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Project Manager

Star Academies
Hybrid – office/home (Head Office in Blackburn or a Star school)
£39,880 to £44,863 (M2 SP 36-41) per annum plus London weighting will be applied if applicable.
Closing date
2 Jan 2022
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We are currently seeking an experienced Project Manager to lead the delivery of projects in the central Projects Unit.

About the role

This is an exciting and challenging post working within a small team to deliver the ambitious and exciting growth vision of Star Academies. The Project Manager will be responsible for planning, coordination, management and delivery of a number of new schools and converting academies. You will coordinate multi disciplinary teams and work with Principals and wider Service Teams within the Star Central Office to ensure project deliverables are met.

You will be an experienced Project Manager with the proficiency to deliver new projects on budget and within scope. You will have demonstrated the ability to manage a number of projects simultaneously, often at different stages of development. You will be a great communicator and be required to liaise at all levels internally as well as working externally with local authorities, the Department for Education and other external contractors. You will be used to working as a member of a team but equally confident of working under your own initiative.

This is a role that may require you to travel anywhere within the UK where new school projects emerge, and therefore being a car user is essential. It will involve the flexibility to stay away on a regular basis.

Qualifications and experience

  • Degree qualification or equivalent and relevant project management qualification.
  • Experience working as a project manager for large, complex projects.
  • Experience of leading, and working with, multi-disciplinary teams.
  • The ability to plan, monitor and provide effective reporting on the progress of projects.
  • The ability to use computer systems to produce high-quality reports, presentations, spreadsheets, and returns.

About Us

Star Academies is a high-performing multi-academy trust that runs more than 25 primary and secondary schools. We are a values-based organisation that works to improve the life chances of young people in areas of social and economic deprivation to help them succeed at the highest levels of education, employment and the professions. Every single day you’ll be rewarded with the opportunity to shape a young person’s future - our STAR values embody what we believe is needed to succeed.

Star Central, which is based at our head office in Blackburn, Lancashire, provides leadership, strategic direction and support to Star Academies, Star Institute and our schools.
The Star Central team includes experts from a range of professional backgrounds, who work together to provide an outstanding support service to the Star community. We support our schools to provide educational and operational excellence and to cultivate a strong Star community, with the aim of nurturing today’s young people and inspiring tomorrow’s leaders.

The Trust is currently operating hybrid office and homeworking arrangements. Office working will be based in our Trust Headquarters in Blackburn or at one of the many Star schools located around the country (including Preston, Manchester, Birmingham, London, Bradford).

Professional development and benefits

Professional development is key to our ongoing success, so we continually invest in our employees through our learning and development centre, Star Institute. With a wealth of training, mentoring and progression opportunities across a growing group of academies, joining our team of leading education experts could propel your career to the next level.

We also offer a range of rewards and benefits, including competitive salaries and pension schemes, generous holiday entitlements and healthcare cash plans.

Next steps

Please download the job description and person specification below for further information about the role. For an informal and confidential discussion about the role please contact Star Central by calling 0330 313 9800.

To apply for this vacancy please use the 'Apply for job' link below. You should ensure your application form and supporting statement address all elements of the person specification. We will only consider candidates who meet the vast majority of the essential criteria outlined in the person specification.

Key Dates

Closing Date: Tuesday, 30 November 2021 at midnight

Interview Date: 06/07 December 2021

Proposed Start Date: As soon as possible.

Our Commitment

Star Academies is committed to safeguarding, safer recruitment and promoting the welfare of pupils. Our comprehensive recruitment and selection processes aim to discourage and screen out unsuitable applicants. Successful candidates are subject to rigorous pre-employment checks.

We are equally committed to eliminating discrimination and encouraging diversity. We aim for our workforce to be representative of society and that each employee feels respected and able to give their best.

We are committed to providing equality and fairness in our recruitment and employment practices and not to discriminate on any grounds. We oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination.

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