PCR2 Senior Project Manager

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Fixed Term Part Time
£46,771 rising to £50,929 after probation (pro rata)

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.

In May 2007, the House of Bishops recognised the need for a review of past cases of child abuse. This followed court appearances by several clergy and church officers, charged with sexual offences against children. What became known as the Past Cases Review 2007-2009 (PCR) was considered necessary to ensure that:

  • Any current or future risk to children was identified
  • Action was taken to address these concerns – e.g., referrals to the statutory authorities where necessary
  • Where cases were identified support could be provided for the survivors of abuse where these people are known and still in contact with the Church
  • Lessons from the past could be learned to inform the work of the Church today and in the future.

The PCR 2007-2009 was a large-scale review of the handling by the Church of child protection cases over many years. It involved a scrutiny of clergy and church officers’ files to identify persons presenting on-going risks to children but whose cases had not been acted upon appropriately.

In 2015 concerns were expressed to the newly appointed National Safeguarding Adviser about how well the PCR had been conducted. Consequently, in consultation with the National Safeguarding Steering Group, an Independent Scrutiny Team (IST) performed an independent assessment of the adequacy of the PCR. Following the review, it was recommended that that an updated version of the PCR, as prescribed by the National Safeguarding Steering Group, should be conducted

The detailed recommendations have been accepted in full by Archbishop’s Council. PCR 2 has been designed to enable dioceses to take a proactive approach to identifying cases of concern and to evaluating safeguarding responses.

To assist NST on this project, there is a requirement for a Project Manager who would be responsible for the execution of the activities related to defining, planning and delivering the project to time, cost and quality in accordance with the steer provided by the SRO and the Project Management Board. They are responsible for leading the project team and actively engaging with the project stakeholders to ensure the achievement of the project objectives. It includes being responsible for monitoring and reporting, risk and issue management, benefits management and stakeholder management.

The main responsibilities are;

  • Leading the project planning and implementation
  • Establishing governance and controls
  • Activity and resource planning
  • Cost estimating and developing budget
  • Analysing and escalating project risks and issues and planning corrective actions to mitigate those
  • Managing reports and necessary documentation
  • Tracking of project deliverables
  • 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 are;

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
  • Experience in a project management role
  • Experience 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
  • 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


  • 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 a Disability Confident Leader, we actively look to attract, recruit and retain those of you who are disabled.

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

We are committed to being an equal opportunities employer and to ensuring that everyone, job applicants, customers and other people with whom we deal, are treated fairly and not subject to discrimination. We will do whatever is necessary to provide genuine equality of opportunity. We continuously review our policies and processes to support our aim to create a workforce as diverse as the nation the Church of England serves..