Programme Manager - Great Northumberland Forest.

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Fixed Term
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
03/03/2021 00:00
A starting salary of £42,821 - £46,845
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Regeneration/ Economic Development
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
County Hall
Number of posts:
Closing date:
3 Mar
Further Information

Programme Manager – Great Northumberland Forest
37 hours
The role is fixed term for 2 years, with the potential to extend depending on the funding for years 3 to 5

The Council
Northumberland County Council operates a huge range of services across one of the largest counties in the UK. Local Government’s ongoing challenges and the diversity of our residents means we have to work smarter. That’s why we want bold, creative and agile thinkers who can help us move forward and innovate.
For further information about working for Northumberland County Council, please click here: http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/working

The Service
Northumberland County Council in partnership with the County’s Woodland Creation Partnership Group and Local Nature Recovery Strategy Pilot Group have embarked upon the task of creating more woodlands and forests under the Great Northumberland Forest programme. The Great Northumberland Forest is a plan to increase tree and woodland cover across the County to help tackle the big challenges facing society such as climate change, biodiversity decline, promoting health and wellbeing, and supporting our thriving local economy. Our determination to leave a better, more diverse, and more productive natural environment for the benefit of future generations of Northumbrians and visitors to the County can be realised by planting more trees and recovering nature. We will create and improve new and existing natural environments that our children, communities and businesses will benefit from for decades to come.

We are offering:
Salary Band 10 (£42,821 - £46,845)
Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme
A wide range of staff benefits including a competitive annual leave provision
Flexible working arrangements

The Role
We require an experienced Programme Manager to drive the delivery ensuring the required outcomes of Defra’s Woodland Creation Partnerships of increased tree planting which realise climate, environmental, economic and social benefits are made, whilst maximising funding, financing and engagement opportunities to meet the vision of the programme.
We are looking for someone who will: Manage and deliver the programme, being the ‘Face of the Forest’ and importantly develop whole and innovative ways to work with landowners to protect, enhance and improve our land, supporting the County’s ambition for net zero and to consider the wide variety of our landscapes, communities and businesses throughout the county. You will lead and manage a small team of project staff to ensure effective delivery of the programme.

We are looking for someone with:

Strong organisational and business change skills in a forestry, land use planning/land management or natural capital environment, who will ensure high quality engagement, planning, reporting and monitoring within a programme or project and to budget.

Well-developed communication and influencing skills - with sound experience of partnership working and with a wide range of stakeholders such as landowners, farmers, businesses, public bodies, Government departments, communities, charities and the general public,

The ability to develop high quality financial cases to ensure increased tree planting, balanced with an understanding of nature recovery and biodiversity, whilst managing risks and issues that appear pre, current and post project.

We want to hear from professionals committed to natural capital, with a proven track record in managing successful programmes in a forestry, land use planning/land management or a natural capital environment.

For further information about this vacancy, please contact Tim.Miller-Fay@northumberland.gov.uk for an informal discussion.


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