Venue Network Project Manager - English and Exams
Flexible Location
Country / Territory
Flexible Location
Flexible Location
English & Exams
Job Category
Project Management
Pay Band
Pay Band 8
Vacancy Description
Length of contract: 1 year FTC Payband: 8 Location: The base location for this role is flexible, although preferred locations are within an existing global hub (Singapore, Dubai, London). Applicants must have the pre-existing right to work in their current country of base as British Council will not be able to offer any relocation or visa application assistance Closing date: 23:59 11th March 2019

The Organisation

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


The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries.  We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.


We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.

English and Exams

Through our English and Exams work we aim to achieve more widespread and better quality teaching and learning of English worldwide and offer access to professional qualifications.  Working with policymakers, government ministers, teachers and learners across the world we help millions of people to access English by supporting the teaching and learning of English in public education systems, and through self-access materials and courses. We teach learners and teachers of English face-to-face in dedicated teaching centres and online through a range of courses. Every year three million people take international exams with help from the British Council, gaining qualifications that can open doors at leading academic institutions and improve employment prospects.  

The Opportunity

This is an exciting opportunity to provide strategic management and oversight of the British Council’s computer delivered IELTS venue network to ensure that this meets the demand needs.  


Reporting to the Head of IELTS your role will include providing dedicated project management support to Exams teams tasked with delivering computer delivered capability to meet other IELTS-specific project requirements, such as the UKVI re-tender.   In addition to the above, you will establish and oversee an effective governance structure  for our investment and procurement decisions concerning computer-delivered IELTS to ensure strategic fit, and appropriate consideration of policies around value for money, health and safety, financial process and so on. 


Responsibilities will include the following; Please refer to the Role Profile for a full list


Global rollout and capacity planning for computer-delivered IELTS 

  • Consolidated capacity planning between UKVI and cd IELTS
  • Scale up plans 
  • Identifying pinch points and mitigation 
  • Managing/monitoring the global roll out against plan 

Investment management
  • Preparing investment bids for board 
  • Monitoring expenditure against plan 
  • Assessing viability of venue solution 
  • Quality assurance of bids 
  • Monitoring cost benefit of different venue models   

Global Venue Communications 

  • Single point of contact for computer delivered IELTS Venues
  • Viability of premises projects                                        
  • Contract and lease support                                          
  • Health & Safety sign off 
  • Global deals for IT equipment                                          
  • Specifications for venues                                         


Skills and Experience:

Demonstrable experience of Experience working on large complex projects



Experience with Computer Delivered Testing

IELTS product knowledge



What you will receive:

Attractive salary and benefits


For more information and a complete list of responsibilities, please see 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 11th March 2019.

Our Equality Commitment: 
Valuing diversity is essential to the British Council’s work. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to try and avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights. All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies.     

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.