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Programme Manager, King's Climate & Sustainability

London (Central), London (Greater)
£51,974 - £61,021 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Closing date
27 Feb 2025

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Job description

King’s Climate & Sustainability (KCS) is a university-wide initiative created in 2023 to step up our response to the challenge of climate emergency and global sustainability, and to accelerate and connect research, education and action across King’s. With an ambition to become a net zero institution, King’s has already made progress to embed sustainability into our operations. We are now uniquely positioned to amplify, connect and scale impactful research, education and action, build new connections between fields of study – including technological, socio-economic, legal, geopolitical – and create meaningful external partnerships to deliver strong, distinctive and visible contributions to the challenge of achieving just and fair transitions to sustainability.   

The Programme Manager plays a key role in developing and maintaining robust programme plans and project structures to support the KCS transformation programme, which includes management of multiple workstreams and line management of two project officers (one supporting education and the other supporting research). KCS has five primary workstreams (research, education, communications, philanthropy and operations) and the role holder will oversee both day-to-day project delivery as well as wider strategy development to ensure that all workstreams run cohesively. This also involves managing project monitoring and reporting mechanisms, including risk and issue management. 

We are looking for someone with passion and enthusiasm for supporting our climate and sustainability strategy and solid programme/project management experience. The successful candidate will have excellent communication and organisational skills, including the ability to write reports and presentations, and enjoy working collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders.  

At King’s, we are deeply committed to embedding good equality and diversity practice across our activities so that the University is an inclusive, welcoming and inspiring place to work and study, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation.

We believe that our differences make us stronger, and encourage applications from all backgrounds, communities and industries, and are committed to employing a team that has diverse skills, learning styles, ways of thinking, experiences and abilities. 

King’s offers a variety of benefits to support staff wellbeing, including:

  • A highly competitive pension scheme, 
  • 30 days’ paid leave each year on top of public holidays, and four extra days at Christmas 
  • Paid time off to volunteer 
  • Employee Assistance Programme 
  • Leave and assistance to support parenting and caring commitments  
  • Flexible working

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This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract until 31 July 2026. 

This is a full-time post - 100% full time equivalent.

Key responsibilities

  • Provide proactive and timely programme support to all aspects of the King’s Climate & Sustainability (KCS) initiative, ensuring that activities are developed, planned, organised and delivered successfully against key milestones.
  • Develop clear programme plans which translate into robust project structures and plans to support the KCS initiative, which will include management and cohesive interconnection of multiple workstreams.
  • Ensure the Climate and Sustainability Action Plan is reviewed, updated, and used to steer the development of the five workstreams to help achieve effective implementation of targets.
  • Develop suitable project monitoring and reporting mechanisms, including any internal reporting requirements and effective risk and issue management, ensuring relevant colleagues are kept updated and informed, and progress and outcomes are monitored.
  • Proactively lead and line manage the Project Officer (Education) and Project Officer (Research) in a supportive way, ensuring the education and research workstreams are supported and workstream plans are developed.
  • Develop and support the delivery of excellent governance arrangements, including managing/providing secretariat support to committees and meetings (e.g. Net Zero Operations Working Group; KCS Steering Group), and managing the preparation of agendas and papers by working closely with the Assistant Principal, Programme Director and the relevant Chair.
  • Contribute to the management of sustainability-related data and submission of data for internal and external reporting/rankings in collaboration with colleagues in KCS and across the university (e.g. Estates & Facilities, Procurement, Service, Analytics).
  • Provide support to faculties and directorates in ensuring that change is sustained and embedded effectively, and that outcomes can be monitored and link to benefits.
  • Develop and maintain excellent relationships to represent the KCS Delivery Team effectively and credibly in person, on the telephone and in correspondence with senior influential stakeholders within and beyond King’s.
  • Have awareness of the implications of the Freedom of Information Act and the Data Protection Act on the management and retention of data, and to act accordingly in keeping with both statutory regulations and King’s procedures.
  • Maintain professional knowledge by attending training, establishing personal networks and participating in professional development activities, etc.
  • Act as an evacuation marshal.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria

  1. Education to degree level or equivalent professional experience in programme or project management, operations or administration.
  2. Solid understanding of project management methods, techniques and tools for the effective delivery of projects, with demonstrated experience in the organisation and planning of complex workstreams.
  3. Strong analytical skills and confidence in working with data; able to provide insight that helps inform decisions and plans.
  4. Experience of managing staff in a supportive and inclusive way.
  5. Experience of collaborative team working to deliver successful outcomes and the ability to engage with stakeholders, including with senior colleagues, adapting message, style and manner as needed.
  6. Interest in climate and sustainability issues.
  7. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to produce clear and concise written materials and experience of supporting senior committees.
  8. IT literate, including the ability to use all Microsoft packages, project software tools and an aptitude and desire to learn to use new technology.
  9. Flexible, emotionally intelligent and comfortable with ambiguity and change, with the ability to work independently and proactively, using own judgement and initiative when appropriate.

Desirable criteria

  1. A recognised qualification in programme or project management.
  2. Understanding of change management and experience in implementing strategies for effective change.
  3. Knowledge and understanding of the UK Higher Education sector.

Further information

Please ensure your personal statement/cover letter clearly and succinctly addresses the essential criteria for this role.

Unfortunately we are not able to offer visa sponsorship for this role.

This is a hybrid role, with, on average, 2 days a week in the office. Unfortunately we are not able to accommodate requests for fully remote working.


King's College London is one of the top 20 universities in the world and among the oldest in England. King's has more than 27,600 students (of whom nearly 10,500 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 6,800 staff.

King's has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings. Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of more than £684 million.

King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs. It has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services. For more information, visit:

King’s £600 million campaign, World questions|KING’s answers, has delivered huge global impact in areas where King’s has particular expertise. Philanthropic support has funded new research to save young lives at Evelina London Children’s Hospital; established the King’s Dickson Poon School of Law as a worldwide leader in transnational law; built a new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital; allowed unique collaboration between leading neuroscientists to fast-track new treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease, depression and schizophrenia at the new Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute; created the Cicely Saunders Institute: the first academic institution in the world dedicated to palliative care, and supported the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership in the Ebola crisis. Donations provide over 300 of the most promising students with scholarships and bursaries each year. More information about the campaign is available at

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