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Programmes Manager

Job title Programmes Manager

Department Designability

Salary £35,000 FTE

Grade N/A

Placed on Monday 21 November 2022

Closing date Thursday 15 December 2022

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference JS9817R

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Programmes Manager: 

Location: Regular presence at our offices in Bath plus some remote working

Hours: 37.5 hrs/week (substantial part time considered, i.e. minimum 30 hours per week)

Contract type: Permanent

Salary: £35,000 FTE

For over 50 years, Designability has designed and provided products that have enabled disabled people to live with greater independence. Our team of talented designers and engineers create innovative new products which have helped hundreds of thousands of people with their day to day challenges. We are best known now for Wizzybug, our powered wheelchair which helps young disabled children move and play independently for often the first time in their lives. Families loan one from us for free thanks to the generous support of our donors. 

We create our innovative products by being experts in user-centred design – put simply, this means that it is disabled people who drive our innovation strategy, and it is their needs and views make our products unique.

We have ambitious plans for the future. We are in a strong financial position with healthy reserves, and have a forward plan for a significant new product innovation, and a partnership project which will have impact on the lives of millions of disabled people. 

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a team providing innovative solutions which deliver greater choice for disabled people. 

We are seeking a Programmes Manager to manage the day-to-day delivery of Designability’s programmes, creating impact by enabling disabled people to live with greater independence. The Programmes Manager will manage the existing delivery partnerships, including non-clinical logistics and provision, as well as developing new service delivery partnerships to expand the reach of our services and better serve our beneficiaries, widening the scope of Designability’s impact and helping more disabled people. 

To succeed in this role, you will need to be organised, efficient, and think creatively about new ways of working to achieve our goals.  You’ll have experience from other roles of bringing efficiency to systems and processes and achieving high levels of customer service. 

We have recently implemented a new Customer Relationship Management system (Salesforce), and you will act as the ‘superuser’, supporting internal users and external consultants to use the system to achieve our high targets for our disabled service users. 

You don’t need to have worked in a charity before – this is a great role for someone wanting to use their skills and experience to help others.   In particular, it would be great if you have: 

  • Experience of managing charitable or commercial services to a high standard of delivery
  • Experience of using systems and processes to deliver great service 
  • Experience of managing multiple priorities, using excellent problem-solving skills to deliver solutions
  • Experience of monitoring performance through data and management reporting

You will be joining an independent, national charity based in Bath. Our creative and inspiring team includes engineers, technicians, product designers, occupational therapists, fundraisers and administrators. We are led by strong values: we are creative, inclusive and practical, with our vision being to create a future where every disabled person has the products they want to live the life they choose.

We are really proud that we were recently awarded second place in the ‘Best Charities to Work For ’ list by Third Sector which is a reflection of our team highly rating the fact that we encourage activities that create strong teams and foster good personal relationships. Our staff also stated their confidence in Designability’s leadership and strategic planning.

To find out more about Designability visit 

The University of Bath provide us with recruitment support and applications are made through the University of Bath jobs website. We choose to follow many of the University of Bath’s human resources policies. However, Designability is a fully independent charity and our staff contracts are not with the University.

For an informal conversation about this role, please email George Leroy at Designability on 

Please upload a CV and Covering letter with your application. The covering letter should outline how your experience and skills meet the job requirements and why you want to work at Designability.

Closing Date for applications:15th December 2022

Interview date: TBC

Start date: TBC

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