Head of Programmes for the Land Warfare Centre

Warminster, Wiltshire
£70,000. More may be available for an exceptional candidate
22 Jul 2020
09 Aug 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

About the job

The Head of Programmes for the Land Warfare Centre is responsible for the management, governance, and effective delivery of the Trade Training Transformation Programme (T3P) and the Collective Training Transformation Programme (CTETP) which incorporates 11 Change Projects including the modernisation and transformation of training delivery, infrastructure, aviation support and business transformation.

The totality of the Portfolio represents a total investment of circa £400M over 10 years, and also includes sustaining support for a number of business as usual contracts.

This role is also responsible for the prioritisation and effective allocation of resources across the programme to ensure optimal delivery of the Field Army/Departmental strategic objectives and priorities.

As the senior Civil Servant within the Land Warfare Centre this role will have corporate oversight for ~1,400 civil servants across 17 sites.

On a day-to-day basis this post is required to work at 2* (Director Level) upwards and will interact regularly with personnel within the Army HQ and play a key role in supporting the Army’s P3M Capability Development Programme.  He/she provides a source of additional counsel and advice to Director Land Warfare and is a member of the Land Warfare Centre Executive Group.

Key Responsibilities: 

In addition to playing a full leadership role across the Army TLB within a small SCS cadre, the role will have the following primary objectives and deliverables:

Governance & Reporting. Lead the T3P and CTETP Delivery Boards, to enable strategic decision-making regards project/programme prioritisation, performance and risk management, and resource allocation. Collaborate with key organisations within Army HQ and the Field Army including Army Commercial Branch and the Army Scrutiny and Approvals Team.

Business Cases & Assurance. Oversee appropriate levels of assurance, at key Business Case decision points (in collaboration with the Army Approvals and Scrutiny Team) and on overall programme delivery progress.

People & Leadership. Leading the Land Warfare Centre Programmes Group, a mixed team of ~50 military and civilian staff to provide direction and promote an energised culture focused on collaborative working. Promoting the Land Warfare Centre as a positive place to work and championing a diverse and inclusive workplace.

Planning, Scheduling & Resourcing. Ensure the Land Warfare Centre’s programmes evolve to reflect changes in strategic directives and business priorities. As a Budget Holder, accountable for the financial delegations of ~£90m/10year], secure the resources and build the capability required to ensure effective delivery of the Land Warfare Centre’s programmes and priorities both now and in the future. Manage the integration of project outputs and dependencies within strategic objectives.

Risk & Opportunity Management. Through the T3P and CTETP Delivery Boards ensure a clear aggregation of project delivery to take decisions in response to escalated risks or opportunities. In collaboration with senior stakeholders, ensure a coherent approach across the programmes and wider business delivery.

Stakeholder Management. Cultivate and manage a range of relationships and key strategic alliances with internal / external stakeholders. Lead senior stakeholders in regularly reviewing the continuing relevance of projects based on a clear understanding of cost, risk and contribution to Field Army and Departmental strategic objectives. Work collaboratively with Army TLB stakeholders to lead Business Transformation initiatives and to revolutionise internal ways of working to create a more effective and agile organisation.

Benefits Management. Oversee maintenance of benefit tracking over multiple years and oversight of the Land Warfare Centre Income Generation Strategy and Delivery Programme. There will also be an expectation that the post holder will contribute to performance assessments of individuals outside their direct line, including acting as counter-signing officer for around 5 additional Band B (Grade 7/6) personnel across the Land Warfare Centre.

About You:

This is a demanding and high-profile role operating in a complex and cutting edge organisation. The post holder will be expected to have experience of managing complex projects and programmes and using of portfolio management as a tool for managing organisational change.

The post holder will require a significant level of confidence and credibility in order to persuade senior Army personnel of courses of action and support Board-level investment decisions. This includes providing challenge where appropriate. 

Given the small number of SCS in the Army TLB, the post holder will need to demonstrate an ability to lead and energise outside of their immediate line management responsibilities.Fundamentally the post holder must be able to hold his or her own and be heard when they are often the single civilian voice in a military environment where seniority does (occasionally) matter, in addition to formal authorities.

At the sift stage, please demonstrate clear evidence and achievements against the following criteria:

  • An exceptional project delivery professional with experience in complex programme delivery organisations and support to Board-level investment decisions
  • A strong understanding of building functional and professional organisational capability
  • Excellent leadership capability and proven ability to motivate and inspire a high-performing team and also work with stakeholders across boundaries at senior levels.
  • An ability to communicate and influence a wide variety of colleagues, including those at very senior levels across the Department.


PRINCE2® Practitioner

Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) Practitioner

Management of Risk Practitioner

Managing Portfolios Practitioner

Association of Project Management (APM) Registered Project Professional

Project Leadership Programme 

Closing date: 9th August 2020