Senior Project Manager

Birmingham, West Midlands
£45,891 to £52,275
05 Oct 2018
19 Oct 2018
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Grade: Management Band 1

Salary: £45,891 to £52,275

Closing Date: 19th October 2018

Previous applicants: Previous applicants who have not previously been successful for this role in the last 6 months are not eligible to apply on this occasion. 

About the Role:

The Senior Project Manager role will work across the entire WMP Change portfolio and will be accountable for the design, planning, co-ordination, facilitation and monitoring of change projects; developing capability to embed service improvement tools and techniques.

This will involve developing the capability to embed service improvement tools and techniques supporting the continuous improvement and redesign of business delivery.

They will provide leadership both as line managers and individually to colleagues and stakeholders.

They will define business requirements for all areas across the Force and to introduce solutions to meet these requirements; taking responsibility for the day to day running and delivery of the projects, resulting in new ways of working and identified business benefits being realised. 

Key Responsibilities:

Develop a clear understanding of West Midlands Police strategic objectives and how these correlate and translate into Business Change requirements and the overall change plan

Define and agree priorities for business requirements for force departments, recommend appropriate solutions and prepare specifications required for those solutions.  Obtain Senior Responsible Owner (SRO) and/or Project Owner acceptance of proposals to meet their needs Actively engage with the Project Owner, SRO and other stakeholders during the course of a project and communicate effectively on project deliverables to ensure they are well received by the recipients of the change and that the project is successfully delivered and benefits realised

Apply relevant project standards incorporating the Gateway review process if required in order to ensure that projects are defined, governed and managed in a consistent manner across the organisation

Implement agreed solutions, ensuring compliance with the Forces design principles, in accordance with force Project Management standards and methodologies

Secure and allocate resources as necessary for project work, working within an allotted budget and monitoring spend for each project, making appropriate adjustments within agreed limits in order to see a project through to successful conclusion

Manage the work and priorities of the Project Team throughout the project lifecycle, defining appropriate products, standards and timescales in accordance with the force Project Management Standards, to ensure that the project delivers quality products to time and within budget

Advise Project Boards, resolve issues and recommend corrective action as appropriate so that projects are sustained and implemented, working within the agreed decision making process/project governance arrangements

Prepare project documentation, using the Force’s Project Management standards and methodologies, associated toolkits and guidance.  Setting out the project objectives, plan, costs, benefits and performance measures to ensure that work is carried out in a timely and effective manner and to meet budgets and deadlines where applicable

If appropriate, prepare invitations to tender and manage the tender process through to successful completion to ensure that WMP gets value for money and services/resources secured are relevant and represent good practice

Demonstrate awareness/understanding of equal opportunities and other people’s behavioural, physical, social and welfare needs

Ensure that reasonable care is taken at all times for the health, safety and welfare of yourself and other persons, and to comply with the policies and procedures relating to health and safety within the department

Any other duties commensurate with the role and band/grade

Budgetary Responsibility:

Overseeing Project budget

Special Conditions:

The post holder will be contracted to work 36.5 hours per week but will need to be flexible to meet the demands of the post and may have to work outside normal core hours. 

The post holder will need to have the ability to travel to different locations across the region, as required

Direct Reports

The post may have line management responsibility for a team of Project Managers and Programme Support staff 


Managing large-scale/complex enterprise wide business transformation projects

Managing multiple work-streams 

Proactive change management and delivery of service change

Managing multi-skilled teams operating in a matrix management environment

Managing senior stakeholders including SROs, Executive Teams

Project and Change Management methodologies, techniques and tools.

Educated to degree level or have substantial experience (min 5 years) in a relevant field

A recognised PPM qualification (MSP and/or PRINCE2)


Experience of managing projects within a public sector environment



Project Management (scoping, planning and execution)

Problem solving and analytical skills

Risk and Issue management

Ability to prioritise and manage conflicts (people and tasks)

Networking, engagement, persuasion, influencing and communications skills

Written, oral and presentations skills

Tact and diplomacy skills when managing sensitive issues in a discreet manner

Excellent commercial acumen

Strategically aware with the ability to see the ‘bigger picture’ but able to translate and describe in detailed plan form

Excellent leadership and people management skills

Ability to build effective collaborative relationships with a wide range of professionals within and around West Midlands Police

Ability to lead multi-disciplinary and multi-agency groups to achieve the optimum outcome for all parties 

Ability to set plans at a strategic level incorporating aggressive timescales and manage to successful completion 

Coaching and mentoring skills

Ability to understand the strategic aims and objectives of the organisation and be able to work at a strategic level with Chief Officers and other senior members of staff

Strong numerical and verbal critical reasoning ability in order to think strategically, logically and clearly, and to take rational decisions and decisive action under pressure

Ability to analyse both qualitative and quantitative information 

Ability to identify the wider implications of any change and the inter-dependencies between different initiatives

Possesses a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail

Experienced and competent in the use of MS Office applications (specifically Project, Word, Excel and PowerPoint)