Programme Director

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We need a Programme Director with exceptional leadership skills to steer large scale, major organisational transformational programmes. They are expertly adept in the strategic planning and orchestration of multimillion-pound programmes to guarantee that business transformation is executed flawlessly.

We are Cambridge University Press & Assessment, a world-leading academic publisher and assessment organisation and a proud part of the University of Cambridge.


About the role

The Programme Director is responsible for guiding the strategy of transformation programs, presenting recommendations to the board for approval, and then executing the program.

  • You'll implement comprehensive program strategies that aligned with the company's vision and goals. Determine essential outcomes, key deliverable, and necessary resources to guarantee effective program implementation.
  • Collaborating closely with executive board and senior stakeholders to align ensure outcomes are mirroring business requirements.
  • Offer robust leadership to cross functional teams cultivating a culture of teamwork and open communication.
  • Define the program's scope to fulfill the needs of the sponsors, and craft program workstreams/projects into a roadmap endorsed by the Program Board to achieve business benefits.
  • Establish program strategies with stringent control over the program budget and forecasts while maintaining rigorous financial oversight.
  • Actively manage interdependencies between the program and other initiatives or ongoing business operations.
  • Proactively identify and mitigate risks throughout the program's lifecycle. Formulate backup plans to tackle potential obstacles and secure program success.
  • Engage and manage Senior Stakeholders effectively, overseeing deliverables and managing expectations regarding schedules with key stakeholders.
  • Manage relationships with internal and external suppliers to ensure high-quality delivery at competitive prices, adhering to legal, compliance, and procurement standards.


About you

  • Proven track record of championing managing large-scale projects or programs.
  • Successfully deliver recommendations to the executive board .
  • Exemplary experience of supporting the scoping of business cases for and delivering complex programmes with commercial integrity
  • Accustomed to working closely with business stakeholders to establish and track benefits in a global organisation.
  • Strong background in business change initiatives and embedding IT-enabled business change.
  • Experience managing large programme budgets and complex schedules, implementing change in large global organisations.
  • Knowledge and experience in the Education Assessment sector is strongly preferred.
  • Range of SIFA competency skills

If you would like to know more about this opportunity and what will make you successful, please see the full job description attached to the bottom of this vacancy on our careers site.


Rewards and benefits

We will support you to be at your best in work and to live well outside of it. In addition to competitive salaries, we offer a world-class, flexible rewards package, featuring family-friendly and planet-friendly benefits including:

  • 28 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Private medical and Permanent Health Insurance
  • Discretionary annual bonus
  • Group personal pension scheme
  • Life assurance up to 4 x annual salary
  • Green travel schemes


We are a hybrid working organisation, and we offer a range of flexible working options from day one. We expect most hybrid-working colleagues to spend 40-60% of their time at their dedicated office or location. We will also consider other work arrangements if you wish to work more flexibly or require adjustments due to a disability.

Ready to pursue your potential? Apply now.

We review applications on an ongoing basis, with a closing date for all applications being 16th June and interviews are scheduled to take place on week commencing 17th June.

Please note that successful applicants will be subject to satisfactory background checks including DBS due to working in a regulated industry.

Cambridge University Press & Assessment is an approved UK employer for the sponsorship of eligible roles and applicants under the Skilled Worker visa route. Please refer to the website for guidance to understand your own eligibility based on the role you are applying for.


Why join us

Joining us is your opportunity to pursue potential. You'll belong to a collaborative team that's exploring new and better ways to serve students, teachers and researchers across the globe - for the benefit of individuals, society and the world. Sharing our mission will inspire your own growth, development and progress, in an environment which embraces difference, change and aspiration.

Cambridge University Press & Assessment is committed to being a place where anyone can enjoy a successful career, where it's safe to speak up, and where we learn continuously to improve together. We welcome applications from all candidates, regardless of demographic characteristics (age, disability, educational attainment, ethnicity, gender, marital status, neurodiversity, religion, sex, gender identity and sexual identity), cultural, or social class/background.

We believe better outcomes come through diversity of thought, background and approach. We welcome applications from people from all backgrounds and communities, actively seeking to employ people from a wide range of different communities.


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