10 days ago
  • LevelMid Level
  • ProfessionsProject Manager
  • TypeFull Time
  • LocationWoking, United Kingdom

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Expiry Date : 11.10.2022


The Strategic Planning and Performance Unit works with colleagues across WWF-UK to ensure that we have effective systems and processes in place to deliver our ambitious strategy to 2024 and achieve our vision for 2030. The Unit coordinates strategic planning for the organisation and makes sure that delivery plans are in place for each of our strategic Goals. The Unit is also responsible for applying robust performance monitoring and risk management to ensure those plans are delivered. The Unit works with teams across the organisation and the five Goal Boards that are responsible for delivery of the strategy. The Strategic Planning and Performance Unit was created in January 2019. Since then, we have developed a new strategy and implemented a new operating model to deliver it, including the introduction of a project management office to professionalise our project delivery capability. Each of our strategic Goals has a Goal Board, chaired by a Goal Lead and supported by a Programme Manager. This is an exciting time to join the team as these changes are now largely embedded, and they provide a platform for us to achieve maximum impact through planning and performance excellence.


  • Managing the process for developing the annual Goal Plan and monitoring progress against it, working with grant managers to ensure each grant is meeting its objectives and achieving deliverables;
  • Driving efficient processes that enable cross-organisational working;
  • Owning the risk management process for the Goal, ensuring we have assurance that our grants are being designed and implemented with effective risk and issue management;
  • Managing the Goal budget process with Finance and Goal colleagues, and monitoring Goal spend against the budget, within the agreed parameters;
  • Supporting grant managers across the Goal to deliver;
  • Sharing programme management best practice within the Goal and across WWF-UK.


  • For the Thriving Habitats & Species Goal:
  • Leading the process to agree the Goal Plan – with appropriate workstreams, resources, milestones, deliverables and success measures, supporting the Goal team in prioritising, structuring and facilitating all programme implementation activity;
  • Ensuring the successful delivery of the annual Goal Plan on time and to budget, by monitoring progress of the Goal against the Goal Plan;
  • Managing goal risks and issues through a risk register, clearly flagging high to low risks, and escalating where necessary;
  • Embedding control and assurance in a coherent and clear way, ensuring Goal processes and governance are fit for purpose;
  • Owning the monthly and quarterly reporting for the Goal, delivering a reflective, simple process that adds value and drives the Goal forwards, highlighting blockages;
  • Managing a formal meeting and communications framework, including facilitating the running of the Goal Board to provide strong governance and decision making;
  • Setting up, or adapting, processes and procedures in the Goal to deliver efficiency savings;
  • Supporting the Design and Impact team to develop outcome and impact indicators for the Goal;
  • Building capacity and understanding of project and programme management principles and practices, in pursuit of programme management excellence;
  • Helping to resolve issues arising and raising awareness of concerns to the Goal Lead and the Head of Strategic Planning & Performance.


  • Experience, qualifications and knowledge
  • Expert knowledge of project and programme management methodology, acquired either through a recognised qualification (e.g. PRINCE2) or through relevant work-based experience;
  • Proven track record of managing a programme team (ideally in a matrix environment), resolving critical issues to ensure programmes are planned, managed and delivered effectively;
  • Budget and risk management experience;
  • Lean process management experience;
  • Change management experience;
  • Confidence in leading and developing communications with all appropriate stakeholders on technical/non-technical matters, issues and ideas;
  • Experience of working in a global team is desirable but not essential. Skills and competencies Collaborative, adaptable, agile, proactive and driven; willing to develop the role as necessary;
  • Strong emotional intelligence and a champion of inclusivity, sensitive to the cultural and social diversity of working in a global network;
  • Ability to develop options to resolve issues or to grasp opportunities, creating new approaches to address major challenges and/or manage risk;
  • Ability to work autonomously to tight deadlines;
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Ability to streamline and simplify processes to get work done efficiently;
  • Partnering and supporting people within a matrix management arrangement in support of programme delivery;
  • Clear and concise written and spoken communication skills;
  • A natural ability to multi-task and problem solve, able to prioritise workload based on strategic and tactical business priorities; able to deliver results consistently on time;
  • Passion for the issues we work on and a commitment to join our fight for nature.
Every role at WWF is open to applications from all sections of society. We believe in the potential of everyone regardless of; sex, race, religion or belief, ethnic origin, different physical ability, family structure, socio-economics, age, nationality or citizenship, marital, domestic or civil partnership, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other aspect that makes you, well you.  Here at WWF, we are committed to conscious inclusion that helps cultivate an ethos of belonging, connection and shared purpose.  We believe that the more diverse we are the better we become; this brings us together and empowers us to develop, engage and inspire; and critically to help build a future where people can live in harmony with nature.

Skills Required

  • Project Management

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