Hiring: Food & Health Programme Manager

ShareAction is a charity which promotes responsible investment by pension funds and other institutional investors. We believe that investment can be a force for good, serving savers and communities, and protecting our environment for the long term. We campaign on specific environmental and social issues that the investment industry has the power to influence, like climate change and workers’ rights. We advocate for policy changes required to enable responsible investment to thrive. We undertake research and rankings to drive up best practice among pension funds and asset managers. And we work with savers to help them push their pension schemes towards more responsible behaviour and sustainable investment practices.

Hours: Fulltime: 35 hours per week
Contract type:
£45,300 – £55,200 + 8% pension contribution
Monday 19 November 2018 at 9am

We are looking for a great programme manager with excellent people skills and a passion for sustainable food systems and public health. They will want to make a difference to the way large food companies (and investors in these companies) respond to issues including; childhood obesity, public health and nutrition.

Job Description

Key Responsibilities:

You will lead a new programme of work, funded by Guy’s & St Thomas’ Charity, aimed at tackling childhood obesity by reducing sugar consumption through investor-led dialogue with food companies. You will also play an active role in managing the important relationships that surround our work, helping us deliver success in our existing projects and develop new ones; leading to a broader programme of work over time.

  • Leading, recruiting, and managing a high-performing team, ensuring that they are empowered to lead their own work whilst supporting them to deliver their objectives effectively;
  • Overseeing our childhood obesity campaign, helping your team to design and deliver ambitious but achievable plans; managing risks and identifying opportunities;
  • Ensuring all administration and reporting requirements for the project are effectively managed and that funders are kept up to date with our work;
  • Representing ShareAction at events and in presentations, as well as developing and managing key stakeholder relationships that will support our work;
  • Managing and coordinating the programme’s stakeholder and advisory groups;
  • Working with the Head of Programmes & Finance and the Head of Communications & Fundraising to promote our work, identify and secure new funding for our existing programme, and develop new areas of work with a good alignment to current projects.

Person specification


  • Strong programme and people management skills
  • Excellent understanding of food systems, nutrition, and public health as well as the related risks and issues that impact on society and the economy
  • Ambitious and determined individual – setting high standards and achieving them
  • Clear and strategic thinker able to manage competing priorities
  • Evidence of experience in making change happen – ideally using both online and offline approaches
  • Excellent communications and stakeholder management ability, comfortable communicating and influencing at a senior level, and able to flex communication style accordingly
  • Demonstrable experience of managing complex externally-facing campaigns or projects
  • Good analytical skills – the ability to quickly get to grips with new and complex subject areas, assimilate information, pull out relevant points, and communicate them effectively
  • A demonstrable understanding of how the commercial world functions and makes decisions – this may come from experience working in the private sector, from consultancy, from time in the investment world or working for an NGO that tries to influence company behaviour
  • Considered judgement with demonstrable political ‘nous’
  • A team player – able to support colleagues and work with others to achieve project aims


  • Understanding of (or experience working within) the investment industry
  • Fundraising or business development experience

A few more details

  • Hours of work: 35 hrs per week with an expectation of some out of hours working
  • Holidays: 25 days per annum plus working days between Christmas and New Year, plus statutory bank holidays

How to apply

Please send us an up to date CV and cover letter that includes a personal statement. Please describe why you would be perfect for this job.  Make sure your application clearly explains your interests and the skills you would bring to the role. Please note that we are unable to progress applications that do not include all of the asked-for information.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Don’t be afraid to show your enthusiasm! Please send your personal statement and CV to amy.webster@shareaction.org by Monday 19 November 2018 at 9am.

Please note:
To be considered for this post you must be legally eligible to work in the UK, due to the size of the organisation we are unfortunately unable to sponsor anyone for a visa.

ShareAction is committed to promoting responsible investment throughout all sectors of society, understanding that the investment industry affects everyone. We welcome anyone who shares our enthusiasm for responsible investment – whether they have experience in the investment system or not. We particularly encourage applications from women, people from ethnic minority backgrounds, people with disabilities and other protected characteristics in underrepresented areas of work. We are happy to make reasonable adjustments to enable disabled candidates to show their suitability for any role.

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