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National Growth Programme Manager

Vacancy Details

Salary: Salary £39,000 per annum
Location: St Pancras
Job Type: Fixed Term Contract
Vacancy Group: Chief Librarians Portfolio
Category: Marketing, Comms and Exhibitions
Closing Date: 16/10/2022
Date Posted: 26/09/2022
Reference: 04263



Full Time, Fixed Term until 31.3.2025

We are looking for a highly experienced and enthusiastic individual to join us to manage an exciting new scale-up programme, funded by Arts Council England. The British Library is one of the world’s greatest research Libraries and one of our core purposes is to help businesses to innovate and grow.  The Business & IP Centre, based in the Library’s flagship building in St Pancras, was founded in 2006 and supports people to start and grow successful businesses by giving them access to our collections, knowledge and networks. Building on our successful track record of supporting scale-ups in London, we are in turn scaling up our programme nationally, with a focus on the creative and cultural sectors.

As National Growth Programme Manager, you must have a keen interest in helping entrepreneurs and small business owners – from all walks of life - to achieve their ambitions. You must also have ‘hands on’ experience of managing publicly-funded projects/programmes, including a methodical approach to tracking and reporting on progress versus plan. You will join a dynamic and high-performing team and work very closely with colleagues across the Library and the Business & IP Centre National Network to ensure that we deliver a high quality and impactful programme, which meets or exceeds our targets. You will also have line management responsibility for a team of three people, plus two dotted-line reports.

Minimum requirements (essential)

• Educated to degree level or equivalent
• Proven track record in successful management of publicly-funded programmes/projects
• Excellent analytical, planning and organisational skills
• Proven experience of managing departmental budgets
• Superb attention to detail, and ability to prioritise and manage multiple tasks.
• Numerate, with ability to write reports and present information clearly and concisely.
• Interest in and knowledge of small and medium-sized enterprises and entrepreneurs.
• Excellent communications skills, with the ability to influence people at all levels of the organisation.
• A flexible approach to work, with good time management skills and the ability to prioritise work and meet deadlines.
• Results-orientated, with an ability to make things happen.
• Experience of managing a team.

Additional requirements (desirable)

• Previous experience of having run a publicly-funded programmes/projects
• PRINCE2 Practitioner-registered project management training
• Experience in account/project management on public or private funded projects
• Good knowledge of scale-up business support network in London and nationally
• Experience of bid-writing and costing/pricing projects
• Good understanding of the British Library and its services.

Additional information

The post will include early morning and evening work.

As one of the world’s great libraries, our duty is to preserve the nation’s intellectual memory for the future and make it available to all for research, inspiration and enjoyment. At present we have well over 170 million items, in most known languages, with three million new items added every year. We have manuscripts, maps, newspapers, magazines, prints and drawings, music scores, and patents. We make our collections and programmes available to all. We operate the world’s largest document delivery service providing millions of items a year to customers all over the world. What matters to us is that we preserve the national memory and enable knowledge to be created both now and in the future by anyone, anywhere.


In return we offer a competitive salary and a number of excellent benefits.  Our pension scheme is one of the most valuable benefits we offer, as our staff can become members of the Alpha Pension Scheme where the Library contributes a minimum of 26.6% (this may be higher dependant on grade. Another significant benefit the Library provides is the provision of a flexible working hours scheme which could allow you to work your hours flexibly over the week and to take up to 5 days flexi leave in a 3 month period. This is on top of 25 days holiday from entry and public and privilege holidays.


For further information and to apply, please visit quoting vacancy ref:04263

Closing date: 16 October 2022

Interview date: 25/27 October 2022

We are unable to provide sponsorship under the UK Skilled Worker visa for this role, as it does not meet the eligibility criteria required for this immigration route





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