Head of PMO Candidate Information Pack
1. Introduction 2. About us 3. The Programme Management Office
4. Job Description and Person Specification 5. Application Process
Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority is seeking to appoint a Head of PMO.
Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) was established in March 2017 as a result of powers being devolved to it by Central Government most particularly in regard to securing major developments and improvements in respect of Transport, Housing, Education and Skills across the region with a vision to make Cambridgeshire and Peterborough the leading place in the world to learn, live and work. CPCA is made up of the leaders of the County, Unitary and District councils of the area, together with representatives of the NHS, Police and Fire authorities. We are seeking an individual with demonstrable experience in a PMO management role, with a track record of implementing PMO processes across a large, complex organisation. Experience of working across programmes (Business, Education, Public Services, Transport, Housing) comparable to those found at the Combined Authority would be advantageous. The role calls for an individual with excellent interpersonal and leadership skills, with the ability to proactively and collaboratively engage with a diverse range of colleagues and stakeholders. 71 projects were identified as part of the Devolution Deal, to deliver a growth target over a twenty- five-year period. As of the end of 2020, 72% of those projects (51) have been implemented fully or in part. About 40 projects are currently live. The Authority’s agreed capital programme for 2021-22 is worth over £100 million. The role offers an individual the opportunity to take up a high-profile role that will play a key part in the realisation of a variety of transformative projects and programmes that will bring a tremendous social and economic benefit to the region.
Our Story Abo t Us
The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority is made up of the leaders of the County, Unitary and District councils of the area, together with representatives of the NHS, Police and Fire authorities. It is chaired by an elected Mayor, Dr Nik Johnson, who has a direct mandate from voters. It is a small, young and dynamic organisation with a key role in the post-Covid policy agenda of economic growth and levelling up. The Mayoral Combined Authority was set up under a devolution deal with the government in 2017 with a commitment to double the size of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s economy over 25 years. It incorporates the Business Board, which is the Local Enterprise Partnership for the area. The Combined Authority’s mission is to shape growth to make Cambridgeshire and Peterborough a leading place in the world to live, learn, work, and do business.
Our key ambitions for the Combined Authority include:
• doubling the size of the local economy • accelerating house building rates to meet local and UK need • delivering outstanding and much needed connectivity in terms of transport and digital links • providing the UK’s most technically skilled workforce • transforming public service delivery to be much more seamless and responsive to local need • growing international recognition for our knowledge based economy • improving the quality of life by tackling areas suffering from deprivation
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority is set to receive funding and powers from Central Government in a num- ber of areas including: • £170 million to deliver new homes over a five-year period in • Peterborough and Cambridgeshire which includes affordable, rented and shared ownership housing • £20million a year funding over 30 years to boost growth in the region • responsibility for chairing a review of 16+ skills provision in the area
Combined Authority Projects
Examples of Combined Authority projects include: • a new employment focused university in Peterborough; • an ambitious apprenticeship levy programme; • delivery of a projected 1,500 additional affordable homes; • regenerating market towns across the area; • a digital infrastructure programme; • 25 ambitious transport projects that include o dualling the A10 and A47;
o the reopening of a public transport link between Wisbech and Cambridge; o reforming the bus market and introducing new Zero Emissions buses; o bringing forward the delivery of new stations in Soham and Cambridge South; • a Business Growth Service to help with COVID-19 recovery; • establishing an Independent Commission on Climate whose first 31 recommendations will be taken forward through a Combined Authority Action Plan.
The Mayor has committed the Combined Authority to embodying the values of Compassion, Community and Cooperation in its projects and has put tackling climate change and improving health among its key priorities. These projects are overwhelmingly delivered through partnership with other organisations, ranging from Highways England and Network Rail to councils, universities, and the private sector, and the Combined Authority also works closely with central government departments.
The Programme Management Office (PMO)
The PMO (Programme Management Office) helps ensure the successful delivery of Combined Authority projects and programmes, by creating a full suite of processes and policies for Project Managers. This ensures the use of public money with deliver projects is correct and transparent across the organisation. The Combined Authority currently has circa 40 live projects across its three main Delivery Directorates. The PMO plays a pivotal role is supporting the delivery of all these projects and manages changes to this list, as projects close and new ideas are incepted. To support successful delivery, the PMO has created, and manages, a full range of project management documentation. This includes initiating and monitoring projects within the Combined Authority environment, as well as how to successfully close down at the end of the lifecycle.
The Project Management Process
The PMO Structure
Head of Programme Management Office
Director of Delivery and Strategy
Line Management Responsible:
Programme Management team members
Context The Combined Authority is a new organisation, established in March 2017, with a vision to make Cambridgeshire & Peterborough the leading place in the world to learn, live and work. A lean, agile and effective organisation, we focus on delivering key ambitions for the Combined Authority which include: • doubling the size of the local economy • accelerating house building rates to meet local and UK need • delivering outstanding and much needed connectivity in terms of transport and digital links • providing the UK’s most technically skilled workforce • transforming public service delivery to be much more seamless and responsive to local need
• growing international recognition for our knowledge-based economy • improving the quality of life by tackling areas suffering from deprivation.
