Project Support Executive – Local Land Charges Programme

Job Description

We have an exciting opportunity to join our Local Land Charges team as a Project Support Executive. This role covers a diverse range of activities to support the delivery of the Programme Objectives. It enables the smooth running of the programme by supporting the Programme Manager through the operation of project management processes, and the coordination of business management actions and activities on their behalf.

Hybrid working: You will be assigned to a contractual ‘home’ office, however we believe that a blended approach to where you work – with some time in the office and some time at home, this may give you an improved experience and has clear business benefits to us.

Local land charges (LLCs) are generally charges or restrictions on land usually imposed by public authorities under statutory powers and affecting successive owners and occupiers of the land. Examples include planning conditions, tree preservation orders or listed building status. This information is key to a buyer’s decision to invest in a property or parcel of land and is obtained as part of a local authority search completed as part of the home buying process.

LLC information is currently held by over 300 individual local authorities, in varied formats (digital, electronic, paper, microfiche), standards and accessibility. Currently it can cost between £0 and £100 and take between a day and over a month to obtain this information from the local authority. Through the Infrastructure Act 2015, Ministers gave HM Land Registry the powers to create a single national and live digital register of LLCs across England and Wales.

The LLC programme will transform a fragmented service, lacking consistent standards into a single, national register of around 25 million data items. The data will be held geospatially and on a register that includes a map of the affected land.

The programme has recently expanded its internal capacity and capability and onboarded two new delivery partners, in order to support delivering the programme at pace and scale.  

The main duties include maintenance of appropriate systems to enable effective planning and monitoring and assisting in maintaining project controls and producing project reports. You will be responsible for project file management using robust version control. You will organise key project meetings and provide secretariat support.

You will assist with maintaining the stakeholder log for internal and external stakeholders, acting as the local point for project responses to external requests for information. You will help monitor project spend and contribute to the compilation of budgets and maintain an accurate asset register for the project. You will manage risk and issue logs, escalating as appropriate. The role may also involve line management responsibilities in the future.

Please note that this role may require extensive travel to local authority settings and HM Land Registry offices, including overnight stays.  There is a requirement to work a minimum of 30 hours per week. 

Please see the attached candidate pack, for further information on the job and our fantastic rewards package.  

You will have outstanding IT skills and experience working in a project/programme environment in a similar role. You will utilise your excellent organisational and time management skills to prioritise personal and the team’s workload effectively, to ensure challenging and changeable deadlines/priorities are met. You will have experience of minute taking, taking actions, maintaining associated logs and preparing materials to support the meetings.  

You will apply your motivational and change skills in a challenging environment to the role and use your proven ability to influence and communicate effectively with team, internal and external stakeholders. Experience of understanding which issues you can resolve or where escalation may be necessary to ensure effective resolution is also essential.

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Ability, Experience and Technical skills.

To apply you will firstly need to complete the short application form and take the online Civil Service Verbal Test. Ideally you should take the test as soon as you can but by midday on the 21 August 2022 at the very latest, to allow sufficient time to complete the next stage of the application process.

If you pass the test, you will need to complete the full online application form, and you will be asked to demonstrate how you meet the below technical skills (in no more than 250 words).  

Attachments:  Project Support Executive Candidate Pack