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One Public Estate Programme Manager OCC10733

Job Details:

Salary Range:          £41,675 - £52,492 per annum
Work Location:         County Hall, Oxford
Hours per week:       37.00
Contract type:           Temporary (2 years)
Closing date:             2 May 2019
Interview date:          13 May 2019


Are you motivated to deliver excellent public services and value for money?


One Public Estate is an exciting government programme promoting the co-location and integration of public sector services and the rationalisation of property assets. Organisations from across the public sector in Oxfordshire have come together in a partnership to deliver this agenda. 


Due to the success of our approach we are looking for a Programme Manager to join the team to support delivery of our growing programme of partnership projects.


The role will require you to support the Partnership, work with project managers to progress projects in the programme including managing governance processes, communications to stakeholders, reporting to central government and developing opportunities for future projects.


We are looking for someone with experience of partnership working across complex organisations who is able to build strong relationships. Strong programme management and communication skills are critical to the success of the role.


The role is externally funded full time for two years although flexible working options will be considered.

This partnership role is hosted by the county council in central Oxford but will involve regular travel around the county.

Job Purpose:

This post is pivotal to the success of the One Public Estate programme across Oxfordshire. The post holder will challenge current working practices and have a considerable impact on the partners organisations – introducing innovative and effective solutions that will transform the delivery of services countywide.


The post holder is responsible for
a)    developing the programme to achieve efficiency gains and savings through the delivery of One Public Estate and partnership projects across the county;
b)    managing specific projects in line with the Partnership’s priorities ensuring objectives and deadlines are met and are aligned with partners organisational strategies
c)    challenging current working practices and influencing the pace and take up of a new culture of co-location;
d)    ensuring that all relevant host organisation policies and procedures as well as partnership governance arrangements are adhered to and concerns are raised in accordance with these policies.

Job Responsibilities:

1.    Create, manage and deliver key strategic programmes and projects under the Oxfordshire One Public Estate Partnership.

2.    Provide strategic support to senior management on partnership projects and to work with the Asset and Investment Manager to define change activities, identifying the critical success factors, requirements and targets of change. 

3.    Oversee project managers, professional service providers and consultants to ensure project portfolios are successfully delivered. Provide challenge to project managers and key business leads regarding programme delivery.  

4.    Create, manage and deliver a programme of One Public Estate projects and work with others facilitating and leading a stream of improvements across the county.

5.    To work with stakeholders to identify the business justification, establishing project objectives and benefits, metrics, risk and financial data. Define the project scope, impacts, costs, deliverables and schedule

6.    Act as a champion for performance based culture and change within projects and  work with colleagues and partners to achieve the desired outcomes;

7.    Foster partnerships to develop effective relationships with suppliers and customers including negotiating on behalf of the services on a range of issues.

8.    Contribute tangibly towards the vision of the council and Partnership; 

9.    Be accountable for relevant streams of programme budgets, ensuring effective and efficient use of programme funding.

Essential Role Requirements:

Educational achievements, Qualifications and Training;
•    A degree or equivalent level qualification or an equivalent level of professional experience
•    High level analytical skills and ability to interpret and communicate complex written information


Knowledge and Understanding
•    You will have strong strategic awareness.
•    Extensive knowledge and understanding of performance and business improvement principles and practices
•    Strong knowledge, understanding and application of best practice programme and project management frameworks 
•    Strong understanding of continuous improvement, and visual management processes, techniques and tools
•    Excellent understanding of local government and other public sector organisations political and decision making processes


•    Experienced in development and delivery of transformational change or building programmes. 
•    Experience in influencing and persuading senior managers to take specific courses of action
•    Experience of formulating recommendations for senior management and policy makers and implementing proposals
•    Significant experience in developing, implementing and evaluating change management programmes, involving multiple stakeholders
•    Proven track record of delivering successful process change or other work changes in a complex environment involving buildings or of achieving business improvement results within a large organisation
•    Excellent track record of identifying and delivering innovative and creative solutions to complex business problems;
•    Excellent change management and stakeholder management experience  

Essential Role Requirements (continued):

•    You will be a flexible change agent who is highly motivated and has an ability to challenge existing practices in a constructive way to encourage others to embrace new disciplines and challenges;
•    You will be an effective communicator at all levels with excellent communication skills and an ability to communicate (both orally and in writing) to a wide range of audiences on complex matters and to persuade managers to adopt new practices by documenting preferred solutions and implementation plans and bringing others with you at the same time;
•    You will be a good relationship manager, able to work consistently well across a wide group of stakeholders, working well a matrix of relationships
•    You will be a formal problem solver, someone of good judgement who can apply quality techniques from brainstorming to data driven problem diagnostics to the design of solutions and who has a proactive challenging style combined with an ability to find creative and effective solutions oriented to achieve higher levels of performance;
•    You will be a ‘completer-finisher’ by nature and you will be able to skilfully lead and manage teams of co-workers that have process in common. 
•    You will be someone who finishes what you start and delivers to deadlines on the commitments you make with excellent time and task management skills combined with ability to work under pressure; 
•    You will have sound judgement forging the right balance between work rearrangement and a full embrace the potential of new technologies, ways of working;
•    You will have excellent project management discipline and team working skills.
•    You will be committed to driving performance and improving customer service;
•    You will be highly organised, and positive and you will always put team performance first;
•    You will be able to take charge of the job and promote a clear sense of purpose, motivating others to achieve process improvement goals;
•    You will be able to coach and sell change by others in a supportive and empathic hands-on way

Desirable Role Requirements:

Educational achievements, Qualifications and Training:
•    An operational focus as part of a degree or post-graduate qualification
•    Formal nationally recognised project or programme management qualification;


Knowledge and Understanding
•    Strong knowledge and understanding of current local government and public sector issues,
•    Good understanding of HR or Finance processes
•    Extensive experience of working across organisational and service boundaries 
•    Excellent knowledge and understanding of corporate programme and project management framework (including related procedures)


•    Experience of working for a large and complex organisation


•    You will have excellent numeracy skills with an ability to analyse and interpret statistical and other business information and communicate key issues that arise from this.
•    You will have an innovative and imaginative approach to problem solving with a proven ability to use ICT effectively to support and enhance benefits for the organisation from a change programme

Contact details for an informal discussion:

Claire Phillips, Asset and Investment Team Manager on 07785 453260


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