We are seeking for a Senior Programme Manager in the policy team, leading our programme dedicated to developing systems approaches in government.

This is a fantastic opportunity to lead and expand the Academy programme dedicated to supporting the adoption of systems approaches in government and take the work to a new level, by expanding our offer, our reach and our impact.

Resilience thinking, systems approaches, deep expertise in the capabilities of technologies, ability to tackle complex policy challenges, and the ability to link multiple disciplines and perspectives. All of these are needed to address the unprecedented challenges that societies are facing globally. The Royal Academy of Engineering
and the National Engineering Policy Centre – a partnership of 42 professional engineering organisations led by the Academy – have a central role in bringing these approaches to the major policy challenges of our time.

The work of the Academy’s Engineering Policy Team involves bringing engineering thinking and systems approaches to the heart of government, through bringing policymakers and engineers together to work through wicked problems; and by providing evidence and expertise-informed advice on how we can reach net zero; build greater resilience to crises; improve public health and make the best and safest use of digital, deep and emerging technologies.

All of the work of the Academy and the NEPC contributes to the Academy’s strategic priorities of building a sustainable society. A sustainable society is one in which development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. In an inclusive economy, the fruits of prosperity are shared across all regions and groups in society, with engineering serving as an enabler of
improvements to people’s lives. The work of the Engineering Policy team is central to reaching these ends. This is why we are growing our team and extending our work, and we hope that you will join us!

The role

In this role you will develop and deliver a rich and diverse programme of activities dedicated to supporting the adoption of systems approaches in government, and nurture the programme’s team. You will progress the Academy’s theory of change for building systems capabilities in government, as we seek to enable better policy making and public service delivery by building the systems offer and stimulating demand across government. An important part of the role will be about developing and maintaining relationships with the Academy’s network of engineers and systems experts in order to grow and diversify our systems offer.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for an experienced programme manager with a passion for deploying the use of systems thinking methologies to address complex challenges. You will be comfortable practicing and guiding others through a diversity of methods related to systems thinking or innovation in a policy, social change or industry context. You will be a natural collaborator and networker, adept at shaping complex projects and programmes
that achieve high impact for discerning customers and audiences.

Who are we?

The Royal Academy of Engineering is harnessing the power of engineering to build a sustainable society and an inclusive economy that works for everyone. In collaboration with our Fellows and partners, we’re growing talent and developing skills for the future, driving innovation and building global partnerships, and influencing policy and engaging the public. Together we’re working to tackle the greatest challenges of our age.

With a diverse workforce and an inclusive and supportive culture, we look to attract candidates from wide and different backgrounds who have a passion for the role engineering plays in society. Our aim is to make the Academy the best place to work for the staff we have and those we seek to attract.

Why work for the Royal Academy of Engineering?

We’re looking for people who are driven to make the world a better place. If you’re passionate about what you do and want to work collaboratively with talented colleagues to make change happen now and for future generations, we want you to get in touch.

This is the perfect time to join us. We have a dynamic, visionary CEO, a strong leadership team and an ambitious and exciting strategy. The value we bring as experts in our field and change agents is highly recognised and makes the Academy a motivating place to be. Our work today builds on a long, proud history with a focused and ambitious future which we’d love you to be part of.

We are looking for talented people who want to make a difference, to join our team – is this you?

Company Benefits
The Academy offers a fantastic package of additional benefits including:
• BUPA cash plan
• Private medical insurance
• Regular social activities
• Independent Financial Advice
• Generous holiday allowance
• Non-contributory pension scheme
• Health and wellbeing programmes
• Wellbeing days and office wide Christmas leave
• Significant investment into your personal and professional development.


Our light, spacious offices are based in a fantastic location in central London with views over St James’s Park and close to the West End. We operate hybrid, flexible working practices with a baseline 2 days a week in the office.

How to apply

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide a CV and a supporting statement explaining your interest in this role and how you fit the experience, knowledge and skills profile.

Closing date: 10.00am on Monday 21 November 2022.

First round interviews will be held online on Tuesday 29 November 2022 and second round interviews on 2 December 2022.
Posted: 31/10/2022
Closes: 10.00am on Monday 21 November 2022
Hybrid working (with two days per week working from our central London office)
Job type
Permanent, full-time (Monday to Friday), 36.25 hours per week
£43,670 per annum + excellent benefits
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