Programme Manager – Challenge Prize Centre
Fixed-term contract until June 2020
Are you a collaborative and engaging individual with a passion for social justice? Do you have a proven track record of turning great ideas into effective action in an entrepreneurial environment? If so, join Nesta as a Programme Manager and play a key role in our Better Markets Team, part of our innovative Challenge Prize Centre.
About Nesta and the Challenge Prize Centre
Nesta is a global innovation foundation. We back new ideas to tackle the big challenges of our time. Our mission is to spark and shape new ideas that improve how the world works for everyone. We use our knowledge, networks, funding and skills - working in partnership with others, including governments, businesses and charities. We are a UK charity but work all over the world, supported by a financial endowment.
The Challenge Prize Centre is pioneering how challenge prizes can be used to make better markets, wherever consumers and small businesses are being underserved, specifically tech businesses, civil society organisations and policymakers. Following on from the success of our Open Up Challenge, we will apply the same methodology to, among other areas, a prize centred on widening access to justice through the use of AI and other technologies.
About this exciting opportunity
While much of the design work for the challenge has already taken place, our successful candidate will lead on transforming this design into action and delivering this complex prize. This will involve defining and monitoring milestones, identifying and managing risks, contracting and managing project partners (including contractors, prize judges, prize participants and others), and managing budgets. You will also be expected to:
- Take on ownership of the relationships with our client (a public body) and other external stakeholders
- Oversee management of compelling PR and marketing campaigns for the challenge and its launch
- Design and manage a programme of events to support the launch
- Identify new challenge prize opportunities consistent with our goals
What we are looking for
Educated to degree level, you will have a proven background of managing complex projects with multiple stakeholders to a successful conclusion, including project planning and monitoring, managing significant budgets, plus risks and suppliers. You should also have strong experience of strategy consulting or policymaking environments, plus experience serving demanding clients for whom you have delivered such projects.
An outstanding communicator, verbal and written, able to communicate complex ideas to achieve cut through with specialist and general interest audiences, you will also possess impressive interpersonal, prioritisation and time management skills. A flexible, professional and proactive approach to your work is also essential.
How to apply
For further details about this post, and to apply, please visit our website.
Closing date: 27th January 2019 (11.45pm).
First interviews will be held on February 5th, 2019.