Project Manager

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£36,781 p.a. rising to £40,250 p.a. after probation

There are seven national administrative bodies that work together to support the mission and ministries of the Church. These are called National Church Institutions (NCIs). Each has a role to play in helping the day-to-day work of churches across England. We serve as the Church’s central office, managing finance, education, communications, and more, to keep the Church of England growing. We work with parishes, dioceses (regional offices), schools, other ministries and our partners at a national and international level. The seven National Church Institutions (NCIs): The Archbishops' Council, Lambeth Palace, Bishopthorpe Palace, The Church Commissioners, The Church of England Pensions Board, The National Society for the Promotion of Education and The Church of England Central Services.

The NCIs have recently introduced a new Project Management framework for use across the organisations. To ensure this is successful, a Project Support Office and a Chief Executive level Project Review Board have been established. The Project Support Office provides the NCIs with the necessary project management guidelines, reporting, support and advice and intends to establish a pool of project managers that are assigned to deliver some key strategic projects in order to ensure that the portfolio of projects is being effectively and efficiently directed, managed and delivered.

The main responsibilities are;

  • Responsible for successful delivery of multidisciplinary, cross functional projects
  • Leading the planning and implementation of multiple low or medium complexity projects
  • Facilitating the definition of project scope, goals and deliverables
  • Development of full-scale project plans
  • Management of all project resources, suppliers and budgets of up to £0.5million within a matrix environment
  • Tracking of project deliverables, PIR and ROI using appropriate tools
  • Provision of direction and report to project teams
  • Monitoring and reporting at all levels in the organisation
  • Quality assurance
  • Strategic and operational stakeholder engagement, relationship building and communication
  • Identification and management of risk
  • Coaching and providing guidance to project team members
  • Compliance with the NCIs Project Management Framework and best practice

The ideal candidates for this role should have;

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Educated to degree level in a relevant field (e.g. social science, mathematics & logic, engineering or computer science) or relevant and demonstrable work experience that enables demonstrating analytical skills and an understanding of managing people, operations, data, information systems, finance, policy and strategy.
  • Formal qualification in Project Management e.g. PMP (PMI), Prince2 Practitioner (Axelos), PPQ (APM) or equivalent certification
  • Experiencing using Microsoft Project or another equivalent Project Management Information System
  • Good knowledge of Excel (e.g. pivot tables, diagrams, formulas)
  • Good knowledge of project finance and budgeting
  • Good analytical skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills including ability to clearly communicate technical concepts to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Proven track record of proactively delivering successful results
  • Ability to build relationships, trust and credibility with a wide range of diverse stakeholders
  • Experience of working in multi disciplinary teams in a complex environment
  • Dedication to customer service
  • Ability to be rational, objective and unbiased when making decisions and taking action


  • Experience in a project management role
  • Understanding of the structures of the Church of England and sympathy with its work and aims
  • Experience working for the Church of England, for Christian Charities, in the public or charity sectors or with safeguarding.

We in the National Church Institutions support the mission and ministries of the Church all over England. We work with parishes, dioceses (regional offices), schools, other ministries and our partners at a national and international level.

Excellence, Respect, Integrity

We follow these three values in everything we do, whether we are of Christian faith, another faith or no faith. To learn more about working for National Church Institutions and our benefits, please click here

As we are a member of the Armed Forces Covenant, we welcome all applications from those you have served in our Armed Forces and their families

We are committed to building a culturally diverse workforce. As part of this commitment, we welcome applications from people, regardless of their background. As a Disability Confident committed employer, it is important to note that there may be occasions where it is not practical or appropriate to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria* due to high volume. We limit the amount of interviews conducted to five applicants per open post we advertise.

*Where applicable depending on post requirements.