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Programme and Portfolio Manager

Brecon Beacons National Park
Brecon, Wales
£49,307 - £54,236
Closing date
29 Nov 2021

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Do you want to make a vital contribution to a sustainable future for the beautiful Brecon Beacons?  This special place, rich in heritage, imbued with Welsh language and culture, internationally renowned for spectacular landscapes and dark skies is enjoyed and visited by millions every year and is home to over 30,000 people. It is a place bursting with potential.  But it is also a fragile place, where the twin challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss need to be tackled if we are to secure this land for future generations to thrive and find wellbeing.

The interconnected challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss and economic disadvantage have never been more acute and this new senior leadership role will be underpin the Authority’s ability to deliver a demanding and cross-cutting programme of activity to time and to budget, supported by effective corporate services.

With responsibility for developing an organisation-wide approach to programme and project delivery, you will work to support other members of the Senior Leadership Team, providing the systems, process and rigour needed to deliver outcomes across a broad portfolio including climate change, equality and well-being, partnership continuity and development, conservation and volunteering. As a key part of the new corporate leadership team, you will also lead on delivery the core corporate services of IT, finance and HR, making sure that these essential enabling functions, underpin our delivery programme. Working with our new Chief Executive, you will provide strategic leadership, clear organisational vision and long-term direction.

To be successful, you will need a solid track record of programme leadership across a complex and demanding portfolio.  You will be highly collegiate as much of your work will be providing the support others need to succeed, whilst also maintaining a ruthless focus on performance management. An inspirational leader and effective operational manager, you will need to be flexible and adaptable in response to changing needs. Working in partnership with others is also central to our success and so you will need to have outstanding relationship management skills, and an ability to spot new ways of working to maximise the value we get from our limited resources.  Politically astute, you will also need to be able to provide assurance on delivery at the highest levels.

If you understand why the Brecon Beacons National Park is so special and want to help us ensure that it is used and cared for in ways that will maintain it for future generations, please do get in touch.

Applications are welcomed and accommodated for in either Welsh or English. We would be grateful if you could state in your application if you wish to conduct your interview and assessment in Welsh or English. An application submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application submitted in English.

To find out more, please contact Jude Watters ( or Julie Myers ( at our recruitment advisors, GatenbySanderson, for an informal discussion.

To apply and for further information, please visit

The closing date for applications is midday Monday 29 November 2021.

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