Programme Officer

The National Trust

£31,671 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Reference: IRC77297

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, water & hydrology

Closing date: Friday, 29th March 2019   6 days left

Programme Officer

£31,671 pa

Permanent f/t (37.5 hrs pw)


Ref: IRC77297


Riverlands is the Trust's most ambitious landscape-scale freshwater project to date, part of its wider objective to restore 25,000 hectares of wildlife-rich habitats by 2025.

Working together with partners the Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales, the project will invest in the region of £10 million to ensure that rivers and catchments are clean, healthy and rich in wildlife for future generations.

We are seeking a Programme Officer to join as a key member of the team during "a once-in-a-generation moment – for government and us all - to do something good, for the benefit of everyone across the UK".

What it's like to work here

The role will be based within the National Trust Consultancy - the home to specialists in every field of our work. Here, resources are shared across disciplines and boundaries, providing access to an invaluable, diverse range of skills and expertise.

You'll be located in Heelis, the Central Office for the National Trust, which houses approximately 700 staff from across the Trust’s directorates, including the Executive team and the Director General. The building was designed to be highly sustainable and has won a number of nationally-recognised awards; the open-plan offices and friendly social spaces help us to foster a truly collaborative working environment.

What you'll be doing

There are currently 12 projects in the Programme - all at different stages of development and delivery.

You’ll be responsible for ensuring that we have excellent systems in place to enable superior Programme Management - both designing new systems and processes where required and identifying and using existing ones to best deliver the Programme. You'll support all aspects of Programme Management including Reporting, Performance Monitoring, Structures, and Information Management.

You'll lead on the delivery of our Communications strategy, taking responsibility for the way we share information and knowledge internally and externally across the Trust and the Environment Agency. You'll share learning and information management, working with and influencing the wide range of Stakeholders, taking decisions and solving problems.

Essentially, you'll be involved in most aspects of this complex programme, ensuring that it runs efficiently and delivers its aims.

Who we're looking for

This role is all about working with people to deliver our objectives in a collaborative partnership. We’ll need you to demonstrate the following skills and experience in your application:


  • Understanding of complex Programme and Project Management principles and practice and of the challenges associated with constantly changing horizons.
  • Knowledge of Information Management Systems, and of Communications and Stakeholder Management Processes and Practices - including techniques to influence and negotiate at all levels.
  • Knowledge of programme management principles and ideally MSP® Foundation Certification in Programme Management.


  • Ability to co-ordinate various workstreams and manage inter-dependencies.
  • A proven track record in the successful delivery of Projects and/or Programmes to scope, time and quality, including the related Financial Management.
  • Excellent People and influencing skills, enabling strong relationships to be built and maintained and excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the delivery of presentations to groups.


  • Experience of developing tools, systems and processes to enable the delivery of complex programmes of activity.
  • Experience of managing small/medium projects.
  • Experience of working with External Agencies, Contractors and Organisations.

The package


Read more about the benefits we offer to support you here.

Benefits include flexible working whenever possible plus free parking at most locations. You’ll be entitled to discounts in high street stores and cinemas, National Trust shops and NT cafes, and have free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18).

Your health and wellbeing is important to us and is supported through generous annual leave and the option to buy additional days (minimum contract length applies), a cycle to work scheme, subsidised health cash plan and confidential access to a free support service 24 hours a day should you need it.

Your future financial health is helped by an employer matched - up to 10% of basic salary - contributory pension scheme and you can further your career with training and development tailored to you.

All of this and the opportunity to give something back to your community with up to 5 days of paid volunteering per year!

For further information and to apply, please follow: https://careers.nationaltrust....

Closing date: Friday 29th March 2019

Interviews: Monday 8th April 2019

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