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Rocket Science, established in 2001, exists to improve the quality and performance of services for the public. We have a particular commitment to helping disadvantaged individuals, families and communities enhance the quality of their lives, working as independent advisers, researchers, evaluators, facilitators, trainers and mediators. We specialise in the fields of welfare to work, learning and skills and local economic development. Our services go beyond consultancy to include organisational and partnership development, as well as acting as evaluation partners and, increasingly, as the managing agents for a number of grant programmes.
We currently manage high-profile grants programmes on behalf of the Greater London Authority – Active Londoners Fund and Young Londoners Fund, as well as programmes for Housing Foundations, Councils and other Government departments. The post of Grants Officer will be responsible for supporting on-going development and delivery of our services both for funders, as well as for a wide range of grant-funded projects. Ideally, we are looking for someone with some project/contract management experience; a self-starter with the ability to plan and prioritise workloads and meet deadlines; provide high quality work and a quick learner; you will be highly proficient in the use of IT to support your role, and in reporting internally to different colleagues and externally to a range of clients.
Working primarily to Rocket Science’s Head of Programmes, this role is designed for someone with first-rate organisational skills who can provide a highly-efficient service to both funders and projects under the terms of our contracts to manage significant grants programmes in London. There will also be an opportunity to work alongside Rocket Science colleagues to develop our particular grant management services, extend these to other funders in the public, charitable and private sectors and to develop greater synergy for our clients with Rocket Science’s policy-related research, consultancy and evaluation work.
Skills and Experience
Ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Initiate, plan and prioritise workloads and meet deadlines. The role is largely determined by projects’ needs and client demands so a highly organised approach is required
Ability to think creatively in designing approaches to tasks in order to maximise efficiencies and effectiveness
Highly proficient in the use of MS Office tools to support and enhance your role, in particular the ability to use Excel for monitoring and data capture purposes as well as an interest in maintaining and updating our web and social media platforms
A quick learner of new systems and willing to learn to use our grants management system to manage grants online
Proactive and solution focus with a high level of integrity
High level of customer service and ability to positively engage with clients with insight and support where needed
High level of communication skills and active listener with a good telephone manner.
Experience of contract or project management, preferably of grant programmes, in a previous role/position
Experience of managing budgets.
The way we work
Our values guide the way we work and the way we develop as a company. Rocket Scientists should demonstrate their commitment to these and behave in ways that are consistent with these. We aim to deliver excellent services by:
being accessible and responsive to our clients’ needs
making a difference
finding creative and practical solutions
learning and sharing
working with clients rather than for clients
investing in our people
enjoying what we do.
We are accepting applications online. To apply for the role, please submit a copy of your current CV and a covering letter (maximum 500 words) explaining how your experience makes you suitable for this role.
Please include your full contact details and mention where you found out about the vacancy. Please also include the names of two referees, including, if applicable, your most recent or last employer. Please note that referees will not be approached without your prior knowledge, and only following a successful application and interview.