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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 

Interviews: 13 and 14 December 2021 (online)

Second stage interviews: 15 and 17 December 2021 (face to face at Wells Lawrence House, London)

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.

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 the 4.8 million people in the UK with diabetes, there’s no day off. So, at Diabetes UK, we’re leading the fight every day, campaigning for better care, treatment and support. We won’t stop until diabetes can do no harm.  

We are working to make sure that those affected by diabetes get the best care and support they need to live well with their condition and avoid life-changing complications.  We're leading the way by funding critical research, improving healthcare and treatment so we can reach our vision of a world where diabetes can do no harm.

Diabetes UK staff are motivated and experienced and extremely passionate about helping people affected by diabetes.  We have been fighting for people with diabetes for more than 80 years and changed millions of lives thanks to the new treatments, technology and policy changes we've been behind.

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

We're a diverse bunch and as a charity we recognise and respect the value of everyone.

We’re very excited to have been placed in the top 30 best UK charities to work for, and in the top 75 best large companies in London.

We're committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk and expect all staff and volunteers to actively support this commitment.

We have a vision of a world where diabetes can do no harm.  If you’d like to be part of that, why not join us? 

To learn more about the work we do please visit our website

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