Project Manager for the Home Office
Would you like the opportunity to support vital change and Home Office services? Are you an exceptional Project Manager with vast knowledge of project delivery and are able to drive team activities, leading from the front with your Project Management expertise? If so, the Home Office would like to hear from you.
Why this role is important
As a member of the Project Delivery team, you will play a key role in the provision of departmental priorities at the Home Office.
There are exciting projects across a wide range of Business Areas within the Home Office. At interview stage you will be matched accordingly to these projects based on suitability and business need. Please read more about the projects you could be involved in on our dedicated microsite via the link on this advert or via the ‘apply’ link. (click on ‘About the Home Office’ Tab)
We cover some of the most high-profile policies in Whitehall, issues such as anti-social behavior, crime prevention, tackling drug use, immigration, policing and terrorism. All are at the heart of the Government's agenda and we work closely and cooperatively with a wide range of other departments.
The Home Office recognises the importance of diversity and inclusion as people from diverse backgrounds bring fresh ideas. We therefore welcome applications from all backgrounds. We are committed to creating a welcoming, inclusive environment where all our people are able to bring their whole selves to work and perform at their best. We have a number of support networks to ensure all employees feel supported at work. We are in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers list which is for LGBT inclusion in the workplace.
Project Managers will be assigned to a range of projects of different scale and complexity. In all cases you should expect to work in an environment of considerable uncertainty and political sensitivity. You may also have to manage a number of high profile stakeholders with conflicting priorities. Procedures and methodologies will often need to be tailored or adapted to suit unique situations. You will have effective leadership, interpersonal and communication skills.
The roles will offer an excellent opportunity to hone and develop your project delivery skills. There will certainly be scope for those who excel and demonstrate ability to progress within the Project Delivery Profession.
You will have the following skills and experience
We are looking for exceptional Project Managers to drive and lead successful projects within high performing teams.
Essential Skills and Experience:
Have delivered or been involved in the delivery of projects within agreed time, cost and quality constraints. You will have a sound understanding of project management tools and methodologies, and experience of applying them in practice.
Be familiar with methods to map out and engage with stakeholders, confident and experienced in developing relationships with others both internal and external to the organisation. You will therefore have excellent interpersonal skills, and be able to communicate with impact both in person and writing.
Have practical experience of managing project risks and issues. You will have discussed it with stakeholders, considered wider strategy, and worked collaboratively to design and agree an appropriate strategy to manage it.
Have led a team to deliver project outcomes with the ability to identify and nurture talent in order to build capacity and an interest in getting the best out of people.
Be able to communicate the objectives of the project, and be familiar with the key stages in a project lifecycle from the development of an agreed vision through to project closure. You will be an advocate of identifying lessons and sharing best practice, and see the benefits of engaging with peer led reviews such as the Gateway Review process.
Enjoy working in a business change environment, able to understand how the phases of a project lead to effective change, and the ‘bigger picture’ organisational drivers behind them. You will be accustomed to working in an environment of ambiguity and change and you will be proactive in keeping abreast of developments in the business, and confident to approach stakeholders and adopt a flexible approach if they become misaligned with the project you are working on.
Those wishing to be considered for technical project manager roles will also need to demonstrate:
An understanding of the technical environment as well as the ability to ensure processes, tools and techniques are maintained to ensure that services to be transitioned to “Live” are planned, tested and validated in all deployment activities. You will also need to be able to critically appraise test plans and results from a risk based perspective.
You will have a recognised accreditation in professional project management experience such as:
Agile Project Management Practitioner
APM Project Management Qualification
APM Practitioner Qualification or other related qualification
*If you do not hold a qualification mentioned above, your application could still be considered on the basis that you have proven experience against the essential criteria, and you are willing to work towards achieving one of the above qualifications, for which support will be provided.
What’s on offer
This role is based in Glasgow or Edinburgh on a full-time basis with part time, job share and flexible working available. You will be able to choose Glasgow or Edinburgh as your preferred location in the next stage of your application.
As an employer of choice, the Home Office offers an extensive benefits package including:
A competitive salary package of £36,284 - £40,988
All Civil Servant benefits
Extensive training and development opportunities for this role
Candidates must be willing to undergo Security Clearance for this role
You will need to follow further Civil Service onscreen instructions for your application and will be given further guidance on this.