Job vacancy: Projects Director

June 13, 2019

A vacancy has arisen for a Projects Director at BLUE.

Please click here to download the full job specification.

Closing Date: Monday 15 July


Purpose of the Role:

Projects Director will oversee the full range of BLUE’s conservation projects and campaigns and have responsibility for their strategic direction.



The key responsibility is the operation of the projects team with the fulfilment of project goals on time and on budget and the successful conclusion of projects.

The Project Director will be responsible for managing the projects team which currently includes thirteen Project Managers and several PhD students.

They will support the professional development of the team, so that they are able to deliver the objectives of BLUE successfully.

The role requires assistance with the public representation of BLUE’s projects, their fundraising and political standing.


Skills, Qualifications and Experience:

Familiarity with the UK marine conservation landscape and a strong commitment to conservation is important, but prior NGO experience is not essential.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate her/his ability to manage a high performing team so experience in senior management or organisational leadership is essential. He/she will understand management structure, providing a guiding hand to the team while empowering them to achieve the greatest amount possible for the marine environment.

An important element of the job Projects Director is the need to work closely with the CEO, Executive Director and Trustee Board, so experience of working with committees or boards is an advantage

He/she will also be able to articulate strategy clearly and have experience both in translating this into an operational plan and overseeing the implementation of it.

The successful applicant will have similar and relevant experience in the senior management of projects and solid experience in successfully completing projects.

They should have a proven track record of working to tight timelines with skill and experience in deploying budgets. A good understanding of financial reporting and account management is essential.

They will have strong analytical skills to support reflection and continued development.

It is essential that they have the ability to write to a very high standard for a variety of formats, and to present information with fluency and clarity.

They will have a good understanding of how operational infrastructure supports growth and innovation.

They will have strong interpersonal skills to build relationships both internally and externally.


Required Competencies and Behaviours:

  • Senior management experience at a c-suite or director level
  • Project or account direction experience, preferably in conservation
  • Strategic vision and the ability to see a project outcome and how to reach it
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills (written and verbal)
  • A good grasp of the UK and international political landscape and how to influence change
  • Rigorous attention to detail and methodical approach
  • Ability to work under pressure in a team environment
  • Good interpersonal and team management skills
  • Demonstrates leadership through their commitment and clarity
  • Someone who seeks to improve things and gets job satisfaction from seeing the impact of their work, both in supporting others and in delivering directly
  • A life-long learner, open to new ideas and approaches



Salary: Competitive; depending on experience

Working hours:  Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm

Location: London (being prepared to travel in the UK and internationally)

Contract: 12 months fixed-term renewable contract, three-month probationary period

Holidays: 5 weeks leave per annum in addition to Public and Bank Holidays

Reporting to: Executive Director


How to apply:

Please click here to download the full job specification.

Please send your CV and a letter explaining your skills and suitability for the role to Poppy Wetherill at

Closing Date: Monday 15 July