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Project Associate

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Job Title: Project Associate
Location: Leeds
Job Type: Full Time, Fixed Term to the end of July 2023
Salary: Appointing salary £22,000 - £25,000 dependent on experience

The role is subject to satisfactory references, a satisfactory DBS check, and a six-month probation period

About us

Ahead Partnership (AP) is a purpose-driven business that works with businesses across different sizes and sectors. Over the last 15 years, the organisation has been delivering social value projects that seek to overcome inequality, promote opportunity and positively impact wider society.

The team delivers projects nationally, developing and delivering programmes that provide solutions to specific issues, bringing together area and sector-based partnerships and working with business around ESG and social value. Current programmes support social mobility and diversity and inclusion whilst helping young people to make informed choices about their future careers. Key sectors include built environment, digital and technology, transport, professional services and green economy.

The organisation works in partnership with businesses, the public and community partners, including public and private sector organisations such as local enterprise partnerships, local authorities, and businesses such as PwC, Arup and Landsec. This partnership work aims to support the creation of a successful, resilient society where everyone, regardless of their background, can succeed.


About our team

We are a passionate, dedicated team and all roles work together in one team to deliver our goals. The nature of our work is always changing, and our team is responsive and flexible, eager to develop new skills and experience and to assist and coach colleagues without formal hierarchy.  

Ahead Partnership values and culture

 We are excited to build a team of committed and passionate individuals who live our values and culture:

  • Change: We inspire change and embrace challenges in the way we develop and deliver our ideas. We learn from experience and foster an environment where new ideas are celebrated and encouraged
  • Passion: We are passionate and positive about all our work. We take pride in what we do, responsibility for what we achieve and are always proactive in our approach
  • Individuality: We recognise individual strengths and support everyone we work with. We celebrate differences and show kindness in all situations.
  • Partnership: We success as one team. We are collaborative and respectful to create a culture of trust, where sharing and learning is easy and people can thrive.



  • Working hours – a standard full-time week is 37.5 hours.
  • The role is based in Leeds, however, there will be travel and client delivery across the UK. This could include overnight stays as required (with reasonable notice provided). Occasional unsociable hours may be required.
  • Flexible working and other arrangements happily considered.
  • It is necessary to have access to a car and a full clean driving licence.
  • As we are involved in delivering activities which involve young people, all staff are required to undertake a Criminal Record Bureau/DBS check upon joining and the checks are repeated as often as required.

About the job role

Working with our team of Project Managers, you will support the development and delivery of our external projects. These projects are wide ranging, and examples include events with young people, multi intervention events to bring schools and businesses together, and activity that engages businesses in a variety of other initiatives that meet our Vision, such as pro-bono work with charities and community regeneration. You will ensure these events are of a high quality and achieve their agreed aims and objectives.

You will be taking responsibility for a wide range of projects, both external and internal, as required. You will be leading on and managing some of these as your own projects from start to finish.

You will be responsible for delivering excellent customer service which is at the heart of everything that we do. You will maintain and develop relationships with the businesses and schools we work with. You will support the business volunteers that deliver the programme, ensuring they have the tools and information they need to provide the best possible activities and outcomes for each event.


The key responsibilities of the role will include:


Project Work

  • Working in a team (whether as the project lead, or part of a wider project team) on both internal and external/client projects.
  • Where you are the project lead you will take full ownership for projects and driving them forwards from start to finish
  • Delivering client projects - Recruiting, organising, training, and managing external input into projects including from volunteers. This will include networking and calling businesses to recruit them to be involved in projects
  • Creating and adapting resources to ensure they meet the needs of the target group
  • Undertaking administrative duties to deliver projects


Facilitating Activities

  • Facilitating activities such as enterprise challenges, careers panels, through to large scale multi school events and stakeholder meetings. These activities will include events with young people and adults, training volunteers, delivering virtual activities and many other types of activities with a variety of partners. Our business is continuing to evolve, and we are regularly taking on new types of projects which may not be restricted to young people/education partners.


Supporting Clients

  • Putting the client’s objectives at the heart of our delivery, creatively designing solutions to support client requirements whilst remaining focused on practicalities
  • Responding to the needs of clients and prospects with an innovative and considered approach
  • Building strong and productive relationships with partners and stakeholders
  • Communicating effectively with colleagues within client teams to maximise results


Data and Analysing Outcomes

  • Setting up and maintaining effective administration processes to ensure the accurate recording of activity data and keeping accurate and timely records of monetary and time budgets against each client
  • Proactively utilising data to manage projects and report on progress internally and externally in written and verbal form



  • Use event feedback and other resources to prepare and produce project reports as required
  • Supporting to create case studies or other marketing materials


Supporting the Business to Grow

  • Proactively working with colleagues as one team to grow and evolve the business
  • Supporting with programme design, pricing, pitching and winning new work as required
  • Identifying PR and business development opportunities related to programme successes
  • Contributing to the continuous improvement of the business through internal projects


Vision and Values focused

  • Ensuring projects have a strong social value and best support our communities to achieve our vision to achieve positive change together



  • Undertake other duties as requested and commensurate with the post
  • Travel across England and occasional unsociable hours may be required.


About you

You will be passionate about getting involved in new and exciting opportunities and using creative thinking to best meet client needs.  The following experience and skills are required:



Client Management - Experience of working with clients in any capacity. You should be able to demonstrate your ability to understand a client’s needs, how to provide great client care and how to negotiate with a client to get an outcome which is achievable and keeps the client happy.

Project Work - Have a background in working on projects, this could be in any environment and could include work experience, voluntary roles, or clubs, e.g. events organising, financial planning, etc.

Business Knowledge – Ideally, knowledge of the regional business landscape, key sectors of the economy, drivers for engagement in our work coupled with commercial acumen. Alternatively, you may have experience working within a corporate business (i.e. not public sector/non-profit).

Networking - experience of networking or confidence in how to approach this.



Highly Organised

  • Have an organised, consistent and methodical approach to developing and managing projects including clear plans, milestones and budgets
  • Have excellent attention to detail
  • Have strong time management skills, effectively prioritising your workload and handling multiple projects and tasks at once


Creative Problem Solver

  • Be able to think outside of the box to develop ideas around new projects and approaches and solve problems in creative ways
  • Enjoy leading on improvements and be comfortable dealing with ambiguity
  • Have a positive attitude to flexibility and embracing change


Team Player

  • Be a positive team player who can build team spirit and morale
  • Take part in coaching with other members of the team and learn from each other
  • Have coaching skills to be able to provide peer to peer support


Self-driven and resilient

  • Be a self-driven starter-finisher, working independently and delivering excellent results with minimal supervision
  • Work under pressure without losing your cool
  • Take responsibility for your own professional development and drive this forward


Confident and Effective Communicator

  • Be a strong communicator and able to adapt communications to work with a variety of audiences including stakeholders, corporate clients, schools, volunteers, and young people.
  • Be a confident facilitator
  • Have a careful and professional approach to all kinds of written or verbal communication


IT skills

  • Have strong Microsoft Office skills
  • Be comfortable with computers and IT systems


Ahead Partnership Values and Culture

We are excited to build a team of committed and passionate individuals who live our values and culture


To Apply:              

Apply with a copy of your CV, and a covering letter (maximum two sides of A4) outlining:

  • how your skills/experience/knowledge will enable you to deliver the key responsibilities
  • how you meet the person specification for the role
  • why you want to work for Ahead Partnership
  • what attracts you to the role.


Apply to: recruitment@aheadpartnership.org.uk