Imperial - Development Programme Manager










ABOUT IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON Imperial College London is one of the world’s greatest universities, renowned for its ground-breaking research, talented community of staff, students and alumni and its international reach. With a mission to achieve enduring excellence in research and education in science, engineering, medicine and business for the benefit of society, the College was founded in 1907 in South Kensington, bringing together nineteenth-century institutions including the Royal College of Science, the Royal School of Mines and City and Guilds College. Today, Imperial collaborates extensively with neighbouring institutions, including the Royal College of Art and the Royal College of Music.




From its location in this great cultural quarter, Imperial provides one of the world’s best educations in STEM subjects for a student population approaching 22,000, made up of 11,000 undergraduate and 11,000 postgraduate, over half of whom come from overseas, reflecting its status as the UK’s most international university. Its alumni and members also include 14 Nobel laureates and three Fields Medalists. Throughout its history, the College has been involved in many major breakthroughs, including the discovery of penicillin and the creation of the hologram. This tradition has continued with recent innovations such as wirelessly transferring power to drones in flight, the discovery of a new form of light and major new research in climate change, amongst much else. Imperial has four academic faculties – Engineering, Medicine and Natural Sciences, and the Imperial College Business School – as well as a significant number of interdisciplinary research centres focusing on challenging world problems. The College’s mission is supported by 9,000 highly diverse staff, who collaborate widely in the UK and internationally, often across disciplines.

In 2021-2022, the College had a total turnover of £1,163 million, of which £368 million directly supported research through grants and contracts. The College’s 2023 Strategy Refresh will build on underpinning foundations that make Imperial a great academic institution and the talented, diverse and inspirational people who help make up our university community. The College’s success is recognised all over the world, and is evidenced by daily coverage of Imperial discoveries and innovations in the international media. Imperial is a global top ten university. It was ranked 6th in the QS World University Rankings 2023, was named University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, this year’s University of the Year for Student Experience by the Good University Guide, and recently received the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its COVID-19 response. The Research Excellence Framework 2021 confirmed Imperial’s status as a world-class research university. The College ranked top in the UK overall – with a greater proportion of 4* “world-leading” research than any other UK university.

“Imperial College London’s mission is to achieve enduring excellence in research and education in science, engineering, medicine and business for the benefit of society.”

OUR STRATEGY REFRESH Shaping our vision and ambition for Imperial in 10-20 years time. Imperial College London is a world-changing global powerhouse that is truly distinctive. We have tremendous strength and focus on business, engineering, medicine and science. We are known for innovation, entrepreneurship, impact and societal benefit; and we are based in London, one of the greatest cities in the world.

Imperial’s staff, students and alumni are making the world healthier, smarter, safer, more prosperous and more sustainable. But, in a rapidly changing world, what is our ambition for the next two decades? If we are to maximise our potential as a force for good in the world, serve as a powerful catalyst for the UK’s future success; and continue to compete successfully in the top tier globally, we simply cannot stand still.

To be launched in October 2023, Imperial’s new strategy will set our vision and ambition for the next two decades. It will guide our major decisions and position us to grasp new opportunities. And it will inspire others to join us, partner with us and invest in us.

For further details on our Strategy Refresh 2023 click the following link here .

‘It is precisely because of the recent tectonic shifts in our world that it is an opportune time to take a fresh look at Imperial’s strategy’ President Hugh Brady


A platform for innovation, entrepreneurship and multidisciplinary research. We are pioneering new ways of partnering and co-location through an entrepreneurial ecosystem with support, resources and facilities that span ideation, growth and acceleration. Imperial’s White City and Hammersmith Campus is a world-class centre of innovation, discovery and connection – a place where great ideas grow. This integrated multi-disciplinary campus brings together scientific innovation, academic research, and local communities, to create impact at local, national and international scale. Our plans will grow our student base by over 5,000 and enable us to build impactful, and strategic collaborations with partners. We are uniting Hammersmith Hospital, the northern built -out area (I-HUB, Sir Michael Uren Hub, etc) and the southern development pipeline into a welcoming, cohesive, and collaborative environment. A healthy campus, where a diversity of people live, work and play throughout the day.

Learn more about our White City Campus here.



