Project Manager

Lancashire County Council
Preston, Lancashire
Closing date
13 Aug 2022

Lancashire County Council is the fourth largest local authority in England and covers a huge geographic area and a wide range of communities both urban and rural. The Council's remit is substantial, varied, and complex, delivering a wide range of services to the 1.2 million people who live here. 

Our Digital Services team serves as a single source for all ICT requirements to over 15,000 customers within the council and other beneficiaries. This is an exciting time to join Lancashire County Council, with plenty of interesting projects in the pipeline as we work to support Council's digital agenda and look to improve service delivery to the people, schools, businesses, and organisations of Lancashire and beyond.

This post offers a real opportunity to make a difference to the delivery of public services across Lancashire.

The role:

This opportunity is based within our Design and Implement team where you will report directly to the Solution Delivery Manager responsible for Business & Enterprise Applications, you will be recognised for the ability to take the lead role and responsibility for planning and managing all aspects of the delivery of projects that will significantly affect the client organisation.

You may also be required to supervise the work of level 1 Project Managers; and to specify and manage third party deliverables. You will have defined management responsibilities for a project team (not a line) involving people, budget and planning.

The level 2 Project Manager will have primary responsibility for meeting defined business goals as scoped by project objectives. They must have good communication and diplomacy skills and be able to influence client and stakeholder relationships. They will interface with third party suppliers, which involves the agreement, planning, timelines and quality of deliverables.

Key Role Accountabilities & Responsibilities:

- Demonstrable experience and capability to manage projects autonomously. Thorough understanding of concepts, procedures and application of project management and a good knowledge in other subjects or disciplines, which are relevant to the content of the project (e.g.  ITIL and industry quality standards).

- Evaluates situations using multiple sources of information. Solution may require some new planning and resource elements but unless exceptional unlikely to be totally bespoke.

- Projects may involve a higher element of risk to business and require ability to use recognised project management methods and processes, depending on risk profile and governance needs.

- Is recognised as a key supplier in delivery of a client or internal business benefit.

- Must have proven ability to apply relationship management skills and to be able to build and own client and stakeholder relationships at senior level (e.g., senior managers and or prime external customer).

- May have to manage third party suppliers in terms of selection, deliverables, timelines and budgets.

- Directs and manages on all elements of project and should guide Project Manager 1s.

- Might lead a team on a portfolio of “small” projects.

- Acts as lead change agent with ability to channel resources effectively internally developing better delivery practice or ability to identify the change impact on the organisation, identify stakeholders and manage relationships, risk and engagement to deliver the project’s outcomes successfully.

The Benefits:

We value our staff as individuals and aim to help them achieve their full potential while working for us. We offer a work environment that encourages staff engagement, team working and problem solving, and we recognise the importance and benefits of a good work life balance. In return for your passion and expertise we offer all our staff a generous benefits package equal to the terms and conditions enjoyed by all council staff.   

These are just some of the benefits you could enjoy working at Lancashire County Council:

- Flexible working hours (37 hrs per week) along with opportunities for agile working

- Extremely generous Local Government Pension Scheme with generous employer contribution, death in service payments, life assurance and dependents pensions

- Great Holiday Entitlement: 25 days annual leave entitlement rising to 31, after five years' continuous service. Eight bank holidays and two further additional statutory days during the Christmas and New Year period

- Family friendly employer: Help to balance family commitments, including generous maternity leave, paternity leave and support for working carers Adoption and parental leave. Childcare voucher scheme.

- Great location, just a short walk from the train station and main bus route

To see our full range of benefits, click here

Please ensure you have uploaded and attached your supporting statement to evidence how you meet the criteria for the role. The panel may be unable to shortlist you for interview without this evidence.

We reserve the right to close down a vacancy early, before the closing date, if we receive sufficient applications.

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