Programme Manager

Bristol, London, Sheffield
£38,000-£40,000 per annum + benefits
03 Oct 2017
24 Oct 2017
PTC Programme Manager
Full Time
Contract Type

A compelling role as Programme Manager, focused on progressing the Trust's place-based strategy and developing corporate partnerships

Power to Change is an independent charitable trust endowed with £150 million from the Big Lottery Fund to support community businesses across England over the next 7-10 years. Power to Change acts as a community businesses champion through the provision of funding and support on a local level. They also aim to play a broader national leadership and advocacy role to enhance the market for community business and increase awareness of its social and economic benefits.

Role Purpose:

Key member of the team developing and delivering Power to Change place-based strategy for growing and strengthening the community business sector in England.


1)  Place-based initiatives

Developing and overseeing the delivery of Power to Change’s strategies for growing and strengthening community businesses in up to 5 English cities, including Liverpool and Bristol:

  • Developing and refining strategies for each city to increase the number of community businesses: strengthen existing community businesses and ensure collaboration between community businesses and other key stakeholders in the cities.
  • Contracting locally based external organisations and individuals to coordinate strategy delivery in cities as required.
  • Project manage existing Power to Change programmes to ensure they understand their role in city strategies and are delivering those roles.  
  • Reporting on KPIs, finance and communications; record keeping (including use of Salesforce)

2) Managing corporate partnerships

Manage Power to Change’s corporate partnerships which engage their employees with community business as potential skills-based volunteers, customers and investors. Initially focused on developing and delivering a new partnership with Marks & Spencer.   

  • Project manage delivery of M&S / Power to Change programme across 7 places up to June 2019; to include working closely with local partners, embedding learning into the programme, and seeking opportunities to continuously improve it.
  • Develop programme to use M&S staff skills-based volunteering to support new and established community businesses in 7 places across England:  Birmingham, Bradford, Liverpool, Rochdale, Middlesbrough, Norwich, London Borough of Newham
  • Working with Power to Change communications team to ensure that in addition to community businesses benefitting directly from M&S support the partnership contributes to growing the community business movement
  • Planning the evaluation of programmes across 7 places based on Power to Change and M&S objectives, working closely with the Power to Change Research Institute.
  • Lead on decision making process for whether and how the M&S partnership could be expanded from 2019. 
  • Reporting on KPIs, finance and communications; record keeping (including use of Salesforce)

Essential skills & experience:

  • Strong project design experience
  • Strong project management experience and attention to detail
  • Ability to work collaboratively and transparently with team members and external delivery partners
  • Ability to manage partners effectively
  • Flexibility and pragmatism
  • Comfortable developing and delivering programmes using a test and learn approach
  • Understanding of community business and experience of working with them or social or small enterprises
  • Experience of working with corporates and developing relationships with them
  • Experience working within communities and delivering change at a local level

Desired skills & experience

  • Working knowledge of 1 or more of the places where the M&S programme is to be delivered.
  • Experience of Salesforce (Customer Relationship Management system)
  • Experience of skills-based volunteering as a coordinator or volunteer
  • Ability to see strategic opportunities and connections with other programmes
  • Comfortable in a public facing role
  • Willingness to travel (to London and on occasion to other Power to Change funded areas)
  • Experience of grant funding or place based support/capacity building programmes


  • Staff team at Power to Change
  • Delivery partners, consultants and organisations working with Power to Change
  • Community businesses at all stages
  • Local Authorities and other local government entities, service providers and membership organisations for community business, corporate partners
  • The Power to Change Grants Committee
  • The Power to Change Research Institute, appointed evaluators and researchers

If you are interested in applying for this exciting position, please send your CV and a one-page cover letter to

Application deadline: 20th October, 2017

A full time role, but part-time applicants welcomed as the role could be split into two 0.6 part time positions. 

Power To Change is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all candidates irrespective of race, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion or belief, or marital or civil partnership status.

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