Specialist (Governance, Wise Steps)

Wise Steps is co-funded project by the National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund delivered under the Building Better Opportunities programme to support people facing multiple barriers to work and employability across Newcastle, Sunderland, Gateshead, North Tyneside and South Tyneside.

The programme will assist almost 4,000 unemployed or economically inactive people to access bespoke one to one support delivered by a diverse partnership to help move them forward towards employability in terms of sociability, confidence, skills and abilities – helping them to deal with their own personal challenges and support their journey towards and into work, education and training. Target groups include long term unemployed; age 50+; people with disabilities; black, minority ethnic and refugees (BMER); ex-offenders and lone parents.

The Wise Group delivers the project with a diverse partnership of 30+ locally-based organisations including specialists with expertise in assisting people in communities in the region.

To support our project we have an exciting opportunity for a Specialist (Governance, Wise Steps) to join our team.

You will deliver a range of specialist and/or operational services/activities to support customers and colleagues ensuring that contractual obligations and goals are achieved.

Working closely with delivery and ICT you will continuously improve systems and paperwork in order to meet contractual requirements. You will also carry out internal monitoring and audits in line with contractual requirements.

Our ideal candidate will have experience of databases and a high level of IT literacy (including use of MS Office) as well as proven experience of conducting compliance quality checks and dealing with issues arising from omissions. Attention to detail, excellent communication, presentation and inter-personal skills are essential as is knowledge of government funded programmes, in particular European funding.

Please see the Role Profile for full details of the qualifications and experience required for this role.

Position:               Specialist (Governance, Wise Steps)

Reference:           SG/WSNE/24

Location:              Newcastle

Hours:                  35 hours per week

Status:                 Fixed Term until 31 March 2022

Salary:                 Circa £21k + excellent benefits


We believe that to achieve our vision, all Wise Group colleagues must demonstrate on a daily basis, the behaviours which underpin our core values. We therefore invest and take time to recruit the right colleagues, knowing that this impacts on our culture which in turn delivers excellent results and outcomes for our valued customers.

The Wise Group provides an inclusive and supportive working environment and an excellent benefits package, which includes the following:

  • 33 days’ annual leave (including Public Holidays) plus one additional day for every completed year of employment up to a maximum of an additional five days
  • Generous Salary Exchange Pension Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Life Assurance
  • Cycle Scheme
  • We are a family friendly employer and we actively try to ensure a positive work life balance and we welcome applications from employees requiring flexibility.


The closing date for applications is midnight on 30 May 2019.

To apply please complete the online application form available here.

Scottish Charity No: SC004089

Family Friendly Working Scotland – We promote a flexible and family friendly working culture.

Armed Forces Covenant – We are an armed forces-friendly organisation.  We seek to support the employment of veterans and current or previous members of the reserve forces.

Disability Confident – The Disability Confident scheme supports us to make the most of the talents that disabled people can bring to our workplace.If you have a disability which prevents you from applying online please call 0141 303 3131.

Disability Confident Employer

The Wise Group is committed to equal opportunities and is a proud member of the Disability Confident scheme. As users of the scheme we guarantee to interview all disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.