Risk, Issues, Planning & Dependencies Lead - Census Transformation Programme

Fareham, South East, PO15 5RR
13 Nov 2017
19 Nov 2017
Job Function
Other, Risk Manager
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job description

About the role: 

As the CTP programme’s leading expert on risk management and programme planning you will be responsible for all risk management and programme planning activity across the programme and for ensuring that effective mitigations are in place. The post holder will be highly visible to all programme stakeholders and will need to be comfortable working at pace in close proximity to board level managers. The role will require building effective relationships with fellow risk management and programme planning experts in other programmes, across government and in industry to ensure that CTP remains up to date with the latest thinking in these specialist areas. 

The risk management element of this role will be very much in the hands-on and doing space whilst the planning element will be more directing and shaping the activity of others. However, the post holder will need to be able to provide both the strategic direction and produce low level tactical outputs across both elements of the role. You'll need to undertake periodic visits to the other ONS sites and / or suppliers. 

About you: 

You will be a high energy, proactive individual with the skills and experience to deliver a multi-million pound project with a large number of internal and external stakeholders. You will have operated at a senior level in project delivery environment and understand the ingredients for successful project delivery. 

You will have a clear understanding of the different categories of risk including schedule and operational risk on large and complex projects (in excess of £200M). Ideally you will have prior experience of Quantitative Risk Analysis (QRA) e.g. Monte Carlo. You will also have a good knowledge & understanding of scenario analysis and its impact on risk analysis. In addition, you will have extensive knowledge of programme planning including the development and maintenance of complex project and programme level plans in both waterfall and agile environments. 

You will have the confidence and gravitas to proactively engage and challenge senior managers in the areas of risk and planning. You will also possess a flexibility of thinking aligned to highly proficient presentation skills to be able to change your approach and communication methodology to achieve maximum understanding within your target audience. 

About ONS: 

We are the UK's national statistical institute and the largest producer of official statistics in the UK. We are also the only government department with the production of statistics as its main role. We are independent of ministers and instead report through the UK Statistics Authority to Parliament and the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

About the Census Transformation Programme: 
The ten yearly census has a 210 year history. Every household in England and Wales has, since 1801, been required by law to respond by answering a series of questions, providing an unparalleled source of consistent and comparable information about population, household and housing characteristics. 

The census is highly valued by government departments, local authorities, public bodies, business, the voluntary sector, academic researchers, commentators and individuals. For genealogists and historians, household responses from the ten yearly census are a key source, when released after 100 years, to support family or social history research. Almost all the information collected in the census is demanded by users in England and Wales. Many of the statistics currently produced by the census are also required to meet European regulations. 

Every decade there is a review to establish whether and what population information is needed and if a ten yearly census is the best way to meet information needs. In May 2010, ahead of the last census in 2011, ONS began a review of the future provision of population statistics in England and Wales in order to inform government and Parliament about the options for the next census. 

Having extensively reviewed all the available options and evidence – including international comparisons, statistical research, public attitude research, responses to public consultation, cost/benefit analysis and independent review led by Professor Chris Skinner – in March 2014, the National Statistician recommended: 

  • An online census of all households and communal establishments in England and Wales in 2021 with special care taken to support those who are unable to complete the census online; and 
  • Increased use of administrative data and surveys in order to enhance the statistics from the 2021 Census and improve annual statistics between censuses. 

This will make the best use of all available data to provide the population statistics which England and Wales require and offer a springboard to the greater use of administrative data and annual surveys in the future. 

Typical role responsibilities: 

  • Act as CTP’s in-house risk management specialist, advising senior programme personalities on effective risk management practices. 
  • Own, update and ensure implementation of the ONS risk policy within CTP. 
  • Proactively deliver, report, manage and champion the CTP programme risk management process. 
  • Facilitate risk management workshops at an individual project and programme level. 
  • Ensure regular updates of project and programme risk logs. 
  • Hold risk owners and risk managers to account for the prosecution of active risk mitigation. 
  • Evaluate and report risk in accordance with ONS risk management policy and CTP reporting standards. 
  • Develop innovative and engaging ways of reporting risk to different groups of stakeholders. 
  • Facilitate risk awareness and training sessions for all CTP stakeholder groups. 
  • Present the latest position on risk to CTP boards, meetings and workshops as required. 
  • Actively seek out opportunities to engage with stakeholders to embed risk management best practice and ensure that a culture of effective risk management exists. 
  • Build and maintain an awareness of emerging thinking in the risk management field. 
  • The provision of hands-on support and guidance to enable the projects to understand and meet programme and portfolio planning and dependency management standards and procedures. 
  • Act as CTP’s in-house planning specialist, advising senior programme personalities on effective risk management practices. 
  • Own, update and ensure implementation of the ONS planning policy within CTP. 
  • Proactively deliver, report, manage and champion the CTP programme planning process. 
  • Run planning workshops at an individual project and programme level. 
  • Ensure regular updates of project and programme plans. 
  • Evaluate and report conformance to CTP planning standards in accordance with CTP reporting standards. 
  • Identify project slippage and assist with mitigating actions. 
  • Identify, track and report dependencies between projects and programmes. 
  • Assisting with the compilation and maintenance of Project Initiation Documents (PIDs), product descriptions and work package documentation by ensuring that they accurately reflect the latest project and programme plans. 
  • Capture and maintain assumptions, decisions and lessons learned where they relate to project and programme plans

Person specification

A proven track record of risk management on major and complex projects (in excess of £200M) some of which will be in an agile environment. 

Key Skills: 

  • Knowledge and experience of risk management on major and complex projects, experience of working in an agile environment and extensive experience of complex business and programme planning. 
  • An expert in interpersonal and communication skills with a proven record of establishing, building and maintaining strong, collaborative and productive relationships across functional and organisational boundaries. 
  • An expert in driving action through the principle of continuous improvement and development, throughout a complex technical and diverse organisation. 
  • An expert at effectively managing relationships with and influencing senior stakeholders, producing clear advice on complex issues. 
  • An expert, focused on delivery of outcomes, who can work under pressure, respond quickly and decisively to changing circumstances and to a tight timetable. 
  • Experience of creating and implementing effective controls and frameworks to enable a culture of continuous improvement and development, focused on achievement of value for money outcomes.


A valid Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) practitioner certificate awarded by Axelos and / or extensive experience in a multi-million pound transformation programme with a large number of internal and external stakeholders.