Governance & Reporting Lead – Census and Data Collection Transformation Programme

Titchfield, Fareham
31 Aug 2018
16 Sep 2018
Job Function
Project Manager
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About you

Are you an experienced professional who can deliver measurable improvements, well organised with a pro-active approach to your work? Enjoy working in a busy, fast paced environment with a great team of likeminded people ready to support and celebrate with one another? Then this might be the role for you.

About us

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.

Each year, a significant proportion of the ONS revenue is invested in delivering change programmes and projects. These are designed to support the delivery of the ONS ten-year strategy by optimising innovation and change across the business. There are often high degrees of dependency between each project and programme and significant IT design and development requirements. These considerations add a further level of complexity to the way in which programmes are managed and delivered. Within ONS, the Project Delivery profession helps us deliver this change.

The mission of the Census and Data Collection Transformation Programme (CDCTP) 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.

The role

The CDCTP Programme Management Office (PMO) provides centralised project delivery expertise and hands-on support to the programme. This role will lead on establishing and maintaining the Governance and Reporting activities within the CDCTP Programme Office in line with corporate standards. The main responsibilities of the role will be to build and maintain effective relationships with the all parts of the business, Programme Directors, and Programme and Project Managers to develop and implement standards, tools, processes and systems for successful delivery of CDCTP. This is not a development role, we are looking for an experienced professional who can deliver measurable improvements that are valued by our customers within weeks of taking up post.

You will:

• be able to demonstrate excellent organisational abilities and a track record of prioritising and delivering outputs in a fast-paced and time-sensitive environment

• have in-depth expertise of establishing effective governance regimes and insightful reporting and briefing techniques to enable senior managers to make timely and effective decisions

• be able to call upon experience gained in a number of senior leadership posts within the Project Delivery profession and across a range of delivery environments

• have excellent communication skills and be confident briefing up to Director General level

• be a visionary leader who is not afraid to challenge the status quo and an effective team player who is able to support colleagues in the delivery of organisational goals


• Business Case (BC) – Draft parts of the Business Case and quality assure specialist contributions – gaining appropriate specialist sign off. Quality Assure (QA) Investment board papers

• Stakeholder – Work with stakeholder to agree a governance and reporting structure. Set up project boards, ensuring all relevant stakeholders are represented (eg. User, supplier etc)

• Establish governance & reporting landscape – Understand and communicate the organisation’s governance pathways – driving appropriate use of boards and build governance into the project cycle. Analysis and challenge of data in the reports (is there a rainbow of honesty?). Present reports at relevant boards. Develop and agree tolerances, escalation triggers and investment gateways

• Risk & Issue Management – Ensure risks and issues are an integral part of the governance cycle and boards give enough time to consider key risks and issues

• Change Control – Design change control process, agreeing tolerance and escalation points. Oversee compliance with change request process, escalating non-compliance

• Knowledge & information management – Set knowledge and information processes that conforms with the organisations standards. QA and challenge the project/ business to follow the agreed processes. Disseminate lessons learned within project and wider community.

Person specification

Skills and Experience - it is essential that you:

• Have in-depth expertise of establishing effective governance regimes and insightful reporting and briefing techniques

• Hold a valid Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) or relevant experience (demonstrable experience of working on complex programmes in a Reporting or Governance role)

• Have a track record of prioritising and delivering outputs in a fast-paced and time-sensitive environment

• Are expert in interpersonal and communication skills with a proven record of establishing, building and maintaining strong, collaborative and productive relationships across functional and organisational boundaries

• An expert at effectively managing relationships with senior stakeholders, producing clear advice and influence on complex issues

• An expert, focused on delivery of outcomes, who can work under pressure, respond quickly and decisively to changing circumstances and to a tight timetable

• A proven ability to organise a complex workload, to prioritise, and manage rapidly changing demands and priorities but essentially to model positive behaviours that reflect the corporate values and culture.


It is essential that you have:

• Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) or relevant demonstrable experience of working on complex programmes in a Governance or Reporting role.