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St. James's Place (SJP) works in partnership to plan, grow and protect our clients’ financial futures. We deliver personalised, face-to-face financial advice to our clients, who trust us to manage their money to reach their goals. We provide this service via the Partnership, a network of qualified, expert advisors. We put financial wellbeing and responsible business choices at the heart of everything we do. We believe in the value of difference and know that diverse teams can help us problem and innovate for clients.
We look for people to join SJP to make an impact and to contribute to our culture which is based around long term relationships, doing the right thing, and being the best version of ourselves.
Location: Cirencester Office
Workplace Type: Hybrid
Employment Type: 12 month Fixed-Term Contract
Seniority: Mid-Senior Level
Main purpose of the role:
Are you an experienced Programme Manager looking for a great opportunity to join our Responsible Business (RB) team on a 12-month fixed term contract basis?
You’ll provide programme management, oversight and governance to a range of exciting company-wide projects and initiatives that support SJP’s Responsible Business Framework and approach, ensuring the business can achieve its responsible business objectives and outcomes. You’ll ensure all RB projects and initiatives sit coherently within a joined up ‘one company’ plan that aligns to the wider corporate strategy.
What you’ll be doing:
You’ll maintain a portfolio of projects across the Responsible Business department, Corporate Affairs & People division and wider organisation.
Coordinate resource across the department where necessary to ensure projects are successfully delivered within agreed budget and timescales.
Coordinate and maintain governance arrangements for programme delivery, producing necessary documentation for executive and board governance updates and approvals.
Deliver initiatives and projects, aligned to the RB framework, establishing clear milestones and deliverables which enable the business to monitor progress against the KPIs.
Maintain an effective stakeholder management approach across the programme, identifying all key collaborator roles and responsibilities through a RACI.
Build highly effective relationships with stakeholders across the business at all levels to ensure the successful delivery of programmes and projects.
Who we’re looking for:
Proven experience of developing, leading and managing Programmes and portfolios of projects, activities and initiatives.
Proficiency in project management software such as MS Project and MS Office.
Experience from within financial services or other regulated sectors is an advantage.
Highly skilled at using a wide range of techniques to motivate and empower teams of stakeholders and business leads across a range of projects and initiatives.
Ability to evaluate and anticipate situations using multiple sources of information.
Highly developed communication skills, with an excellent ability to influence and negotiate internally and regularly at higher levels of the organisation.
Strong understanding of the commercial business case for responsible business.
Broad understanding of concepts and principles relating to Responsible Business an advantage (Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG), Sustainability, Environment and Climate Change)
Strong analytical skills as well as the ability to evaluate based on the analysis of factual and qualitative information in complicated or novel situations.
Collaborative approach to problem solving with the ability to engage others and seek alternative perspectives.
Excellent use of judgement, demonstrating a measured and considered approach and when appropriate acting swiftly and decisively.
Occasional business travel including external conferences/events may be required.
What's in it for you?
Non-Contributory Pension – 10% (increasing with length of service up to 15%) with further pension matching.
Parental leave – 6 months full pay
28 days holiday entitlement plus bank holidays (based on full-time equivalent) with the option to buy up to an additional 5 days holiday
Flexible Working We know that everyone works best in different ways, at different times and in different environments. We have introduced a hybrid working policy to provide greater flexibility for part-time work, job-sharing, remote working, and flexibility on hours. Our people are encouraged to work in a flexible way that suits their lifestyle, so please ask the question and start a conversation!
Research tells us that applicants (especially those from underrepresented groups) can be put off from applying for a role if they do not meet all the criteria or have been on an extended career-break. If you think you would be a good match for this role and can demonstrate some transferable experience please apply, regardless of whether you tick every box.
Our team will be in touch. As a business regulated by the FCA we would advise you to familiarise yourself with the conduct regulations and in particular consumer duty obligations prior to an interview with SJP.