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Project Manager - Swindon

The National Trust
Swindon, Wiltshire
43,000 pa
Closing date
29 Mar 2023

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Project Manager - Swindon


This is an exciting opportunity for a talented and experienced Project Manager to lead the delivery of a project to address the way our places can understand and adapt to a changing climate.

A changing climate affects our places in both obvious and unexpected ways. Flooding, extreme temperatures, freak weather events and changing seasons impact our landscapes, our wildlife, our trees, our plants and, of course people. It also affects our built structures in ways they were not originally designed to withstand, increases the impact of visitors on our infrastructure, poses new challenges for our conservators and requires different responses to pests and storage.

At the National Trust we're resolved to playing our part, by doing all we can to support global action on climate change. It’s one of our key cross-cutting national objectives. Included in this is a commitment to adapt to the reality of climate change; every choice we make will take account of the need to be resilient and adaptable to a changing climate. This means understanding the threats, formulating responses and ensuring that our people have the understanding, skills and confidence to deliver them.

We’re looking for someone with proven experience of managing projects from end-to-end, implementing practical solutions but also play a part in leading organisational understanding and approach.  

The role is offered on a 3-year fixed term contract basis.

What it's like to work here

The Project Manager role is a national role sitting across the Curation & Experiences and Land and Nature Directorates. We are a small, supportive central team, so you’ll also need to be good at connecting with people across a large organisation, engaging, inspiring and motivating others. You will work closely with teams across the organisation including the National Climate Specialist for Adaptation and the wider Climate Programme team, managing timescales, cost and quality, to ensure the project delivers. 

Your contractual location will be our central office in Swindon, however there will be an opportunity to explore and agree hybris working arrangements which strike the right balance for you and the Trust. The role will involve some travel to our properties and regional hubs.

What you'll be doing

This project has been underway for a little while, so we’re clear what we’re trying to achieve. Your role will be to deliver this change effectively. You’ll help the organisation and project team understand the ambition, scope and outcomes so that colleagues are clear about what the project will achieve and the impact on them. You’ll ensure project team members understand their roles and responsibilities. 

You'll work alongside the Climate Action Programme Manager, managing timescales, cost and quality, to ensure the project delivers. 

You'll use your experience in managing project delivery, business change and people-focus to work collaboratively and communicate well with a range of people. Using your organisation skills to take on board complex information and the needs of a variety of stakeholders and keep us on track, focussed and coordinated.

Who we're looking for

We'd love to hear from you if you have:

  • Experience of successfully delivering projects/programmes end to end, including defining resources, leading procurement, developing and managing project teams, writing and implementing successful communication plans, and matrix management
  • A recognised Project (APM PMQ /Prince or similar) or programme Management (MSP) qualification, with evidence of ongoing CPD in your career
  • Excellent communication, problem solving and influencing skills and be confident liaising with Senior Leaders, demonstrating experience of managing complex external stakeholder relationships

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.

  • Substantial pension scheme of up to 10% basic salary
  • Free entry to National Trust properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • Tax free childcare scheme
  • Rental deposit loan scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Perks at work discounts i.e. gym memberships, shopping discount codes, cinema discounts
  • Holiday allowance up to 32 days relating to length of service, plus holiday purchase scheme, subject to meeting minimum criteria.
  • Flexible working whenever possible
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Free parking at most locations
  • Independent financial advice

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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