Special Projects Programme Lead

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Role Summary

Bliss is an award winning charity looking to recruit a Special Projects Programme Lead to play a vital role in leading and implementing a variety of projects across Bliss. The role sits within a supportive and ambitious Finance and Operations Team, but will work right across all areas of the charity, working with and for all members of our Senior Management Team.

You will have experience of managing a number of concurrent projects, and be comfortable with the operational delivery of projects, as well as with initiating, scoping and evaluating them.

We are looking for someone who enjoys a varied work portfolio, who loves to ‘get things done’, who wants to make a difference, and who is confident working with and leading staff with different levels of experience and expertise. The projects undertaken can be partly driven by the skills and experience of the candidate, and will touch on all areas of the charity, from operational infrastructure to service delivery to fundraising sustainability.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following skills and experience:

  • Significant experience of delivering projects in a charity or similar organisation
  • Demonstrable understanding of project management techniques and methods
  • Experience of facilitating multi-disciplinary collaboration, with staff of different levels and locations and with partners with differing motivations
  • Strong understanding of how to evaluate and monitor the delivery of a variety of projects, to prioritise as needed and to communicate what is needed effectively
  • A willingness and ability to play a practical role in delivering the work required
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written), including experience of influencing and negotiation
  • Ability to work independently and proactively, and remain solutions-focussed
  • A desire to ‘get the job done’, to be genuinely self-motivated and driven to succeed

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone to drive continued excellence and innovation across all areas of the charity, in a varied and fulfilling role.

For more details please view the job description and person specification attached to this advert and also available on our website.

Why work for Bliss?

We are an equal opportunities employer and take pride in our collaborative and inclusive work culture. We understand that we all have different priorities at home and we therefore aim to offer a mix of financial and non-financial benefits. Our benefits include financial, health & wellbeing, lifestyle and career development options:

  • 25 days paid holiday (pro-rata for part-time employees)
  • Flexible working practices
  • Relaxed work life and dress code
  • A contributory Bliss pension scheme
  • Interest free annual season ticket loans
  • Company and statutory sick pay scheme
  • Compassionate leave
  • Time off for volunteering
  • Salary sacrifice schemes (bike to work, payroll giving)
  • Access to 24x7 free Employee Assistance Programme
  • Family friendly policies
  • Learning and development via peer to peer, blended, cascaded and self-directed learning
  • Mentoring and coaching

Bliss recognises the positive value of diversity, promotes equity and challenges discrimination. We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds, including applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates as well as from LGB and Trans and non-binary candidates. 

We also recognise the value of flexible working, so will consider different types of flexibility (such as compressed hours, and a minimum requirement of 2 days working in the office for all staff), as well as the possibility of offering the role on a job share basis.

How to apply

Interested applicants are requested to submit the following documents to recruitment@bliss.org.uk:

  1. Your CV
  2. A statement, expected to be no more than 1500 words, covering how your skills and experience match the essential criteria in the person specification.

This information is used when shortlisting candidates for interview.

Please also fill in our anonymous recruitment equal opportunities form here. This will not be used when shortlisting candidates, and is anonymous, but helps us monitor and improve our recruitment practices.

Interviews will take place on a rolling basis.

It is Bliss’ policy not to contact applicants who have not been invited for an interview so if you have not heard from us three weeks after the closing deadline, you should assume that your application has been unsuccessful.

Special Projects Programme Lead

Special Projects Programme Lead Job Description