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Programme Finance Manager

Natural Resources Wales
Closing date
30 Jun 2022

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Technology & New Media
Contract Type
Full Time
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Job Context

To provide Programme office and finance support for the ICT Development and Innovation Programme, including tracking and reporting on progress, providing quality assurance and quality control, information management, risk management, change control and financial management.

Applying for this post

Please note, each role has specific competencies to assess the quality of applications both at sift and interview. Please answer the competencies listed below when completing your application form.
  • Essential Knowledge and Skills
  • Evaluation of Information
  • Decision Making and Autonomy
  • Impact
  • Communications and Relationships with Others
  • Responsibility for Resources


Essential Knowledge and Skills
  • Requirement to undertake a higher level of practical or technical task/work requiring specialist knowledge/expertise. Experts in a range of subjects relating to their profession.
  • Delivery of technical/specialist services will require gravitas in their subject area.
  • Objective advice to others on their knowledge and experience, keeping up to date with changes within technical/specialist fields. Experience gained from different organisations/roles/functions.
  • Relevant substantial experience working in the relevant field. Ability to manage smaller, less complex programmes and/or manage projects on a larger scale.

Communication and Relationships with Others
  • Ability to link with other roles across the business, engaging the organisation in delivering polices and work plans in the most efficient way. Interaction with others may also be with people and organisations external to NRW.
  • This will involve written and verbal communication, leading smaller, less complex projects, requiring persuasive skills. This may include facilitating and/or presenting at internal or external meetings, giving advice and input as required. There will be a requirement to foster and maintain good relationships and networks.
  • Post holders will typically produce less complex documents, reports, accounts, contracts etc. Content will contain a lower level of advice, guidance or opinion which the recipient will act upon or use and which is likely to have detrimental consequences if incorrect or poorly drafted.
  • Able to source information from multiple locations through research and apply professional judgment as to how the material should be interpreted; the impact of which is likely to be medium term in nature.

Role Description

Key Job Accountabilities:
  • Work with the Programme Management Office Team Leader and the Service Strategy and Design Manager to administer the programme, planning, identify resources, reporting as needed to deliver the programme.
  • Track the status of projects throughout the programme, to allow effective communication of progress and reporting of project deliverables, monitoring projects against time, budget and quality standards.
  • Lead on budget management and financial control for the programme, providing advice and guidance to project managers around procurement and budget control, through detailed knowledge of budget transfer, procurement rules and procedure. This involves extensive work with finance business partners.
  • Assist with recruitment of permanent staff and contractors, agencies and frameworks.
  • Implement project standards across all projects in the programme ensuring project plans and project documentation are complete and up to date.
  • Manage the programme-level benefits register, ensuring that all benefits are planned, monitored and benefits realisation is tracked.
  • Co-ordinate the publication, review and sign-off of major programme deliverables including finance reports to LTG, business boards and D&I board.
  • Assist project managers and the programme manager in ensuring the transition into support of services delivered, and formally closing off the project finances.
  • Conduct post implementation reviews for projects across the programme, identifying and communicating any lessons learned to build knowledge and skills across the team.
  • Build and maintain relationships with external suppliers and finance colleagues to facilitate and influence successful procurement and budgeting for the programme.
  • Work with the Programme Management Office and lead Project Managers to define and update project management processes in ICT within the Project Management Framework of NRW.

Key Job Qualifications or Knowledge:
  1. Programme co-ordination/administration skills and knowledge of a structured project management framework, project management tools and techniques with project management skills proven through the management of small projects, or exposure to the end to end project lifecycle, or managing parts of the project lifecycle.
  2. High level of financial control skills with proven ability to manage contracts, procurements and frameworks.
  3. High level of IT literacy including knowledge of Microsoft packages, including Project, Visio, Powerpoint, Word and Excel.
  4. Strong communications skills, both written and verbal.
  5. Strong prioritisation and organisational skills to balance key priorities and manage workloads.
  6. Proven ability to deliver under pressure in a fast paced, changing environment.
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