Project Manager - HR and Finance Systems

Location (UK): Office Hybrid* - London or Chesterfield
Hours: Full-time, 35 hours per week
Salary: £45,027 per annum (London), £42,090 per annum (rest of UK) Pending pay review
Benefits: Read more about the excellent benefits we offer
Contract type: Fixed-term contract until 31 March 2025
Travel: Travel to London and/or Chesterfield offices on a monthly basis for project meetings, biannual Portfolio Office team days, and biannual Impact & Improvement Department days
Closing date: 23:59 hours, Thursday 8 June 2023

Download the Job description and person specification for the Project Manager - HR and Finance Systems Role (Word, 48.3 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.

Versus Arthritis is committed to keeping children, young people and vulnerable adults safe from harm. During the recruitment process Versus Arthritis will undertake safer recruitment practices and relevant checks to ensure applicants are suitable to work with children, young people and vulnerable adults.


We have just launched an ambitious new five-year strategy, with one of our goals being to become a sustainable, effective charity and a great place to work and volunteer. To do this, we need to ensure that we have in place a data and systems estate that is fit for purpose, fully integrated and used by skilled, confident and curious stakeholders. Through using our data to make more informed decisions (along with maintaining a balanced financial outlook, offering ongoing support to staff, quantifying the impact of our work, establishing effective governance, fostering an inclusive culture and engaging volunteers and communities in our mission); we will establish Versus Arthritis as a trusted and dependable organisation that provides high-quality services to the communities it serves.

This role is a great opportunity to manage two high profile projects within the organisation’s largest programme of change - our Data and Systems Transformation Programme. The HR and Finance Systems projects are already underway so will need picking up at pace and managing through delivery to closure, in line with existing timelines and adhering to the organisation’s established approach to project management.

The post holder will sit within our Portfolio Office of ten talented deployable project and programme professionals, and liaise with our wider network of experts to deliver the most complex and strategic change around the charity.

About the role

The post-holder will deliver, monitor and evaluate the HR and Finance Systems projects, oversee all workstreams and lead the project team. They will manage the project budget, plan, risks, interdependencies and issues, taking corrective action if/when needed. They will be responsible for project governance including effective monitoring and reporting on project activity which should align with the wider Data and Systems Transformation Programme. They will manage relationships with external suppliers to oversee the timely design and implementation of new HR and Finance Systems solutions which meet our specified requirements.

Throughout, they will work closely with internal stakeholders to bring them along on the change journey, ultimately ensuring delivery of anticipated project benefits.

Key requirements

  • Experience of successfully delivering, monitoring and evaluating multiple complex, high-risk, high-value and cross-organisational projects concurrently in a project management role.
  • An understanding of ICT, HR, Finance and CRM systems.
  • Experience of working with external suppliers to deliver technology and data solutions.
  • Agile, Association of Project Managers (APM), Prince2 qualified, or equivalent experience.

*As a hybrid worker the expectation is that you will spend around 40% of your working time in our office spaces or working in community settings. As an inclusive employer we will consider home-based working for anyone where office-based hybrid working would be a barrier to being able to work for us, for example for someone living with a long-term health condition or disability.

How to apply

To apply you MUST submit:

  1. a concise up-to-date CV
  2. a completed application form (Word, 42 KB) demonstrating how you meet the key requirements set out in the Job description and person specification for the Project Manager - HR and Finance Systems Role (Word, 48.3 KB).  All sections must be completed.

Email both documents as Word or PDF attachments by 23:59 hours, Thursday 8 June 2023 to If you have a health condition that prevents you from following the steps above, please email us regarding alternative ways to apply. 

Application deadline and shortlisting

  • We advise candidates to apply early as we reserve the right to close applications ahead of the advertised date.  
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 


Date to be confirmed and will be held via Microsoft Teams.

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

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