Social Sports Society

UK Expansion and Social Impact Programme Manager

Impact-led sports startup seeks purpose-driven leader to drive societal benefits and rapid business growth!

Are you…

  • Looking for a new entrepreneurial leadership challenge?
  • Passionate about people, planet & new business models (for sports & active leisure)?
  • Keen to bring people together to positively impact communities?
  • Able to lead and motivate in a complex, multi-org programme across numerous multidisciplinary projects?

Social Sports Society is a Pending B Corp on a mission!

(see Organisation section)

You will oversee the majority of our portfolio of growth projects and impact initiatives.

Rapid progression into senior leadership position is possible based on performance, values alignment and capabilities.


Then check out the role and desired attributes below - you DON'T need to tick all the boxes. We are open to all relevant, transferable skills and knowledge evidenced during the recruitment process.

Key role summary points:

  • Be a 'strategic advisor' to our management and operations team
  • Ensure we deliver on our mission, realising the benefits of our cross-cutting social impact projects
  • Be a leader and creative problem solver across various project teams
  • Be accountable for design, build and launches of our exciting multi-sport venues.
  • Build excellent relationships across all organisation types - from executives to the front line.

Responsibilities summary

  • Contribute to overall business and portfolio development, planning and budgeting
  • Design the programme of projects to enable our strategic aims
  • Develop strategies and leading collaborative, benefits-focussed planning
  • Design/refine governance framework & process
  • Design and/or implement entrepreneurial models and pathways with partner organisations incl. coaching their staff
  • Contribute to the design of new business models and social impact strategy, and venue offerings
  • Drive rapid progress whilst building efficient and happy workstreams. (Positive energy/style are key qualities, driving our culture, purpose and values through our projects!)
  • Provide S3's steering group with appropriate visibilty, assurance and governance control

Desirable experience incl. examples

  • 8 years plus professional experience, of these 2 years minimum in Programme Manager roles for major programmes i.e. personally accountable for managing programmes with total staffing budgets >£5m p.a. (incl. 3rd party suppliers) 
  • Experience of managing projects delivering major physical, new, public facing assets and services - ideally construction / built environment projects. (ideally 2+ yrs)
  • Accountable owner for supplier contracts individually >£3m p.a.
  • Led programmes involving partner and supplier orgs. from private, public AND 3rd sector
  • Identified new strategic partnerships required
  • Implemented effective commercial models with a variety of strategic partners and suppliers
  • Led strategic / portfolio planning and governance
  • Accountable for complex, multidisciplinary programmes, incl. dependencies and interfaces with external programmes/projects
  • Managed all programme resources against budgets

Desired skills and knowledge

  • Professional understanding of one or more of the following sectors and industries:
  1. Property and/or construction
  2. Social impact
  3. Sports and leisure 
  • Environmental sustainability 
  • Financial forecasting and programme budgeting
  • Qualifications and / or expertise in pragmatic application of relevant programme and project management methods (e.g. MSP, RIBA, BIM, PRINCE2)
  • Contract negotiation and issue resolution
  • Fully proficient with programme planning and management principles, tools and workflow
  • Proficient with modern collaboration platforms and tools (e.g.; Miro; MS 365/Teams)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Fully proficient with Microsoft Office (particularly PowerPoint and Excel)