Surrey County Council is looking to recruit a Project Manager within our Becoming More Entrepreneurial Programme who can take on a challenging project for the next 6-12 months. The project will be within our Adult Learning Service (ALS). This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is a Project manager and/or Commercial professional to shape how the Council runs the ALS in the future.
Surrey Adult Learning Service provides inclusive opportunities to promote learning, health and wellbeing. The service has 7 dedicated adult learning centres in North and South West Surrey, plus around 100 community venues.
The service provides a range of courses for learners in both work and leisure related fields. Courses range from art and cookery, crafts and design to languages, English and Maths to digital skills for work and life.
The impact on the service since the COVID pandemic has been dramatic with the service having to move courses online, cancel or postpone or run at reduced capacity. Financially, the impact on the service has been significant and presents us with a challenge that this role will play a key part in addressing.
The Adult Learning and Skills service requires a programme of works to support it in transforming its delivery model for the next 5 to 10 years so that it meets the needs of local residents, communities and employers and is financially sustainable.
Some of the key project deliverables for the role will be to support the ALS in:
- Becoming a sustainable service
- Supporting residents and families to access adult learning and to improve their economic and social well-being
- Reaching pockets of deprivation and disadvantage (service and partners)
- Reviewing the use of 100+ venues, main centres, accommodation
- Reviewing the impact of an expanding on-line presence
- Provide a service that the community wants for the next decade
- Collaborating with partners
- Being a contributor to council priorities
The role will sit within Surrey County Councils Transformation Unit (TSU) and work alongside a Transformation Consultant, the current ALS Team, as well as other senior officers and members throughout the organisation. The successful candidate will be able to forge close relationships across the council and its partners in order to make the project a success.
We are looking for candidates with the following skills and experiences:
- Education and Learning
- Experience of working with an ALS or an educational service would be preferred
- A background in Education/Adult Learning, with an understanding of Ofsted, would also be beneficial
- An understanding of monitoring and evaluating educational performance preferably adult learning (e.g. participation, achievement, destinations and budgets)
- Be able to consolidate large volumes of educational data from various sources and undertake detailed analysis to draw conclusions and underpin strategies (including benchmarking and time series analysis)
- Proven track record of successfully delivering projects with a commercial focus
- Supporting and implementing commercial best practise
We are looking for someone who can build strong networks across multiple teams and organisations to deliver successful outcomes, therefore you will need to be dynamic, articulate and confident in front of Directors and Council Members with the ability to drive and implement challenging projects in large scale organisations.
You must also be able to work in an environment which is evolving in its maturity and will therefore need to proactively shape and manage projects to deliver them successfully.
For more information, please find the full job description attached below.
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 02/03/21. Please apply with CV and covering letter stating why you are suitable for the position outlining relevant skills and experiences.
Interviews will take place virtually shortly after the closing date.
Please note, agile working will be in place for the duration of this 6-12 month contract, therefore although the administrative base will be Woodhatch Place, Reigate the role will be homebased.
For an informal discussion please contact Chris Howell on 07970 232098 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to receiving your application.
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave and a generous local government salary related pension. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under-represented groups.