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Canary Wharf, Greater London (Hybrid)
£33,000 - £36,000 per year
Contract, Nine Month Contract, Full-time
Job description

It is a hugely exciting time to join Career Ready.  Our purpose is clear, our proposition is strong, the need is great and there has never been a better time to join us!

Regional Manager – London.

9-month fixed term contract starting as soon as possible.

This post will cover an internal secondment and there is a chance that this post can be extended further than nine months.

Remote and office based; with regular travel across London.

We have a flexible working policy at Career Ready and although office based, staff regularly work remotely, and from home.

£33,000 to £36,000 doe plus 25 days holiday & pension.

Monday – Friday 35 hours per week (28 hours per week will be considered).

Career Ready is a national charity that links schools and colleges with employers to prepare young people for the world of work through a programme of regular contact with working people and workplaces.

Across London we work with 50 schools and colleges (400 across the UK) offering programmes based on our Skills for Career Success learning outcomes, delivered by employer volunteers. The core pillars of our programmes are a series of structured masterclasses, mentoring, workplace visits and work placements.
Last year 98% of students aged 16-18 leaving our Career Ready Plus programme went on to positive destinations.

The main purpose of our Regional Manager team is to grow, develop and deliver all aspects of the day-to-day relationship management of:

  • Schools and colleges running a Career Ready programme
  • Employer supporters, corporate supporters, stakeholders, and partners

The Regional Manager will join our London team (currently 5 people) and will (work with colleagues to) deliver the Career Ready programme in approx. 10 London schools and colleges. There will be opportunities to be creative, as well as being autonomous in how you run and develop the programme with your partner organisations (schools/colleges).  

Main duties and responsibilities

Regional management

  • You will work 1:1 with our community of school/college coordinators who lead on programme delivery. This will require support visits, managing events for students and corporate supporters, conducting quality assurance visits.
  • Lead on relationships with regional corporate supporters; and activate local programme activity with our national corporate supporters.
  • Provide regular communication and reporting to the Lead Manager (London and South East).
  • Execute our strategy across London (covering up to 10 schools/colleges).
  • Work in close co-operation with head office staff and operation teams.
  • Promote the contribution of Career Ready and awareness of Career Ready to potential supporters and assist in engaging their commitment to give both practical and financial support.
  • Attend Local Advisory Boards meetings, where appropriate, at a city or affiliated school or college level.
  • Source and support individual volunteers to mentor and/or deliver a masterclass.
  • Ensure that all regional management information is submitted to the national Salesforce database in a timely and accurate way.
  • Support schools and colleges in onboarding and delivery of paid internships.
  • From time to time there may be a need to deliver sessions to skills and careers leads and to groups of young people within the school and college setting.
  • Recruit new schools and colleges to the network from the region in accordance with priority target areas. Manage their induction, training, activities prior to launch and implementation of the Career Ready programme.
  • Support the Lead Regional Manager with data collection and reporting requirements specific to corporate partners, trusts and foundations.
  • Assist schools and colleges on our programmes to plan, manage and run events (i.e. icebreakers, A Capital Experience or student promotion sessions) and be prepared to present at such events.

New Business

  • Directly pursue a prioritised list of prospect corporate partners in line with our regional strategy. This work will be supported by our business development team and specifically the Corporate Partnerships Manager (London).
  • Using our SME Internship Investment Fund, seek small and medium sized businesses to host an intern.
  • Use networking and commercial skills to cultivate potential regional donors.


  • Promote a commitment to high standards of service, and to equality of opportunity through leadership, policy development and good practice.
  • With the Chief Executive, Director of Programmes and Lead Manager for London monitor the state of Career Ready in the region and seek ways to promote its achievements and improve the service given by the central staff team.
  • Attend meetings and training days with the national Regional Manager team (approximately 3 times a year – these usually take place in London).

Person Specification

  • Output driven, as well as able to balance the needs of young people, schools/colleges, and our corporate partners.
  • Entrepreneurial with the ability to follow through and achieve results.
  • Forward planner with excellent time management skills.
  • Able to deliver objectives, often alone, but also to rise above the detail and take a strategic perspective.
  • Able to communicate effectively in a wide variety of situations, including formal speaking engagements to large audiences.
  • Able to reach, network with and communicate to a wide range of stakeholders and potential stakeholders including senior business people, principals of schools and colleges and students.
  • Able to operate as part of the Career Ready team.
  • Consultative and supportive management style.
  • Skilled negotiator, internally and externally.
  • Ability to use databases, Word, excel, PowerPoint and other ‘Office’ packages.
  • An entrepreneurial spirit allied with a can do attitude will go a long way.
  • A flexible approach to working hours is essential. Weekend working is very rare.


(i)Preferably three years in an education role.  Experience could have been gained in schools, FE colleges or not-for-profit organisations, but the successful applicant must be able to gain credibility with senior managers in a variety of educational institutions; or

(ii)Three years experience in a not-for-profit organisation involved with young people; or

(iii)Three years experience in a community development or Corporate Social Responsibility role in a company.

Salary & Benefits

  • £33,000-36,000 per annum, depending on experience.
  • Plus 6% contribution to personal pension plan, subject to 3% employee contribution
  • Annual leave: 25 days per annum plus bank/public holidays. The Charity is also closed between Christmas and New Year and there are an additional 2 days of leave available in August. Career Ready also allows flexible use of 7 Bank & Public Holidays
  • Interest-free season ticket or bicycle purchase loans (or Cycle To Work Scheme).
  • Access to both our Reward Gateway Portal and an Employee Assistance Programme
  • Flexible working (currently hybrid)

Appointment will be subject to a 3-month probation period during which time the contract may be terminated with one week’s notice.

An enhanced criminal record (DBS) check will be required for the role.


If you are interested in the role then please submit a CV and a one-page covering letter stating why you believe you are suitable for the role, giving details of your current salary.

If you would like to discuss this role further before applying, you are welcome to request a call back.

The closing date for applications is 9.00am on Wednesday 7th September and interviews will take place on Tuesday 13th September.

Registered Charity Number 1092891

Application Instructions

Please ensure to include a one-page covering letter stating why you believe you are suitable for the role

More about Career Ready

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Posted on: 15 August 2022
Closing date: 07 September 2022 at 09:00
Tags: Business Development,Vocational/Services

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