Head of Programmes and Projects Management Office

Head of Programmes and Projects Management Office
Abingdon Rd, Culham, UK

Department: PPMO
Salary: £70,000 to £75,000 + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
Confirmed Grade: Level 7
Site Location: UKAEA Culham, Oxfordshire

Company Description

By 2050, the planet could be using twice as much electricity compared to today. Are you interested in leading a team contributing to shape the future of the world's energy? If so, read on.

Fusion, the process that powers the Sun and Stars, is one of the most promising options for generating the cleaner, carbon-free energy that our world badly needs. UKAEA are at the forefront of realising energy from fusion, working with industry and research partners to deliver the ground-breaking developments that will underpin tomorrow's fusion power stations with the aim of bringing fusion electricity to the grid.

As we work towards our mission and goals, UKAEA has devised values that capture the spirit of how we work. These values include being: Innovative, Committed, Trusted and Collaborative.

Job Description
Who are we looking for?

UKAEA have an excellent opportunity for a Head of Programmes and Projects Management Office (PPMO) to effectively lead the PPMO in the development of a clear vision for its function underpinned with clear operating procedures. Championing the use of best practice project management standards and processes, this role will oversee the delivery of all UKAEA major programmes and projects, leading and developing a team of experienced project and programme management professionals.

We are looking for an individual with excellent communication, presentation, and negotiating skills. Working with the UKAEA leadership team, you will have strong project and programme management acumen, good judgement and clarity of thought that facilitates decisiveness, and proven experience in contributing to the development and delivery of organisational strategy.

You will also be able to demonstrate good commercial acumen in the placement of contracts for management resource and specialist hardware, forming productive relationships with framework suppliers

What will you be responsible for?

As Head of Programmes and Projects Management Office you will be responsible for developing and maintaining a consolidated current and future resource plan for all major projects and programmes in the UKAEA portfolio. Working with the COO you will recruit, motivate and develop the resource capacity and capability to deliver across the UKAEA portfolio of programmes and projects now and in the future.

More specifically, responsibilities will include the following:

- Provide central governance across UKAEA's major programmes and projects by monitoring, challenging and reviewing all data at project boards and oversight committee, and by working with sponsors, programmes, and project managers to identify resource needs and manage budget, quality, delivery and risk.
- Ensure that UKAEA's delivery professionals have the appropriate level of competence and support for the size and complexity of the projects required.
- Oversee the provision of programme and project management training, development and mentoring.
- Lead on cultural change within projects and programmes, maintaining Programme and Project Management and Sponsors Forums for sharing best practice.
- Continuously develop tools and processes for project and programme delivery. Provide data on benefits, milestones, cost and schedule for programmes and projects.
Essential skills, experience and competence required

- Educated to degree level or equivalent
- Qualified in at least two of the following: PRINCE 2, APM, MSP, MoP, MoR, Agile Project Management or P3O
- Experience of working in government bodies and institutions with the public finance and procurement rules that this entails
- Substantial experience of management and delivery of large programmes and projects (>£100M) Management of a PMO that both reports on project data, providing governance oversight and manages the deployment of competent project resources
- Ability to drive good project / programme sponsor behaviours through collaboration / negotiation Conversant with PMO IT tools such as MS Project online / Primavera P6 / ERM systems such as U4BW
- Proven track record of proactively promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion at work.
Desirable skills, experience and competence

- Honours Degree in a discipline with a management aspect
- Excellent understanding of the wider issues impacting on the UKAEA
- Experience of interfacing with scientific and engineering teams
- Experience of financial management of significant budget

Additional Information
What we offer

- A competitive salary
- A culture committed to being fully inclusive, supported by a Being Inclusive Strategy and Inclusion Ambassadors
- An Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, with a full calendar of health and wellbeing initiatives
- Flexible working options including family friendly policies
- Emergency leave (paid)
- 30.5 days annual leave (including privilege days and 3 days between Christmas and New Year) increased with length of service
- Wide range of career development opportunities (e.g professional registration, internal promotions, coaching and mentoring programme)
- Outstanding defined benefit pension scheme
- Annual corporate bonus scheme
- Relocation allowance (if eligible)
We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly from individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities, (visible and hidden) and women. Our dedicated 'Equality, Diversity and Inclusion' (EDI) partner, with the support from our Inclusion Ambassadors, is actively promoting EDI and taking steps to increase the diversity of our people through reinforcing best practice in recruitment and selection, and revaluating approaches where it is clear we can remove barriers to success. We are easily accessible by car and are a 10-minute walk from Culham Railway Station in Oxfordshire.

Please be advised that this vacancy is due to close on 28/06/2021 . We may close earlier than this date if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.

Please note all employees working at the UK Atomic Energy Authority will be required to complete an online Disclosure Certificate application as part of their clearance - The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks will show the details of all current criminal convictions (convictions considered unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) or will confirm that there are no such convictions.

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29/06/2021 11:11:00
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