Programme Management Office Manager

Reference HQ00020615
Service Cambridgeshire County Council
Contract Type Temporary
Duration Three months initially/up to six months
Location Cambridgeshire
Job Type Full-time
Start Date ASAP
Hours per week 37
Rate £22.60 per hour

About the job:

As a Programme Management Officer Manager for Cambridgeshire County Council through Opus Cambridgeshire, you will be responsible for a team of five, with three direct reports, plus one Consultant, to project manage the new transport infrastructure for economic wellbeing of Cambridgeshire.

Remote working from home during Covid-19/Shire Hall, relocating to Alconbury Weald. Some visits to offices/sites as required throughout Cambridgeshire

This is a temporary job for three months initially/up to six months.

  • Develop, effective programme management systems to ensure that programme aims are achieved and projects remain on track and on budget.
  • Provide project and programme management expertise both to the teams and on the largest and most complex projects, ensuring all projects adhere to the project process and procedures in place and all project documentation is produced to the required standard.
  • Ensure that all project plans are fully maintained and up-to-date and feed into the overall MID project plan.
  • Oversee the development of project risk registers and ensure they are constructed using the MID risk register template.
  • Ensure that project delivery plans and programmes are defined against agreed performance targets and built to time and to budget and quality specifications.
  • Provide regular reporting to HoS/Directorate, including analysis and evaluation of progress, with respect to the current and forecast status on assigned projects. Identify potential difficulties with project delivery and take appropriate remedial action.
  • Lead on the development and compliance of environmental polices relating to major projects.
  • Ensure adherence to the approved Assurance Framework
  • Actively engage and lead on relationship management with key partners such as our service provider, the District Councils, Department for Transport, Highways England, Network Rail, Environment Agency, Local Enterprise Partnership, Community Groups and others as required, to deliver infrastructure projects.
  • Realise the benefits of a flexible approach to work in undertaking the duties and responsibilities of this job, and participating in multi-disciplinary, cross-department and cross-organisational groups and project teams.
  •  Support with Project Management Teams stakeholder engagement work for the Programme.
  • Ensure that service objectives align with local community and business needs to deliver outcomes that align with Council objectives.
  • Monitor the emerging policies and systems relating to customer services and consultation of work programmes and projects for the Major Projects including City Deal works. These programmes and projects should meet the needs of users and the local community by actively seeking input from local communities, businesses, Councillors, key stakeholders and potential users, throughout the development and delivery of work, aligning fully with City Board expectations.
  • Manage, control and monitor the Capital Programme of works ensuring monthly progress reports on expenditure, and bids for LEP /DfT and other sources are prepared and submitted by the PM in a timely way.
  • Jointly Manage the forward expenditure plan for all Capital Programmes, highlight expenditure shortfalls to HoS and report to Executive Board
  • Lead on the implementation of risk monitoring and management processes in accordance with corporate guidelines.
  • Report on corporate risks of projects / programmes associated with each project through the project / programme and corporate risk register as necessary.
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant Health and Safety legislation and best practice in the planning, design and delivery of projects and work programmes.
  • Ensure contractual processes are developed and followed
  • Maximise the use of Capital Expenditure and City Deal Growth Funds to ensure services across the organisation – Skills, Housing and Local Schemes are managed, developed and aligned with co-operative objectives.
  • Contribute to the development of strategies for programming transport infrastructure projects and providing advice on feasibility and costs of potential schemes.
  • Provide effective leadership to support Project Managers and officers and work with the Head of Service to create a culture of empowerment, ownership, openness and transparency.

The successful candidate will have extensive/specialist/technical knowledge and undertaking of project management processes and procedures together with an understanding of the role/function of a Programme Management office.  Proven experience of financial and resource planning and the ability to deliver value for money on major contacts and operate in a multi-disciplinary financial environment engaging wit stakeholders is required, together with the ability to establish and implement effective performance measure and evaluate service quality.

  • Holiday entitlement of up to 36 days per annum, pro-rata (including bank holidays) where applicable
  • Permanent equivalent council pay rates offered from commencement
  •  Pension contribution from employer
  •  Flexible working hours
  • Opus candidates hear about jobs first
  •  Opportunity to apply for permanent positions as an ‘internal candidate’
  •  Gain experience to support permanent applications


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