Programme Planner (PMO)

Wessex Archaeology
Location: flexible
£35,970 to £41,938 dependant on experience
Closing date
22 Aug 2022

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Charities / Not For Profit, Other
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Function
Planner, Other
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Programme Planner (PMO)

Ref: UKPMO.07.22

Salary range: £35,970 to £41,938 dependant on experience

Location: flexible

Wessex Archaeology is the UK’s leading provider of archaeological and heritage services, and a registered charity which aims to promote the advancement of education, the arts, culture, heritage, and science. We are a market leader in the provision of historic environment services nationally and internationally, with UK offices in Salisbury, Sheffield, Meopham, Bristol and Edinburgh. With continued growth in our project portfolio, we are looking to appoint an additional programme planner to strengthen and build upon our existing capacity.


The role


We are looking for an experienced, enthusiastic and adaptive professional to join our programme management team. As part of the PMO you will work with the Senior Programme Manager, Programme Manager (Research), Quantity Surveyors, Project Managers and specialist teams to formulate and manage programmes which provide efficient and effective information to internal and external stakeholders.


This is an opportunity to work in a dynamic project environment that includes projects managers and technical experts from a wide range of disciplines undertaking projects across the UK and internationally. The type, scale and complexity of the projects undertaken varies significantly and each presents its own blend of characteristics and challenges.


Working with other members of the Programme Management Team you will develop and manage programmes across multiple projects from tender to completion. You will monitor progress, change and risks/issues. In liaison with the Project Managers and Quantity Surveyors you will work to mitigate and contain these to achieve positive project outcomes.


In this role you will have the autonomy to influence and promote continuous improvement and positive change across our teams. You will promote the positive culture of the business and work collaboratively across all our departments and regional offices.


The essential skills and experience:


  • Be an effective and supportive team player working alongside the Senior Programme Manager and other members of the programme management team and other members of the PMO; Be able to work on own initiative but within a team environment; Understanding of the requirements of the various contract forms and how these are realised in terms of programme management; Be able to communicate to project teams who may have no specific knowledge of programme requirements what is required, why and how to achieve the required outputs Be able to work under your own initiative utilising available data; Be able to see projects as entities as well as connection and relationships across projects; Have experience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team and often geographically dispersed team; Be flexible and adaptable to changes in project circumstances; Ability to identify and action priorities to provide for project completion to programme and implemented changes; Experience of using project schedule tools, preferably P6 and MS project as well as other MS tools including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Power BI and SharePoint.

About you


To succeed in this role, you will need:


  • To be resilient and self-motivated and able to deal with complex problems; Be an excellent team participant able to work with a diverse range of project contributors; Have excellent organisational skills; Have a pragmatic approach being able to adapt quickly to the ever-changing needs of your colleagues and our clients; Willingness to learn and develop; An ability to see projects in a strategic sense; To understand and embody Wessex Archaeology’s core values.



Applicants are invited to submit a completed application form (available from the Vacancies page on our website  along with a CV and covering letter. Applications to be emailed to Applications must be received by close of business on Monday 22nd August 2022. Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged.


The role profile can also be downloaded from our website. Potential applicants are welcome to contact Steve Haynes (Senior Programme Manager) with any queries (




Whilst Wessex Archaeology welcomes applications from all sections of the community and is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, it is essential that the successful candidate must by the start of their employment have permission to work in the UK. Proof of identity and eligibility to work in the UK will be required prior to commencement of employment.




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