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Project Officer - Swindon

The National Trust
Swindon, Wiltshire
29,640 pa
Closing date
18 May 2022
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Project Officer - Swindon


It is an exciting time to join the National Trust. The ambition for outdoor experiences through to the year 2030 has been agreed and we are now at the point of realising this ambition through the creation of an outdoors programme of work. 

We have an opportunity for a Project Officer to join the Outdoor Experiences team, part of the Experience Development Team, on a twelve-month contract while the current post-holder is on secondment. 

The role will be ideal for you if you are passionate about outdoor experiences and the positive difference it can have on the lives of individuals and communities, you enjoy bringing order and efficiency; being involved in creating and developing plans; playing a key role in project management; preparing materials to communicate ideas in a compelling way; having the chance to influence and get close to senior decision making.

What it's like to work here

We’re bigger than you think, we’re more complicated than we appear and we’re larger scale than you’d imagine. We’ve got passionate people in all our teams, and we’ve got so much more we want to achieve. We’re for everyone, forever and we really mean that. We don’t want to stop at 5.5 million members, and we want everyone to feel welcome and enjoy access to our places, so we need to reach new audiences in ways that are meaningful and relevant to them without losing the hearts and minds of those that are already with us.
Your contractual location will be our head office in Swindon however there will be an opportunity to explore and agree remote working arrangements which strike the right balance for you and the Trust. 

What you'll be doing

You’ll support the delivery of the Outdoor Experiences Programme, a national programme of activity across National Trust’s places.  You’ll build and maintain reporting on progress across the programme, at both high level and in detail with the creation of meaningful and timely progress reports for different stakeholder groups. You’ll lead the servicing of the programme board, project teams and task and finish groups.

You’ll develop presentations, papers and other communications to engage a range of stakeholders, building and maintaining a resource hub of materials to support the programme on our intranet.

Working closely with a team of two other project officers, you’ll support the overall work of the Experience Development team to ensure maximum efficiency and impact. Identifying and minimising risk and improving cost efficiency wherever possible.

Who we're looking for

You can view the full role profile for this role in the document attached. You don't need to have all of the knowledge, skills and experience listed in the role profile; this is just to provide a full picture of what is possible in this role. For this position were looking for someone who has:
  • Previous project management experience; demonstrable experience of managing and delivering projects on time and maintaining good stakeholder relationships
  • Strong written communication skills. Proven ability to research, collate and produce written materials in a clear and compelling way
  • Great presentation skills with ability to identify opportunities to maximise accessibility through presenting data/information in a visually appealing way for different audiences
  • Excellent people and influencing skills, enabling relationships to be built and maintained; comfortable at working with a wide variety of different types of people
  • An excellent organiser with good planning and analytic skills
  • The ability to work under pressure and at pace; ability to manage conflicting demands
  • Knowledge of budgets, finance and co-ordination of projects and experience in record keeping

The package

The National Trust has the motto ‘For everyone, for ever’ at its heart. We’re working hard to create an inclusive culture, where everyone feels they belong. It’s important that our people reflect and represent the diversity of the communities and audiences we serve. We welcome and value difference, so when we say we’re for everyone, we want everyone to be welcome in our teams too.

Wherever you’re from, and whatever your background, we want to hear from you – and it doesn’t matter if you’re jam first, cream first, or even if you don’t like scones at all. Everyone is welcome.

Benefits for working at the National Trust include:

  • Flexible working whenever possible
  • Free parking at most locations
  • Free entry to our properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • Substantial pension scheme of up to 10% basic salary

Click here to find out more about the benefits we offer to support you.


The National Trust is committed to promoting and preserving those places of natural beauty and historic interest for which it has the privilege to be responsible for the benefit of the nation, for everyone for ever.

The Trust is proud of what has been achieved over the last 126 years and is determined to maintain those high standards of conservation, stewardship and curatorial care for which it has been recognised throughout the world.

Its achievements have enabled the general public and the Trust’s members and visitors to enjoy and appreciate the countryside, coastline, gardens, historic buildings and collections, all of which encapsulate so much of the history of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. There is a duty to tell that history in a complete, balanced and accurate way, and without judgement.

The National Trust continues as a guardian of the past, and for the future, to uphold its duty to maintain and enhance what has been entrusted to its care.

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