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Lead Project Manager - Leatherhead

Employer: Surrey County Council

  • Reference: SCC/17/40806
  • Published on: Fri 11/08/2017 13:45 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 28/08/2017 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Flexible Hours, Full Time, Temporary
  • Hours: 36 hours per week.
  • Salary: £48,396 per annum for 36 hours per week
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Fairmount House, Bull Hill, Leatherhead Surrey

This position is based inside one of our main area offices, click HERE to see a 360 degree view of the building and surrounding area along with a view of the reception.

This is a Fixed term contract to December 2018; £48,396 per annum for 36 hours per week based at Fairmount House, Bull Hill, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 7AH, although some travel around the county is required.

Flexible working supported where possible, laptop and mobile supplied. 24 days annual leave, local government salary-related pension offered, discounted child care vouchers as well as the option to join the car lease scheme. For more information, please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Safer Surrey is our whole-system vision which drives strengths-based practice in Children, Schools and Families (CSF). It is built on the belief that children and families have the strengths, resources and ability to recover from adversities. It relies on us building relationships with families and working with them in a consistently strengths-based way, so that every family has the same positive experience.

You will have significant experience of managing and delivering large, complex projects and will be responsible for the successful implementation of our Signs of Safety project across CSF, which supports our Safer Surrey vision.

This is an exciting project delivering a new model of practice across the service and seeks to achieve system wide change which strengthens how we work with vulnerable children and families to keep them safe and improve their future life chances.

You will need to demonstrate experience in delivering complex projects, actively managing project risks and issues and building and sustaining highly effective relationships with key stakeholders and partners.

You will work closely with the Children’s Service Operational Lead for Signs of Safety to ensure successful delivery of project outcomes.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Develop and manage projects from beginning to end, including project scope, timeline, capacity planning, resource allocation, and project execution.
  • Provide project management and direction to ensure the project team has a clear understanding of timelines, risks, escalation path and roles/responsibilities.
  • Act as an escalation point for the project team and project stakeholders.
  • Proactively manage change control and communicate impact in project scope, identify issues, and devising contingency plans.
  • Identify and manage project dependencies and critical paths.
  • Plan and schedule project timelines and milestones.
  • Track and communicate project milestones, deliverables and risks.
  • Understand and manage the complexities of business change projects.
  • Building strong working relationships with colleagues across the Directorate and partner agencies.

For an informal discussion contact Esther Smyrl on 01372 832181 or by email at or Julia Bowman on 01483 517635 or by email at

The Continuous Improvement and Change team provides a range of support and professional advice and input to ensure the successful delivery of large programmes of work and improvement activities across Children’s Service. In particular it underpins the Practice, Quality and Learning Service to deliver 3 key functions; recruitment, practice improvement and development and quality assurance.

It will support the service to constantly develop and maintain a learning loop, undertaking a range of activities identified through this mechanism that will drive practice and service improvement, help to embed change and identify priorities and areas of focus for future work, ensuring the service is inspection ready at all times. The Practice, Quality and Learning Service supports continuous improvement as a learning organisation to positively impact upon practice standards and deliver improved outcomes for vulnerable children and families.

The post holder will work closely with Service Lead(s) and partners to support them through every stage of the project life cycle from initiation, scoping and planning, to implementation, delivery and review. In this context, the post holder will work with colleague's across Children, Schools and Families Directorate, as well as partner organisations to ensure successful delivery of defined outcomes and service improvements.

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 28th August 2017.

Please note, if access to the GCSX (PSN) network is required for this role, a Basic Disclosure (DBS check) will be required to meet the Government Baseline Personnel Security Standards.

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