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Kingston Council - Special Highways Programme Manager

Kingston Council - Special Highways Programme Manager

  • Location

    Kingston upon Thames, London

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    Social Care

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  • Salary:

    £450 - £500 per day

  • Contact:

    Lorna Burner

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  • Published:

    about 2 months ago

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This special programme manager role sits within Highways & Transport, with a significant remit that directly affects Sustainable highway and transport solutions and in particular the delivery of a programme of inter-related Safer Neighbourhood traffic areas, School Streets, Cycling and Walking projects; the role holder will have a major contribution to deliver these projects from inception through to implementation.

The role will report to the Assistant Director of Highways, with a dotted line to the Programme Management Office.

In support of delivery of this programme, the main purpose of this role is to provide leadership, effective management and accountability for the efficient performance of the Service Role Profile - Details Specific to Grade Operating with limited guidance or instructions so that initiative and judgement are needed to determine to address and resolve short term (daily) problems.

Likely to supervise a small team, assessing workload and prioritising tasks for others. Working collaboratively with a diverse project team of staff and consultants to deliver to time, cost and quality.

To work in partnership with Elected Members and a variety of senior stakeholders to secure joined up working and smooth delivery of the programme.

To respond to Member enquiries in relation to the programme of works associated with this role. Additionally responding to stakeholder and FOIs within set timelines.

This role is reflective of the Council's Ambitious for Sutton corporate plan and of the Mayor for London's Transport Strategy, via the Council's Climate Emergency Response? Environment Strategy, Sustainable Transport Strategy and Local Implementation Plan (LIP). Sutton Council aims to deliver the projects described above for the local community to:

● Tackle road traffic congestion

● Provide sustainable transport alternatives to the car

● Support walking, cycling and public transport

● Improve the local environment and the quality of life for residents

● Support local businesses

● Provide full and meaningful consultation

● Deliver solution designs having listened to the stakeholders The Programme Manager will be responsible for the overall management and coordination of discrete projects and the overall programme, by effectively planning, monitoring and supporting the delivery of all elements, working to and advising the Programme Sponsor on innovative approaches to delivering services, and in partnership with Assistant Directors, Councillors, Heads of Service, consultants, service managers and officers, as well as Customer Services, OD, HR, Communications and Engagement, Legal and Finance colleagues. They will lead, manage and deliver specific, complex and sensitive projects with responsibility for delivering agreed outcomes and for allocating resources within an agreed budget. They will be responsible for drafting and coordinating the necessary Committee reports and processes. Representative accountabilities

● To make an active and positive contribution to the Council's strategic plans and policies in relation to delivering this special highways programme, as well as working across cross cutting areas collaboratively as a member of the Highways, Transport & Regulatory Service Management Team.

● Lead on the development of specific policies and procedures to contribute to the continuous improvement in own work area.

● Deliver advice and guidance on the most complex matters in own area of expertise to ensure customer needs are met.

● Where relevant co-ordinate the work of a team, either formally or as part of a project/programme to ensure individual and team objectives are delivered.

● Manage individual projects or systems to ensure work objectives are delivered in line with agreed standards and/or statutory requirements. Budgetary accountabilities.

● Plan, manage and deliver specific projects within programmes, often of a highly complex and sensitive nature, by allocating resources within an agreed budget, managing project teams of up to 3 people, taking decisions to ensure the delivery of agreed outcomes, and ensuring effective dialogue with and between senior officers and other stakeholders.

Specific accountabilities

● Lead, and liaise with, a multidisciplinary Project Team, to ensure the programme is delivered effectively, and (inter)dependencies are recognised and managed.

● Effectively plan, manage and coordinate discrete programmes, by developing and maintaining (or overseeing maintenance of) a project / programme plan, risk register, benefit tracker and savings forecast, as well as documentation for discrete elements, such as Committee reports, detailed project plans and business cases as required.

● Monitor and report on progress against all aspects of the project / programme through regular and bespoke reports to the Sponsor, Directorate Management Teams, Programme Boards and other forums, as well as identification and management of risks and dependencies across the Council and partners

● Rapidly develop understanding of challenges and best practice within service areas new to the role holder in order to become a credible advisor to the Sponsor, Directorate Management Team and other senior managers.

● To use fine-tuned judgement, as well as own experience of and insights into innovative new approaches of delivering services, to influence and persuade a wide range of stakeholders to pursue desired courses of action that will enhance services and deliver corporate goals. For example this may involve working in collaboration with and influencing Councillors, the Corporate Management Team, Assistant Directors, local communities, voluntary and business organisations and other external agencies.

If you are interested in this role please send your updated CV in the first instance.