Programme and partnerships manager - Scotland

Location: Glasgow office or Homeworking
Hours: Full-time, 35 hours per week
£42,000 per annum
Benefits: Read more about the excellent benefits we offer
Contract type: Permanent
Frequent travel across mainland Scotland and monthly travel across the UK for team meetings and conferences
Closing date:
23:59, Monday 11 July, 2022

Download the job description and person specification for the Programme and partnerships manager role (PDF, 173 KB).

Through our diversity and inclusion strategy, we have made a commitment to increase the diversity of our charity and we welcome candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. We want our employees, volunteers and trustees to represent the broad diversity of the communities of which we are a part.


Working closely with the Head of UK Delivery and colleagues across the four nations, you will put impact and evaluation at the heart of your work, to deliver our service and support activities. Working with funders, commissioners and community partners, this is a key role to support pathways for patients in Scotland. 

About the role

You will be the operational lead for Scotland, line-managing a team of Regional Officers in delivering and developing a consistent four nations approach to supporting people with Arthritis and MSK conditions.

Key requirements

  • Supporting delivery of our strategy in Scotland, alongside day-to-day team management, representing and championing the breadth of service provision of our cross-organisational working groups.
  • You will provide effective operational management to achieve high levels of performance within a framework of continuous improvement, and ensuring services are delivered with excellence through well-trained volunteers.
  • Sharing insight and learning across the four nations to align approaches as appropriate and working collaboratively to define and develop support through external partnerships.
  • An understanding of the external environment we work with in NHS and local authorities, and an ability to identify opportunities for the charity to support people with MSK conditions including arthritis.
  • Identify and maximise funding opportunities, working closely with fundraising colleagues to develop funding and grant submissions and plan for long-term needs and financial resilience at a service level.

How to apply

To apply you MUST submit: 

  1. a completed application form (Word 52KB), clearly demonstrating how you meet the key requirements and competencies set out in the job description and person specification for the Programme and partnerships manager role (PDF 173KB)
  2. please include where you’ve seen this role advertised.
  3. please ensure the documents you submit are in Word or PDF format.

Email your completed application by 23:59, Monday 11 July 2022 to

We advise candidates to apply early as we reserve the right to close applications ahead of this date.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

We do not wish to receive contact from agencies or media sales.


First interviews expected: Wednesday 20 July 2022 on Microsoft Teams.
Second interviews: In person, date to be confirmed.

About us

There are 20.3 million people living with arthritis and MSK conditions in the UK. That’s one in three people, many who live in pain every single day. The impact is huge as the condition intrudes on everyday life – affecting the ability to work, care for a family, to move free from pain and to live independently. Yet arthritis is often dismissed as an inevitable part of aging or shrugged off as ‘just a bit of arthritis’. We don’t think that this is ok. Versus Arthritis is here to change that.

Join us and use your skills, knowledge, passion and energy to help us defy arthritis.

Read more about working for us.

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Promoting and supporting diversity in the workplace.

Versus Arthritis is a Registered Charity No: 207711 and in Scotland No. SC041156.