Senior project manager

Location: Flexible: London, Chesterfield or homeworking
Hours: Full-time 35 hours per week
Salary: £45,473 per annum (London office-based), £42,336 per annum (rest of UK)
Benefits: Read more about the excellent benefits we offer
Contract type: Maternity Cover - 6 months to 23 December 2022
Travel: Occasional travel to our Chesterfield or London offices required
Closing date: 23:59, Monday 23 May 2022

Download the job description and person specification for the Senior project manager role (PDF, 164 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.


We’ve come a long way over the last few years with establishing an organisational approach to managing projects and beginning to embed this way of working.  We are now in the process of developing a new strategy for the charity along with accompanying plans that will deliver the impact we want to make.  Much of our priority activity will need to be delivered as projects within our portfolio of change.  To support this, we will need to further evolve our project management skills and expertise.

This senior role within our Portfolio Office will play a key part in this. Part of the Impact and Improvement department, this role is responsible for the continued evolution, embedding and championing of our organisational approach to project management, as well as recruiting, managing, and nurturing our project management resource, and helping ensure all projects are delivered on time, to budget and to the required standard.

About the role

This role will attract, recruit, and manage our project management resource (including permanent and fixed term staff brought in to deliver specific projects) in response to requests for project management resource for priority projects across the charity.

They will continue to evolve our organisational approach to project management - leading on future iterations of our project tools, templates, and guidance, and further embed this approach through the development and delivery of a project management learning and development offer.

A proportion of the role, roughly 50%, will include managing projects supporting the effective delivery of our portfolio of priority projects.

As the profession of project management continues to evolve in light of ever-changing external contexts, the role will be responsible for responding to emerging trends ensuring the charity fosters good practice.

Key requirements

  • Substantial experience and knowledge of successfully initiating, planning, executing, closing and reviewing benefits of large, complex and long-term projects in a project management role.
  • Skilled and experienced in managing people, and attracting, recruiting and retaining talent.
  • Proficient in managing change, utilising associated approaches & tools, and bringing people on the journey.
  • Highly effective listening, verbal and written communication skills with experience designing and delivering workshops and project management training sessions.
  • Able to work in partnership with people at all levels, demonstrating strong skills in constructive challenge, collaboration, networking and influencing.
  • Experience of organisational governance arrangements, monitoring major project management variables including people, process & data, and strong reporting skills.
  • Ability to recognise and articulate problems, and to develop innovate and creative solution options and recommendations.
  • Strong organisational skills to balance workload with multiple concurrent priorities, set and deliver to agreed deadlines.
  • Advanced MS Office skills.

How to apply

To apply you MUST submit:

  1. a concise, up-to-date CV
  2. along with a completed supporting statement (Word, 40.04 KB) demonstrating how you meet the key requirements set out in the job description and person specification for the Senior project manager role (PDF, 164 KB).
  3. please include where you’ve seen this role advertised.

Email your completed application by 23:59, Monday 23 May 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 on Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 June 2022 in our London Office or on Microsoft Teams.

Second interviews will follow if deemed necessary.

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.

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