JOB TITLE: Projects Manager

REPORTING TO: Managing Director

SALARY RANGE: £23,000 to £28,000 (commensurate with skills and experience)


To provide high quality project management and administration over a number of small projects, taking sole responsibility for some projects and working with colleagues on others. Success in this role relies on excellent organisation skills, a high degree of professionalism, accountability and self-motivation.


The Centre for Leadership Performance is a not-for-profit organisation working to support the growth of leadership capacity across Cumbria. This involves learning and development at all levels and across all sectors. We develop and carefully project-manage innovative programmes, working hand in hand with businesses and schools to encourage and nurture leadership within organisations, individuals and communities.

Following CfLP's continuing success and growth, an exciting and unique opportunity has arisen for a Projects Manager to join the CfLP team, based at their offices in Cockermouth.

Working as part of a small team, the Projects Manager will have a key role in ensuring that the delivery of work at CfLP is of high quality, on time and on budget.

The Projects Manager is responsible for translating the requirements for successful project design and delivery into actionable project plans and coordinating implementation. They offer continuous monitoring, review and adjustment of projects to ensure they are of high quality, deliverable, and fit for purpose; working closely with delivery partners and other stakeholders. They communicate effectively with other team members to ensure each team member's role in each project is clear and effective.

The types of project can be classified as bespoke (one-off programmes to meet a specific client need), core (regular, repeated programmes such as CfLP's shortcourse programme or the Leader to Leader programme), or young people (future leader programmes for primary, secondary and college students such as Dream Placement and Bright Stars). The work is extremely varied (you will be working on up to 14 projects at any one time) and offers great job satisfaction as many of the projects offer real benefit to Cumbrians of all ages and abilities.

By working for a small business you will enjoy the freedom of being able to set up and adapt the project management systems and processes as you see fit and not be controlled by corporate constraints.

Project Management experience is essential but you will be fully supported as you take over existing projects and manage new and emerging projects.

To ask questions or talk informally about this role please contact Sharon Nixon at or call 01900 824 822.


  1. Analysing: understanding business requirements, identifying areas for improvement, investigating issues and solving problems
  2. Planning: defining and clarifying project scope, developing the project plans, scheduling, producing processes and procedures to support the projects' objectives
  3. Organising: organising project delivery and project resource within budget, while ensuring project documents are complete, current, and appropriately stored
  4. Leading: identifying resources, assigning work and managing day-to-day operational aspects of the projects
  5. Controlling: keeping the projects on track, managing risks, taking corrective actions, and reporting
  6. Collaborating: working closely with external stakeholders, sub-contractors, associates and clients
  7. Communicating: ensuring all parties involved in the projects are aware of roles and responsibilities
  8. Delivering: taking responsibility and being accountable for the ultimate outcomes of the project delivery


Other Duties: The duties and responsibilities in this job description are not exhaustive. The post holder may be required to undertake other duties from time to time within the general scope of the post. Any such duties should not substantially change the general character of the post.

Contract details: 2 year fixed term contract, full-time, 40 hours per week, 25 days holiday plus 8 bank holidays. We are open to discussions around flexible working, job share and/or part time work.

Pension Scheme: 3% employee and 5% employer contributions.

Policies and Procedures: The post holder is required to adhere to CfLP policies and procedures.

Health and Safety: The post holder has a responsibility for their own health and safety and is required to carry out the duties in accordance with CfLP's health and safety policies and procedures.

Interviews: to be held Wednesday 10th October in Cockermouth.


  • Project management qualification/training
  • Degree or equivalent experience
  • Demonstrable experience of working as a project manager
  • Proven experience of delivering projects to desired outcomes and within quality, time, cost and project margin limits
  • Experience of successfully working on multiple projects at the same time
  • Experience of embedding new processes, functions and systems within the organisation
  • Proven experience of working with internal and external customers, partners and suppliers to deliver outcomes
  • Experience using IT tools to support project management
  • Experience of working in an SME
  • Experience of working in a training and development environment
  • Experience of working with young people
  • IT skills in the Microsoft Office suite and the Gmail environment
  • Ability to learn and use additional software packages such as CRM systems
  • Excellent communication skills (oral, written and presentational)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with strong negotiating / influencing skills and the ability to build constructive business relationships and act collaboratively
  • Ability to understand how project delivery fits into wider business strategy
  • Ability to train others in project management methodologies
Specific behaviours relevant to the post
  • Ability to use appropriate project management tools, skills and techniques to ensure successful delivery outcomes though effective use of resources
  • Committed to continuous improvement and change
  • Outcome and achievement focussed
  • A high degree of integrity and professionalism
  • Ability to deal with senior management, stakeholders and clients displaying confidence and gaining trust
  • Ability to take responsibility for and deal effectively with issues, take decisions and adapt approach to enable projects to move forward in a constructive and positive manner
  • Commercially aware, sensitive to cost efficiencies, profit margins and adding value where possible
  • Flexible, self-motivated and a positive attitude
  • Innovative in approach to planning and problem solving
  • Ability to travel to project meetings as and when needed
  • High-level of drive and motivation to achieve
  • Takes opportunities to develop skills and experience
Other requirements
  • Be flexible, creative and willing to muck in to help a small team deliver big projects
  • Be responsive and resilient to change, especially at short notice
  • Be able to cope with the demands and pressures of tight deadlines and peaks of business activity
  • Be eligible to reside and work in the UK

To apply for this post please forward your CV with a covering letter describing how you meet the specification above and why you think you would be a good fit for the post to: or post to: Sharon Nixon, Centre for Leadership Performance, Town Hall, 1st Floor, Market Street, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9NP.

Deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 30th September

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