Operational Programme Manager (Lateral Flow Testing)

One Friargate, Station Square, Coventry
£48545 - £52090
18 Feb 2021
18 Mar 2021
Job Ref
Resourcing Team
Contract Type
Working Pattern

The Transformation Team sits within the Housing and Transformation Division at the heart of the Council. We work with services across the organisation to drive large scale change and establish best practice throughout council services. The Council's Transformation Programme is overseen and supported by our Corporate Leadership Team, ensuring that our work always focuses on the key priorities for our city, having the maximum impact in improving services for the people of Coventry and making best use of the resources available to us.

Our team is made up of Project Professionals, recently trained in APM (Association of Project Management) and we use a range of methodologies including Agile and Waterfall to deliver our programmes and projects.

We enjoy working flexibly, paper-light, with a keen eye for digital solutions and a culture that embraces change and creativity.

What is the job role?
  • Immediate Start - tick
  • Flexible working - tick
  • Opportunity to influence - tick
  • Be part of something unique - tick

Our testing programme is increasing in capacity on a week by week basis with an ambition of administering just under 30,000 tests per week, in the coming weeks.  As part of the effort there is a requirement to expand the existing team to resource a further number of test centres across the city. 

In order to resource the test centres efficiently, we have recruited a number of roles to support both the Testing Operations (responsible for supporting and recording tests within testing sites) and the Service Operations (responsible for the management and co-ordination of testing sites).

To continue to oversee this high-profile provision, we are looking to recruit a part time Operational Programme Delivery Manager to work in conjunction with our current Programme Managers to further support the Lateral Flow Testing programme.

Who are we looking for?

This is a very unique situation and this role will provide you with an opportunity to not only help the community to regain some sort of normality, but will give you a chance to influence, drive and assist the road map of recovery for our community.

If you are an operational manager who is progressive, flexible and versed in successfully delivering operational programme outcomes at pace, working within a multi-agency environment, playing a key role in delivering an ambitious and evolving programme across the City - we need you !

In return, we can offer you an exciting short term contract initially until 31 March 2021 (possibly for 6 months) - This might only be a short term contract - but the impact you can make can be bigger ! 

You will be working as part of the team to deliver this government initiative and organisational vision for service delivery, driving change and continual improvement, to ensure the achievement of objectives.

We need someone who can start as soon as possible / immediately subject to satisfactory pre employment checks.

You will be able to work under pressure, think on your feet and have good organisational and interpersonal skills.  This is a pivotal role in the project delivery, as well as having operational management responsibilities.

You will provide direction and leadership and be the key link between Public Health, the Transformation function and the wider organisation and engage and work with colleagues from a range of backgrounds to ensure delivery of a programme of work across a diverse service area and key stakeholders.


You will need to be a solid communicator across all levels of an organisation with the ability to build and maintain critical working relationships at all levels and able to challenge assumptions and you will have proven negotiating skills and have the ability to design, implement and support organisational arrangements that facilitate the delivery of values and goals and promote customer focused solutions.


This is a part time fixed term contract  – 18.5 hours per week.  Whilst this role can be flexible in its delivery and your approach, this role be required to cover across the 7-day calendar week in conjunction with the other programme managers to allow continued support across our test sites and as such will require some weekend working.


For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'

All attachments for the job can be found here

Interview date(s): TBC

Introduction to Coventry City Council

Coventry is a lively, multicultural city, which embraces old and new. Around the modern city centre there are traces of history everywhere – in the old city walls, the timber-framed buildings and the reconstructed medieval Spon Street. But Coventry has always had an eye on the future, and is now firmly focused on regenerating and re-inventing itself to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. With major developments and new projects taking place right across the city, Coventry City Council is the place to be!

There's a huge buzz about the city – Coventry ranks as the 8th best city to live, work and do business in the UK, and is the UK City of Culture 2021 ! We believe this will help put Coventry on the map for all the right reasons. You can feel the sense of local pride throughout the city as we build towards this momentous year. It also offers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to those joining us to play their part in it.

We genuinely believe that Coventry City Council is a special place. You will be joining Coventry City Council during an exciting time to become part of a team that contribute to achieving our visions for the city. We have made our council a place where we look after our people, making sure you're happy in your work and given everything you need to succeed. We've created friendly, welcoming workplaces where everyone is working towards the same cause, providing the best possible services for the city of Coventry.

As a council with improvement at its heart, we’re committed to making life better for the people who live and work in Coventry. We’re equally concerned with the quality of life enjoyed by our people, so by joining us, you won’t just be helping the community, you’ll be helping yourself too.

Not only do you get to work alongside great people that are helping to improve services for our community we offer great benefits too! For your valued contribution we will provide a fantastic benefits package including;

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Generous annual leave allowance starting at 27 days and rising to 32 days
  • Pay progression through multiple increments
  • Outstanding local government pension scheme
  • Learning & Development with access to certified courses.
  • Access to an award winning Occupational Health Team
  • Vibrant employee networks 

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