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Programme manager
at Design Council

Design Council is seeking a programme manager to join its team in London.

We are looking for an exceptional candidate to join our other programme managers to manage the successful delivery of a range of projects that provide cutting-edge analysis and case studies of the value and impact of design.

You are a brilliant project or programme manager with a background in product and/or service design. You have delivered projects with a sustainability focus and have been involved in developing new business opportunities.

About the role

The ideal candidate will be responsible for:

  • effectively managing client relationships and the generation of business development from existing clients
  • supporting senior colleagues in developing relationships with new clients
  • supporting senior colleagues scope and develop potential new demonstrator projects with new clients
  • managing demonstrator projects and ensuring outputs are achieved to the highest creative standard and within budget
  • contributing to the learning and development programme, sharing knowledge and upskilling colleagues
  • effectively capturing knowledge by producing case studies and sharing these with colleagues
  • working with senior colleagues to ensure team quality, financial and other targets are all achieved
  • undertake any other reasonable duties as required

Skills and experience:

  • minimum three years’ worked experience in the creative industries: design, client management and project leadership
  • a strategic thinker with a background in product and/or service design
  • proven track record in supporting relationship building and winning work with new clients
  • experience of independently managing and growing direct client relationships, identifying and converting growth opportunities
  • ability to create high-quality proposals, presentations and other outputs with minimal required support
  • direct delivery of projects which used design frameworks or design skills to improve products and services, address a business challenge and/or upskill participants. delivering strong outcomes for all parties
  • proven excellent project management, including resource planning, people management and communication
  • ability to work in an agile environment, to be proactive and fast-paced while always ensuring results are achieved
  • ability to be diplomatic, able to act with confidence and integrity in all situations while influencing others
  • passionate about how design improves people’s lives

Our values and behaviours:

  • boundless curiosity: dynamic scoping of new ideas and best working practices to create and demonstrate impact
  • inspire possibility: brilliant team and project leadership so we clearly communicate the value and impact of design
  • powerful together: role modelling how to get the best out of everyone so we all maximise our contribution to Design for Planet

Corporate responsibilities:

  • proactively identify and manage risks and financial controls in relation to the Design Council and your specific area of responsibility
  • comply with the Design Council’s operational policies and procedures including financial and risk management, project management and evaluation processes, brand guidelines, GDPR, information security and internal health and safety policy


Please submit your application by 11 June 2024 via the apply for job button below.

Salary: £35,000 - £40,000

This position is only available to applicants based in the United Kingdom