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Police Now (PN) is seeking an exceptional senior leader to take accountability for the intellectual and operational leadership of a significant part of PN’s service offer: programme design and delivery to our trainee police officers (participants), focused on the quality and difference these participants bring to policing. PN recruits for and delivers training within two core programmes: our National Graduate Leadership Programme (NGLP) and our National Detective Programme (NDP). You will be passionate and knowledgeable about frontline policing, and ensure that both programmes inspire policing leaders to transform communities in a neighbourhoods capacity and an investigative capacity, respectively. You will be responsible for programme delivery (the delivery of our 7-14 week world-class training academies, the two-year programme of learning and events that follows, and participant performance and coaching), programme design (build PN’s mission and vision into the core content, team and culture of the participant experience), management of our Higher Education partners and contracts, and working closely with the Recruitment & Marketing Team and Policing & Home Affairs Team to support forces and stakeholders to deliver our offer to participants.

You will lead a large team of 40+ staff and a sizeable budget to deliver exceptional programmes, using resources in the most effective way possible and demonstrating exceptional value for money to our sector partners. The Programmes Director must be a strong and inclusive leader, operating as part of the Executive Team and Senior Leadership Team, as a senior leadership role model. You will contribute to the highest level of the organisation’s strategic decision-making and represent PN at a national level.

Key responsibilities

Executive leadership: 

  • Provide inspirational leadership through clear and confident articulation of Police Now’s theory of change, mission and objectives internally and externally; effectively lead, motivate and coach team members to exceptional outcomes with participants & forces.
  • Contribute as a member of the Executive Committee, setting strategic direction and goals, and making key decisions as a team; manage organisational resources and budgets to deliver excellent value for money whilst enabling quality and differentiation.

Overarching programmatic design, development and impact: 

  • Oversee and quality assure the end-to-end design and development of both programmes (NGLP and NDP). This involves mapping of the participant journey and learning journey and designing purposeful interventions across the two-years that maximises participant impact. This also involves co-designing enabling activities for the programme, carried out by other teams.
  • Ensure each programme delivers maximum impact against our mission, working closely with our Impact & Insights Team; gather data from forces and participants and research to design and iterate impactful content and delivery methods.
  • Responsible for ensuring the right balance of physical and digital delivery methods and utilising the right channels and systems. We place great value on inspiring and impactful in-person interactions, supported by excellent learning technology.


  • Oversee and test the build, delivery, and data-led continuous improvement of a market leading neighbourhood policing programme, and market leading direct-entry detective programme, using innovative and evidence-based teaching methods. The programme curriculums must enable participants to be problem solvers and exceptional leaders now and in the future.
  • Connecting training, assessments, and participant performance to impact in communities. This is of particular importance; it is the golden-thread of the programme from which our impact is derived, and which frames programme delivery across the Academy and in-year events. You must be able to step into the detail of our content and delivery to really understand our impact.

NGLP and NDP academies: 

  • Oversee and hold organisational accountability for the delivery of world-class academies: the annual NGLP 7-week Academy, where our new participants learn the key skills they need to be effective neighbourhood officers before transitioning to forces and neighbourhoods; and, the annual NDP 14-week Academy, where our new participants learn the key skills they need to be effective investigators before transitioning to forces and CID. Both Academies include digital and residential components and working closely with force colleagues and secondees who support our training. Note, the Programmes Director will regularly travel to and stay overnight at the Academies given the importance and intensity of this part of the programmes.

Operations and events:

  • Oversee the planning and delivery of all in-year events across both programmes, including large-scale events in partnership with venues and suppliers (includes Academies, skills sessions, impact events, conferences, and other group participant interactions).
  • Deliver value for money and highly professional procurement with suppliers and venues; ensure all our operations support the learning environment, culture and objectives of the programmes whilst delivering excellent ROI for forces and the Home Office.

Participant development and coaching:

  • Responsible for the delivery and quality of participant coaching and development across both programmes. Our coaches and mentors aim to provide impactful coaching so that participants are continuously learning, developing, and becoming self-sufficient high-performing officers. We coach for impact and performance, provide tools, and instil confidence.

Higher Education Institute partnerships (academic learning):

  • Accountable for our partnerships with HEI(s) to deliver a formal degree-level qualification as part of completing our programmes. The academic requirement is delivered alongside Police Now’s curriculum, in alignment with our mission.
  • This role supports the Heads of Programmes and HEI experts to manage this partnership and contract for both of our programmes including the learning goals, budget, the delivery and the relationship.

What you’ll need 

  • Experience for at least 5+ years within a senior leadership role, or 2+ years as a Director, for a similar sized or larger organisation
  • Direct experience working as a police officer, or working within a policing organisation in a managerial / senior capacity as police staff, with a deep understanding of frontline policing delivery
  • Demonstrable experience in leading and developing large learning and education programmes and/or large-scale national delivery programmes with complex logistics aspects
  • A detailed understanding of the UK policing landscape is essential, including police forces and policing national institutions; strong relationships across the sector that can be used for the benefit of Police Now is advantageous
  • Demonstrated experience in managing large budgets and negotiating contractual terms and pricing with customers or suppliers
  • A demonstrated ability to lead and positively influence a diverse and inclusive workplace, with a particularly strong understanding and expertise regarding underrepresented groups within policing and the barriers faced for these groups
  • An unwavering commitment and belief in the change policing can bring to society, specifically valuing evidenced-based policing and procedural justice principles; the ability to build these aspects into our programmes to develop high quality police officers
  • Confidence in public speaking and leading large meetings, including conferences
  • Significant experience in leading large multi-disciplinary teams of 30+, including effective recruitment, resourcing and management
  • Strong communications skills, with demonstrated experience in external and internal communications as well as report writing; must be able to be a credible senior representative of Police Now in all environments
  • Excellent written, numerical and problem solving skills, as well as proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • An excellent academic background with a minimum of a bachelors degree
  • Willingness to spend considerable time at our residential academies or events, including overnight
  • Please note, this role will require some level of vetting after offer; DBS check as a minimum.

What you’ll get from us

  • A bright, airy, modern and buzzing office in Zone 1. Please note that during the Covid-19 pandemic, online/remote working and inductions may occur.
  • A supported working from home set-up with the technology and certain equipment required.
  • Competitive salary of £85,000- £95,000 per annum (dependent on experience)
  • Flexible working
  • 27 days holiday each year plus bank holidays
  • Access to a benefit platform, which includes salary sacrifice schemes such as cycle to work and smart tech as well as access to over 750 retailers and discounts.
  • Sanctus coaching (private mental health coaching for the workplace)
  • Access to the Vitality programme which includes healthcare benefits, an Employee Assistance Programme and discounts
  • Training opportunities for personal development
  • Participation in a pension scheme (with 6% employer contributions and 3% employee contributions)

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