Mission Manager

Recruiter
Nesta
Location
Cardiff
Salary
£47k - £57k
Posted
22 Jan 2021
Closes
23 Feb 2021
Sectors
Management
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Mission Manager – A Fairer Start
£47k-£57k pa with excellent benefits
Permanent
Full-time (open to flexible working)
Cardiff (four days a month in London)

Are you an influential, curious and collaborative individual with a proven track record of delivering high impact projects using innovation methods? Do you have impressive research and programme management skills?

If so, Nesta is looking for a hands-on and highly organised individual to join us as Mission Manager, where you will manage Nesta’s work in Wales that delivers against our A Fairer Start mission. This will see you proactively design and deliver practical innovation projects that will focus on improving the lives of millions of people across the UK and particularly in Wales.

About Nesta
Our vision is that by 2030, Nesta will have improved the lives of millions of people by designing, testing and scaling new solutions to society’s biggest challenges.

We have chosen to focus on three guiding missions – A Fairer Start, A Healthy Life, and a Sustainable Future.  In each of these areas, we will partner with frontline organisations to generate and rigorously evaluate new interventions, and support their widespread adoption.  We will support the creation of new products and ventures, and shape the system as a whole to support innovation.

Working with a range of delivery partners, we will deploy multi-disciplinary teams that bring together capabilities in design, data science, behavioural insights, experimental research, and arts and culture methods.  We believe that by bringing together innovation methods to design, experiment, rigorously evaluate, and scale innovations, we can be a world leader in driving innovation for social good.

About this exciting opportunity

You will be responsible for managing Nesta’s work in Wales that delivers against the A Fairer Start mission – where our vision is for every child to have the fairest possible start in life, so they can thrive and realise their potential.  This will involve leading on the delivery of practical innovation projects that test new ideas on the ground (both research and delivery), plus directing and working on the end-to-end project cycle, for example owning relationships with stakeholders sponsoring the project and overseeing, conducting, and reviewing the outputs of primary research. You will also be expected to:

  • Help to identify, develop and deliver new projects and programmes linked to Nesta’s strategic priorities
  • Scope and deliver new projects and set up effective teams to deliver this work
  • Critically assess whether live projects are on track and put in place mechanisms to realign the work plan
  • Generate and publish useful lessons from the projects in appropriate ways for Nesta’s different audiences
  • Provide effective line management to team members, both permanent staff and other team members

What we are looking for

You will have established networks and a strong personal reputation within early childhood interventions, backed up by practical experience working in the sector supporting early years, either in a research, delivery or support function. You will also be able to plan work, execute against the plan, identify and act on risks and issues, plus have strong stakeholder management, research and facilitation skills.

An excellent communicator, who is confident presenting and public speaking to different audiences, you must be someone who embraces change with an adaptable, flexible and professional approach to your work.

At Nesta, we believe that a diverse workforce leads to an organisation that is more innovative, more creative and gets better results.

We want our workforce to represent the diversity of the people and communities we serve.  We also want our workplace to be one where different experiences, expertise and perspectives are valued, and where everyone is encouraged to grow and develop.

This means that when we are recruiting, we actively seek to reach a diverse pool of candidates.  It also means that we are happy to consider any reasonable adjustments that potential employees may need to in order to be successful.

We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life, so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working, including working from home, compressed or part-time hours, job shares and other arrangements.

Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process (and beyond) if these are options you would like to explore.

Closing date: 2 February 2021 at 10am. First interviews will be held on 16 February 2021 (via Zoom).

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