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Principal Programme Manager (‘Moving Closer to residents’)
  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/474/5985
  • Published: Fri 29/11/2019, 11:30 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 15/12/2019, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36 hours per week
  • Salary: £69,855 to £79,006 per annum + Benefits
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: County Hall, Penryhn Road, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 2DN., Surrey

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Principal Programme Manager (‘Moving Closer to residents’)

£69,855 to £79,006 per annum based at County Hall, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2DN, although the Council will be relocating to Woking in 2020. Please note that Surrey County Council's headquarters, where this role is currently based, will be relocating back into Surrey in 2020 to support our Community Vision 2030.

12 month fixed term contract

From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 24 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.

About the role

Moving home is widely recognised as a challenging life event. Now imagine being responsible for the direction, oversight and success of a relocation programme that encompasses numerous buildings and a head count of more than 4000 people. Sound like a challenge? It will be.

Our Moving Closer to Residents programme will relocate County Hall into the county and is integral to the council achieving a desired step change in both culture and approach to modernising services and responding to funding challenges. We are unusual in being a council that has its headquarters based outside of the area whose population we serve. A move to within the county will give us an opportunity to develop and support new, agile ways of working and the development of more flexible and collaborative ways of providing services with our partners.

In this role you will work closely with the Executive Director for Customer, Digital & Transformation (Michael Coughlin who sponsors the programme and chairs the Programme Board. You will also work closely with Councillor Tim Oliver (Council Leader), the initiator of the programme.

The role will require you to co-ordinate, oversee and manage the programme in its entirety, ensuring that it is delivered on time and to budget. A critical element of this work will involve linking the County Hall move to our agile and digital transformation programmes. Other work streams will include new ways of working, property disposal and refurbishment, HR policies and procedures and critically, communications and stakeholder engagement

This is a unique and historic opportunity to help the Council move into Surrey and a new era. We are looking for someone who can evidence a successful track record of the programme management of complex large scale relocation programmes. You will be comfortable providing strong, visible leadership, working in a political environment or similar and committed to engaging with staff to help facilitate improvements during the programme.

For more information please find attached to this advert a full job profile.

Additional information

For an informal discussion, please contact Brendon Kavanagh via email at

The vacancy closes at 23:59 on 15th December 2019.

Please note that CV's will be reviewed and suitable candidates invited to interview on an ad hoc basis.