Programme Manager
  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/483/26192
  • Published: Wed 27/07/2022, 9:16 AM
  • Closing on: Thu 11/08/2022, 0:59 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £53,918 - £60,864 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Reigate

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Programme Manager

The starting salary for this role is £53,918 per annum, working 36 hours per week.

This is a fixed-term or secondment opportunity for a minimum of 12 months, with the possibility of an extension. 

In Procurement, we want candidates to feel confident to ask about the flexibility they need at work. This might be part time, remote working, compressed hours or job share. Any candidate who applies for a job with us can ask about flexible working at interview. In return, we will explore what is possible for the role.

Have you got programme management experience? Would you like to work on a large-scale modernisation programme in a dynamic environment? Then our Procurement Programme Management position could be for you.

Driven by an extensive transformation programme and other business development activities within Procurement, we’d like to invite applications from experienced programme managers who would thrive on managing a complex programme fast paced.

The programmes spans system, policy and operational changes across a service of around 100 people. You will be focussed on overseeing the activities of people with defined responsibilities under each of these programmes and workstreams, maintaining accurate and up to date programme plans and associated registers to manage risk and decisions etc, working closely with both the procurement programme management office (PMO) and continuous improvement function with regards to modernisation, and the CCA team with regards to Twin Track. Cross-functional working and matrix management is key to how we function as a service and we are practiced in doing this.

You will sit within the central procurement function and will report into the Head of Policy and Improvement for the modernisation work, and the Head of Contract and Commercial Advisory (CCA) for the Twin Track element. The Head of Policy and Improvement will be overall line manger for this position. You will be responsible for defining and scheduling deliverables to meet the benefits of both programmes and ensure the workstreams produce the required outcomes to the agreed standards of quality within the specified constraints of cost, risk and time.

We ask you to submit a CV and personal statement outlining experience and relevance to the role and providing an example of at least one programme of work similar in terms of scope size and nature. Your statement should demonstrate your own contribution to delivering programme outcomes to desired time and quality.

To be shortlisted for interview, your application will clearly evidence:

  • Degree or equivalent professional qualification plus substantial experience of programme management
  • Knowledge of the principles of change management, project management and continuous improvement, and their practical application
  • Authoritative knowledge of the work practices, process and procedures relevant to the role including broader sector/commercial awareness
  • Ability to manage resources to deliver effective support to their area of responsibility
  • Strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills with high level negotiation and influencing skills and the ability to work collaboratively with internal and external partners/professionals
  • Understands how to inspire and motivate others
  • Advanced problem solving and analytical skills with the capacity to devise and implement innovative solutions for strategic change. 
  • Wide experience in successful leading, coaching, mentoring and developing of staff.        

The Programmes

The procurement Modernisation Programme is a long running programme to enhance all elements of the services. The programme is at a critical point in terms of implementing a new system for use across the service and some associated process and operational changes, as well as a fundamental change to the operating model. Many staff are focused on delivering these changes, but there is a need for a skilled programme manager to provide the level of rigour programmes such as this require to be successful.

The Contract and Commercial Advisory team are developing the detailed business case for a potential Twin Track opportunity concerning the development of a central function to enhance contract management/assurance outcomes.

The Procurement Service as a whole is therefore seeking a programme manager to support both of these pieces of work.

Additional Information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 10.08.2022 with interviews to follow.

Contact Details

For an informal discussion please contact Anne Epsom and Lee Redmond by e-mail at and/or

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, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

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