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Rocket Science is an independent research, consultancy and grants management organisation, focusing on work for the public and third sectors, but with some private sector clients. Rocket Science was established in 2001, and we now have 18 staff working across our three offices in London, Edinburgh and NE England
We have a particular commitment to helping disadvantaged individuals, families and communities enhance the quality of their lives, working as independent advisers, researchers, fund managers, evaluators, facilitators, trainers and mediators. We specialise in the fields of employability, education and skills, poverty, disadvantage and welfare, health, social care and wellbeing, charities and civil society. Our services go beyond consultancy to include organisational and partnership development, as well as acting as evaluation partners and managing agents. We have been developing our Grant Management services for several years and now manage six funds with a combined fund value of c£15m.
In 2017/19 we had a turnover just under £1m and are looking to grow our business further.
To support this growth, we are looking for a Head of Grant Programmes to lead our Grant Management (GM) services. This role is suitable for someone with extensive experience in grant making, programme management, and leading and developing a team.
Our Grant Management service manages programmes on behalf of a number of clients including the Greater London Authority, L&Q Foundation, and DWP’s Work and Health Unit.
We offer clients an end-to-end Grant Management service, supplying services in accordance with the government’s Grant Standards, meeting performance targets in addition to administering the funding. To provide this role we use a cloud-based Grants Management Service (GMS) Flexi-Grant®.
Our service includes
We also provide value-adding consultancy to support the Grant Management service which can include providing evaluation and learning support, implementation and other advice and help to support the successful delivery of funded projects. Our focus is now on aligning this service more coherently to our specialist knowledge and consultancy offer: Employment, Education and Skills, Poverty and Welfare (including Homelessness), Health and Social Care and Civil Society/Inclusion. This role will work closely with our market leads to identify and bid for opportunities in these and related markets.
Grant Management is central to our business development strategy and the Head of Grant Programmes, as a member of the Management Team, will contribute to the development and refinement of company strategy in the light of market conditions and trends.
Most importantly this role will be critical in ensuring that the team is delivering a high quality, effective and efficient service, providing assurance to clients and the Management Team that we are meeting expected performance and quality standards.
We are a company that supports and encourages ambition, self-starters and those who are wanting to make a difference to the place that they work,
Key areas of responsibility
To lead the delivery of programmes in grant management including:
To engage with current and potential clients and be an active member of relevant groups and networks, maintain close touch with emerging trends and issues in grant management, and lead our marketing activities around GM with support from other senior staff:
Company management and strategy
Essential skills and experience
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 them. We aim to deliver excellent services by:
How to apply
Please email your applications for this role by 15th May.
Interviews will take place on the 28th May in London
Please include the following information in your application:
Rocket Science operates an equal opportunities policy and will appoint solely on the basis of the applicant’s ability to do the job in question. We do not discriminate with reference to age, gender, sexual orientation, race, colour, religion, marital status or disability, nor will such factors play any part in decisions on appointment or selection