Assistant Project Manager

England, Essex, Chelmsford
Up to £36041 per annum
10 Nov 2020
25 Nov 2020
Job role
Contract Type
Please note, this position is to be offered on a 12-month fixed term basis.

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic we have multiple opportunities available to support and help shape our response across functional areas of the Council.

Job Purpose

The responsibilities will cover a diverse range of activities to support the delivery of the objectives of a project, programme or portfolio. The Assistant Project Manager enables the smooth running of the project by supporting the project manager through the operation of project management processes, and the co-ordination of business management actions and activities on their behalf. Other requirements will focus on development of experience by responsibility for key documents and reporting and monitoring a portfolio of work in support of a Portfolio Manager or managing workstreams or small projects, as required.

Experienced in being planned and organised to ensure projects stay on track by monitoring progress and engaging with a stakeholders this role plays a key role in ensuring a structured approach to projects and maintaining quality of outputs.


* Responsible for ensuring robust systems are in place to enable effective planning and scheduling within a project, programme or portfolio. Responsible for managing project controls effectively to ensure all reports provide an accurate update on project status and highlight any specific concerns on progress.
* Responsible for ensuring key operational activities are conducted efficiently in a timely manner whilst ensuring compliance and adherence to critical business processes, such as, Health and Safety.
* Responsible for documenting resource requirements and plans for projects or programmes or portfolios. Make recommendations to actively manage workforce planning for Project Managers and enable decision making on the best resources for each project based on current capability.
* Work collaboratively with a broad and diverse group of internal and external stakeholders including senior management. Including facilitating project meetings, workshops and reviews.
* Responsible for effectively monitoring specific project spend and provide information required to support business case sign off to ensure both Project and Programme Managers are kept up to date on progress.
* Drafting project governance documentation (e.g. business cases) for the Project or Programme Manager to approve.
* Responsible for taking the lead on highlighting potential areas for risk and escalating as appropriate to the Project/Programme Manager, recommending ways to mitigate such risks.
* Responsible for leading specific workstreams within projects to ensure delivery of agreed outcomes within time, cost and constraints. This will include design of workstream and delivery approach.
* Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.

Knowledge Skills and Experience

* Evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge in relevant professional area. For example APM or Prince 2 foundation
* Experience and evidence of involvement in project management
* Experience of working with a broad range of individuals at different levels within the organisation and engaging with them, finding ways to overcome obstacles.
* Keen to engage with others and learn from them
* Experience of working within a political environment with knowledge of a public sector setting and involvement in a large, complex environment
* Good planning and organising skills, determination to meet deadlines
* Curious manner, innovative approach in looking for alternative solutions

Apply and next steps

Please apply via the Working for Essex website, ensuring you upload an up to date CV and / or supporting statement when prompted. In order for us to gauge suitability and fit please include your salary aspirations for this role on your application.

This position will initially, in line with current government guidance be based from home, with an expectation of being home based for the foreseeable future. However, if / when government guidelines change the role may then revert to being office based, whilst retaining some flexible working options.


Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. More information can be found on the benefits page of Working for Essex.

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

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