Senior Programme Support Officer (SPSO)

City of Westminster, London (Greater)
11 Sep 2017
01 Oct 2017
Job Function
Other, Programme Manager
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Senior Programme Support Officer (SPSO) – Palace of Westminster Restoration & Renewal Programme

Fixed term for 12 months with the possibility of extension or permanency

Do you have proven experience of managing core programme management processes for major capital projects and a real desire to be part of a genuinely high profile and rapidly evolving £multi-million programme of works? Then make the move to the House of Commons Strategic Estates team.

Our Strategic Estates department manages property and engineering infrastructures across a Parliamentary estate that consists of buildings that range from the historic to the modern. The Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal Programme has been established to tackle the significant work that needs to be done to protect and preserve the heritage of the Palace and ensure it can continue to serve as home to the UK Parliament in the 21st century and beyond. While still in the early stages, the programme already far exceeds the scale and complexity of other Parliamentary programmes and is attracting a high level of interest and scrutiny. This is your chance to work on it.

Reporting directly to the Head of Programme Management Office, you’ll be responsible for developing and managing core programme management processes that are fit for purpose in areas like assurance, monitoring and reporting and benefits management. We’ll also rely on you to manage one or more of the programme’s work streams/projects with very little guidance while employing accepted project management principles. That means you’ll often have to use your own initiative and creativity to propose an approach where no precedent exists. It also means carrying out secretariat duties and regularly consulting with and seeking input from experts from across the organisation. And, when it comes to acting as an ambassador and maintaining a good public image for the programme, again, we’ll be counting on you to deliver.

To succeed, you’ll need a recognised Project or Programme Management qualification (e.g. Prince2 Foundation or Managing Successful Programmes Foundation) and a proven relevant track record. We’ll also be looking for a flair for planning and organising a busy and varied workload and gathering, analysing and synthesising information from a range of sources. Used to working in a multi-disciplined team environment, building relationships with a variety of stakeholders, both externally and internally, also comes naturally to you. What's more, you’re as comfortable developing guidance and delivering training as you are drafting clear, concise and accurate programme documents and board papers and presenting complex information in an easy to understand way.


Annual leave starting at 28 days pro rata

Interest-free season ticket loan

Child care voucher scheme

Discounted membership of the in-house gym

Closing date: 1st October 2017

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