S1445 - Senior Project Manager

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Posted: 19/04/2021 13:09
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: £30'400-£31'200 per annum (FTE £38'000 - £39'000)
Location: Wales
Level: Management
Deadline: 11/05/2021 23:59
Hours: 28
Benefits: Excellent
Job Type: Fixed Term

This role is a Fixed Term Contract (ending 31st January 2022 - but with the potential to extend until the 31st January 2023)

Location: Cardiff, Wales (remote working due to current Government guidance)

JobSense is a collaborative employment support project (RNID being the lead partner), which supports people who are deaf or have hearing loss and people who are blind or have sight loss, into volunteering and paid work. The c£3m project is funded by the Wales European Funding Office (WEFO).

This senior role will lead the JobSense project by planning and overseeing all aspects of project delivery; including co-ordinating the partnership, monitoring progress against planned performance, ensuring key milestones are met and managing a complex budget, requiring stringent reporting and compliance.

The successful applicant will have strong leadership skills, be confident in managing a large budget with excellent attention to detail and have demonstrable experience of successfully monitoring and managing a diverse project. Experience of European funding requirements, or the ability to quickly learn and apply the requirements, is essential. Familiarity with the employment policy landscape in Wales is advantageous.

Mae JobSense yn brosiect cymorth cyflogaeth cydweithredol (RNID yw'r partner arweiniol) sy'n cefnogi pobl sy'n fyddar neu sydd wedi colli eu clyw a phobl sy'n ddall neu sydd wedi colli eu golwg, i wirfoddoli a chael gwaith cyflogedig. Ariennir y prosiect gwerth tua £3m gan Swyddfa Cyllid Ewropeaidd Cymru.

Bydd yr uwch swydd hon yn arwain prosiect JobSense drwy gynllunio a goruchwylio pob agwedd ar gyflawni prosiectau; gan gynnwys cydlynu'r bartneriaeth, monitro cynnydd yn erbyn perfformiad a gynlluniwyd, sicrhau bod cerrig milltir allweddol yn cael eu bodloni a rheoli cyllideb gymhleth, sy'n gofyn am drefn adrodd a chydymffurfio llym.

Bydd gan yr ymgeisydd llwyddiannus sgiliau arwain cryf, bydd yn hyderus wrth reoli cyllideb fawr gan roi sylw rhagorol i fanylion a bydd ganddo/i brofiad amlwg o fonitro a rheoli prosiect amrywiol yn llwyddiannus. Mae profiad o ofynion ariannu Ewropeaidd, neu'r gallu i ddysgu a chymhwyso'r gofynion yn gyflym, yn hanfodol. Mae bod yn gyfarwydd â maes polisi cyflogaeth yng Nghymru yn fanteisiol.

An organigram of the project structure is available by email, please contact Askhr@rnid.org.uk

Mae siart sefydliadol o strwythur y prosiect ar gael dros e-bost, cysylltwch ag Askhr@rnid.org.uk

Interview Date: 19th and 20th May 2021

Staff Benefits

You'll enjoy a range of excellent benefits and access to ongoing support and learning and development programmes across the country. We provide an attractive and competitive salary and benefits package. We also recognise your talent and commitment by helping you to take care of your health, life balance and financial wellbeing.

  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays (pro rata if part time)
  • Bank holiday enhancement
  • Cycle to work scheme to help you save on the price of a new bike
  • Health scheme to cover you and your family’s health from £7 per month
  • Employee assistance programme that gives you and your family free, confidential support.
  • Enhanced benefits, including maternity, paternity and shared parental leave
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Supporting you to study including time off for study leave and external courses
  • Workplace pension scheme
  • £50,000 life assurance
  • Interest-free season ticket loans
  • Discounts and savings on our products and publications, and a half-price subscription to our magazine
  • An annual ceremony where we recognise those nominated for Pod award as well as rewarding winners.
  • The annual ‘Big Satisfaction’ staff survey measuring levels of engagement and job satisfaction
  • We are proud to hold the Investors in People Standard
  • Staff council and staff companions.
  • We are proud to hold Disability Confident Employer status.
  • Our three core values are People, Passion and Partnership. These values guide and challenge how we act, how we behave towards others, and how we go about our day-to-day work.

