We’re seeking a proactive and organised Programme Manager to join us in delivering a new and exciting Flood Hydrology Improvements Programme. The team will deliver projects improving hydrometric data, hydrological modelling techniques and our capability in flood hydrology. The programme has a budget of £6 million over the next 5 years, with more than 20 project topic areas delivering the first phase of the Hydrology Roadmap.
• Lead development and approval of business case
• Identify and manage stakeholder relationships and highlight need for senior level support.
• Oversee planning, scheduling and resource estimation for the programme
• Oversee programme risk and issue management. Ensure mitigations are in place, project risk escalation and best practice risk management.
• Maintain overall integrity and coherence of programme and governance framework to support each project. Plan programme assurance activities.
• Ensure dependencies are actively managed
• Build project community and raise the profile of the programme across the business
• Provide advice and coaching to project managers and project support officers
• Creation and maintenance of the programme plan and financial reporting, spanning the future five years
• Managing programme board
The team consists of project managers, senior hydrologists, a senior team leader and a grade 7 manager as the programme executive. The team has mixed backgrounds recruited from academia, consultancy and internally. We are a dispersed team spread out across the country.
This team sits within Evidence and Risk (E&R), a national team of 140 that provides expert analysis and advice to manage flood risk and improve resilience through delivering modelling and hydrology.
• Excellent, proven programme / portfolio management skills, with good knowledge of best practice in programme and project management. Experience of working in a Portfolio / Programme Management Office desirable but not essential.
• Demonstrates success in influencing project managers, Deputy Directors, and team members, providing constructive challenge and coaching/support in order to drive programmes with pace, and to clear hurdles
• Shows leadership and can gain credibility, respect and co-operation throughout the business by showing the appropriate leadership behaviours
• A successful track record of planning and delivery in a complex business environment
• A good working knowledge of procurement practices, and working with technology providers and providers of scientific expertise
• Experience in pipeline prioritisation, project assurance, writing or assuring business cases, and benefit management also desirable.
Contact and additional information
We welcome internal and external applicants from any background who can bring ideas and experience into the team. The Environment Agency is a great employer who looks after its staff, with flexible working arrangements and a good pension scheme.
The Environment Agency has an incident management role and you will be encouraged to play your part in a way that fits around your work/life balance.
Applications from those wanting full, shared or part-time working arrangements are welcome.
Only answers to the capability questions will be used for interview selection. Interviews will be undertaken remotely.
Applicants must have the right to work in the UK, we will not be able to provide sponsorship for this role.
For more information please contact Anita Asadullah: [email protected] 07810057266
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Closing Date: 05/12/2021, 23:55 hours
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Competence 1: Builds and Sustains Relationships
Competency description: Develops and maintains effective working relationships.
In this role you will work with and share information with colleagues both internal and external to the department. It can be challenging to maintain relationships with so many stakeholders, however strong relationships will be critical to supporting and assuring projects, particularly when they are facing challenges.
Describe with a specific example how you have built collaborative relationships with project/ programme stakeholders in order to develop better ways of working and secure successful project and programme outcomes. Describe how you have dealt with any blockers or challenges to collaboration.
Competence 2: Programme and Project Management
Competency Description: Selects, plans and manages contractors, programmes or events to achieve a set of Environment Agency objectives cost-effectively.
A strong understanding of Programme Management is essential in delivering the programme and supporting projects.
Describe a complex project or programme of work that you have been instrumental in helping to successfully deliver. What was your role? Describe how you managed the project / programme, explaining what tools are used to track and report progress, how you managed risks and issues, and the assurance activities you undertook.
Competence 3: Influences and Persuades Others
Competency description: Presenting a case in a convincing and attractive way that will win people over, encouraging them to follow plans willingly; often succeeding where logic and reason alone would fail.
In order to deliver the assurance elements of this role, the post-holder will need to be able to convince busy project stakeholders to share information with the programme and engage in programme activities.
Please describe a situation where you have needed to influence others in order to achieve your project / programme objectives. What was the situation, how did you approach this, did you have to adjust your expectations, and what was at risk if you weren’t able to persuade them to do what you required?
If you are applying from the Civil Service please note that the Environment Agency is not a part of HM Civil Service and you would not be a Crown Servant in the event of being appointed. Therefore, you will not be eligible for continuous service. For applicants who currently work in local government or other bodies listed in the Redundancy Payments (Continuity of Employment in Local Government etc) (Modification) Order 1999, you may be eligible for continuous service for the purpose of calculating any future redundancy payment. If you are unsure of your status then you should contact your own HR Team.
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