Programme Managers, 2 x SMP roles - English and Exams
Flexible Location
Country / Territory
Flexible Location
Flexible Location
English & Exams
Job Category
Project Management
Pay Band
Senior Leadership Band
Vacancy Description
Pay Band: SMP Contract type: Indefinite Location: Flexible (Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Prague, Singapore) Closing date: 23:59 (UK time) on the 23 November 2019 Applicants must have the right to work in the location where the post will be based


Please note that in December 2020, the British Council will relocate to its new global headquarters: International Quarter, Stratford, London E20.



The British Council is seeking the following:


Programme Manager – New Product Development



Reporting to the Director of New Product Development or Head of Online Learning (Teaching) this is an exciting opportunity to Lead and direct the design, development, planning and management of large projects and programmes across New Product Development or Teaching in English & Exams through a matrix of internal and external resources and partnerships, to ensure effective achievement of business objectives. 


In addition to the above you will;


  • Oversee effective programme design, delivery and implementation.
  • Manage and/or influence virtual, dispersed project teams to deliver high quality products and services globally
  • Drive effective projects/programme initiation, design, funding approval and implementation working to defined customer and market needs throughout.
  • Ensure that all projects/programmes are designed, developed and delivered to take equal consideration of both the ‘hard scope’ that delivers tangible outputs (e.g. documents, systems, assets) and the ‘soft scope’ of engaging people and managing effective implementation of new products and services (e.g. communications skills, resource change, benefits realization, etc).
  • Identify and understand the complex stakeholder and internal political landscape within the British Council, build relationships and raise the professional credibility of the business to ensure the early engagement of projects and initiatives


See role profile for full details of each role and accountabilities.


How to apply:  Only applications submitted via the jobs portal will be considered.  Please ensure you address the role-specific essential criteria for the role(s) you are applying for. 


For more information and a complete list of responsibilities, please select links below:


Role profile

British Council skills 

British Council Behaviours


If you feel that you are suitable and would like to be considered for this role, please apply before 23:59 UK time on the 23 November 2019




The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and is keen to reflect the diversity of UK society at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. In line with the British Council's Child Protection policy, any appointment is contingent on thorough checks. In the UK, and in other countries where appropriate systems exist, these include criminal records checks.


The British Council believes that all children have potential and that every child matters – everywhere in the world. The British Council affirms the position that all children have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse as set out in article 19, UNCRC, 1989.