Learning & Development

We place high importance on giving our staff the opportunity to develop their careers. We therefore provide access to a wide range of learning and development opportunities including inductions, training courses, accredited qualifications, and coaching and mentoring schemes.

  • Induction programme for new starters covering everything you need to know about our organisation, as well as providing an introduction to hearing loss.
  • British Sign Language training and certification.
  • An internal coaching scheme
  • Partnership mentoring scheme where we match employees with suitable mentors at the Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB) and the National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS).

Job Description

Key Accountabilities and Responsibilities:

  • To lead the strategic direction and delivery of the JobSense project, in full compliance with all requirements set out by the funder and in partnership with COS and Elite.
  • To ensure the project is delivered in line with the project plan and budget and closed successfully and in line with funder requirements. To continually assess the project plan and budget and take remedial action if/as required.
  • To ensure a ‘one team’ working approach to JobSense, leading a geographically dispersed team, employed across the three partner organisations and keeping open and proactive lines of communication with COS and Elite. Convening regular group meetings; successfully navigating the complexities of leading a team across a partnership.
  • To closely monitor the agreed c£3m budget and maintain effective communication with both partners and RNID Finance Team to ensure adherence to eligibility rules and requirements, submission of quarterly claims and identifying any risks.
  • Working with the Project Finance Officer, to take lead accountability for the financial management and budget performance of JobSense, including adhering to eligibility requirements and complex ESF rules.
  • Working with the Finance Officer to ensure the submission of accurate quarterly claims to the funder and responding to verification queries. To ensure rigorous attention to detail, uncompromising levels of accuracy and compliance with the requests of the funder at all times.
  • Working with the Compliance Officer, to take lead accountability for the management of participant data and evidence and reporting/claiming requirements of our funders.
  • Maintaining thorough performance and financial management information as required, in line with the requirements of the organisation and the external funders.
  • To have detailed oversight of the JobSense team members through your 4 direct line reports (see attached team structure). Ensuring your line management adheres to our organisational policies, and provides supportive coaching-style leadership and management in line with our values and behaviours (see below).
  • To develop and foster a culture of expertise amongst your team on all matters relating to sensory loss in the field of employability. To have oversight of team skills and training, conducting regular assessments of team members’ competence through 1:1s, annual appraisals, and personal development planning.
  • To direct the management of an external evaluation working with the appointed evaluator as required by the funder and ensuring a strong continual output of usable qualitative and quantitative data demonstrating the impact of our employment services. To work closely with the appointed external evaluator to produce an insightful and influential final evaluation of the project and its effectiveness and impact.
  • To be the nominated accountable lead contact for the liaison with the Wales European Fund Office (WEFO).
  • To coordinate a plan of external communications to engage all stakeholders in our employment service provision. To include engagement with people in Wales who are deaf, have hearing loss, are blind or have sight loss, to raise the profile of JobSense and engage participants to meet delivery targets.
  • To support the ELITE Employer Engagement Officers to have significant impact in their proactive links to employers across East Wales, enabling employment opportunities for participants of JobSense and influencing/informing employer behaviour in respect of potential employees with sensory loss.
  • To convene and arrange regular meetings of a service users group.
  • To convene and arrange regular meetings of a Project Board made up of interested parties and stakeholders. To maintain ongoing liaison with stakeholders.
  • To ensure risk assessments are carried out, completed and recorded in line with policy.
  • As part of the Cymru Senior Management Team, to develop and support a high-performance, cohesive and efficient team that delivers our goals and objectives.
  • To work with the various internal departments at RNID Cymru and our partner organisations, including Finance and Marketing and Communications teams.
  • To carry out duties and responsibilities of the post at all times in compliance with all of RNID policies, especially Equal Opportunities and Health and Safety.
  • To complete any other duties and responsibilities when requested, which are commensurate with this role

Disgrifiad Swydd

Atebolrwydd a Chyfrifoldebau Allweddol:

