22 days ago
  • LevelMid Level
  • ProfessionsProject Manager
  • TypeFull Time
  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom

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Expiry Date : 12.08.2022

About this role

From our flagship research programme Design Economy to visionary projects with Sport England and the NHS, the Design Council is at the centre of the UK's design conversation.
Our current programmes cover infrastructure and placemaking, public sector & social innovation, and business innovation.
We are now looking for a talented Programme Manager to run a number of our Public Sector & Social Innovation projects. You will work with local authorities, charities and foundations to build the capabilities of public servants and communities to design social interventions that improve outcomes for people and the planet.
We undertake these projects with strategic intent, using design as a force for change. Our portfolio of projects applies systemic design to help address specific challenges facing different communities and share the insights and impacts created to influence a national audience to use design more. To achieve that impact, you’ll be able to plan and deliver projects drawing on our network of over 400 Design Council Experts with extensive specialist design skills into your projects.

Expert Knowledge and Qualifications

  • Academic or professional qualifications in an associated discipline, or equivalent experience (e.g. design, social innovation or a related field)
  • Demonstrable understanding of the principles of using design for social change, service design, or people- and planet-focused design, together with the ability to convey these through advocacy, capacity building and supporting others’ understanding of design
  • Demonstrable understanding of working with diverse audiences and stakeholders, across the public sector through to community and voluntary organisations.


  • Proven experience in social innovation or a related professional field in either the private or the public sector
  • Demonstrable experience of working collaboratively with a number of high-profile stakeholders and partners
  • Excellent project management experience with a demonstrable track record of success with project delivery to quality, time and budget expectations
  • Experience of business development, identifying opportunities with clients and providing information and support for income generation
  • Experience of managing large budgets


  • Good communication skills both written and verbal
  • Confident presentation and facilitation skills including presentation skills to non-technical external audiences
  • Strong influencing skills used to raise the profile of the Design Council including writing blogs and thought pieces
  • Strong client management skills including a client focused approach to managing expectations and programme work of key clients
  • Ability to work collaboratively - building creative consensus, and consulting and involving others internally and externally
  • Good IT skills, an advanced user of all Microsoft Platforms and other applications used by the Design Council with the ability to train others.

About the Design Council

The Design Council’s purpose is to make life better by design. And our new mission is to do that by focusing on Design for Planet. There can be no greater cause than fighting to save our precious planet.
Design for Planet will be a theme through all our work to create better places, better products and better processes, all of which lead to better performance. We commission pioneering evidence-based research, develop ground-breaking programmes and deliver influencing and policy work to demonstrate the power of design and how it impacts three key areas of the economy: business innovation, places and public services. We bring together designers and non-designers – from grassroots to government – and share with them our design expertise to transform the way they work.
Good design is inclusive design. We actively aim to employ a diverse workforce, and we have a commitment to do that (see our Black Lives Matter statement). We encourage conversations around flexibility in terms of location, hours and other arrangement so we can welcome people with different experiences, backgrounds and perspectives.

Skills Required

  • Project Management

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