AP-PGM-2217: Programme Manager - Central Government / Engineering / Construction
  • Consultant:
    Gary Holmes
  • Published:
    15 Feb 2017
  • Location:
    United Kingdom - Manchester, Bristol or Birmingham
  • Sector:
    Public sector
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Job Description:
Fantastic opportunity for a Programme Manager with capital build project / regulated environment experience. 3 Roles based in Manchester, Bristol or Birmingham

Permanent Programme Manager required by our central Government client based in either Manchester, Bristol or Birmingham. You will be responsible for leading teams of Senior Project Managers and Project Managers in the delivery of major capital build / construction related / regulated programmes. Your remit will include strategic as well as hands on delivery within an often politically charged setting.

The ideal candidate for this role will be a seasoned Programme Manager who is still comfortable taking on their own projects and who has relavent experience in a related construction, engineering or even manufacturing setting. Our client is looking for a candidate with extensive capital project experience from a construction perspective or related field and / or significant exposure to delivering in regulated environments and who is commercially astute. Crucially you will be a politically savvy and charismatic leader, with exceptional written and verbal communication skills.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a Programme Manager with capital / regulated projects experience to join a high profile central government organisation with great long term prospects. Please apply with your CV ASAP.

  • Adhere to and drive sound health & safety, quality and commercial standards; and the structure to ensure the programmes/projects meets its objectives
  • Drive and own agreement amongst stakeholders as to what the projected benefits are
  • Must own, clarify and certify the strategic fit of programme/project within the business and supporting the development of an effective change control process
  • Strategically monitor delivery of objectives and benefits, taking appropriate action where necessary to ensure the successful delivery, commercial fit and economic needs
  • Own the programme/project brief and business case including defining the governance
  • Must retain the aims of the planned change to continue to be aligned with the direction of the business and establish a firm basis for the programme/project during its initiation and definition
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders and ensure customer service is a key consideration in developing and delivering projects.
  • Identify and secure the necessary investment for the business case (this includes both budget and operational resource) and identify what level of funding the completed project/programme commits the organisation to once delivered (including ongoing asset management costs for the life span of the delivered product)
  • Understand the broader organisational delivery perspective and its impact on the project
  • Ownership for a coherent programme/project structure and that logical plans maintained
  • Work with the Divisional Director and other Programme Leader’s to build a fully operational strategy, sponsorship function and clear communication processes
  • Develop strong and effective engagement between the project team and its stakeholders and sponsors, justifying their trust and retaining their confidence and obtain their commitment to benefits realisation
  • Provide the clarity on the handoffs from the strategy and sponsorship function to other parts of Major Projects and Highways England (including Capital Portfolio Management and Strategy and Planning)
  • Work closely with each Major Projects service areas to drive efficiencies, value and governance
  • Own and drive high levels of health and safety standards to meet our customer needs and quality requirements across the programme/project. Make recommendations to continually improve our health & safety standards, share best practice examples and any lessons learnt with stakeholders and inter-dependencies
  • Ensure adequate and flexible resources and capability to deliver the project and benefits.
  • In some instances, line management responsibilities to manage performance, maintaining and building capability.
Person Specification:
  • Take responsibility - including putting things right when they go wrong, and ensuring that recognition is given when they go right
  • Have a good understanding of the business delivery issues associated with the programme/project
  • Be a senior reputable figure (a peer) approved by the leadership team and have delegated authority to be Programme Leader for the programme/project
  • Be visible, engaged and an active leader, not just a figurehead
  • Have sufficient experience and the right skills to carry the full responsibilities of the role.
  • An Programme Leader must be someone who can:
    • Broker relationships with stakeholders within and outside a programme and/or project
    • Create an open, honest and positive culture committed to delivering at pace
    • Deploy delegated authority to ensure that the programme/project achieves its objectives
    • Drive a proactive and positive influence, advice and guidance network to programme and project managers; create a structure of efficiency to support individuals to deliver and build a legacy for continued success
    • Acknowledge their own skills or knowledge gaps and structure the board and programme/ project team accordingly
    • Give the time required to perform the role effectively
    • Negotiate well and influence people
    • Challenge when appropriate and escalate quickly
    • Be aware of the broader perspective and how it affects the programme/project
    • Represent the interests of the programme/project through effective networking with peers and key stakeholders
    • Be honest and frank about programme/project progress

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