Senior Project Development Manager (Blue Recovery Leaders)
Ref: SPDM(BRL)(23)/Cons

This vacancy has now expired, and is not accepting any new applications.

WWT Slimbridge and Headquarters, Hybrid Working
£41,340 per annum
Position type
Full Time
Working pattern
37.5 hours per week
Job advert

WWT launched its Blue Recovery work in 2021: a major initiative to deliver transformational environmental change in the UK.  There is growing evidence showing the significant role that wetlands can play in four critical areas: storing carbon, reducing flooding, benefiting wellbeing and improving water quality, but these benefits are not widely understood.

WWT has brought together a consortium of sector leading organisations to help unlock and demonstrate the value of wetland creation, facilitating the creation of a network of wetlands that will deliver lasting impact and act as a catalyst for wider action. Its approach draws on the model used by the Sustainable Markets Initiative launched by our Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales, and in particular the creation of task forces to bring together key industry leaders to drive change. 

At the heart of WWT’s proposals is an ambition to create and restore 100,000 hectares of healthy wetland in the UK, conceived of as four networks:

  • A carbon storage network, consisting of wetlands to sequester and store carbon
  • A flood management network, consisting of wetland features to reduce flooding
  • An urban wellbeing network, consisting of wetlands to improve wellbeing
  • A water treatment network, consisting of wetlands to support biodiversity

This Blue Recovery will make a vital contribution to the UK’s environmental and climate change goals. 

Role Outline

You will be responsible for working with WWT’s Blue Recovery Leaders Group to drive forward this partnership leading to the delivery of projects that fulfil WWT’s Blue Recovery workstream. By building and maintaining close relationships with the Blue Recovery Leader’s Group drawn from industries including the water, construction, finance, agriculture and engineering sectors, you will support the group to develop projects that demonstrate the multiple benefits that wetlands provide to society.

You will act as WWT’s main lead on supporting the Blue Recovery Leaders Group and work with them to develop project ideas and proposals that fulfil WWT’s strategic ambitions. You will liaise between our Philanthropy & Partnerships, UK Programmes and Conservation Evidence Teams, coordinating input from them to ensure successful delivery of The Blue Recovery Leaders contribution towards WWT’s Strategic Plan.

About You

You will be a key advocate for multi-benefit wetlands, and can work closely and get the best from people across multiple disciplines within WWT.

You will be, able to nurture trusted relationships with colleagues in other teams and counterparts in other organisations. You will also be a great communicator, advocating your work successfully to wide range of stakeholders.

You will have experience in developing complex and successful projects and will understand the importance of following a project management framework.

If this sounds like you then we would very much like to hear from you. Come and join us in delivering our vision of a world where healthy wetland nature thrives and enriches lives.

About Us

The WWT is a conservation charity that protects wetlands for wildlife and people. We conserve, restore and create wetlands. We are pioneers in saving wetland wildlife, both in the UK and around the world. At our 10 UK sites around a million visitors a year engage with wetland nature. We work internationally in key global wetland areas, balancing conservation with sustainable livelihoods and influencing national and international conservation policies.

In return for your hard work and dedication, you will enjoy a wide range of benefits including:

  • 33 days annual leave, inclusive of bank holidays, increasing to 38 days after 5 years’ service
  • Contributory pension scheme matching up to 7%
  • Life assurance providing 3 times annual salary
  • Access to a wide range of resources to support your health and wellbeing including our 24/7 Employee Assistance Programme
  • Enhanced family friendly policies
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Free entry to all our centres

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Pete Lee, Head of Head of Philanthropy & Partnerships

Closing date:                         27th November 2023

Interview date:                       7th December 2023

WWT is an equal opportunities employer and all applications will be considered solely on merit.

Registered Charity Number England & Wales, no 1030884 and Scotland, no SC039410


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