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DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION As a leading institution in the heart of London, Imperial College proudly upholds a longstanding commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion. Valuing the diversity of our community is one of the four cornerstones of our recent strategy and we further inclusion and equality through numerous formal and informal practices across our institution.

Why embracing equality, diversity and inclusion matters: In order to ask the right questions and come up with the useful answers we need to harness the best minds across the broadest perspectives. Our community therefore needs to be diverse, inclusive and based on equality. Embracing equality, diversity and inclusion is not simply a matter of complying with the law, though clearly we are bound by its provisions. Nor is it simply a matter of social justice, though as a public institution it is absolutely right that we should strive to be representative of the society we serve. Nor is it an alternative to traditional notions of excellence. Rather, our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion recognises the fact that excellence comes in many forms. If Imperial is to thrive in a world that has never been

Our aim is to embed equality, diversity, and inclusion into all of our work at Imperial. We take pride in our declared mission “to achieve enduring excellence in research and education in science, engineering, medicine and business for the benefit of society.” This reflects our civic role as a repository for knowledge and culture, as an institution that fosters independent and critical reflection, and as an agent of positive societal change. As a university, we are defined by our community of staff and students. Therefore, we will only succeed in our mission by cultivating an environment that respects, supports and celebrates all the people who come to Imperial, enabling them to enrich the world and their own lives through work and study.

positive member of our community. • Set priorities for the leadership behaviours that are important to our staff. • Build a culture where positive behaviour is recognised and rewarded, and poor conduct is addressed. • Support our College community to develop the confidence and skills to demonstrate our values effectively. • Provide a platform from which to improve our working practices and culture continuously.

more diverse and interdependent, and to play its full part in advancing social progress and mobility through research, teaching, clinical practice, entrepreneurship, outreach and public engagement, we must become more cognisant of the benefits that will flow from moving equality, diversity and inclusion to the heart of our institution. Developing our Values Imperial is committed to creating a positive and inclusive culture for all staff and students. Through the embedding of College Values, we will: • Create clarity and consistency about the standards of behaviour we expect from all members of our community. • Raise awareness of what it means to be a developing-our-values/


Job Title:

Development Programme Manager

Campus location: Job Family/Level: Responsible to: Key Working Relationships (internal): Department/Division/Faculty:

Chief Operating Officer - White City Development

Purpose of the Post

White City Professional Services - Level 4 Head of Masterplanning White City Business Solutions Managers across Estates, Commercial Investments, White City Development Team, HR, Finance and Procurement, Strategic Programmes and Change, White City Programme Delivery team External consultants, suppliers and contractors

Working within the development team for White City, you will provide programme management to construction and development aspects of the project. You will work closely with the White City Programme Delivery team, aligning business programme outcomes with construction and delivery. • Responsible for day-to-day programme management and strong contract management processes for the design and construction elements of the White City Campus. This covers series of strategic development, construction and land projects with capital and revenue operating budgets, currently in excess of £500m.

• Taking a lead role in developing and maintaining an effective governance framework and implementing best practice programme controls to ensure effective compliance and audit requirements. • To provide high quality, accurate and consistent monitoring and reporting to appropriate internal stakeholders including White City Development Director, Head of Procurement, White City Campus Programme Manager

Key Working Relationships (external): Contract type:

Permanent – full time

Key Responsibilities

Programme Structure and Governance (50%) • Building on wider programme and project management systems for the White City Programme, to ensure similar appropriate systems are in place for the capital projects at White City Campus, and that appropriate performance management protocols operate. Setting up and monitoring

development projects to be developed to College standards and following College procurement, finance and risk management controls. • Working with colleagues in Risk and Legal departments, to support the broader White City Programme Risk Management process, representing the development elements. Contract and Budget Recording and Monitoring (40%) • Develop, implement, and maintain good management practices in respect of the delivery of the white city development programme, including effective contract management and monitoring of activities of delivery partners. Ensure that programmes deliver planned performance and outputs to time, budget commitments and quality specifications by monitoring the activities of delivery partners and their contractors; highlighting risks and issues and taking remedial actions as required. • To support the management of programme budgets, retaining oversight over all development budgets including regular reporting, ensuring that College controls are followed. The role is also responsible for ensuring that the monitoring of capital and revenue spend are tracked through the governance structure. Ensure that everything possible is done to ensure that the project is completed within the agreed timescales and within budget. • Assist in managing the selection of contractors and consultants for projects, in line with College procurement requirements; brief and manage consultants, support RfPs and ITT processes, monitor their progress and performance; agree invoices and authorise payments • Provide accurate performance monitoring against budgets including highlighting risks and issues and taking remedial actions as required. Ensure