Job Purpose Responsible for leading the Programme Management Office (PMO) with the objective of ensuring that the portfolio of all agreed programmes/priorities identified in the Combined Authority’s business plan and project register are successfully delivered to time and on budget using a best practice approach to comply with excellent project and financial governance, deliver agreed outcomes on time and on budget, and safeguard the CA’s investments, in line with the Combined Authority’s Assurance Framework and government requirements. Key Responsibilities • Lead an expert team of project managers as a flexible corporate resource for the whole Combined Authority. • Own and develop the Authority’s project management guidance ensuring industry best practice and HMG-mandated governance standards are fully complied with across the organisation. • Support the Director in developing the annual and six-monthly updates of the Authority’s business plan.
• Maintain the project register. • Develop and manage the successful implementation of the CA’s programme delivery approach (aligned to the CA Assurance Framework) to provide programme assurance and safeguard the CA’s investments. • Promote and embed best practice delivery assurance across the CA’s programmes. Provide expert knowledge and support. Ensure that all programme/project managers use the CA’s approach, toolsets and processes and that they are trained and equipped to deliver successfully. • Lead the Authority’s performance management and reporting function. Develop and manage programme monitoring and reporting across all the CA’s programmes; including performance management reporting at all organisational levels. • Support the design, development and ongoing iteration of the programme delivery approach ensuring alignment to the Assurance Framework. • Support the development of the CA’s funding programmes including bidding processes, appraisal, contracting, delivery, funding agreements and monitoring and evaluation working with CA directors, constituent authorities’ and partners’ representatives. • Support the development of business cases, project initiation documentation, project change and close-out processes, as well as bids for government and other funding opportunities working with CA directors, constituent authorities’ and partners’ representatives. • Support colleagues in project evaluation, working with the Data and Insight Manager to ensure the Monitoring and Evaluation Framework is up to date, reflects government requirements, and is complied with consistently across the organisation. Support the preparation for periodic HMT Gateway Reviews. • Ensure the CA’s corporate requirements are consistently met, including business planning, programme delivery, performance management and budget monitoring. Partnerships Work in partnership with directors, delivery partners and national and local public sector organisations to coordinate delivery of the CA’s portfolio of programmes/priorities including: • National Government – developing productive relationships that work for the region with national agencies and departments including the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government. • Local Public Service Organisations – including Local Authorities, Health, Police, Fire, Universities and Colleges within the area, managing partnerships supported by a shared strategic agenda.
Leadership Behaviours • Expansive, creative business thinker – thinks outside ‘tried and tested’ models or approaches.
• Exceptional communicator and relationship-builder that generates confidence in colleagues, members and senior business stakeholders.
• Acutely political aware – able to assimilate and navigate political contexts with skill.
• Highly adaptable - to changing circumstances and demands.
• Collaborative – works productively with peers, team and others.
• Motivated – driven by personal and organisational achievement.
Qualifications and Knowledge • Excellent and demonstrable programme management and strong organisational skills are fundamental, as is the ability to liaise with people at all levels of the organisation.
• Significant experience of programme delivery/assurance, preferably reflected in a recognized project management qualification.
• Ability to manage a range of programme/projects types and complex business initiatives / programmes.
• Successful track record of managing and delivering programmes which cross organization and service boundaries.
• Strong knowledge of programme delivery and assurance including resource management, risk management, budget management and reporting at all organisational levels.
• Strong knowledge of effective outcome-based programme reporting.
• Good understanding of performance management frameworks and tools in the delivery of business objectives.
• Degree level or equivalent standard of general education.
Experience • Successful track record within an organization of comparable scope and complexity.
• Proven track record of programme delivery within an organization of comparable scope and complexity including: • Experience of project / programme delivery – including a range of project types • Experience of programme reporting at all organizational levels • Experience of working in multi-agency, multi-stakeholder environments and developing effective relationships at all levels
• Proven track record and demonstrable credibility in developing strong, productive partnerships and relationships with a range of stakeholders at all levels.
• Experience of leading and developing high-performing teams.
CPCA is being supported on this recruitment campaign by the search consultancy The Management Recruitment Group (MRG). To arrange a briefing discussion please contact our advisors Ben Duffill (ben.duffill@ mrgpeople.co.uk) or Stephanie Howe (email@example.com) at MRG on 020 3962 9900. Applications should consist of a CV and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. The starting salary for the position is up to £55,881 per annum plus excellent benefits including:
• Generous local government pension • Flexible working • Access to training and development programme • Access to employee assistance programme • Team away days
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