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Programme and Project Management

Senior Project Manager – 67436
£37,683 – £48,067
National

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We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity.

Overview 

The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) protects people in England and Wales who may not have the mental capacity to make certain decisions for themselves, such as about their health and finance. We are an Executive Agency of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), set up in 2007 following the introduction of the Mental Capacity Act of 2005. 
OPG is responsible for registering lasting powers of attorney (LPA) and enduring powers of attorney (EPA) and supervising deputies who are appointed by the Court of Protection.

OPG is currently going through an extensive period of exciting change. This will be delivered by our transformation programme and the introduction of innovative digital services. The ambitious plan is about changing the way we provide these services. It will help us meet the growing needs of our users, partners and our stakeholders. It will make sure our users experience a better level of support. Overall, it will help us to respond to the changing needs of society. This is so we can better support adults at risk and create high-quality services that are accessible and affordable.

Job description

This role provides an exciting opportunity to play a vital part in the delivery of the OPG’s portfolio, leading and implementing significant projects across OPG.  

If successful, you will lead / manage the project and the project team on a day-to-day basis. You will be responsible for driving and overseeing the delivery of the project to ensure that the objectives are clearly defined and achieved within the agreed time, cost and quality constraints. As Project Manager, you will play a key role in project governance and working with stakeholders to ensure the agreed project outputs are delivered to enable benefits to be realised.

You will work collaboratively with wider project management colleagues from across the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and the wider civil service to share best practise and role model the skills needed across the organisation. 

Key responsibilities of the role:

•    Delivery – Create and lead the project to deliver the agreed outcomes within time, cost and quality constraints.
•    Project Management – Day-to-day management and leadership of the project and the project team. Set project controls. Design the project structure appropriate to stage. Select and apply appropriate delivery methodologies.
•    Project initiation and investment – Coordinate development of the Project Initiation & Investment Document (PIID).
•    Budget – Track delivery within budget.
•    Resources – Schedule / manage resources to deliver the project. You may work independently or with a small team.
•    Benefits Realisation – Ensure benefits are identified, understood, measured, tracked and owned. Ensure appropriate Benefits Realisation Strategy is in place and monitor longer-term delivery of benefits against the Business Case.
•    Stakeholder Management – Identify key stakeholders and develop effective relationships.
•    Risks and Issues – Identify and monitor project risks and issues. Develop mitigating actions and escalate as appropriate.
•    Governance – Provide key reports and support effective governance and decision-making.
•    Assurance – Support or set appropriate project assurance.
•    Change Management – Ensure effective Change Management processes are in place to agree and document changes to deliverables as agreed with stakeholders.
•    Guidance and Support – Seek appropriate support, guidance and coaching from the project community. Show commitment to personal development. Promote effective individual and team performance.
•    Project Performance and Controls – Build a Project Plan and apply appropriate project principles to deliver stated objectives. Identify and set appropriate Project Controls. Track and report delivery against milestones.

Other responsibilities/duties:

•    Potential line management responsibility.
•    Provide a flexible approach to support wider team and organisational goals.
•    Live OPG’s Values (Purpose, Openness, Humanity, Together).
•    Public Guardian Investigation Reports sign-off.
•    Work collaboratively with MoJ and wider government.

Essential skills and experience

•    Experience of managing projects and working in a project management environment.
•    Ability to manage budgets and experience of forecasting and monitoring project expenditure.
•    Experience of developing relevant project management reporting to provide assurance to governance boards.
•    Experience of developing business cases/Project Initiation documents to secure investment and agreement for change.
•    Excellent stakeholder relationship management skills.
•    Excellent organisational and leadership skills.

Highly Desirable

•    Relevant Project Management qualification.
•    Experience of working in a transformational environment.
•    Experience/understanding of multiple project methodologies.

Application process

This recruitment will follow the Success Profiles process. You are invited to complete a Personal Statement (of up to 750 words) and a CV section. Your Personal Statement and CV will be considered by the selection panel against the Essential Experience and Technical Skills required for this role as set out above and in the accompanying Candidate Information Pack. 

Please note that in the event that the volume of applications received exceeds expectations we may sift on the CV alone.

If you are successful at sift, you will be invited to an interview which will follow the Success Profiles process. At interview candidates should expect strength-based questions and questions relating to the following Civil Service behaviours:

•    Making Effective Decisions
•    Communicating and Influencing
•    Delivering at Pace

You will also be asked to prepare a short presentation for the interview followed by a Q&A (further information will be shared with shortlisted candidates).

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Minimum starting salary of £37,683 per annum

Salary

The national salary range is £37,683 - £41,506, London salary range is £43,647 - £48,067. Your salary will be dependent on your base location.

Additional Information

Working Arrangements & Further Information

The MoJ offers Hybrid Working arrangements where business need allows. This is an informal, non-contractual form of flexible working that blends working from your base location, different MoJ sites and / or from home (please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas). Some roles will not be suitable for Hybrid Working. Similarly, Hybrid Working will not suit everyone’s circumstances. Arrangements will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate(s) and subject to regular review.

For nationally advertised roles, the successful candidate(s) will be appointed to a MoJ office location, which may include their nearest Justice Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. This will be discussed and agreed on the completion of pre-employment checks.

Some of MoJ’s terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on ‘modernised’ terms in their current post or onto ‘unmodernised’ MoJ terms if they are on ‘unmodernised’ terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.

Flexible working hours

The Ministry of Justice offers a flexible working system in many offices.

Benefits

The MoJ offers a range of benefits:

Annual Leave

Annual leave is 25 days on appointment and will increase to 30 days after five years’ service.

There is also a scheme to allow qualifying staff to buy or sell up to three days leave each year. Additional paid time off for public holidays and 1 privilege day. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.

Pension

The Civil Service offers a choice of pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.

Training

The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.

Networks

The opportunity to join employee-run networks that have been established to provide advice and support and to enable the views of employees from minority groups to be expressed direct to senior management. There are currently networks for employees of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, employees with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

Support

  • A range of ‘Family Friendly’ policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
  • Access to flexible benefits such as voluntary benefits, retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
  • For moves to or from another employer or moves across the Civil Service this can have implications on your eligibility to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. You may however be eligible for alternative government childcare support schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. More information can be found on GOV.UK or Childcare Choices. You can determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/.
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles. Should you feel that the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles you are able to raise a formal complaint in the following order

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As a Disability Confident employer, MoJ are committed to providing everyone with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, talent and abilities, by making adjustments throughout all elements of the recruitment process and in the workplace. MoJ are able to offer an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns.

You will be able to request reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process within the application form. If you need additional help completing the application form, please contact the SSCL Recruitment Enquiries Team.

We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity.