VRU Programme Manager

Birmingham, West Midlands
Grade: 8 £42,783 - £47,058 (Subject to Job Evaluation)
11 Jan 2022
04 Feb 2022
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 VRU Programme Manager

Grade: 8 £42,783 - £47,058 (Subject to Job Evaluation)

Directly responsible to: VRU Director

Directly responsible for: Programme Coordinator, Senior Analyst (& strategic analysis

teams); matrix management of VRU commissioning and finance functions; public health & evaluation functions)


Full time permanent

Location: Office of the Police and Crime Commissioners in West Midlands

Closing Date: 12 noon Friday 4th February 2022, interviews to take place virtually Monday 21st February 2022

The Violence Reduction Unit is an alliance of organisations working together to reduce violence within the West Midlands. We are seeking a Programme Manager to join the multi-agency team which is hosted by the Police and Crime Commissioner. You’ll be working alongside people from a wide range of disciplines, organisations and backgrounds, and be instrumental in helping them to work together effectively.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone passionate about preventing violence and supporting young people in the region to thrive.  

You should have extensive experience in supporting business transformation or change projects - ideally in multi-agency partnerships involving the statutory or voluntary sector - and be able to demonstrate your ability to work with projects leads with varying experience in order to help them to track progress, identify risk and opportunities.

This is an opportunity for an innovative, adaptable and dynamic individual who can demonstrate a collaborative approach to developing - with communities and with stakeholders - evidence-led interventions and system change activity. Good written and verbal communication skills and attention to detail are important, but the ability to listen effectively, interpret context and respond to feedback is essential.

You’ll be quick to spot opportunities for synergy across organisations activity, and comfortable managing programmes of work at every stage of a grant-funded cycle, including ensuring there is a successful legacy resulting from our activity.

The VRU activity involves grants held by a wide range of partner organisations, so alongside managing grants and reporting held within the VRU itself, you’ll also be advising and supporting partners in the establishment of parallel programmes of activity. You are likely to be involved in nurturing the early set up and handover of new projects and interventions, and in securing funding for programmes that others will deliver.  

Most of the programmes that we are involved with are government funded with significant reporting requirements and grant conditions that you’ll be responsible for helping the senior leadership team to keep track of.  Attention to detail is going to be important, as is building relationships with funding bodies.

Data and evidence are instrumental to the public health approach. This role provides senior leadership oversight of the VRUs analytical and evaluation functions as well as matrix management of other parts of the engine room to drive change, including finance and commissioning processes. You’ll be leading a team who are specialists in their own right and creating conditions in which they can deliver with impact. 

You will provide inspirational and strategic leadership and direction to a busy team and champion equality, diversity and inclusion, whilst developing positive relationships with the OPCC as the host organisation.

The West Midlands region is a vibrant and diverse part of the country. The Police and Crime Commissioner is committed to equality and diversity and welcomes applications from individuals of all backgrounds. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a good understanding of diversity and human rights, and a personal commitment to promoting diversity and racial equality. We also offer a guaranteed interview scheme from those with disabilities.

Why work for us?

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner is committed to the reduction and prevention of crime, so by joining us you’ll be actively contributing to improving the West Midlands region. You will get to work alongside great people who are passionate about driving improvement and change! In return for your valued contribution we provide an impressive employee benefits package:  

  • Diverse, Inclusive and supportive organisation
  • Flexible working
  • Hybrid working from home policy
  • Generous annual leave allowance
  • Pay progression through multiple increments
  • Learning & Development opportunities
  • Access to an employee benefits package
  • Committed to being an anti-racist and trauma informed organisation

Click here to learn more: Working for us

Our values

It is important to us that every employee is committed to and share our organisational values:

We behave with INTEGRITY and HONESTY in all we do. We work OBJECTIVELY and IMPARTIALLY

to support the Police and Crime Commissioner and each other to achieve the objectives of the Police and Crime Plan.

We support each other by driving INCLUSIVITY within our interaction with each other and the public.


For more information on the West Midlands Violence Reduction Unit visit: West Midlands Violence Reduction Unit (westmidlands-vru.org) and for more information about the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner visit: Home - West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner (westmidlands-pcc.gov.uk).

For an informal confidential conversation about this post, please contact Clare Gollop: wmpcc@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk

The closing date for applications is 12 noon Friday 4th February 2022, Interviews will take place virtually on Monday 21st February 2022.

Please note we do not accept CV’s. To download an application form and information pack please visit: www.westmidlands-pcc.gov.uk/your-commissioner/working-for-the-police-and-crime-commissioner or telephone 0121 626 6060.

Please note CV’s will not be accepted.