Senior Project Manager

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£57,000 per annum

Our aim is for everyone in the National Church Institutions (NCIs) to feel that they belong and are valued for who they are and what they contribute. Together, our people contribute in different ways towards our common purpose, whichever NCI they work in and whatever their background.

The National Church Institutions (NCIs) are national administrative bodies that work together to support the mission and ministry of the Church of England.

Their activities are hugely varied, ranging from management of a multi-billion-pound investment fund, to a grant-giving charity, a housing service for retired clergy and the administration of four multi-employer pension schemes. 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 Project framework, a Project Management Office and a Chief Executive level Project Review Board. The Project Management Office provides the NCIs with the necessary project management guidelines, reporting, support and advice and it includes a pool of project managers to work on some key strategic programmes and projects in order to ensure that the portfolio of projects is being effectively and efficiently directed, managed and delivered.

As Senior Project Manager, you will join the central pool of project managers to manage high-profile complex projects and to be a subject matter expert and a change agent in advocating the use of the project framework.

You will be assigned to manage one or more projects at once, working with multiple departments in a broad range of projects that may include Housing, Safeguarding, Pensions, HR & Payroll, Financial Accounting, Events Management, Accommodation, Office Services, Hospitality among many others in support of the mission of the Church of England.

The National Church Institutions are taking a flexible approach to work, with many teams opting for a hybrid approach to their working week, with a mixture of home and office-based working. Details about working arrangements for this post will be discussed further at interview.

The Church of England is for everyone and we want to reflect the diversity of the community the Church serves across the whole country. Therefore, while of course we welcome all applications from interested and suitably experienced people, we would particularly welcome applicants from UK Minority Ethnic Backgrounds.

Interviews are expected to be held on the 10th and 12th of November.

In return we offer a unique environment with opportunities for continuous learning, generous annual leave for work life balance, season ticket loans and a range of benefits including discounted entry to attractions and what we feel is a market leading package when it comes to our pension scheme.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for successful delivery of multidisciplinary, cross functional projects
  • Leading the planning and implementation of multiple high complexity projects
  • Facilitating the definition of project scope, goals and deliverables
  • Development of full-scale project plans
  • Management of all project resources including people, suppliers and budgets of up to £2.5million 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
  • Mentoring of project team members
  • Compliance with the NCIs Project Management Framework and best practice

The Requirements

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Significant experience in a project manager role, including:
    • Experience managing end-to-end projects (full project life cycle) that include substantive business change and transformation elements (i.e. not only technical activities)
    • Experience managing multiple projects in parallel
  • Experience using Microsoft Project or another equivalent Project Management Information SystemGood knowledge of Excel (e.g. pivot tables, diagrams, formulas)
  • Good knowledge of project finance and budgeting, and financial benefits realisation
  • 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 and leading multi-disciplinary teams in a complex environment
  • Dedication to customer service
  • Ability to be rational, objective and unbiased when making decisions and taking action
  • 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


  • 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
  • Experience in projects involving organisational simplification and efficiency improvement

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.

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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.