Programme Manager (Collections Services) – Swindon

Programme Manager (Collections Services)

The National Museum Directors’ Council



Programme Manager (Collections Services)

Are you able to communicate well with others and create a sense of community amongst the members of project teams? Do you have the ability to manage programmes and processes to improve efficiency in our Collections Services teams?

About us

This position is based at the National Collections Centre (NCC), at the Science and Innovation Park in Wroughton within the Collection Services Department.

There's something really special about working at the Science and Innovation Park. You are surrounded by the stunning Wiltshire countryside, with ever-changing weather, spectacular sunsets and lots of wildlife to spot as you move around the site. But the best part of the NCC is the people, you'll be joining a wonderful and passionate community of individuals.

We are recruiting for a Programme Manager (Collections Services) based at the National Collections Centre in Wroughton, Swindon on a full-time, fixed term contract until December 2025.

About the role

In this new role you will own the Collection Services programme for the NCC and proactively manage progress, placing you at the very heart of Collection Services and the NCC. The NCC now holds the majority of the Science Museum Group's object collections, so this role will require strong working relationships with not only the teams on site, but with Collection Services Managers, Curators and the Exhibition and Masterplan teams in the five museums across the Science Museum Group.

As Programme Manager (Collections Services) you will also lead a continuous review of processes at the NCC to ensure efficient workflows between teams working with collections, sharing these for implementation across the wider Science Museum Group.

There is no requirement to be a museums or collections specialist in this role as you'll be surrounded by colleagues with a wealth of experience and knowledge. Your role will be to take the early plans already in place and develop these into a programme and oversee delivery. You will lead on resource allocation, monitor and report on progress and line manage the project leads for specific projects.

About you

Joining us you will have excellent influencing skills with experience of building working relationships and negotiating with multiple stakeholders. You will have experience in scheduling and coordinating work across multiple teams, projects or work streams.

Crucially for this position you will be able to communicate well with others and create a sense of community amongst the members of project teams. You will possess experience of leading, managing and developing staff, including those not under direct line management and you will have good knowledge of techniques for planning, monitoring and controlling programmes.


View the Vacancy Information Pack listed under 'Attachments' on the vacancy listing on our website for more details about the role and the application process, or click 'Apply Online' to submit an application.

Don't feel you meet all of the criteria? At SMG, we are committed to building a workforce that is open for all, and welcome you to apply, even if your experience doesn't fit perfectly. With your transferable skills, you could be the right candidate for this, or other opportunities that we have.

What we offer

Joining us as an employee, you will have the opportunity to develop your career in a world-class museum group. We know work/life balance and wellbeing is crucial to our colleagues, so we currently offer up to 25 days annual leave in addition to bank holidays; BUPA medical and dental care; employee assistance programme; enhanced contributory pension; enhanced occupational sick, maternity, paternity and adoption leave and career breaks.

'Open for All' is one of the Science Museum Group's five core values and sets out our important aspiration to be a place for everyone. As a national museum group, we have an ability to reach a wide and diverse population of audiences, colleagues and partners through our geography and scale.

We are working hard to understand our organisation better and to foster a culture that recognises and values different backgrounds, mindsets, skills, experience, knowledge and expertise. By having greater diversity, we believe that we will be a stronger and better organisation and ultimately will be able to inspire more futures. We therefore welcome applications from those who bring difference.

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