Glasgow, Glasgow City
London, Greater London
Sandy, Central Bedfordshire
£27,574 - £30,590 per annum
Contract, Full-time
Job description


Project Manager - Strategy and Impact
Location: Flexible
Salary: £27,574.00 - £30,590.00 Per Annum
Benefits: Pension, Life Assurance, 26 days Annual Leave
Duration: 18 months

As the UK’s largest nature conservation charity, the RSPB is evolving to respond to the natural world’s greatest threats, ensuring that we are in the best possible shape to deliver on our strategy. Underpinned by evidence-based decision making, our work programmes range from working in partnership to deliver major conservation outcomes on land and at sea, through to transforming our own ways of working to have greater impact for nature. RSPB has a large supporter base and workforce of paid staff and volunteers, with many sites, partners, and digital systems.

What’s the role about?

Working in the Strategy and Impact Department and reporting to the Head of Impact and Evaluation, you will manage projects which help RSPB plan and deliver its work and understand its impact for nature and people, on an 18-month contract.

Working with knowledgeable and friendly staff who are passionate about making a difference for nature in the UK and globally, we can offer you a unique opportunity to further your project management career.

The team is normally based at our UK Headquarters in the heart of The Lodge Nature Reserve in Bedfordshire. The impact of Covid-19 means the ability to work happily at home in a suitable environment is essential. The successful candidate could be based anywhere in the UK with good broadband connectivity.

Key result areas:

  • Put in place the right governance structure to keep projects on track and ensure adherence to our strategic priorities.
  • Produce relevant project documentation (including highlight reports).
  • Ensure that stakeholders, including customers, are kept fully involved and informed.
  • Estimate and manage the project(s) duration determining when activities and events are planned to happen -ensuring the timely completion of the project(s).
  • Identify, record, manage and communicate risks and issues, putting in place appropriate contingency actions -to reduce the likelihood of events that might prevent project outputs and objectives being delivered on time.
  • Agree and implement a quality strategy to determine what are the acceptable standards for the outputs and objectives of the projects.
  • Manage the project budget against forecast, estimate costs, ensure that exceptions beyond tolerance are escalated and approved so that project costs are kept within agreed tolerances.
  • Ensure that all changes made to project baselines are managed effectively to prevent scope creep.
  • Take responsibility for overall progress and use of resources and initiate corrective action where required to keep the project on track.
  • Direct and motivate the project team to achieve project success by focussing on a common goal.
  • Manage handover to ‘business as usual’ by formally bringing the project to an end, preparation of any follow on actions required and communicate to others where relevant.
  • Contribute to sharing of project management best practice across the RSPB.

What we need from you:

A strong background in managing projects, you will have experience of working on more than one project at a time and ideally in the area of strategic or business planning. You’ll be able to navigate and large organisation and work confidently with a range of diverse stakeholders at all levels of the organisation to ensure project success. You will know the tools and techniques of the discipline and can analyse problems and options both alone and collaboratively. An understanding of portfolio and programme management is highly desirable. You’re quick and keen to learn from others and happy to energetically take the lead to ensure project activities meet stakeholders needs.

Essential skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Demonstrable experience of Project Management following a formal methodology
  • Experience working on multiple concurrent projects
  • Experience of digital system implementations
  • Experience of dependency management within and across large programmes of work
  • Skilled in the use of project controls
  • Ability to manage data and information with Microsoft tools
  • A good listener, quick learner, and logical thinker
  • Evidence of strong literacy and numeracy
  • Able to communicate effectively with a diverse range of stakeholders
  • Understanding of Programme and Portfolio management
  • Enjoys collaborative working practices
  • Structured and methodical in work planning

Desirable skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Relevant professional/technical qualifications or training
  • Experience of working in business planning and performance
  • Experience of project working within and across a large organisation
  • Skill in resource investigation
  • Able to manage SharePoint sites, libraries and lists

Closing date: 23:59, 26 April 2021
We are looking to conduct interviews for this vacancy on Friday 30th April 2021.


If you would like to find out more about this position and to apply, please click the Apply button to be directed to our website where you can complete your application for this position.

No agencies please.

Posted on: 13 April 2021
Closed date: 30 April 2021
Job ref: 156733_RB
Tags: Project Management, Digital