Programme Manager (Lower Severn)

The Programme Manager role will join our expanding Operations Team, taking the lead on overseeing the coordination of a diverse portfolio of catchment restoration schemes, from landscape-scale woodland creation to natural flood management initiatives to fish pass infrastructure projects. This will be an exciting, fast-paced role with potential for big impact, overseeing works at scale, along the course of Britain’s longest river.

You will oversee and coordinate an expanding team, with up to 5 direct reports. You will work closely with the team, to support them in managing their individual projects, providing technical advice and general project management steer, to ensure our programmes of work are delivered to a consistently high standard, on time and within budget.
Finally, you will work closely with your counterparts in other areas of the catchment, and the wider management team, to develop new projects ideas, explore and test innovative ways of working, and share technical advice and knowledge. Altogether, you will play an integral role in the development of our organisation and our mission to improve the ecological resilience of the River Severn catchment.

Team management

  • Manage the Lower Severn division of our Operations Team, currently comprising 5 direct reports, providing support and leadership to enthuse, motivate and empower the team.
  • Provide technical advice to aid the team’s decision making when delivering habitat creation and land management advice programmes, to ensure we make the right decisions in the right places.
  • Make decisions on resource allocation, such as when and where to deploy staff resource, when to procure sub-contractors and when to recruit new staff, to service ever evolving workstreams by the most efficient means.
  • Support the team to effectively plan and deliver multiple complex projects including setting KPIs, mapping out key milestones and identifying and mitigating risks to ensure delivery on time, within budget and with maximum impact.
  • Encourage innovation within the team, recognising good ideas and providing support to develop and refine them into new projects.


Financial management & programme development

  • Financial oversight of the team’s work programmes, including budget forecasting, tracking and reprofiling, to ensure finances remain robust and resilient.
  • Provide support to your team to enable them to interpret and manage their individual project budgets, giving them the autonomy and confidence to make financial decisions independently.
  • Oversee the team’s grant claim requirements, preparing progress reports and supporting the Finance Team in collating evidence.
  • Proactively develop new, innovative programmes of work and pursue funding for their inception, through grant applications, voluntary donations or securing private investment Partnership working & collaboration


Partnership working & collaboration

  • Proactively work to establish strong working relations with our stakeholders and partners and establish SRT as the ‘go-to’ delivery body
  • Represent and promote SRT at external events, through the delivery of presentations, webinars and training workshops
  • Responsibility for coordinating one of the six Catchment Partnerships in the Severn Basin, working to bring together partners to share knowledge, develop ideas and encourage collaboration


Other Duties

  • Proactively follow developments in environmental policy to ensure the work of the team remains aligned with key legislative drivers
  • Lead by example in prioritising health and safety and wellbeing by taking responsibility for yourself, your team, and all those participating in our work
  • Support in establishing a workplace culture, where staff are motivated to come to work, capable of performing to their highest standard and comfortable being themselves
Full Time
£34,000 – £40,200
Closing date: 06/05/2024