Programme Lead

£30k-35k (dependent on experience)
20 September 2021

Dan Ward, +44 (0)20 3862 7484

Send CV, cover letter (stating "why us and why you?") & equal opportunities monitoring form by Noon on 20th September

The IES is a charitable membership organisation that seeks to unite science and people to solve environmental challenges. We work with our global network of professionals, leading education institutions, researchers, and policymakers to guide transformative change towards a more sustainable society. You can learn more about our mission by reading our strategy.

As a small but rapidly-growing and influential charity, we are currently recruiting for two positions to increase our headcount to 14.

Main Purpose of the Post
You will be highly organised with a keen eye for process development and improvement. Relishing a varied and busy workday and the chance to engage with a wide range of projects, you will need to be highly flexible, motivated and able to fit into the collaborative culture of the office.

This post will be responsible for delivering the smooth running of IES operations and developing membership services and income streams that support the evolution and growth of the Institution. We are seeking an individual passionate about project management, with high emotional intelligence and who is enthusiastic about our mission.  The Programme Lead plays a key role in maintaining the quality of the team environment.

You will seek to develop our existing services and source new initiatives which boost income growth, member satisfaction and operational efficiency. In this quickly growing organisation, you’ll have responsibility from ‘day one’, so you must be confident and able to learn quickly.

Job Role

Programme Development & Delivery

  • Work with staff members to develop work and operational plans, monitor progress, troubleshoot problems, and provide ongoing project facilitation to ensure projects are delivered on time, on budget and in line with the organisational strategy
  • Identify and chase potential sources of funding, such as partnerships and grants, and further develop income streams
  • Ensure appropriate resourcing (financial, technological and human) and risk management tools are in place to deliver programmes
  • Foster appropriate external partnerships to further the organisation's strategic aims
  • Identify appropriate topics for agile sprint project management and lead sprints to foster a spirit of innovation, continuous improvement, and income generation


  • Foster internal relationships and deliver pastoral care/staff check-ins to address any issues that may impact staff’s wellbeing and operational capacity, and lead on workplace satisfaction
  • Monitor progress and further develop the Institution's Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Plan and associated policies
  • Contribute to the maintenance of the risk register, ensuring appropriate insurance and mitigations are put in place
  • Update and maintain the contingency plan for human resource and capacity
  • Contribute to the environmental and sustainability audit
  • Act as part of the senior management team (dependent on experience)

Person Specification
This is a multi-skilled position and we recognise that no candidate is likely to have all the desirable skills.

Essential (all IES roles) Desirable (all IES roles)
  • Undergraduate degree (or equivalent professional practice)
  • Demonstrable ability to quickly pick up new tasks and communicate complex or technical concepts effectively
  • Flexible approach with the ability to use own initiative and rapidly respond to varying stakeholder needs
  • Comfortable working within a small team as well as autonomously
  • Recognition of the importance of diversity and inclusion
  • Interest in the environment, sustainability and/or science
  • Right to work in the UK
  • Experience in the environmental or NGO/charity sector
  • Masters degree or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge of CRM systems and databases



Essential (role-specific) Desirable (role-specific)
  • Substantive project management experience
  • Demonstrable emotional intelligence
  • Evidence of active project development and income generation
  • Clear and confident communicator
  • Problem solver
  • Excellent time management with ability to prioritise and juggle projects and meet deadlines
  • Project management qualification
  • Human resources experience
  • Experience in developing policies and initiatives to enhance equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Partnership development/acquisition experience
  • Experience of methodologies and analysis of market research
  • Experience of innovation/agile sprint delivery
  • Experience of risk management

About the Role
The position is full time. Interviews will take place on Wednesday 29th September via Zoom, with a view to the successful candidate starting as soon as possible.

Hybrid working or office-based options are available.

How to Apply
Please send a CV, cover letter (stating "why us and why you?") and equal opportunities monitoring form to Dan Ward by Noon on Monday 20th September.  If you want to apply to more than one of the vacancies at the IES, you can do so with one application, but please address both sets of the role-specific competencies in your cover letter.

Why work for us?
At the IES, we know that the secret of a successful professional body is the quality of the people behind the membership services.

Our small, inclusive team value the benefits of diversity and exhibit these in collaboratively working with staff, our fantastic trustees, members and partner organisations, to fulfil our mission of uniting people and science to solve environmental challenges.

With a good list of employee benefits and a social calendar connected to the office, we are sure you will enjoy the culture of working at the IES. We care about nurturing your career development with individualised professional development plans and a separate budget that you can spend on your learning.

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