  • Arwain cyfeiriad strategol a chyflawni'r prosiect JobSense, gan gydymffurfio'n llawn â'r holl ofynion a nodwyd gan y cyllidwr ac mewn partneriaeth â COS ac Elite.
  • Sicrhau bod y prosiect yn cael ei gyflawni yn unol â chynllun a chyllideb y prosiect a'i gwblhau'n llwyddiannus ac yn unol â gofynion y cyllidwr. Asesu cynllun a chyllideb y prosiect yn barhaus a chymryd camau cywiro os bydd/pan fo angen.
  • Sicrhau dull gweithio 'un tîm' o ymdrin â JobSense, gan arwain tîm gwasgaredig yn ddaearyddol, a gyflogir ar draws y tri sefydliad partner a chadw llinellau cyfathrebu agored a rhagweithiol gyda COS ac Elite. Cynnull cyfarfodydd grŵp yn rheolaidd; ymdrin yn llwyddiannus â’r cymhlethdodau wrth arwain tîm ar draws partneriaeth.
  • Monitro'r gyllideb y cytunwyd arni o tua £3m yn ofalus a chyfathrebu’n effeithiol â phartneriaid a Thîm Cyllid RNID er mwyn sicrhau eu bod yn glynu wrth reolau a gofynion cymhwysedd, yn cyflwyno hawliadau chwarterol ac yn nodi unrhyw risgiau.
  • Gweithio gyda Swyddog Cyllid y Prosiect i arwain a bod yn atebol am reolaeth ariannol a pherfformiad cyllideb JobSense, gan gynnwys cadw at ofynion cymhwysedd a rheolau cymhleth ESF.
  • Gweithio gyda'r  Swyddog Cyllid i sicrhau bod hawliadau chwarterol cywir yn cael eu cyflwyno i'r cyllidwr ac ymateb i ymholiadau dilysu. Sicrhau sylw trwyadl i fanylion, lefelau cywirdeb digyfaddawd a chydymffurfio â cheisiadau'r cyllidwr bob amser.
  • Gweithio gyda'r Swyddog Cydymffurfio, i arwain a bod yn atebol am reoli data cyfranogwyr a thystiolaeth ac adrodd/hawlio gofynion ein cyllidwyr.
  • Cynnal gwybodaeth drylwyr am berfformiad a rheolaeth ariannol yn ôl y gofyn, yn unol â gofynion y sefydliad a'r cyllidwyr allanol.
  • Goruchwylio aelodau'r tîm JobSense yn fanwl driwyr 4 swyddog sy’n adrodd yn uniongyrchol i chi (gweler strwythur y tîm amgaeedig). Sicrhau eich bod yn cadw at bolisïau ein sefydliad wrth reoli llinell, ac yn darparu arweinyddiaeth a rheolaeth gefnogol ar ffurf anogaeth yn unol â'n gwerthoedd a'n hymddygiad (gweler isod).
  • Datblygu a meithrin diwylliant o arbenigedd ymhlith eich tîm ar bob mater sy'n ymwneud â cholli cynneddf y synhwyrau ym maes cyflogadwyedd. Goruchwylio sgiliau a hyfforddiant tîm, cynnal asesiadau rheolaidd o gymhwysedd aelodau'r tîm drwy arfarniadau 1:1 blynyddol, a chynllunio datblygiad personol.
  • Cyfarwyddo'r gwaith o reoli gwerthusiadau allanol gan weithio gyda'r gwerthuswr penodedig fel sy'n ofynnol gan y cyllidwr a sicrhau allbwn parhaus cryf o ddata ansoddol a meintiol defnyddiadwy sy'n dangos effaith ein gwasanaethau cyflogaeth.  Gweithio'n agos gyda'r gwerthuswr allanol penodedig i baratoi gwerthusiad terfynol craff a dylanwadol o'r prosiect a'i effeithiolrwydd a'i effaith.
  • Bod yn gyswllt arweiniol atebol enwebedig ar gyfer cysylltu â Swyddfa Cronfa Ewropeaidd Cymru.
  • Cydlynu cynllun cyfathrebu allanol i gynnwys yr holl randdeiliaid yn ein gwasanaeth cyflogaeth. Ymgysylltu â phobl yng Nghymru sy'n fyddar, sydd wedi colli eu clyw, sy'n ddall neu sydd wedi colli eu golwg, i godi proffil JobSense ac  ymgysylltu â chyfranogwyr i gyrraedd targedau cyflawni.
  • Cefnogi Swyddogion Ymgysylltu â Chyflogwyr ELITE er mwyn cael effaith sylweddol yn eu cysylltiadau rhagweithiol â chyflogwyr ledled Dwyrain Cymru, gan hwyluso cyfleoedd cyflogaeth i gyfranogwyr JobSense a llywio/dylanwadu ar ymddygiad cyflogwyr mewn perthynas â darpar weithwyr sydd â nam ar y synhwyrau.
  • Cynnull a threfnu cyfarfodydd rheolaidd o grŵp defnyddwyr gwasanaeth.
  • Cynnull a threfnu cyfarfodydd rheolaidd Bwrdd Prosiect sy'n cynnwys partïon â diddordeb a rhanddeiliaid. Cynnal cyswllt parhaus â rhanddeiliaid.
  • Sicrhau bod asesiadau risg yn cael eu cynnal, eu cwblhau a'u cofnodi yn unol â pholisi.
  • Fel rhan o Dîm Uwch Reolwyr Cymru, datblygu a chefnogi tîm cydlynol, effeithlon, a pherfformiad o safon sy'n cyflawni ein nodau a'n hamcanion.
  • Gweithio gyda'r gwahanol adrannau mewnol yn RNID Cymru a'n sefydliadau partner, gan gynnwys  timau Cyllid a Marchnata a Chyfathrebu.
  • Cyflawni dyletswyddau a chyfrifoldebau'r swydd bob amser yn unol â holl bolisïau RNID, yn enwedig Cyfle Cyfartal ac Iechyd a Diogelwch.
  • Cwblhau unrhyw ddyletswyddau a chyfrifoldebau eraill yn ôl y galw, sy'n gymesur â'r rôl hon.


