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Programme Manager

Job details

No. of posts: 1
Vacancy Reference Number: OGA 152
Grade 7
Salary: 61,183
Location: London or Aberdeen
Travel to other locations with UK? Yes
occasional travel within the UK
Appointment Type Permanent
Appointment Term Full time
Medical required? No

Unless otherwise stated consideration will be given to requests to work on a part time or job share basis. Flexible working hours can also be considered.

Application details

Closing date for applications: 01 Mar 2020

Brief overview of role

The Programme Manager will be responsible for effective co-ordination of OGA projects and management of their inter-dependencies including oversight of any risks arising. The post will also be responsible for maintaining focus and momentum of numerous projects as well as projects in the pipeline. They will develop the programme environment to support each individual project and define appropriate governance arrangements.

Detailed job description and key responsibilities

The Programme Manager is responsible for

  • Planning and designing the programme and proactively monitoring progress, resolving issues and initiating appropriate corrective action
  • Defining the programme’s governance arrangements
  • Ensuring effective quality assurance and the overall integrity of the programme – focusing inwardly on the internal consistency of the programme, and outwardly on its coherence with infrastructure planning, interfaces with other programmes and corporate, technical and specialist standards
  • Managing the programme’s budget on behalf of the SRO, monitoring expenditure and costs against delivered and realised benefits as programmes and projects progress
  • Facilitating the appointment of individuals to project teams
  • Ensuring the delivery of new services from projects is to the appropriate level of quality, on time and within budget, in accordance with the programme plan and programme governance arrangements
  • Ensuring there is allocation of common resources and skills within the programme’s individual projects
  • Managing third party contributions to programmes and projects
  • Managing communications with all stakeholders
  • Managing risks to the programme’s successful outcome
  • Initiating extra activities and other management interventions whenever gaps in the programme are identified or issues arise
  • Reporting the progress of programmes and projects at regular intervals to the SRO
  • Manage a small team of Business Analysts ensuring demand is well understood before committing resources


Person specification

  • Competence 1: Delivering at Pace Delivering timely performance with energy, and taking responsibility and accountability for quality outcomes.
  • Competence 2: Leading and Communicating Being able to communicate purpose and direction with clarity, integrity and enthusiasm. Interacting and engaging with people in a straightforward, truthful and candid way.
  • Competence 3: Changing and Improving Ability to identify and provide early and decisive responses to delivery challenges, innovative focus and ability to constructively challenge senior management
  • Competence 4: Building Capability for All Be visible to staff and stakeholder, regularly undertake activities to engage and build trust, confidently engage with stakeholders and colleagues at all levels to generate commitment to goals.

Specialist Skills, Qualifications, Experience, Licenses, Memberships or Language

Essential Desirable
Specialist Skills, Qualifications, Experience, Licenses, Memberships or Language


• Effective leadership, interpersonal and communication skills
• The ability to command respect and to create a sense of community amongst the members of project teams
• Good knowledge of techniques for planning, monitoring and controlling programmes
• Relevant programme and project management qualifications
• Knowledge of working on Agile projects and associated agile techniques such as Scrum, Lean, Kanban, etc
• Experience of working on Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) projects
• Good knowledge of budgeting and resource allocation procedures
• The ability to find ways of solving or pre-empting problems

• Sound business case development and approvals skills
• Good understanding of the procurement process including negotiation with third parties
• Experience of change management

Application Process and Further Information

Unfortunately you do not meet minimum nationality and educational requirements of this position.

Completed applications will only be accepted via the online application process below, however, if you do require the application form in a different format please contact us at quoting the recruitment reference number and job title.

You should provide examples in your covering letter that best demonstrate your skills and abilities against the competencies and specialist skills. The maximum word count against each competence example is 250 words. The information you provide will be assessed during the short listing stage and if you are invited to attend an interview, the indicated competence areas will discussed further.

When completing your application, you should use the STAR format (Situation, Task, Action and Result) methodology for each competence. All appointments are subject to successful completion of pre-employment checks

For further information please see the Information to Candidates pack (PDF)

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Inclusion and Diversity statement

The OGA is committed to embedding equality and diversity into all our policies and processes. We will aim to recruit, retain and promote staff on the basis of competence and regardless of characteristics including those listed under the Equality Act 2010. These protected characteristics are; age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation.

The OGA is an accredited Disability Confident Committed employer. We have also been awarded silver accreditation for the Gender Diversity Benchmark through Business in the Community, The Prince’s Responsible Business Network.  In addition, we are signed up to their Race at Work Charter and implement its five principles. As a further commitment to attracting, retaining and developing a diverse workforce we have signed up to the Axis Pledge.