Strategic Programme Manager

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£47,568- £50,205

The Strategic Programme Manager will be responsible for supporting the Bishop’s Senior Staff with the delivery of the strategic programme. The role will ensure that strategic projects are delivered on time, within scope and budget. The Programme Manager will provide oversight of the strategic programme from inception of ideas through implementation to delivery of projects, ensuring change outcomes are well-defined, appropriately prioritised, and delivered to plan. The role will include the sourcing of external investment funding.

For more information regarding the Church of England Strategic Development Funding (SDF) please click the following link:

For more information about our Diocesan Strategy, please click on the following link:

And please see below for examples of how SDF bids have been successful in the Diocese of Leeds so far:

Please note that this role closes on 30th January 2020.

Define and prioritise initiatives:

  • Work with senior leaders to assist with identification of strategic initiatives
  • Ensure that strategic initiatives are clearly aligned with the diocesan strategy
  • Ensure strategic proposals have clarity and viability
  • Work with the Bishop’s Strategy Group to prioritise outline proposals

Shape and fund change:

  • Work with bishops and archdeacons to flesh-out change proposals including detailed outcomes and the process by which those outcomes will be achieved
  • Regularly test the viability of development proposals
  • Work with external funding providers including the SDU to submit funding proposals
  • Work across the diocese to make the best use of central resources to support strategic change

Support change:

  • Facilitate the launch of externally-funded strategic projects, ensuring they are appropriately planned, resourced, measured and managed.
  • Establish appropriate programme governance, including risk management, change management, regular reporting, and budget management
  • Work with the diocesan and local communications teams to ensure consistent and effective messaging
  • Establish project review and support processes to ensure teams are equipped to deliver successfully.
  • Ensure intervention processes are developed to pause, or if necessary, terminate projects that have demonstrated they will not deliver
  • Capture and publish lessons learned, and support research studies

Manage programme:

  • Manage day to day operational aspects of the project
  • With the diocesan secretary, build towards consistent protocols for all significant strategic development initiatives
  • Track progress against a detailed project plan and project deliverables, outcomes and measures (lead and lag)
  • Manage any changes in project scope, schedule and costs, escalating to programme board as required
  • Support incumbents, operations managers and project teams to manage day to day operational aspects of the project in liaison with other diocesan colleagues.
  • Address project issues and risks, escalating to Programme Board accordingly
  • Report project status to Programme Board on a regular basis
  • Produce annual report for the SIB

This job description provides a guide to the duties and responsibilities of the post and is not an exhaustive list. The post holder may be asked to undertake any other relevant duties and responsibilities appropriate and commensurate to the post.

Please see the attached job description for more details.

The candidate should be able to provide evidence of the following:

Skills, Knowledge and Aptitudes

  • Educated to degree level (in any subject) or equivalent
  • Qualifications in programme and project management

Qualifications, Training and Experience

  • Experience of successful change delivery at-scale (multi-year, multi £million programmes)
  • Experience of shaping strategic change

Personal Attributes

  • Ability to work effectively, strategically and collaboratively with strong characters
  • Attentive to detail, ensuring that deadlines are achieved and budgets managed effectively.
  • Ability to critically appraise initiatives
  • Confident communicator
  • In the context of the bigger picture, have the ability to attend to detail.
  • Have the ability to support others
  • Be able to make decisions and have the ability to solve problems effectively.
  • Have a tenacious approach to delivery, quality of output and organisation.
  • Ability to deliver training

Disposition and Attitude

  • A commitment to church growth and an understanding of the organisational structure of the Church of England

Special Requirements

  • Be able to travel throughout the Diocese and attend meetings when required in evenings and at weekends.

Please see the attached person specification for more details.

The Diocese of Leeds came into existence at Easter 2014 following the dissolution of the former dioceses of Bradford, Ripon & Leeds, and Wakefield. It covers the whole of West Yorkshire, the western part of North Yorkshire, and small parts of South Yorkshire, Lancashire, and County Durham. The diocese has 656 church buildings, Housing Stock of approximately 500 properties as well as glebe, farming and mineral interests. Within the Diocese there are 242 schools. The property assets are currently valued in excess of £150 million.