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Project and Evaluation Manager

Surrey County Council
Closing date
29 Sep 2021

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The starting salary for this position is £40,227 per annum based on a 36 hour working week. This opportunity is offered on a 6 month fixed-term or secondment basis.

Although this position is officially based at Woodhatch Place, Reigate it is open to remote working meaning you aren't required in the office 5 days a week. We're less about you driving to work and more about us collectively driving down our carbon footprint. We care about how you work rather than where you work; the people rather than the postcode. In support of our people and our greener futures strategies, we'd welcome a conversation with the successful candidate on what remote working may look like for you.

Surrey County Council is undergoing a period of significant change. In the context of shifting resident demands, the increasing need to deliver value for money and our ambition to be a leading council we need to rethink and reassess how we provide services.

In order to achieve this we have embarked upon a massive transformation programme which consists of a number of key programmes that are critical to the future success and financial stability of the council. We therefore require strong project managers to drive the delivery of these programmes and ensure they are delivered on time and to budget.

Surrey County Council is looking to recruit a Project and Evaluation Manager within our Community Protection Group (CPG) Transformation Programme who can take on challenging projects across the programme for the next 6 months, including the development of an evaluation framework. The Services that sit within the CPG are Surrey Fire and Rescue, Coroners, Trading Standards, Emergency Management, Health and Safety, Community Resilience and the Armed Forces Covenant.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the team and focus on taking forward the delivery and evaluation of complex projects. The role will require engaging with internal and external groups to develop and implement initiatives, promoting SFRS as an employer of choice to individuals, building strong relationships, demonstrating expertise in the power of communication. This role will be integral to the work of the transformation program and the successful delivery of our Making Surrey Safer Plan.

If you have the following skills and experience then we want to hear from you:
  • All aspects of project management and delivery with ability to manage projects through to completion
  • Delivery of evaluation and quality assurance frameworks
  • Proven written and oral communication and interpersonal skills with good negotiation and influencing skills
  • The ability to work collaboratively with internal and external partners
  • Knowledge of principles, practices, policies and procedures relating to business planning, financial and organisational management

In addition to the above you will also:
  • Be degree qualified or have significant vocational experience demonstrating development through involvement in a series of progressively more demanding work roles
  • Be Prince 2 certified (or equivalent project management best practice) with a background in project or change management

You may already have experience of working within the public sector, however we are equally interested in hearing from people who are proven programme managers and who are confident working in a challenging environment with stakeholders who have different priorities.

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.
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Additional Information

The job advert closes on the 8th October 2021 with interviews to follow.

Contact Details

For an informal discussion please contact Bernie Beckett via email at .uk. 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 phone will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 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 under-represented groups.
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