Strategic Programme Manager

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Church House Guildford, 20 Alan Turing Road, Guildford
Fixed Term Full Time
Competitive salary in the charity sector plus generous non-contributory pension provision

Our “New Opportunities” projects are a key part of our growth strategy as we seek to create 100 new worshipping communities over 10 years. We want to ensure that we have “a church near everyone, geographically and culturally”. The programme is supported by strategic investment funding from the Church Commissioners, and the new worshipping communities include:

  • New churches on substantial housing developments: reaching entirely new communities which our existing churches are not placed to serve.
  • Church plants into areas which are under resourced: either due to a large population per existing church or due to the local church needing strengthening.
  • Fresh expressions of church: aimed to connect with specific, unreached people groups with whom our existing church provision struggles to engage culturally.

To ensure that we are most effective in realising our vision, responding to the opportunities and making best use of the resources being invested, we need to ensure strong, supportive and disciplined management of the programme of projects.

Programme Development

  • To develop the overall programme plan for the successful implementation of strategic projects, working closely with key stakeholders including the Programme Board and project leaders. This will include the overall scope of the programme, the key deliverables, plans for each project/work stream, the timelines, lead and lag measures, and the resource requirements and the budget.
  • To ensure that the people resources required to deliver the programme are identified and are appointed in line with the project and work stream timelines.
  • To ensure that the programme budget and costs are agreed and in place, working in conjunction with the Diocesan Secretary and Finance Director.
  • To be responsible for managing the change control of the overall programme and for specific projects for which the Programme Manager is responsible.
  • To facilitate the identification and management of the key programme risks. To ensure that risk mitigation plans are in place, are monitored regularly and that key issues are highlighted to the Steering Team for discussion and resolution.

Programme Management

  • To be accountable to the Strategic Programme Board on the management and delivery of the overall programme plan, the deliverables, the budget and programme costs.
  • To track progress against the programme plan delivery and provide regular, timely reports to key stakeholders.
  • To ensure effective co-ordination of and across projects and their interdependencies, ensuring that there is no duplicated activity.
  • To provide support to project/work stream leaders to ensure the effective and timely delivery of their respect projects/work streams.
  • To manage any third party contributions to the programme, e.g. with any consultants or agencies.
  • To co-ordinate the agenda and preparation for Programme Board meetings, and reporting to Bishop’s Council and Diocesan Synod meetings. To ensure that all key reports and documents are prepared and are issued to participants at least 5 working days in advance of the meetings.
  • To issue summary notes and actions from the Programme Board meetings, ensuring that responsibility for actions is clearly documented and followed through to completion.
  • To manage and co-ordinate any resources assigned to the Programme, e.g. for collating and gathering any research related to projects, undertaking any detailed financial modelling costs.
  • To embed a reporting framework across the programme so that progress is accurately communicated at regular intervals to the Programme Board, including outputs and outcomes.

Please refer to the Recruitment Pack (attached) for complete details of the Job Description and Person Specification



  • Degree, or equivalent, level of education.


  • Project management or financial qualification



  • Previous experience of operating in a professional environment such as legal services or a large charity/public sector organisation.
  • Extensive experience of leading, co-ordinating and delivering complex programmes and projects.
  • Evidence of experience in delivering multiple activities concurrently, on time and to budget.
  • Experience of enabling organisational change through good programme management.


  • Experience of managing and co-ordinating project resources.
  • Experience of leading change management projects.



  • Strong knowledge of programme and project management techniques and processes, including risk and issue management.
  • Good knowledge and understanding of personalities and behavioural styles in order to influence key stakeholders and to work collaboratively.
  • An understanding of the need to take action to improve safeguarding culture


  • Understanding of the Church of England, its organisation and structures.

Please refer to the Recruitment Pack (attached) for complete details of the Job Description and Person Specification

The Diocese of Guildford includes significant areas of Surrey and Hampshire and creeps into West Sussex and one of the London Boroughs.

Transforming Church, Transforming Lives is the vision of the Diocese of Guildford, launched in September 2016 following a long period of prayer and consultation. It envisages individuals and church communities open to the transforming work of God’s Spirit in their own lives, and so becoming agents of Christ’s transformation to the world around them.

Transforming Church, Transforming Lives is a framework not a blueprint, encouraging a thousand local initiatives to work towards our broader shared goals. It is primarily a strategy for the local church, though many of its principles are being extended to groups of churches, network congregations, chaplaincies and church schools.

For further details of the Diocese please refer to the full application pack which is attached.