagues get the best from their work, and enables the exceptional delivery for which UKGI is renowned.
In this video, we asked colleagues to put into their own words what they think of the culture at UKGI.
UKGI’s culture flows from its values which were developed by colleagues across our organisation, reflecting the people who work for us and the ways in which we want to work. Our values define who we are, what we stand for, how we behave and what we aspire to achieve. We continuously hold ourselves and each other accountable to the values by ensuring reward and assessment include measurement against them.
At UKGI, we are:
Supportive and inclusive
in the way we interact
Open and honest
in the way we work together
Expert and professional
in the way we deliver
Collaborative and outcome-focused
in the way we achieve our goals
George Jackson, Manager
I joined UKGI from a large accountancy firm. I thought it would be a fantastic chance to utilise my corporate finance skills in public service and to learn how Whitehall operates – something that’s always interested me.
The work at UKGI requires me to absorb large amounts of information in a short space of time and translate it into clear, succinct and coherent advice to non-subject matter experts in our customer departments or via submissions for ministers.
Colleagues have a great breadth and depth of experience and knowledge which they are willing to share, and there is a real commitment to career development both within and outside the organisation.
I’ve also found much greater balance in my life since joining UKGI. The working day is busy and intense, but there is an emphasis on flexibility and a genuine desire from the top down to support a sustainable and balanced lifestyle for all staff.
Vivienne Li, Manager
Over my career I have worked in both the private and public sectors, with roles working in Strategic Finance within DfE and MoJ, in accountancy at Big Four firms and in investment banking. I joined UKGI on a two-year secondment from MoJ to gain corporate finance experience and develop my blend of public and private sector experience. UKGI is well-respected across government and seen as experts, so I was excited by the prospect of working on some of the most challenging and high priority issues at the top of the government’s agenda.
I’ve been able to share my knowledge of how government and the Civil Service works with my project team members from private sector backgrounds. In return, I’m building governance and commercial expertise that I can take back to the Civil Service.
I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to shape my own role, get support to meet my development needs and I was really pleased to discover that UKGI’s commitment and support for flexible working is similar to what I was accustomed to in the Civil Service.
Michael Meredith, Manager
My background is in accountancy and I wanted to increase the variety of work that I would be undertaking in my day-to-day role. UKGI provides the platform for me to be involved across different workstreams, each requiring a different skillset, and many of the projects are high profile, such as the UK Infrastructure Bank, which was a motivating factor for me!
In my prior role I analysed financial (and non-financial) information through a professionally sceptic lens. This is valuable for my financial governance work at UKGI where I monitor and challenge asset performance against agreed its business plan and help promote an effective reporting process.
UKGI emphasises the importance of setting personal career goals and line managers are happy to have honest discussions about where I see my future so that they can help get me there. I learn from working with colleagues with a wide range of backgrounds across investment banking, law, accountancy and the civil service, from dealing with high profile stakeholders in high pressure environments, and from attending a broad range of training and development courses including specific corporate finance development and broader public sector/civil service learning.
Sisi Zhang, Assistant Director
UKGI had been on my radar as the next career move for a couple of years before the perfect opportunity presented itself. I knew that after 16 years in the city I had the right commercial negotiation skills and inter-personal communication skills to be successful, and I wanted the opportunity to work on projects that are high profile and have national importance. Since joining I have been on a variety of training courses around working in Whitehall and understanding ministerial life, which provided some crucial insights to complement my private sector skills and experience.
The people I work with are open minded, collaborative and full of energy. They care about the impact of their work and are committed to putting their skills to good use. I’m proud of the work I now do, providing sound advice to HM Treasury and protecting taxpayers’ money.
Siv Rajeswaran, Manager
Before working at UKGI I gained specialist expertise at the New South Wales Treasury in Sydney, Australia, where I spent six years managing complex government transactions, particularly public sector asset sales and mergers and acquisitions.
I therefore came into UKGI with a good understanding of best practice public sector transaction governance, but UKGI enabled me to refine my existing skills, offering me ample learning and development opportunities to upskill where necessary, whilst also giving me invaluable experiences in utilising these skills in an environment where I am managing multiple stakeholders across the highest levels of Ministerial Cabinet, arms-length body senior management, the career public service and private sector corporate advisory.
UKGI provides a great platform to enable a future career in corporate finance, policy and governance, through its excellent learning and development programme and by actively encouraging its staff to get involved in a range of projects as well as corporate activities that will give them the opportunity to develop a range of skillsets and deal with a wide array of stakeholders.
UKGI has provided me with invaluable opportunities to learn from some of the most experienced minds working in the public sector.
Diversity and Inclusion
UKGI has a strong commitment to being a diverse and inclusive organisation – creating an excellent place to work for all our colleagues. We actively seek to attract, develop and support people with a diversity of experience, skills, perspectives and backgrounds, which helps us deliver excellent outcomes for our client departments and the wider public we serve.
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A constructive and open dialogue on Mental Health and Wellbeing is embedded within the culture of UKGI.
A number of steps have been taken to build and maintain a positive Mental Health and Wellbeing culture, such as training volunteers to become Mental Health First Aiders, targeted objectives and training for line managers delivered by Mind, awareness-raising activities and signing the Time to Change pledge to demonstrate commitment to fighting stigma about mental ill-health.
UKGI’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Group continue to ensure the wellbeing of all employees is central to the organisation’s agenda.
UKGI is proud of what its employees have gone on to achieve; the network and experience gained at UKGI is beneficial to a career in either the public or private sector. UKGI’s alumni network allows us to stay in touch with this incredibly diverse group of former colleagues and bring them together with current employees for events, seminars, mentoring opportunities and sharing of case studies.
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