Senior Project Manager
Full Time (37 Hours) - Temporary
£45,996 - £50,250 per annum
Closing date: Friday 23 April 2021 at 5pm
Please quote Ref: C902 on application form
The National Policing Vulnerability Knowledge and Practice Programme (VKPP) is a diverse and passionate team working across all of England and Wales to aim to improve policing for vulnerable children and adults. We are looking for a dynamic and knowledgeable senior manager who is interested in protecting vulnerable people through policy, strategy & front line services & who is interested in ensuring equality and the voice of the victim is at the heart of everything we do.
We have a range of diverse professionals on the team: people from the charity sector, academics, police officers, a mix of genders and abilities and are looking for an experienced person to join us and co-lead peer reviews on vulnerability & violent crime with police forces across England and Wales.
We have a range of benefits in addition to the salary available such as:
- All expenses such as travel and meals when travelling for work
- Cycle to work scheme
- Blue Light Card with 100s of discounts
- Paid-for training available and the opportunity to have mentoring
The position is for one part time fixed term role until March 31st 2022. This is a national role so working from London, working from home and working from Norfolk are all options which can be discussed at interview stage. If you are working from London, London weighting will be added to the salary.
The Vulnerability Knowledge and Practice Programme (VKPP)
The VKPP is a government funded programme aimed at supporting police forces’ work to protect some of society’s most vulnerable individuals and communities. This includes supporting responses to child exploitation, serious violence and domestic abuse. Operating on behalf of the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC), the programme is responsible for generating a shared understanding of where the most significant gaps in practice and knowledge are nationally and identifying/promoting emerging promising practice.
The programme delivers a wide range of vulnerability and violent crime work, including mapping learning across statutory reviews (SCRs, DHRs, SARs), reforming the National Vulnerability Action Plan, leading the policing response to the changes in local children’s safeguarding arrangements and many other work streams.
Further details can be found at https://whatworks.college.police.uk/Research/Pages/Vulnerability.aspx
Main Activities of the role (not exhaustive):
- Scope, design and deliver workstreams that support the aims and objectives of the Vulnerability Knowledge and Practice Programme.
- Provide leadership and support to individuals, teams and consultants, ensuring that the delivery of those work-streams meets the required standards within the specified time constraints and cost.
- Scope business proposals and develop business cases, working with heads of department and senior operational and strategic managers. Identify costs and benefits of new initiatives advising Chief Officers, PCCs and Project Boards on options for change. The post holder will be responsible for evaluating project and business risk.
- Develop strategic partnerships and alliances, participate in regional and national working groups, maintain effective working relationships with the Home Office and other forces, agencies and organisations, promoting open communication and the sharing of promising practice in order to maximise development opportunities for policing nationally.
- Participate fully as a senior member of the VKPP team contributing to business planning and strategic management processes, in order to help maximise efficiency and productivity and ensure the business plan and service level agreements are satisfied.
- Participate as a member of programme team, attend and deliver at working groups and committees and attend and deliver at other meetings.
- Prepare and deliver appropriate communications to senior stakeholders providing evidence and learning from the VKPP work, evaluation and reports on assigned projects.
- Provide direction and leadership to staff within assigned project teams, including performance appraisals for direct reports. Promote effective communication and ensure that the development, health, welfare and performance issues for all staff are effectively addressed, thereby maximise performance from individuals and satisfying personal aspirations, in order to ensure that staff fulfil their potential and contribute effectively to force business.
- Any other duties that are commensurate with the role and grade as may be requested by management.
It is essential that applicants meet the following criteria:
- Ability to provide effective direction, co- ordination and consultancy support for multi-faceted, large scale and complex projects
- Extensive knowledge of the operational or strategic policing environment, or wider vulnerability environment and sectors (violence, abuse etc.) and strong change management, project and programme management skills and experience
- Excellent written communication skills, particularly the ability to explain complex subjects clearly and concisely
- Substantial experience in planning and managing complex and concurrent work programmes
- A sound understanding of financial and establishment matters and the development of implementation plans that effectively support the delivery of change
- Credibility and the confidence to discuss complex issues affecting policing and vulnerable victims and witnesses of crime with Chief Officers and senior police personnel
- Well-developed verbal communication, influencing and negotiation skills with a proven ability to build and maintain productive relationships with a wide range of stakeholders (e.g. Chief Officers, operational managers, staff associations and specialist professionals)
- Enthusiasm, self-motivation, pro-activity, resilience, creativity and being skilled in the co-ordination and prioritisation of cross-portfolio projects and initiatives
- Proven ability to operate and move between strategic and operational level thinking
- Strong managerial skills with the ability to provide direction, co-ordination and motivation to his/her team engaged on a wide range of change and developmental activities. This is inclusive of matrix management knowledge and skills
- Ability to demonstrate flexibility in a small team and a willingness to be tasked as well as to lead
- Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint and experience of communicating with stakeholders through a variety of media
It is desirable that applicants meet the following criteria:
- Degree/post graduate qualification
- Prince 2 qualification, MSP or similar as well as an understanding of process change and continuous change methodologies
- Understanding of operating and managing change within a police collaboration environment or similar
Hours of work are 37 (negotiable) per week Monday to Friday. This post is offered on a temporary basis.
Consideration will be given to whether the post can be delivered on either a full time, part time or job share basis, in line with the organisational requirements of this role.
The recruitment criteria for all posts are subject to reasonable adjustment in line with the Equality Act 2010.
Applications from at-risk staff will be prioritised and receive preference in any selection process.
These forms as well as application guidance notes are also available on the right hand side of the page in the Downloads section.
Please return completed applications by email to [email protected].