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Programme Manager

The Active Wellbeing Society
Birmingham, West Midlands
Closing date
30 Jul 2021

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Full Time
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The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS) is a community benefit society and cooperative working to develop healthy, happy communities living active and connected lives.

Our vision is for a society where people have the autonomy, capacity, resources and skills to become the architects of their own destiny; where our individual wellbeing is recognised as being bound up in our collective responsibility to and dependency on each other; and where all of us feel empowered as agents of social change to make a difference – whether at an individual level or more widely.

By working collaboratively with communities we aim to bring about sustainable change on an social, environmental and economic level; to do the social knitting required to create stronger and more resilient communities and to support communities to identify, mitigate and remove the barriers that prevent them from living active and connected lives.


Birmingham City Council in partnership with Solihull MBC tendered to become a Sport England Local Delivery Pilot area. In December 2017 our proposal, Active Communities, was chosen as one of twelve pilot areas across England. TAWS will act as the accountable body for the programme. The post holder will be accountable to Local Delivery Pilot Programme Board.

Local Delivery Pilots are a strategic investment by Sport England, which aim to understand how we can best help people get active in their communities improving their health, wellbeing and resilience. More information can be found at:

Role Description:

You will be responsible for overall management of the programme, ensuring effective delivery of the outcomes. You will work closely with Sport England, TAWS and all key partners, ensuring that all the elements of the project are integrated to achieve the overall agreed outcomes. You will manage key programme risks and the overall budget. You will manage the Programme Team, including project managers, and ensure learning is shared widely and used for manage change. You will ensure that there is a clear plan for delivery, with timely reporting and decision making.

You will be a highly skilled programme manager used to working through complex interrelated delivery streams, complex relationships, complex resource management and monitoring delivery against programme outcomes. You will be creative yet understand the complexity of managing a diverse range of projects within a multi-million-pound programme. Experience of working on Agile or similar programmes would be an advantage.

Main duties of the role

  1. Lead the use and delivery of a robust programme structure including functioning governance, processes, programme and project management.
  2. To identify, form, and maintain effective relationships with key partners and stakeholders at a strategic and operational level
  3. Oversee multiple project teams, ensuring projects and interdependencies are planned and managed effectively, and an overall plan is created
  4. Ensure evaluation and insight is used effectively to deliver outcomes and impact through the interventions, to reassure and report programme progress, risks and mitigation to funders, partners and stakeholders.
  5. Lead the creation of an environment where productive and trusting relationships with citizens, communities and key stakeholders develop. Role to keep key partners included and as updated as they need to be to ensure a cohesive network of matrix delivery and a functioning core group.
  6. Lead the governance process including risk management and preparation and delivery of reports for the Sponsor Board and Core Group drawing on the wider team enabling leaders to make informed decisions.
  7. Control budgets including procurement (in accordance with The Public Contracts Regulations 2006), financial reconciliation, budget profiling, major financial change requests, proper use of lottery funds in-keeping with the spirit of use of the funding, lead on preparation of conversion proposals in-conjunction with workstreams, programme oversight of financial process. Lead on providing required assurance and resource governance to the SRO and Core Group to review and plan work streams, outcomes, priorities and associated budgets.
  8. Produce reports, carry out presentations and undertake administrative duties in connection with the post.
  9. Carry out all other duties as maybe reasonably assigned from time to time and with the level of this Job Description.
  10. Support and adopt the mission, aim and values of TAWS, throughout your work and behaviours.
  11. To take responsibility for your own personal and professional development, including responding constructively to internal management performance processes.

Experience and Knowledge

All criteria are essential, and your application will be assessed on all points detailed below.

  • Experience of leading large, complex and collaborative programmes.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and presentational skills across a range of mediums shown to challenge and influence.
  • Experience of applying emotional Intelligence and finding ways to progress in high pressure situations and managing challenging relationships working with peers, managing staff and developing partnership with stakeholders, communities and citizens.
  • Evidence of an ability to be decisive and a willingness to take informed and calculated decisions. Bringing a considered and informed view at both a strategic and operational level to ensure the programme outcomes have the best opportunity to be achieved.
  • Experience managing large and complex resources with required governance, process and assurance to minimise risk including financial and reputational risk to Active Communities and TAWS.
  • Evidence of using insight and evaluation as a critical feedback loop supporting strategic and operational programme adaptation and delivery of outcomes.
  • Understanding of models of community development that promote health, wellbeing, community and individual resilience and acumen in transitioning from a funded test and learn model into a sustainable business model.
  • Demonstrate empathy and understanding with the citizens and communities who access our services.
  • Evidence of a commitment to ongoing personal development and training.
  • Digitally literate and familiar with a range of software packages including utilising social media.


  • Health Shield – discounted health benefit against eye examinations/prescriptions.
  • +Plus EAP (counseling and DRs on call 24hrs a day)
  • Death in Service – 4 times your salary paid to beneficiary.
  • Nest Pension – 8% paid by TAWS 3 % paid by employee.
  • Annual Leave – 25-29 days AL plus 5 wellbeing days
  • Flexible working. 
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