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  • Remote working
  • £800+ per day
  • Contract , 3 months
  • Full time
  • Eligibility to work: UK
  • Industry: Government
  • Discipline: Public Sector, Risk Management, Programme Management, Organisational Development, Portfolio Management, QA (Quality Assurance) , Performance Management
  • Languages: English

Security Clearance: BPSS

CV Deadline: 20/04

The Programme Manager is responsible for leading a defined set of interdependent projects and the associated business change activities.

They have primary responsibility for successful delivery of the required outcomes, including the establishment of appropriate governance and assurance, monitoring progress, managing risks and issues and ensuring the business readiness for change.

A high-profile role, you will be accountable for the delivery and completion of programmes to time, cost and quality.

You will be the main interface between the organisation and our partners, responsible for building exemplar supplier relationships to drive effective delivery.

The importance and visibility of this role will provide you with significant opportunities to influence and build relationships with our most senior leaders, right across Portfolio and as a member of the senior management team you will be responsible for supporting other areas of the business as required and furthering our transformation and improvement activities.

Typical responsibilities may include but are not exclusive to:

• Leadership vision & objectives – Cascade vision and translate into delivery objectives for the team. Lead the programme to deliver the business case benefits and outcomes.

• Supporting the Portfolio Manager to ensure successful delivery of key milestones to the required quality and to the timescales agreed within the project plan.

• Programme Performance & Controls – oversee risk and issue management at programme level, analysing and identifying trends and working with the Project Directors and Heads of PMOs to put in place mitigating action. Ensure mitigations are in place and resolved through negotiated agreement.

• Work collaboratively across team/organisational boundaries.

• Risks & Issues – Identify and monitor project risks and issues. Develop mitigating actions and escalate as appropriate. Identify and work with related projects to manage interdependencies.

• Governance – Support effective governance and decision making. Provide reporting and engage in mechanisms that hold you, as Programme Manager, to account for delivery.

• Assurance – Engage with assurance reviews and support action on recommendations. Organise assurance processes such as gateway reviews, as required.

• Quality Management – Ensure full consideration of new technologies, accessibility and costings. Make clear, practical and manageable plans for service delivery. Ensure adherence to legal, regulatory and security requirements in service delivery

• Project Performance & Controls – Cascade vision and translate into delivery objectives for the team. Develop and maintain Project/Programme Plan. Identify and set appropriate Project Controls. Manage performance and report progress to sponsors.

• Business Case – Support developing high quality Business Cases, co-ordinating any specialist input.

• Delivery Planning – Own the change plan for the project and provide input into the overall Programme/Portfolio/Transformation Plan.

• Benefits Management – Ensure benefits realisation plan is in place and an understanding of the impact of change on Benefits Management.

• Stakeholder Management – Create and maintain the stakeholder engagement strategy and plan and build partnerships and working relationships with key stakeholders.

• Dependency Management – Work with project leads and business as usual to ensure dependencies are actively managed, act as an arbiter and enforcer and resolve issues between the various elements of the programme.

• Resource Management – Secures resources and directs planning scheduling, resourcing and estimating for complex and large scale programmes.

• Line management - responsibility for a team of staff at Grade 7 and below that support the programme. Providing direction and guidance on personal development to the team and more broadly across departmental professions.


Key requirements for the role

Essential Criteria

Candidates should be able to provide evidence of a proven track record of:

• Successfully enabling change which transforms services for people or organisations in a leadership capacity translating strategic intent into change/transformation delivery.

• Personal Leadership – the ability to effectively lead people through cultural change/transformation, collaboratively establishing a strong team vision and engaging with people with integrity. Strongly promoting and improving diversity and inclusion.

• Stakeholder engagement - evidence of systematically identifying key stakeholders and forging strong relationships to deliver business objectives and outcomes, using appropriate channels, to ensure all those impacted by the change are engaged, taking account of their levels of influence and particular interests.

• Business Change and Implementation - showing the ability to integrate and operationalise the project outputs into ‘business as usual’ (BAU) ensuring that activities are planned and completed to enable the business to implement the change and realise the benefits.

• Benefits management - showing the ability to identify, quantify, map and track project/transformation benefits to justify investment in the project, and to provide assurance that the benefits identified can be realised.

• Quality management - showing the ability to plan, develop, maintain and apply quality management processes to ensure the adherence to those standards throughout the project delivery lifecycle.

• A practitioner level of experience of requirements management, planning, scheduling, resource management, budgeting and cost management, risk and issue management, quality management, business change and implementation, governance, frameworks and methodologies, stakeholder engagement, assurance, business case development, asset allocation and benefits management • A practitioner level of experience of visible leadership, credible action, working with ambiguity, collaboration, influencing, conflict resolution, inspiring others, resilience and innovation Desirable Criteria:

• Experience of applying recognised Waterfall and Agile project delivery methodologies • Managing Successful Programmes Practitioner • PRINCE2 Practitioner • Managing Successful Programmes Advanced Practitioner • P3O Practitioner • APM Registered Project Professional • Project Leadership Programme

  • Quote ref: 100377/22660

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