Greater Manchester
£35,000 per annum pro rata
Contract, Part-time
Job description

Credit unions in Britain have been in existence for well over 50 years. There have always been representative bodies in the sector throughout that period. ABCUL emerged from the former Credit Union League of Great Britain (CULGB) in 1984 and has always been the major credit union trade association representing the largest number of credit unions in England, Scotland and Wales.

We are now seeking to recruit a Project Manager to work on an Oral History Project that documents and catalogues the history and heritage of the credit union movement. The lottery funding for the project will be managed through the Credit Union Foundation which is a subsidiary company of ABCUL run as a charity to support the development of credit unions and their staff through grants, education and learning.


The position will be based at ABCUL’s office in central Manchester but home working will be an option for some of the time particularly in light of the on-going COVID-19 situation. The role is a new role to the trade body and is therefore a start-up position which will require a clear understanding of the project along with the ability to engage external stakeholders and volunteers to ensure successful project delivery.      


  • Knowledge and understanding of the British credit union movement.
  • Knowledge and understanding of oral history and public history.
  • Experience of working with and supporting volunteers.
  • Experience in management and evaluation of projects.
  • Clear understanding of the expectations and needs of funders and partners in the delivery of a project.
  • A commitment to understanding the needs of credit unions and stakeholders in the project in order to develop the project to maximise outcomes.
  • Significant diplomacy and influencing skills sufficient to work with corporate partners within a democratic movement, with voluntary board members and Credit Union operational staff.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, able to communicate clear and engaging information for a variety of audiences, including the media.
  • Strong analytical, monitoring and evaluation skills.
  • Excellent PC and keyboard skills sufficient to use a PC effectively on a daily basis to service themselves e.g. e-mail, Goldmine, Timesheet, Microsoft Office Software, internet, etc.
  • Ability to work flexibly to meet the needs of the project, including some travel and weekends and evenings throughout the period as required.
  • Ability to work independently, use initiative, multi-task & prioritise; a highly organised self- starter, with first class time-management skills to manage competing demands on workload.
  • Bachelor's degree minimum




Salary up to £35,000 per annum pro rata – 17.5 hours per week – 15 months fixed term contract

Pension – 6% employer contribution

ABCUL is a modern flexible and equal opportunities employer offering all its team excellent working conditions.

Location – Head Office based in Manchester.  COVID-19 restriction and risk assessments will be factored into when the office facilities will be available.  Home/remote working is likely to be the main focus for the initial period of the role.

The Association is looking for the successful candidate to start work in July or August 2020 however capability is more important than notice period.

Closing date 17th July 2020.

Shortlisting will take place on 20th July with virtual interviews being held on Friday 24th July 2020.



Refreshed on: 10 July 2020
Closed date: 17 July 2020
Tags: Project Management, Volunteer Management

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