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Commercial Director Cognition Learning Group

Cognition Learning Group has been changing the way that the world learns through our innovative and consultative learning solutions. We seek a Commercial Director to lead our business development as we continue to grow in the UK and EMEA.

  • Location: Manchester / Remote
  • Salary: Up to £80,000
  • Closing date: CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS
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Cognition Learning Group is a leading provider of learning services with operations in more than 20 countries. Supporting educators, ministries, governments and businesses for more than 30 years, Cognition is a global education provider that truly meets the needs of its partners, premised on improving learning for all. Our 4 brands include:

Cognition Learning Group is growing. Reporting to our Group Managing Director (UK), you will be a part of a new team with an exciting prospect of growing into the UK education and training space, underpinned by the organic growth model that has established us as a world-leading organisation for education and training.

You will be responsible for increasing the business and the number of projects we deliver. The Commercial Director’s role is to bid and tender for new work, especially in the public sector. Our clients all have different needs, and we work to support them with these. Being agile and understanding our client’s needs is key.

To be successful in this role, you will have a track record of identifying opportunities and building new relationships at a strategic level with new and existing clients. Cognition Learning Group is looking to become the leading provider of education and training provision in the UK, and our Commercial Director must be someone with a track record of securing significant revenue by leading commercial operations including sales, business development and marketing teams.

We celebrate diversity, and champion people. We are a dynamic global organisation, so being sensitive to our cultural differences and context is important. To lead at Cognition, you should embody a passion for improving people, organisations, and society through the learning that our group delivers.

We strongly encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age, religion, or belief.


For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Eddie Caviezel Cox | eddiec@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07951 920768

Drew Richardson-Walsh | drew@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364 033

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Eddie Caviezel Cox

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Welcome from the Group CEO

Dear applicant,

This is an exciting time for the Cognition Learning Group (CLG) with extensive plans to grow our group presence in the UK. Since entering the UK in 2017, Cognition has been steadily building its business, working with public sector clients to deliver a range of new services including the very successful Transition to Teach offering. With the recent acquisition of Aspire Development, substantial new government contracts for Cognition Education and the launch in the market of one of our most successful Australasia brands, Wavelength Learning, the UK has quickly grown to become one of our most important regions and a key strategic plank of our growth blueprint for 2022-26.

CLG is unique in the learning market in that we offer a diverse but complementary set of skills across our brands that can deliver from cradle to grave, traditional to digital, and small to large and we have been doing this for 30 years, in more than 30 countries around the world. There are very few companies in the world that can offer our rich history or breadth of expertise and this makes joining our group an exciting proposition for anyone looking to build their career and make a difference.

At CLG we believe in the power of learning to transform lives and we believe in hiring, supporting and developing people who can make this happen. All of us at Cognition live and breathe our guiding principles, the 4 Bs, striving to Be Better, Be Impactful, Be Agile and Be Ambitious so we know we are always challenging ourselves to deliver the very best services we can.

With all these changes and growing operations, we are now looking to recruit key senior roles to continue to drive the success and strategic direction of the group and its businesses in the UK. To be successful you will need to be a self-starter and have the gravitas required to work at the most senior level but you will also need to be able to build teams and support them to deliver outstanding services which make a positive and lasting difference to our customers.

If you share our values, believe in our purpose to transform lives through learning, and feel you have the experience and skills to lead the Cognition Learning Group through this next exciting period, we look forward to hearing from you and receiving your application.

Tina Lucas
Group CEO
Cognition Learning Group


For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Eddie Caviezel Cox | eddiec@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07951 920768

Drew Richardson-Walsh | drew@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364 033

About Cognition Learning Group

Transforming lives through learning for over 30 years

With offices around the globe, Cognition Learning Group proudly delivers learning solutions to communities in more than 30 countries worldwide.

Our teams work in education consultancy, professional development, leadership and management, early-years & primary tutoring, digital learning, and publishing to improve learning for everyone. Each of our companies within the Group offers tools to cater for a variety of learning environments. From giving children the best start in life, all the way to supporting governments to improve their education systems. We proudly provide expert professional development to educators around the globe, as well as coordinate transition programmes for those who wish to change careers and retrain as a teacher. We up-skill staff via the latest digital training techniques as well as support staff with their career development through management and leadership programmes.

We operate four exciting brands:

Cognition Education

Cognition Education is a global provider of leading consultancy services, with a focus on improving education outcomes for all learners by transforming global education systems and supporting educators to make a difference where it matters. We work with ministries of education, schools and educators across all stages of education to help them drive up student success and close the equity gap.

Wavelength Learning

Wavelength Learning develops award-winning learning solutions tailor-made for an organisation’s people, brand, and culture. Using the latest digital and blended approaches we engage and grow learners to drive better outcomes. From scenario-based learning to animation and virtual reality, our learning designers offer world-class immersive experiences across any industry or education space.

Aspire Development

Aspire has decades of learning and development experience with programmes designed to support the growth of capability and confidence in managers and organisations. We design and deliver tailored and bespoke online and face-to-face programmes specialising in leadership and management development courses, apprenticeship programmes designed to create competent future managers for organisations, and coaching and mentoring services to help people and organisations reach their true potential.

Begin Bright

Begin Bright is a network of early childhood education and primary tutoring centres with a mission to enrich the lives of children and equip them with the skills and dispositions to excel at school. Our range of specialist programmes and tutoring are available in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, as well as online.


For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Eddie Caviezel Cox | eddiec@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07951 920768

Drew Richardson-Walsh | drew@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364 033

Our accessibility provisions include:

  • Step-free access to the building, accessible workstations (e.g. desk, office), and step-free access to all key meeting rooms and toilets.
  • Interviews can be held in meeting rooms that support hearing loops.
  • Accessibility dogs are welcomed.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats if needed.
  • Working patterns/working locations can be adjusted.

Staff are not required to be office based to work for Cognition Learning Group and can work flexibly at any suitable location including at home. Where we do provide office hubs these are close to public transport, fully accessible, DDA compliant and can be equipped where required with specialist equipment for individuals. We offer flexible working hours to meet the needs of individuals and our business, which is global in nature, and all our systems are web-based and accessible from any device and any location without the need for specialist access.

All staff benefit from a number of monthly allowances which can be accessed to support the purchase of equipment and internet to work remotely and a wellbeing allowance which can be used flexibly to meet individuals’ needs.

If you have any further needs around accessibility, please get in touch with the advising consultant for a confidential chat on how we can best fulfil your needs.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Eddie Caviezel Cox | eddiec@peridotpartners.co.uk | 079519 20768

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    Closing date: Monday 16th January 2023
    Candidates informed of outcome: Wednesday 18th January 2023
    Interviews: w/c 23rd January 2023

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