Programme Manager

Full-time | £40,000 + Benefits | Remote Working | Fixed Term Contract Ending June 2022



Buckinghamshire Business First (BBF), is the Growth Hub for Buckinghamshire and provides the link between public policy and the business community in Buckinghamshire and works with partners to create a dynamic business environment in the Entrepreneurial Heart of Britain.

As the Growth Hub for Buckinghamshire, we work to encourage net jobs growth in the county. We operate on the principle that proactive jobs creation generates business growth, and vice versa. BBF works to create a dynamic environment that drives the growth of businesses in our county.

Buckinghamshire Business First is expanding its Business Support offer following successful bidding for the Community Renewal Fund and is seeking an experienced and self-motivated Programme Manager with knowledge of supporting businesses and delivering publicly funded contracts.

Overall function of the role

The Programme Manager will be responsible for delivering our Community Renewal funded programme providing a wide range of support to businesses in Buckinghamshire in the Visitor Economy ranging from 1:1 business support and advice, training opportunities, small grant scheme, carbon benchmarking and stakeholder management coordination.

Key Tasks

  • To be responsible for the delivery and management of BBF’s Community Renewal funded programme called Building Back Better, ensuring the project is robustly managed and kept on target and in line with audit requirements as defined by Buckinghamshire Council and DLUHC
  • To support the set-up of project processes and the recruitment of new staff
  • The line management of project staff
  • To manage and oversee the diverse aspects of the project ensuring each participating beneficiary is provided a range of opportunities to support their future needs
  • To provide close monitoring and reporting of all project activity to the Head of Skills and Business Support / senior management team
  • Liaise with external organisations (e.g. DLUHC, project partners, external evaluator) and internal departments as required to present relevant project activity and budget information using specified reporting formats
  • To ensure claims for funding are correct and completed in a timely fashion with the required supporting documentation
  • To work closely with external stakeholders and other organisations to promote/add value to the project
  • To have a full understanding of the funding guidelines and provide assistance to others on the subject when required
  • To establish strong relationships and engage successfully with external partners and colleagues
  • To work with other Programme Managers and teams within the company to ensure a high standard of business support provision
  • To ensure the CRM is kept permanently up to date with all business relevant information and reporting
  • Promoting Buckinghamshire Business First and providing presentations at events and workshops
  • To undertake any other activities on behalf of the Bucks Business First Group as required from time to time

Our team members work remotely, usually from their home, supported by innovative technology and tools. This allows us to be agile and cost efficient and it allows our employees to better juggle their work and home life. You will be required to attend ad hoc meetings in person usually within Buckinghamshire.

We have a generous benefits package which includes a 10% non-contributory pension, 25 days holiday (plus bank holidays), life assurance and a holiday purchase scheme.

Applications will be reviewed on a daily basis

For a job specification, application form and to apply, visit Applications to be submitted by email to with a covering letter and CV.

We are an equal opportunities employer. We welcome all applications regardless of nationality, ethnic or national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, age, religion or belief which will be accepted and reviewed solely on merit.

Buckinghamshire Business First (BBF), is the Growth Hub for Buckinghamshire with more than 13,500 business members. Buckinghamshire Business First is the go-to support network for businesses in Buckinghamshire and actively works to create a dynamic business environment in the Entrepreneurial Heart of Britain. See for more information.

This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund. The UK Community Renewal Fund is a UK Government programme for 2021/22. This aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK to pilot programmes and new approaches to prepare for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. It invests in skills, community and place, local business, and supporting people into employment. For more information, visit

Person Specification


Essential Skills and Experience

  • Educated to degree level or qualified by experience
  • Experience and understanding of delivering publicly funded contracts
  • Proven contract and project management knowledge and experience
  • Excellent resource management skills
  • Demonstrable knowledge and understanding of the barriers to growth particularly for businesses in the Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure sector
  • Experience in managing budgets
  • Authority and credibility to build strong relationships and engage successfully with external partners and colleagues
  • Excellent numeracy and written English
  • A confident and experienced user of IT with a proven ability to use Microsoft Office software incl. Excel, Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Microsoft Teams


Desirable Skills and Experience

  • Experience in providing business advice and support
  • Experience of working in the Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure sector
  • A good knowledge of Buckinghamshire



Deadline for applications: 10 December, 2021

Job applications for this role can be submitted by email to