Senior Project Officer x2 - Bootcamps

Reference
VAC-38404
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Sector
Public Sector
Location
London
Salary
£56,797 per annum
Expiry Date
23/06/2024
The Skills Bootcamps team is responsible for the end-to-end management of the Skills Bootcamps for Londoners programme in London’s priority sectors.

Job Description

Our purpose is to help Londoners to acquire the in-demand skills within 16 weeks that would enable them to progress their careers and improve theirs and their families’ prosperity.

 

We are recruiting for 2 positions. 

About the role 

A Senior Project Officer (SPO) in the Skills Bootcamps team will manage allocated providers to ensure that the quality and the key performance metrics are achieved. They will review the project on an ongoing basis monthly and take proactive actions to manage the programme outputs – mainly job outcome for Londoners enrolled on the skills bootcamps. 

A SPO is also expected to individually lead a workstream which contribute to overall team success for the Skills Bootcamps for Londoners programme. They must be flexible in their approach to work because they will be work in on an evolving project which aims to keep London atop the league table of cities with a world class workforce.

What your day will look like 

·       Provider management – focusing on key performance metrics

·       Collaborating within a mini-project team to achieve set objectives

·       Sharing good practice with team members

·       Engaging with project stakeholders – internally and externally

Skills, knowledge and experience

 To be considered for the role you must meet the following essential criteria:

·       Demonstrable experience of developing, managing and delivering large-scale high value projects and programmes in complex organisations.

·       A thorough knowledge of programme and project management and control techniques. Having a recognised project management qualification or proven experience in project/programme management is desirable.

·       Evidence of well-developed IT skills, solid experience of using financial management systems and processes, and excellent report writing skills

·       An understanding of local and national skills and employment funding streams, associated reporting and the benefits of outcome-related funding models for both participants and funders.

·       Experience of establishing and managing complex, and sometimes hostile, stakeholder relationships to achieve positive outcomes.

·       Demonstrable experience of using strategic research and analytical skills to support and enable project and programme development, delivery, and evaluation.

 

How to apply

If you would like to apply for the role you will need to submit the following:

-        Up to date CV

-        Supporting statement with a maximum of 1500 words. Please ensure you address how you demonstrate the essential criteria outlined in the advert.

Please note all applications for this vacancy must be submitted via our online recruitment system. We do not accept CVs alone for this role. Please upload a personal statement to the ‘Additional Documents’ section of the form. Word or PDF format preferred and do not include any photographs or images. 

Please ensure your CV and supporting statement documents are saved with the job reference number as part of the naming convention (E.g. “CV – applicant name - 012345)

Please note, if you do not provide both a CV and a supporting statement, you will not be considered for the role so please ensure the above has been submitted before the deadline. 

 Assessment process 

Once you have submitted an application, your details will be reviewed by a panel.

If shortlisted you’ll be invited to an interview/assessment. The interview/assessment date is: to be confirmed.
 

Equality, diversity and inclusion

London's diversity is its biggest asset and we strive to ensure our workforce reflects London's diversity at all levels. We welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability.

We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian and Minority ethnic candidates and disabled candidates who are currently underrepresented in our workforce.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer and we are happy to consider flexible working arrangements. We would welcome applications from candidates who are seeking part time work as this role is open to job share. 

Please note we are a Disability Confident Employer so for candidates who wish to be

considered under the scheme and meet the essential criteria, they will automatically be invited to interview. Please note, should you require any adjustments through the process, we will accommodate as much as possible. Please contact the recruitment team for further information if required.

GLA staff are hybrid working up to 3 days a week in our offices and remotely depending on their role. As part of this, you will need to split your time between home working and coming into the office.

In addition to a good salary package, you will be paid every four weeks, providing frequent salary payments. We also offer an attractive range of benefits including 30 days’ annual leave, interest free season ticket loan, interest free bicycle loan and a career average pension scheme.

 

Additional Information

Please note, all candidates will need to confirm that the information provided in this application form is true and correct. Should a candidate deliberately give false information, including the use of AI software, they understand that this would disqualify them from consideration.

Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record (DBS) check but some roles may require additional security screening. 

