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Strategy Programme Manager – Fighting Diabetes With You

Job Introduction

Diabetes UK has an ambitious and exciting strategy – A generation to end the harm 2020-2025 – with a focus on improving outcomes for all people affected by and at risk of diabetes, making a difference to lives in the ways that matter most. To drive our new strategy, we have set up strategic programmes to make change happen to achieve these goals. We need a strategically focused and impactful individual to manage the programme area Fighting Diabetes with You – which aims to transform levels of funding for diabetes; and grow and support a community calling for and creating change around diabetes.  The key programme goals are to achieve:

  • A significant increase in our own income  
  • More money going into the right places in diabetes care, services, support and research
  • A shift in the public conversation about diabetes 
  • More people having more and deeper opportunities to mobilise and get involved in our work and take action for themselves 

Interview Date: Monday 7 February 2022

Role Responsibility

In this role you will have significant strategic responsibility and will:

  • Support senior leaders to develop, plan and co-ordinate a programme of work to drive strategic change in Diabetes UK and wider systems
  • Engage and work collaboratively with colleagues across the charity to ensure delivery of the programme
  • Ensure that the programme is effective and impactful through review and evaluation
  • Contribute your critical thinking to continuous improvement in how Diabetes UK delivers its strategy to achieve outcomes

The Ideal Candidate

As well as strong programme management skills, you will have the ability to see the bigger picture and understand system change, the thinking skills to learn quickly and pick up new ideas, the personal impact to drive strategic change and the skills to build relationships and networks across our whole organisation to make sure we deliver our goals.

The ideal candidate for these roles will have experience of making change happen, ideally in reshaping fundraising, engagement, communications or mobilisation functions so that they’re insight-led and audience focused.  In addition you will have the strategic focus and excellent programme management experience to oversee multiple complex workstreams across the whole breadth of Diabetes UK.

Please note that all job offers are subject to you providing acceptable evidence of your eligibility to work in the UK.  You might find the following resources useful:

  • To view a full list of accepted documents and the checks employers are required to make click here
  • To view guidance on proving your right to work to an employer click here

 If you have any questions, please contact HRAdvice@diabetes.org.uk   

Package Description

What we can offer you: 

  • Generous annual leave starting at 25 days plus bank holidays 
  • A Cash Healthcare Plan (giving you up to £1,500 towards a range of out of pocket health expenses like new glasses, dentist, chiropractor or osteopath appointments
  • Early finish Friday and flexible working as part of our approach to activity based working
  • Discounts on gym membership
  • Employee assistance programme to give you support on any issues that come up in life  
  • Annual season ticket loan* (on completion of your probation period and if contract is permanent or longer than 12 months)
  • Very active social scene including sport teams, gardening and other activities 
  • Generous pension provision, life assurance and income protection insurance
  • Cycle to work scheme* (eligible for scheme if contract is permanent or longer than 12 months)

*Some benefits aren't available until you've passed your probation period and are dependent on the length of contract.

About the Company

For nearly 5 million people with diabetes in the UK, there’s no day off. At Diabetes UK, we fight day in, day out for better care, treatment and support. We won’t stop until diabetes can do no harm.

With more people than ever living with diabetes and millions more at risk of developing type 2, our work has never been more needed. We make sure they get the care and support needed to live well with diabetes and avoid devastating complications.

We fund critical research, which has led to life-changing discoveries – like the first insulin pen and programmes to put type 2 diabetes into remission. Now, we want to do this for everyone and find a cure.

We can’t do any of this without you. Our staff are passionate and determined about helping everyone affected by diabetes. For over 85 years, they’ve been behind vital policy changes, as well as new treatments and technologies to make living with diabetes easier every day.

But there’s more to do. And you can be part of it.

We’re a really diverse bunch and we recognise and respect your value as an individual. As well as helping people with diabetes, you’ll be part of one of the top 30 Best UK Charities to Work For, and one of the top 75 Best Large Companies in London.

We’re committed to protecting and promoting the welfare of children and adults at risk, and we need our staff and volunteers to support this.

Our vision is a world where diabetes can do no harm. Join us today, and together, we can make that a reality.

To find out more about what we do, check out our website.


Diabetes UK


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