Harrow Council has significant ambitions to improve outcomes for residents by addressing issues such as poverty, inequality and climate change while modernising the way the Council operates. Covid-19 has forced a rapid transition towards home working but with a reduction in opportunities to collaborate and some strains on effective working. A planned closure of the Civic Centre in 2021/22 and a move to new premises presents an opportunity to create new ways of working that are more agile and distributed and consolidate on the ways we have worked during Covid-19 restrictions. The Flexible Futures Programme, as part of the Council’s Modernisation Programme, seeks to define and enable those new ways of working.
As part of this journey the programme aims to:
- Support the Council’s officers and members to transition to agile working, working from home effectively and collaborating physically and virtually
- Encourage the adoption of innovative technology to enable officer and members to work digitally and with improved processes
- Develop an agile estate to reflect our ambitions to promote collaborative and agile working, with significant new builds as well as better utilisation of the existing estate
- Exit from the exiting Civic Centre and relocate services across the agile estate
As part of the Flexible Futures Programme we are seeking several roles that can help and support our ambitions.
Harrow Council is the 12th largest London borough by and one of the most culturally diverse local authorities in the UK, making it a great place to live, work and visit. Located 10 miles from the city centre and just 13 minutes to Euston from Harrow & Wealdstone station there are great transport links via the Metropolitan Line, Watford DC Line and national rail service. It is easily accessible to the M1, M25 and A406.
The Project Manager is required to deliver the following
- Understand and implement digital adoption plan to reduce the dependency on onsite printing, scanning, postal, paper and microfiche filing, cash handling and similar services
- Develop and maintain the required project governance documentation including PID, plans, and highlight reporting
- Engage with the services to address the identified blockers to agile working and the vacation of the Civic Centre and other premises, particularly the need to access paper and microfiche documents, to scan, print and post paper correspondence and to process large sums of cash
- Work with IT to implement innovative technologies that address those blockers and implement plans with the services to adopt those solutions
- Keep executive decision-making and governance forums informed of progress, consulting on developing plans and seeking decisions where required
The post holder is expected to have strong PM skills and experience of working with senior stakeholders, transition of services, agile working and service re-locations. Should be able to work across property, technology, change management and delivery with an understanding of logistics, moves and service continuity. Previous evidence of such work is essential.
The role will be remote working based on prevailing Covid-19 guidance, but some site visits may be required due to the nature of the role.
The role will be for 2 years on a fixed term contract. The post holder will form part of a corporate pool of Project Managers and will initially be assigned to the Flexible Futures Programme. Should business requirements change during the duration of the fixed term contract the post holder may be assigned to other projects and programmes.
Support for candidates visit: Harrow.gov.uk
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