 

Person Specification

 Technical requirements/experience/qualifications

Demonstrable experience of developing, managing and delivering large-scale high value projects and programmes in complex organisations, and a track record of successfully delivering results on target and within budget, ideally including skills and employment projects.

A thorough knowledge of programme and project management and control techniques, including project planning and appraisal, financial and performance analysis and management, risk management, issue resolution, contract management, procurement and commissioning and programme evaluation

Evidence of well-developed IT skills, solid experience of using financial management systems and processes, and excellent report writing skills

Demonstrable experience of using strategic research and analytical skills to support and enable project and programme development, delivery, and evaluation

Experience of establishing and managing complex, and sometimes hostile, stakeholder relationships to achieve positive outcomes for the Authority

An understanding of local and national skills and employment funding streams, associated reporting and the benefits of outcome-related funding models for both participants and funders.

 

Behavioural Competencies

Problem Solving

… is analysing and interpreting situations from a variety of viewpoints and finding creative, workable and timely solutions.

Level 2 Indicators of Effective Performance 

Processes and distils a variety of information to understand a problem fully

Proposes options for solutions to presented problems

Builds on the ideas of others to encourage creative problem solving

Thinks laterally about own work, considering different ways to approach problems

Seeks the opinions and experiences of others to understand different approaches to problem solving

 Planning and Organising

… is thinking ahead, managing time, priorities and risk, and developing structured and efficient approaches to deliver work on time and to a high standard.

Level 2 Indicators of Effective Performance

Prioritises work in line with key team or project deliverables

Makes contingency plans to account for changing work priorities, deadlines and milestones

Identifies and consults with sponsors or stakeholders in planning work

Pays close attention to detail, ensuring team’s work is delivered to a high standard

·       Negotiates realistic timescales for work delivery, ensuring team deliverables can be met

 Communicating and Influencing

… is presenting information and arguments clearly and convincingly so that others see us as credible and articulate, and engage with us. 

Level 2 Indicators of Effective Performance

Presents a credible and positive image both internally and externally

Challenges the views of others in an open and constructive way

Communicates openly and inclusively with internal and external stakeholders

Clearly articulates the key points of an argument, both in verbal and written communication

Persuades others, using evidence based knowledge, modifying approach to deliver message effectively

Building and Managing Relationships

… is developing rapport and working effectively with a diverse range of people, sharing knowledge and skills to deliver shared goals. 

Level 2 Indicators of Effective Performance

Identifies opportunities for joint working to minimise duplication and deliver shared goals

Develops new professional relationships

Understands the needs of others, the constraints they face and the levers to their engagement

Understands differences, anticipates areas of conflict and takes action

Fosters an environment where others feel respected

Organisational Awareness

… is understanding and being sensitive to organisational dynamics, culture and politics across and beyond the GLA and shaping our approach accordingly.

Level 2 Indicators of Effective Performance

Challenges unethical behaviour

Uses understanding of the GLA’s complex partnership arrangements to deliver effectively

Recognises how political changes and sensitivities impact on own and team’s work

Is aware of the changing needs of Londoners, anticipating resulting changes for work agendas

Follows the GLA’s position in the media and understands how it impacts on work

Research and Analysis

… is gathering intelligence (information, opinion and data) from varied sources, making sense of it, testing its validity and drawing conclusions that can lead to practical benefits

 Level 2 Indicators of Effective Performance

Proactively seeks new information sources to progress research agenda and address gaps in knowledge

Grasps limitations of or assumptions behind data sources, disregarding those that lack quality

Analyses and integrates qualitative and quantitative data to find new insights

Translates research outcomes into concise, meaningful reports

Identifies relevant and practical research questions for the future

 Strategic Thinking

… is using an understanding of the bigger picture to uncover potential challenges and opportunities for the long term and turning these into a compelling vision for actions

 Level 2 Indicators of Effective Performance

Works with a view to the future, prioritising own and others’ work in line with GLA objectives

Briefs and prepares team to accomplish goals and objectives

Communicates the GLA’s strategic priorities in a compelling and convincing manner, encouraging buy-in

Balances own team’s needs with wider organisational needs

Identifies synergies between team priorities and other relevant agendas