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Programme Manager - Building Safety Team

Greater London Authority
Closing date
7 Apr 2024

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Construction / Built Environment
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Function
Programme Manager

All Londoners deserve to live in homes that are safe. Following the tragedy at Grenfell Tower in 2017, a crisis has unfolded with many residential buildings found to be unsafe and leaseholders facing unaffordable costs. Government has made funding available to address this crisis and the GLA is administering this funding in London. This urgent task is central to achieving the Mayor's vision that all Londoners should benefit from a safe, good quality, affordable home.

The Housing and Land directorate is responsible for the Mayor's plans to deliver new and improved homes and strong communities. Working closely with boroughs and partners, we manage the Mayor's housing investment programmes and land and property assets to support the building of affordable homes, job creation and regeneration.

The GLA is looking for a Programme Manager to lead the Programme Management Office (PMO) team for its Building Safety Programmes. If you thrive on working in a fast-paced environment, have experience of driving improvement and pace on high-profile programmes, enjoy leading a diverse and inclusive team and excel at complex problem-solving - this job is for you.

This Programme Manager role will provide management level leadership for the GLA's delivery of government's building safety programmes (primarily the GBP4.5bn Building Safety Fund (BSF) and the GBP200m Private Sector Cladding Remediation Fund (PSCRF . It is central to shaping the operational and reporting framework for the programme in line with requirements agreed with Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and Homes England.

About the role

The Programme Manager will lead the Building Safety Team's Programme Management Office (PMO) and will be responsible for managing three direct reports within the team. As well as leading the team, the successful candidate will be responsible for programme reporting, processes and governance. This is an outward-facing role, and the Programme Manager will need to work very closely with officials at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) and Homes England.

Technical experience and qualifications in fire safety are not necessary for this role. You will have experience of leading a complex project or programme, ideally on a high-profile funding programme and that has worked with large datasets. Managing a sub-team five direct reports, the role will include working closely with your team to analyse trends, provide guidance for new processes and troubleshoot issues on building remediation projects to support their progress through to completion.

Whilst line management experience is not essential, you will have a demonstrable record of leading teams successfully through periods of change and taking steps to improve diversity and inclusion outcomes.

What your day will look like
  • Utilising data visualisation tools (such as Excel and Power BI) to build reports for a range of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Imbedding data standards and expectations to ensure accurate, high-quality reporting.
  • Forecasting capital and revenue expenditure to ensure GLA meets financial targets.
  • Managing changes to internal processes and programme design, updating guidance where appropriate and communicating changes to the wider team.
Skills, knowledge and experience

To be considered for the role you must meet the following essential criteria:

  • Appropriate Degree level qualification and/or appropriate professional qualifications/membership (e.g. RICS, Prince2) and/or demonstrable and relevant experience and skills.
  • Detailed project management experience, including demonstrable experience in managing a complex, high-profile programme autonomously.
  • Appropriate experience of managing a team in a performance-oriented culture and an understanding of the GLA's commitment to equality and diversity.
  • A good understanding of the expectations, roles and responsibilities within a PMO and ability to implement best practice across a large team
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel and as well as knowledge of Power BI or similar data visualization tools.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for the role you will need to submit the following:

- Up to date CV

- Personal statement with a maximum of 1500 words. Please ensure you address how you demonstrate the essential criteria outlined above in the advert.

Please note all applications for this vacancy must be submitted via our online recruitment system. We do not accept CVs alone for this role. Please upload a personal statement to the 'Additional Documents' section of the form. Word or PDF format preferred and do not include any photographs or images.

Please ensure your CV and personal statement documents are saved with the job reference number as part of the naming convention (E.g. "CV - applicant name - 012345)

Please note, if you do not provide both a CV and personal statement, you will not be considered for the role so please ensure the above has been submitted before the deadline.

If you wish to talk to someone about the role, the hiring manager Sam Salkeld would be happy to speak to you. Please contact them at

If you have any questions about the recruitment process, contact the who support the GLA with recruitment.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

London's diversity is its biggest asset and we strive to ensure our workforce reflects London's diversity at all levels. We welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability.

We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian and Minority ethnic candidates and disabled candidates who are currently underrepresented in our workforce.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer and we are happy to consider flexible working arrangements. We would welcome applications from candidates who are seeking part time work as this role is open to job share.

Please note we are a Disability Confident Employer so for candidates who wish to be

considered under the scheme and meet the essential criteria, they will automatically be invited to interview. Please note, should you require any adjustments through the process, we will accommodate as much as possible. Please contact the recruitment team for further information if required.

GLA staff are hybrid working up to 3 days a week in our offices and remotely depending on their role. As part of this, you will need to split your time between home working and coming into the office.

In addition to a good salary package, paid every four weeks, we also offer an attractive range of benefits including 30 days annual leave, a career average pension scheme and interest free season ticket and bicycle loans.

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