Programme Manager

• Salary between £33k - £37k per annum depending on your experience• Company pension scheme; free on-site parking; Bike2Work Scheme• Life Insurance• Flexible working• Casual dress• Various wellness programmes and discounted café food & coffee• Previously awarded the best not for profit employer in the Eastern Region.• Be a part of a community that drives innovation with a focus on addressing environmental and social challenges

Closing: 28/02/2022

Location: Cambridge with occasional travel to other Allia locations in London and Peterborough.
Hours: Full time (35 hours per week, 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri)
Annual Salary: £33k – £37k depending on experience
Candidates must be eligible to work in the UK without sponsorship and be fluent in English

About the Venture Support Team
Allia’s venture support team works with social enterprises, local entrepreneurs, and tech for good startups to amplify their impact. With programmes such as Grow Your Business addressing the challenge of local economies, Impact Accelerator serving pre-seed/seed startup founders in the tech for good landscape and Amplify working with more established ventures who need a community of likeminded leaders. Allia’s venture support team is dedicated to building leading programmes in the ever-growing impact investing and social venture ecosystem.

About you
A full-time role in a respected and effective organisation dedicated to supporting the founders and leaders of purpose led enterprises looking to transform society for good. From startup founders to local entrepreneurs, the Programme Manager will work directly with ventures looking to have an impact on society by creating activities, workshops, and programmes designed to train founders and impact leaders on their growth journey. For example, the Programme Manager can be responsible for designing programmes such as the DIF Capital sponsored Accelerator Challenge, Grow Your Business, and the Impact/Climate Accelerator.
With activities such as our Demo Day where founders are pitching to investors, to full day startup bootcamps, Allia’s programmes embody the startup mentality in iterating quickly on ways to support entrepreneurs. The team is dynamic, fun, and supportive of new ideas as purpose led ventures become more and more mainstream.

• Salary between £33k – £37k per annum depending on your experience
• Company pension scheme; free on-site parking; Bike2Work Scheme
• Life Insurance
• Flexible working
• Casual dress
• Various wellness programmes and discounted café food & coffee
• Previously awarded the best not for profit employer in the Eastern Region.
• Be a part of a community that drives innovation with a focus on addressing environmental and social challenges

Role Responsibilities:
• Delivery of Allia’s venture support programmes from Cambridge, and general services to clients of Allia’s broader services. Including project beneficiaries and tenants of the Future Business Centres (our impact hubs)
• Designing and delivering various workshops and events, including scheduling, and liaising with external specialists and speakers.
• Maintaining already established relationships with stakeholders in the ecosystem and building new ones with investors, ecosystem builders, and founders.
• Reaching out to local organisations and stakeholders, attending networking events to promote Allia, identify and recruit ventures to join programmes, and develop relationships with experts who can offer mentorship, general business support and deliver workshops to the cohorts
• Curating the application, selection, and onboarding process of each programme in East London including working with the Marketing & Communications team (based in Cambridge) to promote those that make up the cohorts
• Delivering or moderating any support sessions to the companies on the cohort including 1×1 coaching and feedback.
• Managing the progress of businesses taking part in programmes offered by Allia, including the ongoing collection of data and information from the participating businesses to track impact of our work.

Person Specification
The role would suit someone with experience working in a startup or accelerator programme, or other venture support initiative. Knowledge of, and commitment to, social and environmental innovation, the challenges of purpose led ventures, and the state of private and third sector collaboration.

Suggested Skills
• An ecosystem operator/enthusiast with experience in the impact/tech ecosystem or startup/small business experience.
• Ability to work independently, solve problems, and work in a fast-moving growth environment
• Experience in fostering relationship development for others. Creating connection points, activities, and content designed to engage people.
• Sound knowledge of, and commitment to, social and environmental innovation, ventures and entrepreneurship
• Experience in designing activity to stimulate enterprise, ideation and early-stage venture support whether they be startups or local SMEs
• Experience in recording/tracking, analysing, and reporting on data
• Eager to build new relationships with entrepreneurial venture stakeholders (e.g. investors, supporters, sponsors, academia, and service providers)
• 3 years+ experience supporting accelerators, ventures, or community building organisations.

Desirable Skills
• Previous involvement in supporting the long term unemployed to start businesses
• Previous experience in a startup or a small business environment
• Understanding and experience of environmental issues in a business or campaigning context
• Prior experience of delivering ERDF or other EU funded programmes

We are committed to equality and diversity for our ventures, tenants, colleagues, volunteers, trustees and supporters. We value the strength that comes with difference and the positive contribution that diversity brings to the communities in which we serve. We are working to increase diversity and would particularly welcome applications from groups that are currently under-represented, including those from a BAME background.
To apply for this role, please send an up-to-date CV with a supporting covering letter highlighting your skills and experience along with why we should consider you for the role and your salary expectations to Applications will not be considered without this information.

Closing date for applications is 25 February 2022, however early application is encouraged, as we will be interviewing strong candidates as they apply.