Transformation Manager Fit for Mission

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£35,000 to £40,000 dependant on experience

Can you help us find new ways for the local church to flourish?

In the Diocese of Liverpool, we are working to be Fit for Mission, fit for the future. We successfully secured funding from the Church Commissioners and have begun an exciting six-year step change programme. This challenging programme involves meaningful change, changing culture, bringing diversity, growing leaders and rationalising admin.

We need you and your project and change management skills to make this happen successfully.

So if you think you can help create the conditions for the church to grow into a sustainable future, this is the exciting role for you.

Full time: 35 hours per week

Fixed term: 5 years

Salary: £35,000-40,000 per annum depending on experience

Flexible location by agreement (office based at St James’ House, Liverpool L1 7BY)

What we offer:

  • 25 days annual leave per year, plus bank holidays and up to 3 days over the Christmas period
  • Non-contributory pension scheme with generous employer contributions (additional voluntary contributions may be made)
  • Employee Assistance Programme giving you 24-hour access to support for your health and wellbeing
  • A supportive culture that values work-life balance including flexible working/toil around core hours in a 35-hour week
  • Employee discount in Cathedral shop and bistro
  • Free on-site parking at the office, secure bike storage and easy access to public transport

The successful candidate will require their own transport with expensed travel to off-site meetings.

Closing date: 31st January 2023

Interview date: February 2023

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

Main responsibilities

You will be key to the success of the programme by managing key programme elements as well as project management aspects across the whole programme.

Some tasks included in the role are:

Line Management

You will line manage some staff within the Fit for Mission team including staff working on communications, measurement, general admin and finance. There may be flexibility to oversee change related to other areas, including buildings and support services, depending on your background.

Planning and coordination

You will liaise regularly with the change facilitators of each deanery 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

You will develop, and support other team members to write, clear project documentation (project narratives, role descriptions, tracking and reporting documentation etc) so that all stakeholders are well informed and delivery takes place in an orderly manner.


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

Stakeholder Reporting

You will ensure that programme reports are available as required (monthly, quarterly and yearly) for both internal and external stakeholders.


You will represent the programme to stakeholders as required, particularly to those deaneries who are in future cohorts. You will also oversee the communications strategy and manage communications staff.


You will be part of the programme management team and support the board.


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

You will work closely with the whole Fit for Mission team who are based both in deaneries and at the diocesan office.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for a passionate, energetic transformation manager who will relish this challenge and want to work with a variety of people to bring about the change. You will need a track record of delivery and of enabling those around you to hit key deadlines and project milestones. You will bring your experience, creativity and fresh perspectives to offer a fresh dynamism to the teams you engage with. You will need to grasp the big picture while keeping the detailed work on the right track.

Working closely with the Diocesan Programme Manager, you will be expected to bring your own creative and fresh perspectives to ensure the best possible solutions and outcomes.

You’ll be someone who

  • does what they say they will do
  • is emotionally intelligent and self-aware
  • is able to make strong relationships
  • looks for the best team results
  • has a test and learn mentality
  • is process driven but not a slave to it
  • wants things to happen now, not in 6 months
  • is obsessed with prioritisation and outcomes
  • is willing to challenge the status quo
  • is resilient and enjoys making work fun

Diversity and inclusion are very important to us at Liverpool Diocese and we want everyone to be themselves at work with a culture that includes everyone. Our policies ensure that every candidate and employee are treated fairly and with equal opportunities.

Essential Requirements

  • A-level / BTEC qualifications which demonstrate ability in English and Maths.
  • Competent Change/Project Manager with associated experience.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Experience of faith communities.
  • Clean driving licence and use of own vehicle

Desirable Requirements

  • Project Management qualifications.
  • Degree level qualification.
  • A member of the Church of England.
  • Experience in the voluntary sector.
  • Experience in procurement / marketing.
  • Facilitation or coaching experience.
  • 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

About Fit for Mission

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.

The Fit for Mission programme will provide focus and support to work together to face the significant issues that hold back mission and growth.

Fit for Mission will support each deanery in the Diocese of Liverpool to create their own future. There are five elements to this, and for each of them the programme will make available help and specialist resource:

  1. A focus on developing our discipleship culture through training and support, including delivering ‘Cultivate’, a successful lay development programme which results in new worshipping communities and justice initiatives planted and existing ones revitalised.
  2. Creating missional leadership teams of lay and ordained people over larger areas with responsibility for specific mission and worship communities.
  3. Developing high quality support and accountability structures for all leaders.
  4. Making sure buildings are fit for purpose, with buildings expertise available to assist in making good decisions on use, investment, or closure.
  5. Work towards each deanery having one or two larger Parishes. Each larger Parish to have high quality support services, resulting in simpler administration, less bureaucracy and more mission.

For more information on Fit for Mission go to

About the Diocese of Liverpool

The Diocese of Liverpool is the Church of England in a corner of the north west with churches from Southport to Widnes; Wigan to Warrington and throughout the city of Liverpool all working their hardest to fulfil our vision of asking God for a bigger church making a bigger difference with more people knowing Jesus and more justice in the world.

As we work towards that vision we have four priorities

  1. Introducing people to Jesus
  2. Deepening discipleship
  3. Developing Christian leaders
  4. Working for justice

The diocesan offices provide essential support services to our parishes with many specialist staff offering expert support to our frontline parishes. We have a reputation for being a creative organisation securing national church backing for a range of innovative projects.

We are a small, supportive team offering a flexible approach. We have adopted a hybrid model balancing office based with home-based working. We are serious about the work life balance with generous holiday allowances and access to an Employee Assistance Programme. Diocesan staff have a strong working relationship with Liverpool Cathedral and our offices sit in the shadow of this magnificent iconic building.

For more information visit our website