Programme Director, Census and Data Collection Transformation Programme

Newport, S. Wales or Titchfield, Hampshire
Circa £74,500 per annum
28 Mar 2018
15 Apr 2018
Job Function
Programme Director
Contract Type
Fixed Term

The Programme Director for Census and Data Collection Transformation Programme (CDCTP) will ensure that across the Census, Social and Business Data Collection we maximise every opportunity to transform how we generate and use data to serve the best interests of the country. We are committed to a radical transformation of the way we currently deliver our business to rationalise our surveys, moving away from predominantly paper based questionnaires to multi-mode survey collection, and ensuring we are making the best use of all available data to enhance the provision of our statistics. This role is instrumental in helping ONS deliver our vision of being widely respected for producing relevant and trusted statistics across the UK and including the successful delivery of Census 2021.

This is an exciting role which requires an enthusiastic and transformational leader with significant experience of delivering complex programmes.

Job Purpose:  To lead the CDCTP within the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The post holder has responsibility for directing a defined set of interdependent projects and the associated business change activities and resolving any resulting conflict. The post holder will work alongside the Transformation Director and the Senior Responsible Officer (SRO) who have responsibility for successful delivery of the required outcomes, including the establishment of appropriate governance and assurance, ensuring reported progress influence the decisions required to deliver objectives, manage strategic risks and issues and ensures the business readiness for change.

To enable the outcomes expected the post holder will be required to establish strong relationships with a range of key individuals and organisations to ensure outcomes expected as defined in the Business Case approved by HM Treasury are delivered.

Successful delivery of the ONS transformation, of which the delivery of the CDCTP forms part, is seen to be of vital importance to the future of ONS. 

Reporting Structure: You will report to the Director for Transformation - Population & Public Policy (PPP), Frankie Kay, whilst also working closely with the Programme SRO, Iain Bell.   The post holder will play an important role in the governance boards that sit under the programme and provide assurance to those internal and external stakeholders through formal governance boards on the confidence of delivery.

Leadership Focus:  This is an important post with responsibility for the programme infrastructure that supports the delivery of the 2021 Census and transformation of ONS data collection activity, through a modern and rigorous approach to programme management.  This is a highly visible role, influencing senior stakeholders both internally and externally to the ONS.

The post holder is required to provide assurance to the SRO on the confidence to achieve the organisational transformation required by: providing on-going challenge to central government departments, ONS business areas and others as required; undertaking proactive and timely intervention.

The post holder will be an important part of the PPP leadership team and will also work closely with leaders in Data Capability and Economic Statistics, spotting opportunities for working together, and adapting your plans to meet the wider needs of ONS. You will need to be able to work collegially with a range of people in order to successfully transform and operationalise our activities whilst not disrupting regular outputs.

Strong negotiation and influencing skills are key with a requirement to both anticipate and resolve conflict in both approach and programme management. The use of different methods for delivery across the programme provides an added dimension of complexity to managing external and internal stakeholders’ interests.

In your external leadership role, you will build positive and productive relationships with stakeholders, both customers and suppliers, to enable the continued support and development of ONS business. Working in partnership and in a collaborative way will be essential to delivering a transformation that is sustainable and far reaching.

Specific responsibilities include:

Business case – Leading the continued development of the Census and Data Collection Business Case, ensuring alignment with internal and external stakeholders.  

Communications & Stakeholder Management – The successful candidate will ensure internal and external stakeholder interests are identified and addressed, building consensus across a large and diverse group of stakeholders and developing strategic relationships with central government departments including HM Treasury to ensure successful approval of the business case and Cabinet Office to provide confidence that ONS are delivering the programme outcomes with the appropriate level of assurance and support for the SRO in discharging their responsibilities.

Resource Management – Building and maintaining a strong delivery-focused programme team. The successful candidate will have 3 direct reports, supported by a team of c40 FTE.  The post holder will also provide leadership and direct larger multi-disciplinary teams across ONS to deliver the outcomes successfully.

Risks & Issues – Being accountable for ensuring strategic and operational risks and issues are identified, prioritised, assessed and mitigated.

Benefits realisation – Providing strategic leadership in identification and subsequent monitoring of benefit delivery and to maximise benefits from the programme. Provide assurance to HM Treasury that the benefits outlined in the Business Case will be realised.

Programme Performance & Controls – Responsibility for identifying success criteria, set project controls and be accountable for performance. Monitor and control progress, engage fully with assurance and respond to recommendations.

Leadership vision & objectives – Creating an environment in which projects can succeed – working effectively together and managing dependencies. Deliver benefits and outcomes set out in the business case. Apply appropriate reasoning and judgement when communicating changes to the approach for delivery, to all stakeholders, both internally and externally.

Dependency Management – Quality Assure the dependency management process, working with senior stakeholders to resolve issues and act as a link between the programme and business governance.