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Senior Programme Manager

Flexible in UK
£40,800 - £45,263 per annum
Closing date
13 Feb 2022
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Senior Programme Manager
Reference: JAN20223612
Location: Flexible in UK
Salary: £40,800 - £45,263 per annum
Benefits: Pension, Life Assurance and Annual Leave

As the UK’s largest nature conservation charity, our client spends £100m/year in pursuit of their vision - a world richer in nature. You will be joining a workforce of over 14,000 employees and volunteers dedicated to realising that vision, alongside their many partner organisations. This nature conservation charity’s new strategy to 2030 describes their vital part in tackling the nature and climate crisis facing our planet.

Our client is a complex organisation, operating across the four countries of the UK and where they can make a difference overseas. This organisation manages over 200 nature reserves, influence policy and legislation and deliver many research, conservation, and people engagement projects. Their impact-generating activities depend on a range of enabling services and their ability to win the support of new partners and access new resourcing opportunities.

As the organisation pursues new strategic priorities, they need your expertise, focus and energy in leading complex programmes to help ensure their work to leverage new investment funding for conservation is delivered within agreed governance and resourcing parameters.

Working closely with senior colleagues from across the charity’s conservation, fundraising and operations directorates, you will co-ordinate and facilitate work to access emerging investment markets linked to carbon and biodiversity targets. These have the potential to enable conservation restoration and management at scale. You will help build support for this work across the organisation, managing dependencies and risks to facilitate delivery of programme benefits.

It’s an exciting time to join – they are re-designing their planning and related decision-making processes in support of their new strategy, including a new project register system and refreshed project management framework.

In summary, this organisation needs your help to ensure they make the best start possible in delivering the ambition contained in their new strategy, leveraging your experience of delivering beneficial change through effective programme management.

Key activities will include:

  • Putting in place the right vision, approach, governance structures and reporting processes to keep the programme, and the projects within it, on track and aligned with strategic need
  • Supporting the programme executive in promoting the programme, ensuring it is receiving the required levels of support and resources to meet strategic need
  • Ensuring that both internal and external stakeholders are kept fully involved and informed, acting as key relationship owner where appropriate
  • Leading and motivating programme and project teams to achieve beneficial change by focusing on a common goal, to include line management of e.g., project managers and contractors as needed
  • Identifying, managing, and communicating risks and issues and putting in place appropriate contingency actions – to facilitate delivery of programme benefits
  • Actively managing dependencies between projects within the programme and between the programme and other related projects and programmes
  • Ensuring that changes to programme baselines are managed effectively – to prevent scope creep
  • Managing the programme budget against forecast, estimating costs, and ensuring that exceptions beyond tolerance are escalated and approved
  • Clarifying and communicating the specific benefits to be delivered by the programme and measuring the realisation of these benefits
  • Agreeing and implementing a quality strategy - to determine acceptable standards for the outputs and objectives of the projects, and other activities, within the programme
  • Managing handover of change activities to normal organisational operations, ensuring that change is embedded, and benefits will continue to be realised
  • Develop programme management best practice across the organisation – act as a coach and mentor to other programme and project managers internally, and help us be seen as an exemplar by our partners

 Essential skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Significant experience of applying programme management approaches to deliver complex programmes, ensuring benefits realisation
  • Demonstrable experience of working in partnership with both internal and external stakeholders to achieve shared outcomes, including in the early stages of relationship development
  • Able to communicate clearly and influence and negotiate with a wide range of people, both internally and externally
  • Self-directed – able to work closely with and think on behalf of senior colleagues, with experience of focusing stakeholder time and attention on the most urgent/important matters
  • Able to lead without line management authority, with strong organisational skills and experience of leading and managing multidisciplinary project/programme teams
  • Logical and analytical approach, encompassing financial literacy and a high level of attention to detail, with experience of managing programme budgets
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and track record of identifying solutions to barriers to progress.
  • Able to work under pressure, making or escalating decisions where necessary and adapting approach to meet changing circumstances
  • Experience of developing and embedding project/programme methods and standards, and coaching and/or mentoring colleagues in support of these
  • Broad understanding of the organisations’ operating environment, funding model and personal commitment to its charitable mission
  • A recognised programme and/or project management qualification

Desirable qualifications:

  • Chartered programme and/or project practitioner status

This is a Permanent Full-Time role for 37.5 hours per week.

This organisation is an equal opportunities employer. This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

Closing Date: 23:59, 13 February 2022
They are looking to conduct interviews for this position on 2nd and 7th March 2022.

Application Process:

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