Project Manager

London, Bristol, York
From £45,690 nationally and from £50,250 for inner London
26 Feb 2019
19 Mar 2019
Job Function
Project Manager
Contract Type
Full Time

We are immersed in an exciting period of change. At the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) our work ranges from supporting the UK’s world-leading food, farming and fishing industries to protecting the environment and providing robust defences against natural threats. Leaving the EU will fundamentally transform the work we do and how we deliver it. We are embracing this opportunity to become even more efficient, focused and innovative. Join us, and you will be at the heart of this change - helping us to secure a more sustainable future for the UK.

Ensuring Defra’s EU Exit projects are delivered on time and within budget, you will join either the Central EU Exit Portfolio Management Office, or one of our diverse  EU Exit work streams. Whichever team you join, you will:

  • Take responsibility for the governance and risk management of a number of projects varying in size and content.
  • Motivate key team members  to achieve great results regardless of setbacks. With a proactive outlook, you will see to it that your projects are not derailed, encouraging colleagues to find alternative solutions.  
  • Work with stakeholders across government and within industry, breaking down organisational boundaries to find common ground and establish solutions. You will also ensure stakeholders remain engaged at every level.
  • Support other colleagues’ more complex projects, fulfilling a variety of tasks such as the development of business cases or reporting duties as required.

To ensure the team is meeting its full potential, you will need to be a resilient leader with good people management capabilities. A problem-solver with an analytical mindset, you will have extensive project or programme management experience, with a track-record of using the relevant tools and methodologies to deliver agreed objectives. Ideally you will have a degree in Project and Programme Management, a PRINCE2 Practitioner qualification, or you will be an APM Registered Project Professional. Although we will consider candidates with equivalent qualifications or those who possess extensive experience in the Project Delivery field. Comfortable working in an ambiguous and changeable environment, you will have the capacity to see the bigger picture and make decisions under pressure. Working at pace, your stakeholder engagement and management skills will be crucial – as will your ability to anticipate and mitigate issues that may impact on your project.

Everyone in Defra is supported to develop their skills and capabilities. You will have access to learning and development from quality providers and support from mentors and coaches. We offer flexible working alongside a range of other policies and schemes to support your physical and emotional wellbeing. Our comprehensive benefits offer includes generous annual leave, a contributory pension, staff bonuses and recognition, volunteering days, childcare vouchers and other salary sacrifice options, and an employee discount scheme.