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Cost of Living Programme Manager

The Role

In light of the seriousness of the cost of living crisis facing households through this winter and beyond, Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are establishing a programme of support to help their most vulnerable residents and businesses.  If you are an experienced manager who has a proven track record of delivering complex programmes or projects and you have a good understanding of local government services, then we want to hear from you.

Operating at the heart of the Resource’s Team, you will lead on delivering the council’s cost of living programme, ensuring that the programme is reinforced through robust programme and project governance, providing crucial oversight and support in delivery of the key workstreams.

You will provide advice and guidance to senior officers, identifying opportunities for improved collaboration across council teams, the voluntary sector and key stakeholders. Stakeholders will include relevant elected members, Chief Officers and voluntary sector organisations working in partnership with the Councils to deliver cost of living support to residents and businesses.

As part of the reporting framework, you will be responsible for monitoring, quantifying and reporting on the impact of the programme.

To be successful takes tenacity; someone who is a “can-do” problem solver, skilled at juggling competing demands.  You will need to be able to question and challenge conventional thinking, with a continual eye on the bigger picture in terms of corporate context and external environment.

This is a 2 year fixed term position where there will be opportunities to be involved in other high profile programmes and projects across the Councils.

If you want to find out more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Jon Evans, Assistant Chief Executive (Policy and Performance) on Jon.Evans@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk

At Richmond and Wandsworth Councils, we care more about how you work and what you achieve, rather than where you work on any given day. The difference you can make to our local communities is what really matters most to us, service delivery must always come first. We have carefully considered agile ways of working to provide the best experience for residents, stakeholders and our staff. Our agile working strategy actively supports and encourages a dynamic work environment and daily working experience. Agile working helps put the needs of our staff at the centre of everything we do, so if specific flexible working arrangements helps you with this, feel free to let us know.

Your wellbeing and the flexible way in which you can work is and will remain a key priority for Richmond and Wandsworth Councils. We want you to thrive and feel empowered in your work!

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, term time only, 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’d like to explore. We also offer a generous holiday allowance of 39 paid days (pro rata) including bank holidays and a wide range of learning and development opportunities.

In addition, we offer a comprehensive range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts with many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments.

Indicative Recruitment Timeline:

Closing Date: Sunday 2nd October 2022

Shortlisting Date: W/C Monday 3rd October 2022

Interview Date: W/C Monday 10th October or Monday 17th October 2022

Useful Information:

The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. We strongly advise you to complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Please note that the advertised dates for interviews may change due to the current Covid-19 situation. If they do, we will let you know as soon as possible. Your health and wellbeing is our top priority. Should you become unwell due to Covid-19 during the recruitment process we would very much appreciate receiving an update from you as soon as possible.

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services.

The application process for this campaign will be anonymised.

We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

Important Information:

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils


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