Cardiff, Cardiff (On-site)
£50,000 per year
Contract, End of October 2022, Full-time
Job description

Job Title:  Net Zero Wales Programme Manager 

Location:  Remote-based or OU Cardiff office 

Employer:  Change Agents UK 

Client:  Open University in Wales 

Number of Positions:  1 

Salary (per annum pro rata):  £50,000 per annum pro rata 

Start Date:  ASAP 


Fixed term until the end of October 2022 


It’s never been a better time to work with the Open University in Wales. They have more students than ever before, and OU graduates are everywhere – working across Wales and the UK in many professions. The OU in Wales have over 50 years’ experience delivering supported distance learning, and in 2021 they were highly ranked for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey. 

The Open University in Wales has ambitious Net Zero targets to offer Net Zero training to 15,000 students and 650 academic and non-academic staff. In addition, the OU in Wales is aiming to plan and initiate a Net Zero roadmap, comprising departmental and student Action Plans and incorporating sustainability into their operations and activities. 

The role is offered as a placement through Change Agents UK. Change Agents UK Trading Ltd works as a non-profit sustainability employment business and is wholly-owned by Change Agents UK Charity. Change Agents UK have worked in Sustainability education and employment for 25 years, supporting our partners to create superb opportunities in sustainability, delivering real impact and change and providing training and skills support for our Change Agents on placement. 

This role as Programme Manager will lead and inspire the Net Zero project team and oversee the delivery of the project workstreams during the project funding period.  

We need:  

We need an experienced project manager to plan and deliver the programme, co-ordinate the workstreams, manage the project team and relationships with external partners and suppliers. You will need a passion for sustainability, tenacity and a track record of delivering successful projects. 

The Programme has several key workstreams which the Programme Manager will oversee. 

  1. Net Zero/Carbon Literacy education – in partnership with external training partners, this will be offered to students and staff and the project will seek to maximise engagement and successful participation 
  2. Net Zero Action Planning – in partnership with Net Positive, this project will support university departments and students to create action plans for decarbonisation 
  3. Creation of the University’s Net Zero Roadmap 
  4. Beyond Net Zero – launch of initiatives that are “Carbon Positive” 


  • Passionate about sustainability, carbon literacy and the aims of this programme. 

  • An experienced project manager with a strong understanding of project. management methodologies and a track record of delivering high-quality projects to deadlines and on budget. 

  • Experienced in building, motivating and managing project teams successfully, as a line manager or leading in a matrix structure. 

  • Tenacious in pursuing project actions and in moving things forward.   

  • Experienced in the full project lifecycle: from scoping to post-implementation.  

  • An excellent and experienced communicator who is able to adapt style and content to maximise effectiveness with different audiences.  

  • Highly credible and demonstrably capable of negotiating with and positively influencing others to ensure project delivery.  

  • Proactive in identifying and mitigating risks and issues; an accomplished problem-solver. 

  • Flexible in your approach and skilled in prioritisation. 

These are desirable “extra” factors, but please still apply if you meet the essential criteria above and the role seems like a good fit for you.  

  • A Welsh Speaker. 

  • PRINCE2/APMP/PMQ qualified.  

  • Experience working in the HE sector. 

What’s in it for you? 

An exciting opportunity to lead on the delivery of this exciting Net Zero project at the Open University in Wales. 

You will be joining a strong, vibrant and supportive team who are engaged in purposeful work that makes a real difference to people’s lives in Wales. 

You will also receive support and development opportunities through Change Agents UK, an established sustainability education, development and employment organisation. 

Key responsibilities:  

  • Provide effective management and leadership of the project team, including line management of the Engagement Manager, Training Co-ordinator and Project Administrator. 

  • Develop project plans for each workstream with all necessary critical path identification, dependencies and contingencies and monitor progress throughout project.  

  • Manage the Project Budget, ensuring activities are kept within budget allocations 

  • Manage effective supplier and external training provider relationships within the project. 

  • Undertake project risk and issue management, ensuring mitigation, resolution and escalation as appropriate. 

  • Provide timely and appropriate project reporting on deliverables, budget and timescales.  

  • Execution of project plan to deliver business requirements to time and on budget. 

  • Oversee monitoring and evaluation activities and ensure appropriate impact and project completion reports are provided to the project funder. 


CAUK reference:  2435 

Hours/Week:  35 

Work outside normal hours: Occasional work outside of hours, for which time will be given off in lieu. 

Annual leave:  30 days annual pro-rata for fixed term 

Probation period:  1 month 

Reports to:  Dr Victoria Hands, OU 

Job offers will be subject to suitable right-to-work and reference checks and the successful applicant may be required to undergo a DBS check.  

Change Agents UK is committed to reducing inequality, valuing diversity and enabling inclusion. We welcome applications from people from all parts of the community, particularly where there is under-representation. If you need additional support to enable you to complete the application process, please contact us.  

How to apply  

If you wish to apply for this role, please submit a CV and short Covering Letter explaining your motivation for applying and briefly addressing the essential criteria for the role (up to 500 words) to the email provided.  We also ask you to complete an optional Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Monitoring form; this does not form any part of the selection process but is used to help us monitor the effectiveness of our policy. Please specify in the email subject the job title you are applying for.  


Application Deadline:  Applications will be reviewed as soon as they are received, and shortlisted candidates invited to interview. Early applications are strongly encouraged. 

Interview Date:  ASAP 

Anticipated Start Date: ASAP 

Change Agents UK Trading Ltd is acting as an employment business as defined under the Employment Agencies Act 1973 and will employ the successful applicant under a contract of service for the duration of the placement.

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Posted on: 23 May 2022
Closed date: 16 June 2022 at 09:10
Job ref: 2435
Tags: Management