Good Work Programme Manager

Hours: Full-time, but with some flexibility possible

Contract type: Permanent

Salary: £40,685- £48,050 + 8% pension contribution

Hours: Full-time, but with some flexibility possible

Contract type: Permanent

Salary: £40,685-£48,050 + 8% pension contribution


ShareAction is a charity that 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. ShareAction’s Good Work programme has two components. Firstly, the Workforce Disclosure Initiative (WDI), which brings investors together to request comparable data from companies via an annual survey and drive up transparency of workforce information. The WDI’s ultimate goal is to improve the quality of jobs in multinational companies’ operations and supply chains. Secondly, our UK Good Work strand where we run FTSE-focused workforce campaigns, which include a long-standing focus on Living Wage accreditation, and a developing focus on gender, and mental health in the workplace. We use a range of tools and tactics including research-based investor coalitions, public communications, and AGM questions.

Job Description

You are an accomplished leader with excellent people skills and a passion for improving the quality of jobs around the world. This is an exciting time for the Good Work programme. The WDI is now looking to build on the success of the first two pilot years and the UK Good Work campaigns are expanding to cover more issues that sit at the heart of good quality jobs in the UK. You will be excited and passionate about shaping the future of these workstreams. Core to your responsibilities will be working closely with the Head of Programmes on the strategy and funding models to achieve the vision of the Workforce Disclosure Initiative (WDI) and UK Good Work projects.

You will be a champion for ‘social’ issues within the ESG spectrum. You possess subject matter expertise on employment practices and an understanding of the role investors can play in influencing change. You are regarded as an expert and influencer by stakeholders, and will be responsible for managing and developing key external relationships, from NGOs to institutional investors. You will help the team you manage to deliver success in our existing projects – currently the WDI and the UK voluntary Living Wage – and be responsible for securing the financial sustainability and impact of the Good Work programme.


  • Set the vision for our Workforce Disclosure Initiative as well as UK Good Work campaigns, helping your team to design and deliver ambitious plans; managing risks and spotting opportunities;
  • Work with the Head of Programmes & Finance, and the Head of Communications & Fundraising to identify and secure funding to deliver that vision;
  • Represent ShareAction and promote the programme at events and presentations;
  • Develop and manage identified key stakeholder relationships that will support our work;
  • Lead and manage a high-performing team, ensuring that they are empowered to shape their own work whilst supporting them to deliver effectively;
  • 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 externally facing campaigns or projects with multiple stakeholders;
  • An excellent understanding of workforce issues and labour standards, ideally with an international perspective;
  • Experience of successful fundraising or business development;
  • Ambitious and determined, capable of exercising considered judgement with demonstrable political ‘nous’;
  • Clear, strategic thinker able to manage competing priorities;
  • 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;
  • A team player and excellent people manager with 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 working for an NGO that tries to influence company behaviour.


  • Understanding of responsible investment and corporate governance;
  • A strong network among key stakeholders e.g. related to labour standards, NGOs, research agencies and relevant company/investor bodies;
  • Understanding of research design and its use as a tool for influencing change;
  • Experience in campaigning and making change happen in a corporate environment;
  • Experience of using Saleforce CRM system;
  • Understanding of GDPR and how it relates to the workplace.

The WDI is coordinated by ShareAction in collaboration with international partners SHARE and RIAA, and is currently funded by UK aid from the Department for International Development. ShareAction’s Living Wage campaign is funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust.

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 Amy Metcalfe at recruitment@shareaction.org.

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.