Head of Programme Office

Competitive salary
31 Mar 2021
14 Apr 2021
Job Function
Other, Programme Manager
Contract Type
Full Time

Who we are:

Here at the Coal Authority, we really are a great team to work with. We’re united in our passion and commitment to make a better future for people and the environment in mining areas.

We carry out a wide variety of essential services from responding to coal mining hazards, to keeping people and the environment safe from mine water pollution.

We are excited about what our future holds. Our work is helping to develop a new sustainable source of renewable energy for the UK. By harnessing the energy from mine water heat, we hope to play a key role towards helping the UK to meet net-zero emissions by 2050.

We truly are a supportive organisation where we all live and breathe our values. We are inclusive, trusted and progressive in everything that we do.

With a genuine commitment to flexible working, we believe that work life balance is incredibly important. There are a number of benefits that you’ll access being a part of our inclusive team including flexi time, 27.5 days holiday (with an additional 6 days flexi time), civil service pension scheme, gym membership contribution, and professional membership.

Flexible working:

We offer different ways to work flexibly, and the following types of flexibility are usually possible: job share, flexible hours, working from home for part of the week and compressed hours. Please feel free to talk about what flexibility means to you at your interview.

About the role:

You will lead a corporate Programme Office providing corporate project and programme delivery assurance to the Executive Team and providing project and programme management support to corporate change projects throughout the business.

You will lead the further development of our existing Programme Office function as well as working within the business to further develop project and programme delivery skills, maturity and governance.

Working with project delivery professionals from across the business you will foster a culture of continual improvement to ensure efficient and effective delivery of the authorities Strategic Objectives whilst championing the benefits of professional project and programme management within the Authority.

You will also play and integral role in the business planning and programme approval process, ensuring alignment with corporate objectives and capacity.

For more information about the role please refer to the attached job description.

About you:

We’re looking for an experienced project and programme professional who has a background in planning, programme management and supporting the delivery of a wide range of business change projects and programmes. 

You will be a great leader with the ability to influence and deliver change to processes and ways of working in accordance with best practice.

You will have the ability to work with and adapt their style to a variety of internal and external stakeholders. They will have the ability to communicate at various levels across multiple disciplines within project and programme teams.

Above all we are looking for someone that wants to make a better future for communities and the environment in former mining areas and will live our organisations values: Trusted, Inclusive and Progressive

Working at the Coal Authority:

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion:

The Coal Authority is committed to developing a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We encourage applications from people with the required skills and experience, from different backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities and beliefs.  Diversity is vital to our success and innovation and is fundamental to our values of being trusted, inclusive and progressive.   We offer a guaranteed interview for candidates with disabilities who meet the basic selection criteria.

If you require any reasonable adjustments or alternative format application forms you can get in touch with us by contacting the HR team by email at peopleteam@coal.gov.uk   or by phone on 0345 762 6848.

Other essential information


Application closing date: Wednesday 14th April 2020

The Coal Authority is currently following all required social distancing practices during our recruitment process.

Application outcome:

Only candidates invited to interview will be contacted. If you have not heard anything within 2 weeks of the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful.


Successful candidates must pass basic security checks and will be subject to UK Immigration requirements. 

Changes to the UK’s Immigration following the UK’s departure from the EU

Please note there is now a new immigration system which will apply to people arriving in the UK from 1 January 2021, and EU citizens moving to the UK to work after this date will need to get a visa in advance.

EU citizens applying for a skilled worker visa must now show they have a job offer from an approved employer sponsor to be able to apply.  Currently, the Coal Authority is not an approved employer sponsor, so we will be unable to employ any new EU citizens wishing to work in the UK after 1 January 2021.

EU citizens who were already living and working in the UK before 1 January 2021 may continue to do so, providing they meet all the requirements and they apply to the EU Settlement Scheme before 30 June 2021.  This will mean that they can continue to live the UK after 30 June 2021.  If you are an EU citizen who has lived in the UK for many years or you have a permanent residence document, you still need to apply.