We’ve made great strides in delivering skills programmes across the West Midlands, which are designed to improve skills, support local business to grow and provide support to our residents and communities, but we want to do more.
With newly secured funding from UK Shared Prosperity fund, we can move into the next phase of our investment plan with a range of programmes. Working in partnership with Local Authorities, we’ll move the West Midlands closer to a joined-up skills and business support offer, bringing more services in scope for regional planning and away from Whitehall.
We’re looking for a Project Manager to support our programmes from initiation through to implementation and delivery.
You’ll work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders and support on a wide range of projects. You’ll use a range of tools and guidance, assisting in coordinating activities, understand and explain project risks and mitigate issues.
This is a unique opportunity to get involved with a new funding stream and support the development of existing and up and coming projects.
This post is fixed term initially for 2 years
What will you be doing?
- Support the development and implementation of agreed projects central to the Economic Delivery, Skills and Communities Directorate
- Develop, implement and maintain robust project processes and systems ensuring that project aims, and objectives are satisfactorily met and evidenced including timelines and critical paths
- Provide update reports on the progress and outcomes of critical projects which are in planning and delivery stages to a variety of audiences
- Creating and coordinating risk registers for projects/programmes to document and monitor agreed mitigations, working closely with WMCA Assurance and Finance
- Work with WMCA Assurance in order support project proposals through the internal Strategic Assurance Framework (SAF) processes
- Provide support to the directorate with engagement of legal, procurement, financial and other advice where identified, including external commissioning
Economic Delivery, Skills and Communities seeks to ensure that every resident has the skills needed to find a good job and progress at work, and that businesses in the region have access to support that will accelerate productivity and deliver economic growth. And we are committed to working with local partners to ensure that all of our communities are able to benefit from this growth.
You’ll have a background in project and programme support, not just focussed on the planning but can demonstrate how you have implemented and delivered outcomes.
We’re looking for someone who is proactive, organised, and able to work with a variety of people and delivery partners. You’ll need advanced skills in Excel and other MS Office applications to support delivery of key documents and data.
You'll be able to communicate to a diverse range of people, have effective time management skills, be comfortable working on your own initiative and be able to work across the team.
This is a busy and fast paced team, you'll need to be comfortable working at pace and understand how priorities can change, be able to manage a number of activities and be flexible in how you work.
WMCA is committed to a better connected, more prosperous, fairer, greener and healthier region. This is our vision. We will achieve our vision through living our values which are central to how we work and interact with our wider partners and stakeholders.
We’re a partnership organisation. Our people feel valued and respected, have a can-do attitude and are innovators. We try new ways of doing things, we aren’t afraid to fail, learn from what went wrong and try again. Our people are empowered to be creative and explore and innovate.
We are a “Leaders in Diversity” accredited organisation, are in the Inclusive Top 50 Employers List and are one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women. As a Disability Confident Employer, we have made a positive commitment to interviewing all applicants with a disability who meet the essential role criteria. We are committed to building a team of people with varied backgrounds and experiences as we recognise that this will only benefit us as an employer, the more inclusive we are the better our work will be.
As an organisation, we will continue to adapt and develop to the opportunities and challenges ahead. We will continue to transform ourselves and our organisation into the best we can be, underpinned by our values and behaviours and everyone contributes towards achieving our vision.
Furthermore, wherever possible we will offer flexible working options which assist work-life balance. We are very happy to discuss a flexible working pattern that suits your needs, so please do not let that be a barrier to applying. If your values align with ours and you’re committed to working towards creating a future we can all be proud of, we want to hear from you.
About your application
You will be asked to upload an up-to-date CV and a supporting statement which demonstrates how you meet the essential criteria for the role for which you are applying.
If you would like to discuss alternative methods to the online application as a reasonable adjustment please contact the Resourcing Team by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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