Assistant Project Manager

Job Description

Are you a high energy, proactive individual with project manager skills and experience to help deliver a multi-million-pound project with a large number of internal and external stakeholders?

We are the UK’s national statistical institute and the largest producer of official statistics in the UK. We are also the only government department with the production of statistics as its main role. We are independent of ministers and instead report through the UK Statistics Authority to Parliament and the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Delivery of the Census and Data Collection Transformation is vital to the success of Better Statistics, Better Decisions and to realise £5bn of benefits through the impact on social policy and the economy that our improved statistics, data and analysis will make. Together our mission is to deliver a successful 2021 Census, researching how to make it the last of its kind and transforming the work of ONS in how we collect, process and analyse data. Population and Public Policy (PPP) statistics are vital for shaping policy and decision-making.

They underpin national and local decisions on migration, provision of education, housing and healthcare; fair distribution of funding to local areas; allow accurate national and local information on the diversity of the population and let public bodies know whether they are meeting their Equalities duties and take action where necessary. It ensures that our population estimates are as accurate as possible. Trust, Value and Quality will drive the successful transformation for Census, Data Collection, Public Policy Analysis and ONS.

This role will be based within the Social Statistics Transformation Division (SSTD). SSTD is part of the Census and Data Collection Transformation Programme. SSTD plays a fundamental role in delivering change to ONS social statistics data collection.

Job description
With PMO /PPM experience and delivery background, you will have some experience of planning, dependency management, dynamic and insightful reporting, stakeholder management and delivery. You will have supported standards, tools, processes and systems for successful project delivery with the ability to apply these using Agile working.

Working directly with the Project Manager, you’ll help with leading a team to plan, direct and co-ordinate activities, ensuring the project is delivered on time and to budget. You’ll proactively monitor and report on project progress, resolving any potential issues quickly and effectively. Knowledge and experience of digital projects and experience of working in an agile environment would be advantageous. The role requires working with multiple stakeholders to ensure that business areas are ready for the change. As well as championing the project, you’ll communicate change across the organisation, working closely with a range of stakeholders from senior managers to government departments. The role will require building effective relationships with a number of project managers to ensure that the deliveries from other projects will not jeopardise the viability of your project.

Typical role responsibilities:
• Delivery – Support the Project Manager to create and lead the project to deliver the agreed outcomes within time, cost and quality constraints.
• Project Management – Day to day management and leadership of the project and the project team. Set project controls. Design the project structure appropriate to stage. Select and apply appropriate delivery methodologies. Manage effective transition between project phases
• Business Case – Coordinate development and drafting of the Business Case with input from specialists as necessary
• Budget – Track delivery within budget.
• Resources – Schedule / manage resources to deliver the project. May work independently or with a small team.
• Benefits Realisation – Ensure benefits are identified, understood, measured, tracked and owned. Ensure appropriate Benefits Realisation Strategy is in place, and monitor longer term delivery of benefits against the Business Case.
• Stakeholder Management – Identify key stakeholders and develop effective relationships.
• Risks & Issues – Identify and monitor project risks and issues. Develop mitigating actions and escalate as appropriate.
• Governance – Provide key reports and support effective governance and decision making.
• Assurance – Support or set appropriate project assurance.
• Change Management – Ensure effective Change Management processes are in place to agree and document changes to deliverables as agreed with stakeholders.
• Guidance & Support – Seek appropriate support, guidance and coaching from the project community. Show commitment to personal development. Promote effective individual and team performance.
• Project Performance & Controls – Build Project Plan and apply appropriate project principles to deliver stated objectives. Identify and set appropriate Project Controls. Track and report delivery against milestones

Person Specification
The following skills and experience in the context of a high complexity project environment are essential:
• A proven track record of project management and delivery of projects covering full project lifecycle within budget, time, quality and user expectations
• Skilled in interpersonal and communication skills with a proven track record of establishing and building strong, collaborative and productive relationships across functional and organisational boundaries. Ability to quickly understand the tasks being worked on and to identify key milestones.
• Experience of leading and influencing within a project and a proven track record of working collaboratively across organisation boundaries.
• A working knowledge of the standards, tools, processes and systems for successful project delivery with the ability to apply these using a blended approach of both Waterfall and Agile methodologies

Desirable Qualifications
A recognised project delivery qualification such as:
• PRINCE2 Practitioner
• Agile Project Management Practitioner
• APM Project Management Qualification
• APM Practitioner Qualification

We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Working Together
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Communicating and Influencing

Technical skills
We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
Governance – Government Project Delivery Framework – Working Level

As well as a competitive salary, you’ll enjoy:
• Generous holiday allowance – 25 days annual leave, rising to 30 days after 5 years’ service in addition to public holidays;
• Good work-life balance – working options include flexible working arrangements Monday to Friday between 7am and 7pm;
• Strong ethos of equality and diversity;
• Up to 3 days paid leave per year for voluntary opportunities;
• Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks of statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and statutory paternity leave of 2 weeks plus an additional week of departmental paternity leave all at full pay;
• Highly competitive contributory Civil Service Pension;
• Career development and progression – Career pathway options such as apprenticeships and recognised qualifications for a variety of professions are available;
• Free onsite car parking in Newport and Fareham;
• Cycle to work scheme

Things you need to know
Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Experience and Technical skills.
Assessment at application stage will be based on your CV and personal statement. Your CV should be tailored to demonstrate any skills, knowledge and experience that are relevant to the content of the role.

Your personal statement should be no longer than 1250 words. You should use this space to provide evidence for each essential criteria within the person specification. As the criteria are scored, we would recommend that you give clear examples for each including the impact of your actions. Success Profiles Behaviour examples are not required at this stage.

In cases where there is a high number of applications the sift pass mark may be adjusted and candidates will be invited to interview in merit order, i.e. those scoring the highest.

Should you be invited to interview, you will be assessed using various assessment techniques aligned to the new Civil Service Success Profiles, where you’ll be assessed against all the behaviours outlined in the advert and will include the following competency from the Civil Service Project Delivery Framework: • Governance – Working level

A presentation will be required at interview. Further information will be provided to successful candidates prior to interview.

In certain circumstances, interviews may be conducted by Video Conference.

A reserve list may be held for a period up to 12 months from which further appointments may be made.

Sift: 3rd October 2019
Interviews: 11th October 2019

If you cannot make the interview date, please state your nearest availability in the application.

Interviews will be held at Newport

For the full terms and conditions of the post, please see attachment.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements
Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service
The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants
Job contact :
Name : Steve Vincent
Email :
Recruitment team :
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Further information
If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact Paul Cudmore, Office for National Statistics, Government Buildings, Cardiff Road, Newport NP10 8XG. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission at

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