Programme Manager - Future Parks
Cambridgeshire County Council
5th September 2019
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2 Year Fixed Term
Overall purpose of the job
The Future Parks Accelerator (FPA) is a new national strategic initiative from the National Trust, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government. It will enable a cohort of nine places across the UK to develop innovative solutions to secure and enhance the future of their public parks and green spaces. Seven local authorities and the Local Nature Partnership across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have joined forces and secured FPA support to develop new ways of working in partnership, in order to secure abright future for the county's parks in a context of unprecedented growth. The two-year programme will work to develop a strategic, cross-sector partnership approach between Cambridgeshire and Peterborough's local authorities, developers, charities, communities and businesses.
This role is a project manager to lead the Future Parks Accelerator project working with and inspiring all of the project partners and wider stakeholders to deliver the project objectives to time, to budget and to high quality.This is a new role with a high level of decision making and accountability and experience of public service transformation would be ideal. The role would suit experienced project managers from a range of sectors including parks and landscapes, programme management, planning and development.
1. In collaboration with the Executive Board and the Project Team, scope, co-design and develop a new 25-year green space strategy, delivery model and business plan.
2. Identify and influence key stakeholders within and outside the key partner organisations, in order to build widespread consensus and secure high-level support for the models developed through co-design.
3. Support effective communication and collaboration, both internally and externally, by establishing efficient reporting systems, communicating with stakeholders, running workshops and facilitating co-operative working.
4. Establish and maintain robust performance management, budgetary control, risk management and reporting systems, in order to manage cross-cutting workstreams and ensure high-quality deliverables are achieved in a timely manner.
5. Procure and manage consultants and specialist teams brought in to support the partners' strategic thinking on varied elements of the FPA programme.
6. Draw together research, advice and expert recommendations, including complex financial and business data, in order to synthesise findings and progress recommendations to the Project Team, Executive Board, and elected members.
7. Support effective project governance, helping to co-ordinate meetings of the Project Board and Project Management Team, and ensuring joint decisions are reached efficiently and robustly.
8. Manage relevant service re-designs and change management taking place as a result of FPA project findings.
9. Develop, implement and maintain sound business and financial reporting practices within the framework of the Council's Financial Regulations and Future Parks Accelerator funding.
10. Demonstrate awareness/understanding of equal opportunities and other people's behavioural, physical, social and welfare needs.
Qualifications, knowledge, skills and experience
Minimum level of qualifications required for this job
Degree or equivalent qualification (Essential)
Other qualifications or equivalent (Essential)
Undergraduate degree in any subject (ideally business management, project
management or environment or science-based subject) (Essential)
Project Management qualifications e.g. Prince 2 or Agile (Essential)
Minimum levels of knowledge, skills and experience required for this job
Knowledge /Technical Requirements
-Ability to provide complex technical advice and explain and communicate proposals with wide-ranging and significant impacts for the Council in simple language to promote clear actions (Essential)
-Detailed experience of managing complex projects including business planning, budget management processes, procurement procedures and contract / commissioning processes and risk management (Essential)
-Ability to find solutions to issues and challenges arising from managing complex projects (Essential)
-Detailed knowledge and experience of working with and managing external consultants and specialist companies
-Detailed knowledge of current EU procurement legislation, public sector financial policies, procedures and practices (Desirable)
-Detailed, in-depth knowledge and application of Project Management theory and practical techniques to enable the monitoring and control of multiple projects, particularly risk management and mitigation (Desirable)
Leadership and change management
-Experience of managing teams to deliver complex programmes (Essential)
-The ability to coach, inspire, mentor and grow talent within the project teams to provide succession planning Experience in promoting and delivering shared priorities with team members and others (Essential)
-Ability to present and report to senior management and wide range of stakeholders (Essential)
-Strong analytical skills with the ability to analyse, translate, present and disseminate complex information (Essential)
-Ability to analyse find creative and innovative solutions, make recommendations, and take decisions leading to positive action (Essential)
-Demonstrable and extensive experience of managing change, service redesign and transformation (Essential)
-Ability to influence effectively in critical decisions for desired outcomes and to provide constructive challenge (Essential)
-Developed project and planning skills, with the ability to prepare and implement focused action plans based on the development and effective implementation of quality management systems and good practice (Essential)
-Committed to personal development and ability to drive development of team members Experience of writing and assessing business cases of complex projects (Essential)
-Demonstrable track record of excellent organisation, planning and prioritising skills, time management, and attention to detail (Essential)
Partnership Working, Collaborating and Influencing
- Experience of working with partners at a strategic level so as to achieve mutual benefits for all partnering organisations (Essential)
-Demonstrated experience of working diverse stakeholders and partners, to efficiently deliver a range of projects that meet customer needs (Essential)
-Experience of working in local government organisations, sensitivity to the political environment, and evidence of working constructively with elected Members, partner organisations, and staff at all levels (Essential)
Excellent interpersonal skills, listening and communication skills, including negotiating, influencing and challenging at a senior level (Essential)
Work to promote mutual respect, good relations and inclusion
-Ability to provide a service to a diverse range of service users, partner organisations, staff, etc. to promote good relations and equality (Essential)
-Ability to review and drive constructive change to service delivery to improve accessibility for different sections of the community (Essential)
-Experience of handling conflict and managing sensitive issues to achieve positive outcomes (Essential)
-Demonstrated commitment to community empowerment, and experience in consulting and engaging with volunteers, community representatives and diverse communities (Essential)
Work related circumstances
-Ability and willingness to undertake regular travel within the County, and occasional travel across the UK for FPA cohort meetings and liaison (Essential)
Working Type: Flexible