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Head of Engagement Projects

Closing date
26 Apr 2024

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Senior Management, Management
Children & Youth
Full Time
Contract Type
Senior Manager

Job Details

We are a not-for-profit organisation committed to increasing the diversity and numbers of young people entering engineering and technology to meet the future workforce needs, as well as promoting roles that help us work towards net zero and drive environmental sustainability.

We are looking for a Head of Engagement Projects.  Reporting to the Director of Engagement Programmes, the Head of Engagement Projects will have a breadth of responsibility that is critical to delivering our 2023-28 strategy. Over our strategic period we are seeking to double the reach of our more intensive activities and increase our portfolio of programmes.  As a member of our Senior Leadership Team (SLT) you will provide strategic oversight and lead the design, development and iterative delivery of our portfolio of projects to inspire young people into engineering and technology careers, responding to both evidence and need.

About EngineeringUK

Our purpose is to drive change so more young people choose engineering and technology careers.

Our vision is that the UK has the workforce needed for engineering and technology to thrive, to improve sustainability and to achieve net zero.

Our mission is to enable more young people from all backgrounds to be informed, inspired and progress into engineering and technology.

In the UK, we don’t have enough engineers and demand is going up. So, we need more young people to realise there could be a future for them in engineering and technology. To really thrive, we need a stronger, more diverse and representative workforce and for that we have to do things differently to make engineering more appealing.

We are a not-for-profit working with hundreds of organisations across business, education, professional institutions and the third sector so we can all grow the future talent pool together. We drive that collective effort through research and evidence, leadership, activities for schools and advocacy, with a focus on long-term sustainability.

We guided by a series of values that we apply to all our activity:

  • We are inclusive and care about diversity. We understand that we have different needs and create opportunities for everyone's voice to be heard
  • We are collaborative. We listen, share and work in partnership to achieve our vision
  • We are curious and keen to learn. We challenge ourselves and others to innovate and experiment
  • We are insightful. We evaluate what we do and draw on research to make decisions and to improve our collective understanding
  • We are driven by a strong sense of purpose. We are determined to make an impact and achieve our goals

About the role

You will be responsible for the design, development and iterative delivery of a portfolio of projects to inform, inspire and support 11-14 year olds to ultimately progress into engineering and technology. Currently, these projects are Energy Quest and Climate Schools Programme which provide in-school workshops, teacher materials and resources for school clubs. You will ensure that these projects and newly developed projects have career messages embedded and respond to both evidence and need ensuring our work responds to the changing needs of young people, schools and industry and specifically has an impact on those currently underrepresented in the industry. You will ensure that the work in your portfolio aligns and links to all EUK’s products and services for schools and build strategic partnerships with external organisations to enhance the design and delivery of the programmes.

The engagement projects delivered by your team are dependent on external fundraising, so you will work closely with our Business and Industry team who lead on fundraising, supporting the bid writing and pitch process. You will also work closely with colleagues from across the rest of EngineeringUK, including our evaluation, communications teams, and oversee the management of external partners responsible for delivering the projects.

The role is London based at our office at 10 Lower Thames Street, London EC3R 6EN and may involve some travel in the UK. We believe that hybrid working has many benefits and are pleased to offer flexible working with a minimum of 2 days (or 40%) a week in the office and the option for a flexible start and end to the working day in our vibrant central London office overlooking the Thames. Further details on our flexible working practices can be discussed at interview or you can reach out to a member of our HR team.

Further details of the role can be found in the job description and person specification.

Person specification

Essential Skills / Competencies

  • Excellent programme management and budget management skills
  • Excellent leadership skills and ability to motivate and influence others including those outside of own team
  • Excellent communication, relationship building and networking skills; able to work effectively at senior levels and influence others’ priorities
  • Ability to work independently and flexibly within a rapidly changing environment
  • Willingness to learn and develop new skills and knowledge
  • Commitment to our mission and values, you will be able to engage with our values and work in a way that supports our commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Environmental Sustainability.

Education/level of experience.

  • Experience in developing and delivering complex projects for young people that meet stakeholder, funder and participants’ needs, taking an evidence and needs based approach to delivery, and iterating to maximise impact
  • Experience of partnership development and management and having worked with funders as a key stakeholder in programme development.
  • Experience of managing staff, leading strategic projects and influencing key stakeholders
  • Understanding of schools and/or STEM engagement sector, its challenges and impacts, and its educational context 

EngineeringUK is committed to being an inclusive workplace, where everyone feels they belong.  This is supported by the dedicated work we are doing to ensure our policies and practices are inclusive and that our staff are trained to be able to fulfil this commitment.

We value the benefits of a diverse workforce and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and experiences.  Our recruitment process is designed to be as accessible and inclusive as possible and to ensure people are individually assessed regardless of their backgrounds or characteristics. We are an equal opportunities employer and are open to flexible working, including job share.

Applying for this role


If you would like to request to submit your application in an alternative format to support accessibility, please let us know.  

The deadline for applications is 12:00 noon on 26th April.


Applications will be assessed against the requirements for the post as set out in the Role Profile and Person Specification.

We are a Disability Confident committed employer. We guarantee an interview to any disabled people who meet the minimum requirements of the role. Additionally, if there are any reasonable adjustments we can make to make this process easier for you then we are happy to do so. Just complete the relevant sections of the online application form. 

We aim to notify candidates who have been shortlisted on 31st April If you have not heard from us after this date, please assume that you have not been successful.

First interviews will be held week commencing 6th May.

What can we offer you?

  • Competitive salary 28 days paid annual leave (plus bank holidays), in addition we normally close for the Christmas week
  • Competitive pension (10% employer contribution)
  • Annual bonus opportunity
  • Flexible working
  • A vibrant office with terrace overlooking the Thames embankment and Tower Bridge
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Life Insurance (4 x salary)
  • Long term illness/incapacity insurance cover (permanent health insurance or PHI)
  • Annual private health check for all employees over 40 once they have completed their probationary period and to employees over 35 after 3 years’ service
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Yearly flu vaccination


We drive change so more young people choose engineering and technology careers.

There aren't enough people working in engineering and technology and demand is going up. So, we need more young people to realise there could be a future for them in those careers. Many of them don't understand what the opportunities are and the different ways to get into them. We want to change that. We need a stronger, more representative workforce for engineering and technology to thrive and we have to things differently to make those careers more attractive. We want more young people to see engineering and technology could offer them a varied and rewarding career.

We are a not-for-profit working with hundreds of organisations so we can all grow the future talent pool together. We need more people and more diversity and we all have a part to play in achieving that.

We can't afford not to work together. At EngineeringUK, we drive that collective effort through research and evidence, leadership, activities for schools and advocacy, with a focus on long-term sustainability. All our work is delivered in line with our values.

Our vision is that the UK has the diverse workforce needed for engineering and technology to thrive and to drive economic prosperity, improve sustainability and achieve net zero.

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