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Birmingham, West Midlands
Manchester, Greater Manchester
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Nottingham, Nottingham
£65,048 - £70,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

About Us


The National Lottery Community Fund is the largest community funder in the UK - we’re proud to award money raised by players of The National Lottery  to communities across the UK. Last year alone we gave out over half a billion pounds (£508.5 million) of National Lottery funding to over 11,000 community projects across the UK, enabling even more people and communities to bring their ideas and ambitions to life. We support a wide range of health, educational, environmental, and charitable projects with grants ranging from as little as £500 to multi-million-pound programmes. 86% of our new grants were for less than £10k.

At the heart of everything we do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. National Lottery funding is open to everyone and we’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of grassroots groups right up to large UK-wide charities. We have changed how we work across the Fund to help us serve people and communities more effectively, working flexibly and on their terms; working closer to communities.

About the Role


In this exciting new post, you will play a pivotal role as a senior leader within the newly formed Funding Strategy Directorate, working closely with the Funding Strategy Director and Senior Management Team to ensure the implementation of the Fund’s vision and ambition.

The Funding Strategy Directorate is a central enabling function that supports the development, innovation and delivery of our funding across all our funding portfolios. This role will lead the Funding Design and Development function, accountable for our grant management system alongside funding controls, policy and practice. With a deep understanding and demonstrable experience of delivering user-centred design approaches and applied strategic thinking you will enable us to deliver excellent services both to our external customers as well as our internal teams.

To be successful in this post you will be passionate about our work and strategy ‘People in the Lead’. You will be an established leader with first class team leadership and coaching skills. You will be adept at setting strategies that drive forward positive change marrying business needs with innovative analysis. You will have experience of designing and delivering a major digital system and be skilled in making complex decisions balancing outcomes with risks.

The team is spread across the UK and you can be based at any of our office locations. When we return to the workplace there will be some travel between offices.


Contract Type: Permanent

Hours: 37 Hours per week, flexible working considered

Interview Date: W/C 1 Feb 2021

Essential Criteria


Please ensure that your application demonstrates, with examples, how you meet all these essential criteria.

  • Deep understanding of the communities we serve and our role as a funder
  • Experience of leading strategy for the whole organisation, marrying business needs with innovative analysis
  • Demonstrable experience of delivering user-centred design approaches, applying strategic thinking in how to provide the best service
  • Responsibility for the design and delivery of at least one major digital system used by a business or organisation to manage its work whilst aligning with its ambition.
  • Building or growing at least one team of mixed skills to deliver such a project.
  • Proven ability to coach and lead teams in agile and lean practices, thinking of new and innovative ways of working to achieve the right outcomes
  • Excellent Communication and collaboration skills, with demonstrable ability to mediate between people and communicating with stakeholders at all levels
  • Experience of making and justifying decisions characterised by high levels of risk, impact and complexity

Desirable Criteria

  • Knowledge of the wider digital economy and advances in technology, understanding how these impact on a funder context



For You

We seek to develop our staff and offer a wide range of personal development opportunities.

We offer a wide range of generous benefits including:

  • Generous annual leave and company pension scheme
  • Flexible working to support staff with their work/life balance, taking into account things such as caring responsibilities, worship and attendance at religious festivals
  • Enhanced paid maternity, paternity and adoption leave
  • Season ticket and cycle to work loans
  • Paid volunteering leave

How to Apply 

Visit our website on The National Lottery Community Fund for further details about the vacancy and our application process.

 Equal Opportunities


Equality, diversity and inclusion in our grant-making, and amongst our people, are all vital to our success in supporting people and communities to thrive.  We believe our people should represent the communities, organisations and individuals we work with.  We are committed to being an inclusive and great place to work, and recognise our people come from diverse backgrounds. We are a Disability Confident employer and positively welcome applications from disabled people.

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Posted on: 08 January 2021
Closing date: 26 January 2021
Job ref: 20 0095
Tags: Management,Operations
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