Programme Manager

London (Greater)
10 Sep 2020
24 Sep 2020
Contract Type

We recognise the challenges that people with (multiple) protected characteristics may experience on the job market and in their career progression. We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities. We are keen to make our workforce as diverse as possible, and we hope to attract applications from underrepresented groups, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, people with a disability, and people with gender diverse identities.

Programme Manager 

Salary: £34,330

Location: London 

Do you have the passion and drive to develop and manage a team to reach their full potential?

Would you love the opportunity to gain a broad understanding of how teams across the Maritime sector work?

If so, then we are looking for a Programme Manager to join our team within the Maritime directorate at the Department for Transport (DfT), and we’d love to hear from you!

Job description

The successful candidate will be joining the Programme Management Office. The team is at the very centre of the Maritime directorate. We primarily work to ensure that Maritime delivers efficiently and effectively by providing a range of support. This includes comprehensive project planning, project scopes and reporting dashboards to discuss important metrics.

The team also provides some key functions for the Directorate such as Recruitment, Finance, and Learning and Development, as well as recently being heavily involved in ensuring Maritime could deliver an effective response to Covid-19 remotely.

We will look to you to provide the Programme Management Office with leadership on management tools, introducing robust governance to oversee the work being carried out and ensuring work is delivered to tight timescales.

This is an exciting and rewarding role, offering a fantastic opportunity to work across the Department, increase your knowledge of the sector, and raise your profile through developing networks across government and industry.


Your Role Responsibilities include (but not limited to):
• Lead a team to deliver on financial returns, key aspects of project management, recruitment and reporting
• Support Maritime with Project and Programme Management (PPM) through the development of comprehensive project plans, scopes and dashboards
• Lead on internal communications for the Directorate to increase knowledge and understanding of the Maritime industry and PPM tools and techniques
• Manage a fast-paced and considerable workload with a degree of autonomy, taking care of day to day policy and communications issues, and ad-hoc tasks
• Present high-quality information to governance boards to inform decisions and provide regular updates to Ministers
• Ensure we have robust financial and HR controls to enable the Maritime directorate to be a leader in corporate governance.

Please refer to the attached Role Profile  for an in-depth view of the post.

About You
You will be extremely organised with the autonomy to manage your own workload. Being a strong team-leader will be a vital part of building capability across the team and developing a positive, encouraging and inclusive culture.

The role requires someone with excellent communication skills, who is able to present high quality written information in formats to suit a range of different audiences. Your fresh approach along with your expert attention to detail will make this the perfect next step in your career.

About Us
Our mission at the Department for Transport is ‘connecting people and places’. Everything we do to achieve this is reinforced by our values:
Confidence: to challenge, to take action, to innovate
Excellence: in our professionalism, in our delivery, in our learning
Teamwork: we are inclusive, we collaborate, we support each other
These values define the kind of organisation we want to be – delivering for today whilst being ambitious for tomorrow.
We embrace diversity and celebrate our differences. Everyone is involved in making DfT an inclusive and great place to work. We actively promote a flexible approach to working whilst giving our staff opportunities to maximise their skills and achieve their full potential.
We are different people, one team.

Find out more about what it's like working at the Department for Transport.


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

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together
  • Seeing the Big Picture


Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits. We offer generous annual leave, attractive pension options, flexible working, inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.

Things you need to know Security

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 and Experience.

We are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. In addition, where appropriate, you may be invited to attend a video interview.

Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly as all updates from us will be sent to you this way.

Selection Process

The sift is due to take place from 25th September 2020.

Interviews are likely to be held w/c 12th October 2020.

Please tailor your CV/Personal Statement to evidence your experience of the following:

• Building strong and positive relationships with senior colleagues and stakeholders.
• Experience in securing inputs from others across a range of stakeholders, who are often managing conflicting demands.
• Experience in managing conflicting priorities to deliver timely results.

This interview could be conducted via a video interview, details of which will be provided to you should you be selected for interview.
We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates.

The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include:
• an interview

The Department for Transport alongside other Government Departments recruit using Success Profiles. This means for each role we consider what you will need to demonstrate in order to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity. For further information on Success Profiles please click here

Your interview may consist of a range of question types. These may include questions about:
• what energises and motivates you
• how you would manage situations relevant to the role
• your previous experience
• your professional skills and knowledge

You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.

Further Information

We have adopted anonymised recruitment. This means that your name, date of birth and other personal details will not be seen by the sift panel.

We may hold a reserve list for up to twelve months. During this time, if a similar role is identified and you have been placed on the reserve list you may be considered for the post. Within the reserve list period, your application form and selection information may be shared across the department and its agencies.

Please see attached candidate notes for further information about our recruitment process.

We welcome applications from every part of the community and we don’t discriminate against any gender identity. We’re especially interested to hear from underrepresented groups in the DfT such as gender diverse, BAME, LGBT+ and disabled candidates.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstance some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

Reasonable adjustment
If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.

Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

Any move to the Department For Transport will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

You will however have access to the governments Tax Free Childcare scheme.

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 equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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