Project Manager (Team Lead)

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 Project Manager (Team Lead, Wise Steps) to join our team.


Our Project Manager would manage the training activity across Wise Steps, co-ordinating both one to one and one to many events with tutors from across our partnership to help participants gain and update their skills. This includes working to numerical targets and ensuring budgets are met.


The Project Manager will be responsible for oversight of our User Voice and Employer Engagement delivery, managing the specialist staff dedicated to these areas of the programme. The role will also involve coordination of the programme’s Cross Cutting Themes (Sustainable Development and Gender Equality and Equal Opportunities) activities and learning across the partnership. 


Our ideal candidate will have knowledge of the external environment and policy trends relating to unemployment, and knowledge of National Lottery Fund and/or European Social Funding. They will use their experience to manage partners against their contractual requirements. Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to persuade and influence others internally and externally are essential.

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


Role:                      Project Manager (Team Lead, Wise Steps)

Reference:           PM/WS/NE/42

Location:              Newcastle

Hours:                  35 hours per week

Status:                  Fixed Term until 31 March 2022

Salary:                 Circa £30k + 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 Sunday 25 August 2019.

To apply please complete the online application form available here.

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.