Good Work Programme Manager

Hours: Full-time, but with some flexibility possible

Contract type: Permanent

Salary: £40,683- £48,050 + 8% pension contribution

Deadline: Monday 1 April 2019 at 9am

Hours: Full-time, but with some flexibility possible

Contract type: Permanent

Salary: £40,683- £48,050 + 8% pension contribution

Deadline: Monday 1 April 2019 at 9am


In 2017, the Department for International Development provided funding enabling us to launch the Workforce Disclosure Initiative (WDI) in collaboration with international partners, SHARE and RIAA. The WDI brings investors together to request comparable data from companies via an annual survey. Its ultimate goal is to improve the quality of jobs in multinational companies’ operations and supply chains. Part of the Good Work programme, the WDI sits alongside our other FTSE-focused campaigns on workforce issues: a long-standing campaign in support of Living Wage accreditation, and a developing focus on gender and mental health in the workplace. We use a range of tools and tactics in our campaigns, including research-based investor coalitions, public communications, and AGM questions.

Job Description

We are looking for an accomplished programme manager with excellent people skills and a passion for improving the quality of jobs around the world. The successful candidate will be responsible for leading the development and delivery of initiatives that aim to influence the way large listed companies (and investors in these companies) respond to issues affecting workers in direct operations and supply chains. They will work closely with the Head of Programmes and Finance on the strategy and funding models to achieve the vision of the Workforce Disclosure Initiative (WDI) and UK Good Work projects.

The successful applicant will be a champion for ‘social’ issues within the ESG spectrum. They must have subject matter expertise on employment practices and an understanding of responsible investment. They will be seen as an expert and influencer by stakeholders, and will be responsible for managing and developing key external relationships, from NGOs to institutional investors. They will help the team they manage to deliver success in our existing projects – currently the WDI and the UK voluntary Living Wage – and be responsible for securing future funding.


  • Lead and manage a high-performing team, ensuring that they are empowered to shape their own work whilst supporting them to deliver effectively;
  • Oversee the WDI and UK Workforce campaigns, helping the team to design and deliver ambitious but achievable plans, managing risks and spotting opportunities;
  • Work with the Head of Programmes & Finance and the Head of Communications & Fundraising to identify and secure new funding for our existing programme and develop new areas of work aligned to current projects;
  • Represent ShareAction and promote the programme at events and presentations; develop and manage identified key stakeholder relationships that will support our work;
  • Ensure all administration, data management and reporting requirements for the programme are effectively addressed and that funders are kept up to date with our work;
  • Manage and coordinate programme stakeholder and advisory groups.

Person specification

We are looking for a passionate, determined individual, with the following experience and skills:


  • Strong programme and people management skills, with an emphasis on providing leadership for complex external facing campaigns or projects with multiple stakeholders;
  • An excellent understanding of workforce issues and labour standards, ideally with an international perspective, and the related risks and issues that impact on society and the economy;
  • Ambitious and determined individual – setting high standards and achieving them;
  • Clear, strategic thinker able to manage competing priorities;
  • Fundraising or business development experience;
  • Evidence of experience in making change happen – ideally using a mix of approaches;
  • Excellent communications and stakeholder management ability, comfortable communicating and influencing at a senior level, and able to flex communication style accordingly;
  • Confidence in acting as a spokesperson at external events and in the media;
  • 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;
  • Considered judgement with demonstrable political ‘nous’;
  • A team player and excellent people manager with a strong commitment to collaborative working and ShareAction’s values of accountability and transparency;
  • 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 from working for an NGO that tries to influence company behaviour.


  • Understanding of (or experience working within) the investment industry;
  • Understanding of responsible investment and corporate governance;
  • Understanding of research design and its use as a tool for influencing change;
  • Knowledge and experience of using Salesforce as a CRM;
  • Understanding of GDPR and how it relates to the workplace.

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, pro rata 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 (your cover letter should be no more than one side of A4). 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 CV and a cover letter to Clare Richards at recruitment@shareaction.org by Monday 1 April 2019 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.

A bit more about us

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.