Senior Programme Manager - Swindon

The National Trust
Swindon, Wiltshire
52,221 pa
Closing date
5 Oct 2022
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Senior Programme Manager - Swindon


We have a national programme of project delivery focusing on F&B Growth with a large pipeline of places we want to create new café and upgrade and grow others.  This is multi million programme, with lots to do.  Our spaces are interesting, challenging and provide huge opportunity, but the programme is not just focusing on new kitchens and counters we want to do more to drive our spaces to be sustainable for the long term. 
As a Senior Programme Manager, you and your team of Project Managers will be responsible for planning and implementing a suite of projects across the region, focussed on new F & and B creation projects. Working collaboratively across all our 6 regions.

What it's like to work here

Reporting into our Senior Programme manager for the wider Commercial Investment Programme which covers Retail, Holidays and F and B. You’ll be part of a multi-disciplinary team providing properties with advice and practical support for all new F and B space growth. 
You can be based at any locations nationally, but it would be advantageous if you were based more centrally, with flexible hybrid working encouraged. There will be regular travel across the country to support the project managers on the ground, and we anticipate 40-60% of your time will be spent at our places, with the rest working from home.

What you'll be doing

You’ll be leading a team, working collaboratively for project management excellence, creating transformational and cultural change, and overseeing delivery through your project managers in a complex stakeholder environment. 
The Trust is currently increasing its use of external contractors for project management and specialist advice, and you’ll be leading the embedding of this way of working across the region, including growing our team’s skills as clients and ensuring that learning is shared. 
Please also read the full role profile attached.

Who we're looking for

We know that we can't serve our diverse audiences without firstly celebrating the diversity of our people. That's why we work hard to create an inclusive culture where everyone feels a sense of belonging. We welcome and value difference, so however you look, wherever you come from and whatever your favourite TV programme, if the following describes you, then we would like to hear from you. We need people who are: 
  • Able to flourish in a complex and collaborative working environment. 
  • An encourager, eager to share your knowledge and experience to help others. 
  • Passionate about supporting the National Trust to deliver its aims and objectives. 
  • Someone who comes to work each day to be the best you can and to learn and develop. 
To fulfil all the tasks in this role, you'll also need to have:
  • Experience of successfully delivering complex end to end project/programme management, including defining resources, leading multi-million procurement, securing project teams and matrix management across multiple projects/programmes.
  • A recognised project (ChPP/APM PPQ or PMQ) or programme management (MSP) qualification.
  • Experience of mentoring others in the profession, and be able to show evidence of ongoing CPD in your career to date.
  • Excellent problem solving and influencing skills, able to confidently work with senior leaders up to Executive level.
  • Experience of managing complex and difficult external stakeholder relationships.
  • Experience of procuring and managing external contractors delivering specialist services.
  • Excellent team leadership, management and collaborative working skills.

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.

  • 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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