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Senior Project Manager

Surrey County Council
Closing date
30 Jul 2021

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The salary for this role is £45,734- £51,725 per annum for a 36 hour working week.

At Surrey County Council we are committed to working closer with and reinvigorating our relationship with residents. We are striving to build stronger and more effective partnerships with communities to help them thrive and have the opportunity to flourish.

We have embarked on a journey to transform the council, seeking to improve outcomes for our residents, supporting people to live independent, healthy and fulfilling lives, drive down inequality and deliver our ambition for no one to be left behind, whilst ensuring that our services are effective and financially sustainable.

Our Communities Transformation Portfolio covers a range of areas and is driving forward programmes and initiatives that are key to establishing the foundations needed to empower and connect our communities. We aim to help communities to tackle local issues, shape and improve services in their local area, support one another, and make it easier for everyone to play an active role in the decisions that impact them.

We are seeking people to join us in driving fundamental change and be part of developing new ways of working and behaviours, strengthening and changing relationships, and joining up and joining in across teams, with partners and with communities to contribute to the delivery of our refreshed organisational strategy & the Community Vision for Surrey in 2030.

We are looking for a strong project manager to drive forward an evolving set of projects within a complex and moving context. You will be able to ensure the delivery of outcomes to time and budget while retaining flexibility to enable the project to respond to and build on new opportunities as they arise and adapt to learning as it occurs.

We are looking for people with:
  • The experience and ability to manage multiple projects across definition, design and delivery phases - ensure high quality governance, planning, reporting, financial monitoring arrangements are in place
  • Excellent communication, networking and influencing skills - with experience of working with a broad range of stakeholders, internally and externally, at all levels to drive forward project delivery and providing constructive challenge
  • Strong organisational and business change experience - with an understanding of what it takes to enable transformational change, in support of better outcomes for residents
  • "Hands on" project management experience - with the ability to proactively develop plans, briefs, manage risks and issues, working collaboratively with teams and partners to enable progress and support benefits realisation.

Formal training and accreditation in project management, and experience with agile project management approaches, would be desirable but is not essential. Experience and/or knowledge of Local Authority and working with communities would be an advantage but again is not essential.

At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.

For more information please find the full job description below and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council.
Additional Information

Closing date for applications is 23:59 on 8th August 2021.

Interviews will take place week commencing 16th August 2021.

The role is initially fixed term for 1 year, with strong potential for extension.

The roles will be formally based in Reigate and some travel to other venues in Surrey will be required for specific meetings or workshops. However, during the Covid19 restrictions, home-working is in place and post Covid19 the proposal is to retain an agile workforce approach, including home working and flexible use of local offices in Surrey. We will make sure you have everything in place to do this effectively, including training in Microsoft Teams.

Contact Details

For an informal discussion please contact Caroline Foster, Portfolio Lead - Communities Transformation, by e-mail at .uk.

Please apply by clicking on the apply online button below and uploading your CV and personal statement outlining your suitability with reference to the requirements in this advert.

We look forward to receiving your application.


From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 24 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Our Commitment

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all underrepresented groups.
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