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Senior Project Manager – GDF Digital Transition | Harwell | Flexible Working

Senior Project Manager – GDF Digital Transition

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Harwell | Flexible Working
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57000 - 69000
Job Description

We have an exciting new opportunity for a Senior Project Manager to join our expanding team in Harwell, Oxfordshire.

As part of this role, your primary responsibility will be delivering IT & digital transformation projects focused on process, systems & tools change to enable the GDF Programme to transition to its Target Operating Model for the next Tranche of the Programme.  This is a transformational change as the scale of the activity increases greatly and the Programme begins work with major supply chain partners in a new delivery model.  

Reporting to the Head of IT Programme Delivery, this role will work in a matrix working environment, reporting into the GDF Programme Manager within the GDF Programme Directorate.

There are no expected line management duties with this role, but the role is likely to have project management and coordination duties for various persons within NWS and the supply chain.

Close liaison with those delivering other change activity including the GDF Transition Project Manager, GDF Programme Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and those leading NWS’ Transformation Programme and NWS’ Digital Programme.  

Roles and Responsibilities
  • Own and lead relevant projects to ensure delivery to the agreed project objectives and within the baseline constraints
  • Ensure that effective governance and control is exercised over the projects
  • Ensure integrated planning across projects and up into relevant programmes
  • Accurate reporting
  • Provide effective leadership and support of project teams
  • Work with functional leads, subject matter experts and programme managers to successfully deliver transformation projects, tasks and activities
  • Management of supply chain including contract management (contract specific training will be provided). 
  • Identify and mange stakeholder relationships
  • Responsible for the provision of visible and effective leadership of IT & digital transformation projects, setting out the organisational vision, the activities, milestones, and deliverables needed to get there.  Responsible for scoping and defining the work plan and for ensuring that the work is delivered to time, cost and quality.  Responsible for planning, budgeting, management arrangements, records and reporting for the projects.
  • Ensuring that the IT & digital transformation interests and needs of the GDF Programme are met and aligned with wider change activity delivered by NWS’ Transformation Programme.  Coordinating transformation activity with other change activity including that of digital change, technical capability development and Intelligent Customer and Intelligent Client initiatives.  
Experience Required
  • Significant understanding and experience of IT & digital Transformation, preferably in the context of major infrastructure projects.  
  • Experienced leading IT & digital change (processes, systems, tools) with the ability to work with an organisation that is undergoing significant transformation and can demonstrate a proven ability to conform to shifting priorities, demands and timelines through analytical and problem-solving capabilities.
  • Experience (5 to 10 years plus) of leading and delivering significant multi £m scale projects 
  • Significant experience of planning for and delivering training and large workshops
  • Experience leading, motivating and managing multi-disciplinary teams, including internal and external resources, to drive integration, teamwork and problem solving while holding teams accountable for performance.
  • Visible leadership – able to lead through engaging, motivating, coaching and empowering others.
  • Collaboration – able to establish and develop collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders, bringing people together to benefit projects.
  • Working with ambiguity – able to build consensus and set direction in uncertain situations and apply knowledge and techniques to reduce ambiguity.
  • Conflict resolution – able to recognise, anticipate and effectively deal with existing or potential conflicts or disconnects at individual, team or strategic levels.
  • Communication – demonstrably strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders, both internal and external to the organisation.
  • Preferably degree qualified; chartered or member of career relevant organisation.  
What is in it for you
  • On appointment to an RWM, full-time staff are entitled to a generous annual holiday allowance of 38 days’ annual leave. LLWR up to 43 days in addition to a buy/sell scheme
  • Rewarding performance (bonus scheme)
  • We offer a generous above average pension scheme
  • learning and development support
  • payment of relevant annual professional subscriptions
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Financial advice assistance
  • Flexible working
  • Extended family-friendly policies
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • We welcome flexible and agile working practices
  • Flexible working requests can be submitted from day 1 of employment
Equality Diversity Inclusion

We value the unique differences that each of our colleagues bring to work every day and are committed to creating an environment where everyone feels respected, included and able to perform at their best. We are committed to creating a workplace that is diverse and inclusive. We value the diversity of our people and actively seek to have a workforce that represents the rich diversity of the communities we support. Currently we are underrepresented in some areas, and would particularly welcome applicants from Women, Black, Asian and Ethnic Minorities, LGBTQ+ and candidates who have a disability.

In promoting equal opportunities, we welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We select people according to their abilities and our needs. As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet all of the essential criteria for the vacancy. In cases where we have a high volume of disabled candidates who meet all of the essential criteria, we will interview the best candidates from within that group. 

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