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Lead Project Manager

Job description

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a Project Manager Lead to join a fantastic sports charity delivering outstanding grassroots sports facilities, helping transform communities where need is greatest and impact will be strongest.

Salary: £50,000 – £55,000

As Project Management Lead, you will ensure the Foundation’s project management function is on firm footing, leading and guiding project teams and project managers through the project management lifecycle, recommending and embedding changes, and supporting teams and individuals.

The role will project manage several in-flight projects and newly identified projects, working with key stakeholders and managing all aspects of these projects to ensure agreed outputs are delivered to time and within budget. Outside of these primary projects, there will be an opportunity to input into smaller, inflight projects, and to influence and equip non-specialists to successfully achieve their project goals. The Project Management Lead reports to the CFO but operates as a central service Foundation-wide.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Reviewing the Foundation’s project management framework - it’s tools, templates, and processes – to ensure that these are fit for purpose and make recommendations for changes where necessary.

  • Working with project leads to plan and initiate new projects, ensuring all projects are set up for success in terms of plans and resources.

  • Day to day management of individual projects from initiation through to closure and benefits realisation, ensuring agreed outputs are delivered to time and within scope.

  • Establishing robust project governance via a Project Board, ensuring they are provided with accurate and timely information that supports appropriate decision making.

  • Leading and managing project teams, creating required work packages and monitoring agreed outputs to ensure time, costs and quality requirements are met.

  • Sharing professional expertise, modelling and sharing best practice in project management methodology i.e., case studies, coaching sessions etc. to upskills individuals across the business and enable them to lead and deliver local elements of key projects.

  • Facilitating meetings with internal and external stakeholders to ensure appropriate engagement and involvement in order to define problems, develop business requirements, and identify risks, issues, and dependencies.

  • Providing training, coaching, and mentorship to project managers and team members on project management principles, tools, and techniques.

The successful candidate will have a working knowledge of different project management techniques and an ability to flexibly apply these in a practical manner to a dynamic and evolving role. A minimum of 3 years’ experience in a similar role, operating as an experienced PMO lead with strong knowledge of project, programme, and portfolio management is key, alongside a proven track record in using a range of project management tools, templates, and processes, and adapting these to ensure the framework is well-suited to the size and scope of the project. You must be committed to fostering a culture of continuous improvement, implementing lessons learned, and identifying process enhancements and be a united team player, actively contributing to the team to complete tasks, meet goals and manage programmes, and always operating as a centralised support service.

An understanding of some of the facility operations and challenges faced by grassroots football clubs, community organisations, Local Authorities, and the voluntary sector would be beneficial, however is not essential.

If this sounds like you and you’re keen to hear more, please do get in touch ASAP!

Please note, only successful candidates will be contacted with further information.    

Harris Hill Charity Recruitment Specialists operates an equal opportunity policy and commits to treating all of our candidates and jobseekers fairly. We welcome and encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.