that financial scrutiny includes ongoing liaison with finance leads on the provision of precise budgetary projections for annual profiles. • Working alongside finance colleagues, ensure that robust budget control mechanisms are in place from project to programme levels to achieve accurate financial governance, particularly cashflow planning. cross all commitments. • Provide technical input, programme management expertise and budget modelling support during the feasibility and development stages of new programmes and policies in order to ensure that outcomes are maximised, programmes are deliverable, and priorities are met. White City Development Team Coordination (10%) • Advise colleagues on the level of financial, human and other resources in place to deliver the White City Campus programme and find solutions where there are resource gaps identified. • Champion a culture of collaboration and continuous improvement. • To develop and maintain good working relationships with all key public, private, non- statutory and community stakeholders involved with the White City Campus programme. Other • Plan own resources to ensure optimum delivery • Take responsibility for own self-development including participation in seminars, courses and private study, and report to line management on training and development needs through annual review conversations. • Observe and comply with all College policies and regulations, for example Health and Safety, Data Protection etc.

operational committees and structures, reporting lines and

mechanisms, and ensuring that there is clarity on scope to the project team responsible for construction delivery. • Lead on the development, design and implementation of processes and tools to ensure effective forecasting of White City Campus delivery as well as reporting of Management Information on White City development programmes. • Providing regular and accurate reporting with information provided by external consultants and colleagues in the team, including analysis and evaluation of progress. Identify potential difficulties with programme delivery and take appropriate remedial action or, where necessary, advise the White City Development

Director on the options for the appropriate courses of action. • Intercept and flag major issues

effectively, efficiently and engage effectively with the project team for support where required.

• Add value to the design and

construction process, by supporting individual plots and master


Education Essential: • Educated to degree level or equivalent

Knowledge Essential: • Knowledge of the site appraisal and construction development processes, e.g. RIBA, construction contract options, tendering processes • Good understanding of construction procurement processes including negotiation with third parties • Confident user of computer software packages at intermediate level, including Microsoft Office products, including PowerPoint and Outlook. Desirable: • Understanding and knowledge of funding opportunities from both the public and private sectors

Desirable: • Recognised project management and/or programme management qualification (e.g. APM, MSP, PRINCE2).

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities. Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity and to eliminating discrimination. All employees are expected to follow the Imperial Values & Behaviours framework . Our values are: • Respect • Collaboration • Excellence • Integrity • Innovation Employees are also required to comply with all College policies and regulations paying special attention to: Confidentiality, Conflict of Interest, Data Protection, Equal Opportunities, Financial

Regulations, Health and Safety, Information Technology, Smoking Private Engagements and Register of Interests. They must also undertake specific training and assume responsibility for safety relevant to specific roles, as set out on the College Website Health and Safety Structure and Responsibilities page . We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender reassignment, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion .

Experience Essential:

• Experience of managing, monitoring and reporting on a complex capital development programme • Experience of managing a large number of complex construction or development contracts • Excellent understanding and experience of effective financial and budgetary management • Experience of commissioning and managing work from external providers • Experience of managing and motivating staff

Skills & Abilities: Essential: • Excellent communication skills

• Ability to use programme management software • Time management skills; the ability to plan and juggle a number of tasks and meet deadlines under pressure with enthusiasm and tenacity. • Work effectively as part of a team within a complex organisation. Desirable: • An understanding of the need for excellent customer service and an ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with key staff and all stakeholders and the evaluation of existing service provision to ensure appropriate developments and innovative solutions are proposed. • Facilitation and negotiation skills.


To arrange a briefing discussion please contact our retained advisor at The Management Recruitment Group: Nicholas Coppard

Applications should consist of a CV and a Covering Letter and should be sent to

The closing date for applications is Sunday12th May 2024.

Imperial College London values diversity, and is committed to ensuring equality of opportunity. The university welcomes expressions of interest and applications from candidates from all communities and a diversity of backgrounds.

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