Person Specification:


Essential/ Hanfodol

Desirable/ Ddymunol


  • Experience of successful project/service delivery
  • Experience of delivery of  European funded operations and familiarity with compliance requirements
  • Experience of successful partnership working
  • People management experience with proven leadership skills, and the ability to inspire, enthuse and motivate others
  • Proven experience of developing and implementing strategies and project plans
  • High standards in and experience of effective complex budget management
  • Experience of target reporting and stringent monitoring to external funders
  • Experience of using client databases and reporting systems
  • Proficient user of Microsoft Office suite of programmes
  • Experience of working effectively with a diverse range of people
  • Management experience, including problem-solving unforeseen challenges
  • Profiad o ddarparu prosiectau/gwasanaethau'n llwyddiannus
  • Profiad o gyflawni gweithrediadau a ariennir gan Ewrop ac ymgyfarwyddo â gofynion cydymffurfio
  • Profiad o weithio'n llwyddiannus mewn partneriaeth
  • Profiad rheoli pobl gyda sgiliau arwain profedig, a'r gallu i ysbrydoli, ennyn brwdfrydedd a chymell eraill
  • Profiad blaenorol o ddatblygu a gweithredu strategaethau a chynlluniau prosiect
  • Safonau uchel a phrofiad o reoli cyllidebau cymhleth yn effeithiol
  • Profiad o adrodd ynghylch targedau a monitro llym i gyllidwyr allanol
  • Profiad o ddefnyddio cronfeydd data cleientiaid a systemau adrodd
  • Yn gallu defnyddio nifer o raglenni Microsoft Office yn fedrus
  • Profiad o weithio'n effeithiol gydag amrywiaeth o bobl
  • Profiad rheoli, gan gynnwys datrys problemau heriau nas rhagwelwyd
  • Experience of managing a geographically dispersed team
  • Experience of working with high-level influencers such as politicians or business leaders
  • Profiad o reoli tîm gwasgaredig yn ddaearyddol
  • Profiad o weithio gyda dylanwadwyr lefel uchel fel gwleidyddion neu arweinwyr busnes

Qualifications / Professional Training  

Cymwysterau / Hyfforddiant Proffesiynol

  • A third level education or equivalent work experience in a professional environment
  • Addysg trydydd lefel neu brofiad gwaith cyfatebol mewn amgylchedd proffesiynol
  • Finance/budget management qualification
  • Ability to speak Welsh
  • Ability to use British Sign Language (BSL) to at least level one standard
  • Cymhwyster rheoli cyllid/cyllideb
  • Y gallu i siarad Cymraeg
  • Y gallu i ddefnyddio Iaith Arwyddion Prydain (BSL) i safon lefel un o leiaf

