Senior Programme Manager, Creative Economy
Based in UK: Location negotiable
Based in UK: Location negotiable
Job Category
Pay Band
Pay Band 8
Vacancy Description
Region: UK Country: Flexible Department: Arts Job Category: Full Time contract for six months with the possibility of extension Location: Any UK office Pay Band: 8
The Organisation

The British Council was founded to create ‘a friendly knowledge and understanding’ between the people of the UK and wider world by making a positive contribution to the countries we work with, and in doing so making a lasting difference to the UK’s international standing, prosperity and security. The programmes we use to do this are wide-ranging and cover the arts, education, English, science and society.

The Arts

Our UK Arts team works with the British Council’s global network of offices to achieve significant impact and change by finding new ways of connecting and seeing each other through the arts. Our team in the UK has three main groupings: We have six art form teams; three cross-disciplinary teams; and three country-specific teams in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Our aim is to see stronger creative sectors across the world that are better connected with the UK.

We believe arts and culture are vital to prosperous, secure societies, and that offering international cultural connections and experiences strengthens their resilience. We are uniquely able to make a difference thanks to our extensive and diverse networks in the UK and internationally, enabling us to respond to the individual context of each place we work in. Link to Vision on internet.

The Team

In the Creative Economy team we develop new collaborations, innovation and enterprise with the rapidly-changing creative and cultural industries worldwide.  Working with local partners, we identify and support communities of future leaders and changemakers by giving them space, tools, connections and 21st century skills to foster ideas and innovation and help them develop more prosperous, socially engaged, creative economies. Our primary audience and collaborators are enterprising communities of individuals and organisations, who we often describe as ‘hubs’. We also work with policymakers, institutions and other stakeholders who want to better understand and develop their creative economy.

The Opportunity

We have an excellent opportunity for a Senior Programme Manager, Creative Economy, to work with colleagues in the Arts Strategic Business Unit (SBU) and throughout the British Council to ensure that the cultural relations programme contains relevant, high quality, cost effective and impactful components that celebrate and share best practice from the UK’s dynamic creative and cultural industries.

The successful candidate must demonstrate the following essential knowledge & experience:    

  • Significant specialist and up-to-date knowledge of - and a broad network of contacts in - the UK creative and cultural industries, with an understanding of practice, policy and partnerships.
  • Ability to present confidently to senior level external audiences and to communicate sector-specific knowledge effectively to non-specialists.
  • The ability to write effectively for a variety of different audiences. 
  • Line management experience 
Some of the main opportunities/challenges include:   (Please see Role Profile for full details of the duties)

  • Ensuring that the work of the Creative Economy team aligns to strategy, and projects run smoothly and to plan.  Line managing four programme managers through a time of organisational change
  • Ensuring that the British Council’s global creative economy programme represents the key emerging trends and new ways of working found in the UK’s most dynamic creative and cultural industries, and that the UK sector understands the opportunities of working with the British Council.
  • Scaling existing global partnerships with major UK organisations delivering creative enterprise skills and developing the offers for greater measurable impact.  Identifying and leading on new opportunities for strategic project partnerships, with a particular focus on creative enterprise.
  • Overseeing a portfolio of agreed Creative Economy projects across one region, ensuring they deliver against agreed targets and that benefit to UK is maximised. Working with colleagues in that region to plan innovative and impactful projects for 2018/19. 

Equality Comment & Equality of Opportunity (UK)

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. 

For further information please see the documents below:

Role profile

British Council behaviours


  • Generous pension
  • 32 days annual leave
  • Flexible working policy
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Season ticket loan 

The closing date is Sunday 20th August 2017 at 23:59 UK time and we are looking to schedule the interviews for early September 2017