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Job description

About the Role

Are you a 'tried and tested' senior project manager? If yes, then this is a great opportunity for you to join the BEIS Project Delivery Team (PDT) as a Senior Project Manager.

In BEIS, a career in Government Project Delivery means working on a wide range of programmes and projects. Changing the Business, Energy, Science and Industry sectors and making a real difference to the nation.

Whether it's delivering creative solutions for climate change or working on Net Zero, BEIS has some of the most fascinating and complex projects in government today. We are looking for senior project managers to help us lead and deliver these.

What will the successful candidate be doing?

Taking responsibility for leading and running the delivery of a medium to highly complex priority project. Your responsibilities will include:

• Ensuring policy development is translated into delivery objectives and is implemented to agreed outcomes within time, cost and quality constraints.

• Anticipating and managing delivery risks and issues including assessing their impact on the overall project strategy and performance, and maximising return while minimising risk.

• Leading on stakeholder engagement and being a primary advocate for your project, including securing agreement and support from others at all levels. Reaching out across department, HMG and beyond to ensure the department provides a consistent and coherent approach and messaging in delivering your project.

• Leading performance and keeping delivery on track, including the identification of obstacles to delivery in advance and helping your team to overcome them.

• Identifying, managing and ensuring that your project delivers its benefits both in the immediate and the longer term, including the development and embedding of a sustainable benefits realisation strategy.

• Lead on embedding the culture and practices necessary to sustain the team as a High Performing Unit. This includes maintaining a strong focus on ensuring the team is adequately resourced and skilled to deliver transformational change.

• Supporting and leading your team to develop them to maximise and fulfil their potential.

• Coaching and mentoring colleagues to apply the most appropriate project delivery tools and techniques.

• Building links across the department, government and other partners, learning from the experiences of similar projects and sharing your own in turn.

• Providing your project delivery advice and insights to colleagues, leaders and management boards, and building the capability of the project delivery function at BEIS, coaching and directly managing individuals in the Project Delivery Pool.

Person Specification

What we are looking for

We are seeking a highly motivated Project Manager, who is looking to develop themselves and their career. We'd like someone who is:

• Experienced in delivering and leading projects and realising their benefits within agreed time, cost and quality constraints.

• Flexible when applying your knowledge and capable of adapting approaches to meet different project needs.

• Credible in dealing with a broad range of people, with the confidence to deliver clear and authoritative advice to senior officials.

• Able to constructively challenge and influence, to keep the project on track while maintaining good relationships.

• A committed leader and people manager, able to build capability and lead a high performing and motivated team.

• Able to work highly collaboratively with colleagues.

• Able to take the initiative, and spot opportunities and threats.

It would be desirable for you to have a recognised accreditation in professional project management such as PRINCE2 Practitioner, MSP Practitioner or APM Practitioner Qualification and/or have successfully completed the Civil Service PLP or MPLA course. We will support you in achieving such a qualification in post if you don't have one.


Candidates must have relevant experience of Project Delivery leadership in a highly complex and/or high risk public sector (or similar) projects or programme.

Please take time to read the attached Candidate pack for further information about this role and the recruitment process.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Changing and Improving
  • Managing a Quality Service

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
  • Frameworks and Methodologies
  • Risk Management



BEIS offers a competitive mix of benefits including:

A culture of flexible working, such as job sharing, homeworking and compressed hours.
Automatic enrolment into the Civil Service Pension Scheme.
A minimum of 25 days of paid annual leave, increasing by 1 day per year up to a maximum of 30.
An extensive range of learning & professional development opportunities, which all staff are actively encouraged to pursue.
Access to a range of retail, travel and lifestyle employee discounts.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles , and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Experience and Technical skills.

Application Information

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and Personal Statement. Your Personal Statement should address each of the following questions (maximum of 250 words per question). Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

I. Please give an example of the most complex or important project that you have led, and explain how you delivered it within time, cost and quality parameters.

II. Please give an example of a time when you led on the management of a complex range of stakeholders, crossing team and organisational boundaries, and how you gained buy-in at a senior level where views differed.

III. Please give an example of when you have actively managed and prioritised project risks, including how you considered the organisation's wider strategic thinking.

NB: We will sift against the first question if we receive a high number of applications for this role. In your response you should briefly introduce the context but focus the majority of your word allocation to describe the actions you took, with a short conclusion describing the result.

Should a large number of applications be received, the initial sift may be conducted using your personal statement or lead behaviour. This will be the behaviour which is listed first in the job advert. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate the essential role requirements within the application behaviour responses.

At Interview you will be assessed Behaviours and Strengths, as well as on the following Technical Skills;

Frameworks and Methodologies

Detailed knowledge and significant experience in project management frameworks and methodologies. Demonstrating competence when identifying and amending appropriate project management frameworks and methodologies to enable a consistent and efficient approach to delivery of complex projects. Able to lead others in the application of project management frameworks and methodologies and tailor the approach to meet requirements of the projects.

Risk Management

Working knowledge and experience of managing complex risks and issues. Demonstrating the ability to identify and manage risks, including the development and implementation of appropriate risk mitigation strategies that take account of both internal and external dependencies, managing stakeholders to deal with any associated time, cost and quality constraints.

Expected Timeline subject to change

Sift Dates: w/c 20th April 2020
Interview dates: w/c 27th April 2020
Interview location: London.

Reasonable adjustment

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

• Contact Government Recruitment Service via beisrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.

• Complete the "Assistance required" section in the "Additional requirements" page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you're deaf, a Language Service Professional.

Further Information

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check maybe carried out.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstance some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing Pre-Employment.Checks@cabinetoffice.gov.uk stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant's details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

Any move to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

A reserve list will be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.

Please note terms and conditions are attached. Please take time to read the document to determine how these may affect you.

Please note that BEIS does not hold a licence to sponsor visa applications.

BEIS does not normally offer full home working (i.e. working at home); but we do offer a variety of flexible working options (including occasionally working from home).

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here .

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles .

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Job Sector
Strategy & Consultancy
Job Position
Project Management
Estimated Salary
£63,125.00 - £71,000.00 / year
London, UK Show on map
Post date
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