Skills / Knowledge

Sgiliau / Gwybodaeth

  • Excellent project management skills including an understanding of performance monitoring, budget management, and reporting processes
  • Understanding of the policy environment in Wales in relation to education, skills and employment
  • Highly skilled in team leadership and management
  • Strong relationship and partnership management skills, with a demonstrated ability to build, manage and develop relationships at a variety of different levels
  • Expertise in budget management including regular monitoring and reporting on detailed budgets, using financial systems and Microsoft Excel, with rigorous attention to detail
  • Excellent organisation and planning skills, with a structured yet flexible approach
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with proven ability to adapt to audience
  • High level influencing and negotiation skills with the ability to manage complex relationships
  • Understanding of service delivery to meet service user needs in line with appropriate governance protocols
  • Ability to monitor and evaluate services, with a good understanding of performance monitoring and reporting
  • Understanding of the issues facing people who have sensory loss, particularly with regard to employment and training
  • Sgiliau rheoli prosiect rhagorol gan gynnwys dealltwriaeth o fonitro perfformiad, rheoli cyllidebau, a phrosesau adrodd
  • Dealltwriaeth o'r amgylchedd polisi yng Nghymru mewn perthynas ag addysg, sgiliau a chyflogaeth
  • Medrus iawn o ran arwain a rheoli tîm
  • Sgiliau rheoli partneriaeth a pherthynas gref, gyda'r gallu i adeiladu, rheoli a datblygu perthnasoedd ar amrywiaeth o wahanol lefelau
  • Arbenigedd mewn rheoli cyllidebau gan gynnwys monitro ac adrodd yn rheolaidd ar gyllidebau manwl, defnyddio systemau ariannol a Microsoft Excel, gan roi sylw trwyadl i fanylion
  • Sgiliau trefnu a chynllunio rhagorol, gyda dull strwythuredig ond hyblyg
  • Sgiliau cyfathrebu llafar ac ysgrifenedig rhagorol, gyda gallu profedig i addasu i gynulleidfa
  • Sgiliau dylanwadu a negodi lefel uchel gyda'r gallu i reoli perthnasoedd cymhleth
  • Dealltwriaeth o ddarparu gwasanaethau i ddiwallu anghenion defnyddwyr gwasanaethau yn unol â phrotocolau llywodraethu priodol
  • Y gallu i fonitro a gwerthuso gwasanaethau, gyda dealltwriaeth dda o fonitro ac adrodd ar berfformiad
  • Dealltwriaeth o'r materion sy'n wynebu pobl sydd â nam ar y synhwyrau, yn enwedig o ran cyflogaeth a hyfforddiant



Personal Qualities

Rhinweddau Personol

  • Ability to demonstrate the RNID values and behaviours (see below)
  • Highly motivated to work independently and with limited supervision under own initiative, with the ability to plan and prioritise own workload effectively
  • Passionate about making a difference with a broad-minded, resourceful and energetic approach



  • Y gallu i ddangos gwerthoedd ac ymddygiadau'r RNID  (gweler isod)
  • Cymhelliant mawr i weithio'n annibynnol a gyda goruchwyliaeth gyfyngedig o dan eich menter eich hun, gyda'r gallu i gynllunio a blaenoriaethu eich llwyth gwaith eich hun yn effeithiol
  • Angerddol am wneud gwahaniaeth gydag ymagwedd eangfrydig, ddyfeisgar ac egnïol

Thinking Style

Ymagwedd a Meddwl

  • Persistence – ability to maintain a positive attitude under pressure
  • Ability to think creatively and develop new ways of working
  • Dyfalbarhad – y gallu i gynnal agwedd gadarnhaol o dan bwysau
  • Y gallu i feddwl yn greadigol a datblygu ffyrdd newydd o weithio





  • A full UK driving licence and regular access to a vehicle
  • A willingness to travel and work variable hours to meet project deadlines.


  • Trwydded yrru lawn yn y DU a mynediad rheolaidd i gerbyd
  • Parodrwydd i deithio a gweithio oriau amrywiol i gwrdd â therfynau amser y prosiect.




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