Transformation Manager

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£30000 - £35000

Full time 35 hours per week

Closing date 20th October 2021
Interview date 27th October 2021

This vacancy is subject to securing funding. A decision on this is imminent.

25 days holiday per year + bank holiday
EAP scheme
Non-contributory pension scheme (AVC's may be made)
Free on-site parking at the office
The successful candidate will require their own transport with expensed travel to off-site meetings.

For an informal chat for further information, please contact Richard Gedge

The Diocese of Liverpool is embarking on a Strategic Transformation Programme, a six-year step change initiative, encouraged by and in partnership the Church Commissioners. During 2021 we have been undertaking a feasibility study prior to a significant Strategic Transformation Fund grant application (stage 1 October 2021, stage 2 February 2022). The aim of the programme is to implement prayerfully, and at pace, a clearly defined and widely owned Diocesan vision and plan for growth and a sustainable future.

You will bring change and project management experience to ensure successful preparation and implementation of the Fit for Mission 2 programme.

This is an exciting and challenging role for someone who knows and loves the church, and wants to help her move forward for a sustainable future.

What we are looking for:

A passionate, capable and energetic transformation manager who will relish this challenge to help the Church of England in Liverpool on its growth journey, looking for more justice and a sustainable future. In this role you will join a small but diverse team (lay and ordained) and be ready to work relationally to push the programme forward. You should be able to describe why you personally want to see the CofE flourish.

You will work closely with the Diocesan Programme Manager who will be leading the delivery team. So you will need to build a good relationship with him and bring complementary skills and experience. You will be expected to bring your own creative and fresh perspectives to ensure the best possible solutions and outcomes. You will be interested in the big picture so as to keep the detailed work heading in the right direction, and you will have experience of belonging to a faith community.

You will have a track record of getting things done, attending to the details yourself as necessary to ensure that we always do what we say we will do. You’ll always want to do the best you can, and for the team result to be of the highest quality.

In terms of qualities you will be someone who:

  • is emotionally intelligent and self-aware
  • knows the importance of making strong relationships
  • is servant-hearted, always looking for the best team results
  • has a test and learn mentality
  • loves process but is not a slave to it
  • is excited by change
  • likes things to happen now, not in 6 months
  • is obsessed with outcomes
  • is willing to challenge the status quo
  • is obsessed with prioritisation
  • makes the boring stuff fun

You will be given responsibility, according to your experience and capability, to creatively input into the development of the programme’s delivery. You will be key to the success of the programme by managing key elements and being a connector for the various teams, ensuring no balls are dropped! Some tasks included in your role are:

Planning and coordination

You will liaise regularly with the change facilitators of each team about the next steps they should be taking. So you will need to have a good handle on the programme planning which you will develop as we progress. In this way you will ensure good coordination across the programme and especially with the deanery and diocesan teams. Keeping momentum is a key outcome of this role.

Scoping and documenting

The programme has been scoped and documented to the levels required for funding applications. You will develop, and support others to write, clear scoping documentation (project narratives, role descriptions, FAQ documents etc) so that all stakeholders are well informed and delivery takes place in an orderly manner.

Financial Reporting/Forecasting

You’ll liaise with the Diocesan finance department to ensure that Xledger financial reporting is properly updated and reports available. In addition you’ll ensure that financial forecasting is current and available.


You will help develop our measurement framework that reflects the goals of the programme (lead and lag), and ensure that measurement data is gathered and reported.

Stakeholder Reporting

You’ll make sure that programme reports are available as required (monthly, quarterly and yearly) for both internal and external stakeholders.


You’ll represent the programme to stakeholders as required.


Be a member of the programme management team.


As well as ensuring cross-fertilisation of ideas and learning between deaneries, you will ensure cumulative learning is developed / documented.

Essential Requirements

  • O-level / A-level / BTEC qualifications which demonstrated ability in English and Maths
  • A person of integrity who can keep absolute confidentiality.
  • Ability to take responsibility to ensure tasks are completed.
  • Good with detail, a completer/finisher, but also able to facilitate the work of others.
  • Ability to build good relationships and maintain them while being persistent to ensure that the work gets done.
  • A proven problem solver with resilience and flexibility.
  • Shares the values and the ethos of the Church of England.
  • Competent Change/Project Manager with associated experience.
  • Experience of managing change projects.
  • Knowledge of financial processes and procedures.
  • High level of IT proficiency using Microsoft Office, especially Excel, Powerpoint, Word.
  • Proficient in using Microsoft Project.
  • A good and effective communicator.
  • Able to prioritise tasks and manage own performance.
  • Excellent personal organisation and administration skills.
  • Experience of belonging to a faith community.

Desirable Requirements

  • Project Management qualifications.
  • Degree level qualification.
  • A member of the Church of England.
  • Experience in the voluntary sector.
  • Experience in procurement.
  • Experience of working in a Church context.
  • Experience of the legal complexities of managing Church buildings.
  • Knowledge of the structures and organisation of the Church of England.

As a diocese we are on a trajectory, first defined in Bishop Paul’s paper ‘Fit for Mission’ (endorsed by Diocesan Synod and Bishop’s Council 2014) to have accountable, dynamic and missional leadership teams in every deanery. Bishops and Archdeacons are leading us forward to work more collaboratively across deanery-scale geography and to focus more time on four priority areas: introducing people to Jesus, deepening discipleship, developing Christian leaders and working for justice.

Our Fit for Mission 2 programme will help us develop a stronger discipleship culture, train and release lay leaders as well as plant more diverse worshipping communities. To facilitate this we will aim to rationalise structures and buildings.