£52,573 - £56,537 per annum
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

ABSS is looking for a ‘Programme Manager’ to join the team. The purpose of the role is to lead and ensure delivery of the A Better Start Southend programme’s portfolio of projects to time, cost and quality requirements, with systems and processes appropriate to the size and scope of the projects and programmes commissioned.


  • 26 days annual leave plus 8 bank holidays, pro rata for part time employees
  • Additional annual leave for long service
  • Enhanced sickness pay
  • Employer and employee contribution pension scheme
  • Regular access to internal and external learning and development opportunities
  • The Alliance operates a Team Recognition Scheme to recognise the outstanding work of the staff across the Charity
  • Can save up to 25% on 02 Refresh Airtime Plan if getting a new phone or tablet on 02
  • Recruitment Referral Payment Scheme - an introduction payment of up to £100

Main duties:

  • Ensure ABSS commissioned projects are clearly specified with appropriate service level agreements and targets and are delivered in accordance with contracts.
  • Review existing contract management processes and procedures to ensure they are fit-for-purpose and appropriate to the current stage of the ABSS Programme.
  • Review commissioned projects as they approach contract term, lead reviews, recommissioning or decommissioning.
  • Contribute to the development of medium/long-term legacy proposals for commissioned projects and programmes.
  • Line manage Project Management staff

Essential criteria:

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent.
  • Proven experience of successful programme and project management in complex environments.
  • Experience of managing people and coordinating activity to achieve project objectives.
  • Demonstrable leadership skills in motivating and influencing stakeholders to contribute to the overall success of each strand of the programme.

Hours per week: 37.5

Weeks per year:  52

Closing date: Sunday 13th June 2021

Virtual interview dates: Monday 28th June 2021


Please note our virtual interviews take place via Microsoft Teams, you may need to download this prior to your interview.

About The Service

A Better Start Southend (ABSS) is a ten-year Lottery funded programme developing innovative new approaches to supporting children and families, with the aim of improving the life chances of over 13,000 babies and young children across Southend-on-Sea. Comprising of a partnership of key agencies and the local community, the programme commenced in April 2015 and is managed by the Early Years Alliance and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.  

The ABSS Programme focuses on three key work streams: Diet and Nutrition, Communication and Language, Social and Emotional Development, with a further two sub-themes of Systems Change and Community Resilience.

The Alliance is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. It is a requirement of all staff that they share this commitment and follow the prescribed policy and procedures to continuously promote a culture of safeguarding across the whole organisation. 

 The charity is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and equal opportunities in employment.


Refreshed on: 09 June 2021
Closed date: 13 June 2021
Tags: Senior Management, Project Management