Strategy Programme Manager
£32,400.00 – £35,944.00 Per Annum
Pension, Annual Leave, Life Assurance
12 months

About the Role: 

Are you excited at the prospect of helping catalyse delivery of the RSPB’s new strategy, ensuring best practice programme management and effective senior stakeholder engagement?

As the UK’s largest nature conservation charity, we spend £100m/year in pursuit of our 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 our many partner organisations. Playing our part in tackling the nature and climate emergency facing our planet requires us to be even more effective, and our new strategy clarifies the vital part we must play in rising to the challenge.

We are a complex organisation, operating across the four countries of the UK and where we can make a difference overseas. We manage over 200 nature reserves, influence policy and legislation and deliver many research, conservation and people engagement projects. Our impact-generating activities depend on a range of enabling services. We need your expertise and energy to help ensure several strategically important activities are delivered within agreed governance and resourcing parameters, and actively manage dependencies relating to these.

It’s an exciting time to join – not only do we have a new strategy for 2030, but we are also in the middle of re-designing our planning and related decision-making processes in support of this. This includes introducing a new project register system and refreshing our project management framework.

In summary, we need your help to ensure we make the best start possible in delivering our new strategy, leveraging your expertise in programme management.

Key activities will include:

  • Putting in place the right governance structures and reporting processes to keep the strategic programme, and the projects within it, on track and aligned with strategic need
  • Ensuring that stakeholders, including customers, are kept fully involved and informed
  • Identifying, managing and communicating risks and issues and putting in place appropriate contingency actions – to reduce the likelihood of events that might prevent the benefits of the programme being delivered on time
  • Managing the 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
  • Co-ordinating and motivating colleagues to achieve programme success by focussing on a common goal
  • Managing the programme budget against forecast, estimating costs, ensuring that exceptions beyond tolerance are escalated and approved – so that costs are kept within agreed tolerances
  • Clarifying and communicating the specific benefits (beneficial changes) to be delivered by the programme and, where appropriate, 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 ‘business as usual, preparing any follow-on actions required and communicating these to others where relevant
  • Contributing to sharing of project and programme management best practice across the RSPB

What we need from you:

  • A logical and analytical approach, encompassing a high level of attention to detail
  • Significant experience of applying programme management approaches and related cost management to get things done
  • Ideally, you will have experience of benefits realisation
  • Self-directed – able to work closely with and think on behalf of senior colleagues, with experience of focussing stakeholder time and attention on the most urgent/important matters
  • Able to lead without line management authority, with strong organisational and influencing skills and experience of leading and managing multidisciplinary project/programme teams
  • Demonstrable 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 an approach to meet changing circumstances as required
  • You are likely to have a programme and/or project management qualification.

This position is full time working 37.5 hours per week. The successful candidate can be either home or office-based, depending on personal requirements and location.

There will be a requirement for occasional travel, within the UK and to our headquarters in Sandy, Bedfordshire.

Closing date: 23:59, 06 June 2021