Head of Work and Health Programme


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The Shaw Trust, in tandem with government and the broader employment support community across the UK is working hard to make sure we support as many individuals as possible to get and keep a job. We believe that everyone who needs help and support to attain their employment goals should be able to access it as soon as possible and that support should reflect their individual needs.

To help us in this mission we are looking to appoint a senior operational lead for our Work and Health Programme. The programme, funded by the UK Government’s Department of Work and Pensions and is specifically designed to ensure people with health conditions and or disabilities can obtain the help they want.

Reporting to the Operations Director for Employability you will be responsible for managing senior leaders within our Programme and for maintaining “best in class” supply chain operations also.

Shaw Trust operates on a national level with over 2,000 staff and 1,000 volunteers. We work with the government, local authorities, combined authorities, health service providers, employers, and other stakeholders – including the Education and Skills Funding Agency, Department for Work and Pensions, clinical commissioning groups and NHS Trusts.

Your senior operational skillset will include

  • An exceptional ability to focus on the key behaviours that drive contract performance.
  • Experience of leading a multi-site contract in a complex environment.
  • Familiarity with and a commitment to formal continuous improvement strategies.
  • Great communication in both verbal and written form.
  • Committed to utilising management information inform action and improve focus

The ideal candidate will have previous experience within a similar DWP contracts in addition to that of other commissioners such as Justice, education and skills, IAG, ESF etc.

As the ideal candidate you will be inclusive and embrace our culture and values, putting those we serve at the heart of everything we do. You will consistently deliver high quality services to support our communities and beneficiaries.

Shaw Trust is committed to a policy of equality of opportunity and inclusion. We are Disability Confident Leaders, support the guaranteed interview scheme and use of the government’s Access to Work scheme. Living our values we are keen to reflect the diversity of UK society at every level within our organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community including from people with lived-experience and/or knowledge of disability or social exclusion. If you have accessibility requirements and would like information in a different format, email: HRService.Centre@shaw-trust.org.uk to make alternative arrangements.


Home or Office based with UK wide travel


  • Competitive Salary
  • Enhanced Pension Scheme after 6 months
  • Life Assurance x 3 of your salary
  • Enhanced annual leave