Programme Lead: Social & PSI

Design Council

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We are looking for a dynamic Programme Lead: Social and Public Sector Innovation to join our Growth and Innovation team at Design Council. Our programmes are catalysts for innovation and transformation, using strategic design to make life better by design for a range of clients in the public, private and third sectors. A key part of this role is identifying areas where design is not being used and working with partners to adopt a design approach. Our work puts people and planet at the heart of everything we do and you will be used to designing strategies and methodologies that work to meet people’s needs and aspirations as well as demonstrating the collective benefit to society.


Reporting to the Head of Programmes, you will be responsible for the delivery of our existing innovation offers (including managing our Design in the Public Sector programme run in partnership with the LGA) as well as developing major new partnerships and programmes in line with our new strategy for 2020 – 2024 in areas such as Health and Wellbeing, Sustainable Living and Design Skills, as well as playing a pivotal role in forming responses to bids and tenders.

In addition, you will lead on the development and effective marketing and delivery of our core innovation workshop offer in conjunction with the Programme Lead: Design.

You will contribute to the effective leadership, management and implementation of new business development and programme delivery, ensuring a consistent, high-quality experience for our clients and improved outcomes for participating teams and wider stakeholder groups.


You have a background in service design and/or design management and significant experience of leading, developing and managing complex social innovation programmes which generate income and deliver social impact. You will have a proven track-record of working with a wide range of clients who may not be familiar with design across the public and private sectors.

Our work has an integrated approach; we are unique in combining public service design, business and social innovation and architecture and built environment, taking a place-based approach to tackling inequality - so being open to borrowing ideas from multiple disciplines is an advantage!



How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this role please apply via no later than 26 February 2020.

Posted on February 13