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Programme Manager, Entrepreneurship for All

Catalyst is seeking an experienced and highly motivated Programme Manager to join our team.

Entrepreneurship for All is a new experimental pilot programme to explore a scalable model of inclusive entrepreneurship. A co-design with under-represented audiences, the programme aims to increase entrepreneurial activity and success, by improving ambition, knowledge and confidence in entrepreneurship and innovation.  

This programme will embed world-class entrepreneurship education as taught at MIT into a pathway that is accessible to a broader spectrum of participants.


Key Information

  • Fixed-term contract ending July 2024 with a possibility for extension.
  • Competitive salary: up to £45,000
  • A comprehensive benefits package.
  • Based at the Innovation Centre, Queen’s Road, Belfast (hybrid working arrangement available).
  • Reporting to Head of Entrepreneurship.
  • Closing 24th September at 5pm.


Benefits of working at Catalyst

Competitive Benefits Package
Private medical insurance for you and your dependents
Generous pension contribution
Generous life assurance policy
Enhanced parental leave packages
Free open access to company organised events
Free parking onsite
Learning and development opportunities

The Role

What are we looking for?

As the Programme Manager, you will play a pivotal role in the evolution of this ground-breaking inclusive entrepreneurship programme in collaboration with world renowned international education partners. Your strategic vision, stakeholder management, and passion for driving positive change will be instrumental to the success of this transformative programme.


  • Conduct user research and collaborate with both internal and external stakeholders to ensure the program design incorporates best practices and industry standards for promoting inclusivity and diversity.
  • Collaborate with international partners and experts to analyse learning needs and design and develop the content of world-renowned entrepreneurship education for effective delivery at scale to NI entrepreneurs.
  • Identify and recruit subject matter experts, thought leaders, industry professionals and quality facilitators with relevant expertise to support the delivery of the learning content.
  • Produce high level and detailed plans with clear and measurable objectives for the programme, including the co-design, logistics and execution of programme activity.
  • Oversee the end-to-end delivery of inclusive entrepreneurship programmes at Catalyst, ensuring actions are delivered on time, within both scope and budget.
  • Monitor and evaluate the programme’s effectiveness, making data-driven adjustments to continually improve impact and alignment with Catalyst’s strategic goals.
  • Provide ongoing support and advice to participants, ensuring the experiential learning opportunity is tailored to their personal and professional growth as entrepreneurs.
  • Cultivate an environment of inclusivity and equity, ensuring that participants feel valued and empowered to encourage activate participation and knowledge retention.
  • Lead and line manage a small team in delivery of the pilot and related projects intended for a more diverse audience of new entrepreneurs.
  • Develop and maintain a strong working relationship with companies within the Catalyst community including tenant companies and Catalyst partners, and any relevant external stakeholder to expand the programme’s reach and impact.
  • Set and manage budget for design and delivery of the programme.
  • Support development of funding applications and relationships for the long-term sustainability of the project.
  • Prepare and present regular progress reports, evaluations, and impact assessments to key-decision makers, including Executive Team, stakeholders and external funding partners.
  • Management of 3rd party suppliers.
  • Work with other programme managers to leverage synergies between programmes for entrepreneurs.
  • Maintain a strong working relationship with the Brand and Marketing team to ensure the programme is appropriately marketed to reach target audience.
  • Undertaking any other reasonable duties which fall within the remit of this role.

Essential Criteria

  • At least 3 years’ experience in a similar position, including creative design and delivery of initiatives focused on entrepreneurship or diversity and inclusion.
  • Experience of strong relationship building skills, with the ability to represent Catalyst and leverage connections for strategic opportunities.
  • Demonstrated experience of leading and managing a small team through change with resilience and flexibility.
  • Excellent communication skills that foster effective collaboration.
  • Excellent project management skills including the ability to manage multiple tasks and stakeholders simultaneously
  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of Catalyst.

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience of being a founder.
  • Lived experience of the product development process.
  • Experience accessing funding and support for bringing an idea to market and/or funding a programme activity.
  • Experience of international networking.

Special Requirements

  • Proof of right to work in the UK

Criteria may be enhanced to aid shortlisting. Exceptional candidates who do not meet the criteria may be considered for the role provided they have the necessary skills and experience.

More info about Catalyst

  • About Catalyst

    Catalyst is an independent, not-for-profit organisation. We work for the greater good to build an inclusive innovation community in an entrepreneurial ecosystem throughout Northern Ireland. The epicentre of Northern Ireland’s tech sector, we provide everything that innovators and entrepreneurs need to reach higher and succeed faster – a home, business support, connected networks and much more besides. We invest, pro bono, all surplus profits from our property portfolio into nurturing a community-led innovation ecosystem that supports over 900 start-ups, entrepreneurs, and innovators so they can grow, scale and flourish. 

  • Diversity and Inclusion at Catalyst

    Diversity and inclusion aren’t boxes to tick on a CSR list. At Catalyst, they are part of our DNA, lived, breathed, seen, and heard across our community, projects, and co-working spaces. 

    We not only want to foster and empower a culture of innovation, but also an environment where people can be their true, authentic self and thrive, and we are proud to be recognised by the Diversity Charter for achieving silver status, with ambitions to progress to Gold. 

    As an equal opportunity employer, we recruit based solely on the individual’s ability to perform the role, and that’s allowed us to create an inclusive workplace which celebrates the diversity of our teams and community. 

  • Working at Catalyst

    A certified Great Place to Work®, Catalyst is one of Northern Ireland’s most exciting employers.  

    With a strong vision of Opportunity for all from world-leading innovation, this is a workplace brimming with ambition to create social, cultural, and economic advantage. We are a force for good, bold in our approach with integrity at our core and passion in everything we do.  

  • Our Values


    We approach everything with a straightforward, open and honest attitude. Every new challenge requires a brave, smart, and flexible way of thinking and we put integrity at the heart of every decision. Our strong moral code intuitively understands what doing the right thing means in every situation.


    We love what we do. We are committed to our members and partners, ready to go above and beyond for the future we are building together. This is the ‘Catalyst Way’. We sharpen our senses, take calculated risks together and work hard for a brighter future.


    Be ambitious and dare to be different. We are the catalyst that connects entrepreneurs and businesses to an eco-system and community that transforms ideas and innovation into real-world reality with global impact.

Have a question?

Contact Emma at emma.green@wearecatalyst.org

Emma Green

Emma Green

HR Officer

Emma Catalyst”s HR Officer and works in the People & Culture team. As HR Officer... read more
Emma Green

Emma Green

HR Officer

Emma Catalyst”s HR Officer and works in the People & Culture team.

As HR Officer, in a small and busy team, Emma is responsible for providing expert support on daily activities and key HR projects.

Prior to joining Catalyst, Emma obtained a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management and is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

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