Data Centre Programme Manager

Job Category: IT
Reference HQ00018650
Directorate Cambridgeshire County Council
Contract Type Temporary
Duration Start asap
Location Cambridgeshire
Job Type Full-time
Start Date A.S.A.P
Hours per week 37
Rate £25.03 per hour, £25.03 p/h PAYE /£32.54 per day Umbrella

About the job:

Cambridgeshire County Council have a programme of work to move all IT Systems from the existing Data Centre in Shire Hall Cambridge to a Data Centre shared with Peterborough City Council by the end of 2020. The Data Centre is multi-tenanted and hosts equipment and services for a number of public sector partners which is reflected in the multi-customer programme of work that has been set up to manage the move. This role is to oversee all aspects of the Data Centre programme, from its development to implementation and to ensure it delivers the agreed objectives and that the projects within it are completed to a consistently high standard, within budget and on time.


This role will be for an initial 13 weeks with the potential to be extended for 6 to 12 months.

  • Plan the delivery of the overall Data Centre programme and its activities from start to completion involving deadlines, milestones and tasks and activities with any associated processes.
  • Work with senior stakeholders, both within CCC and partners to define and shape the programme, including prioritising the order of works based on business needs.
  • Where necessary and in conjunction with the Strategic IT Lead and Head of IT & Digital Services develop business cases for funding projects that sit within the Data Centre programme. Provide papers in support of business cases and present where necessary.
  • Balance objectives between projects (including across different customer/partner organisations) and redeploy people and resources as priorities change.
  • Keep senior management informed with appropriately detailed reports or presentations.
  • Ensure that risk and issue management procedures are robust at both a programme and project level. Identify and evaluate the risks associated with programme activities and take appropriate action to control the risks.
  • Supervise project managers involved in the Data Centre programme through matrix and direct line management. Liaise with Project Managers at partner sites to facilitate programme delivery.
  • Lead and keep under review the allocation of resources to prioritise projects, making adjustments as required to ensure key objectives are met whilst managing competing demands.
  • Degree in the relevant subject area, Project Management  Prince2/MSP/LEAN practitioner qualification or demonstrable relevant experience, Management qualification ILM, DMS, Managing successful programmes in programme delivery
  • Technical knowledge of complex technical environments, knowledge of MS office and programme management software.
  • Excellent knowledge of the Local Government environment, complex networked shared services and delivering to stringent SLA’s
  • Excellent understanding and experience of the application of the project development lifecycle.  Excellent level of understanding and knowledge of Prince2, MSP or equivalent methodologies with a thorough understanding of project/programme management techniques and methods
  • Strong project/programme management skills with the ability to manage complex. Multifaceted projects/programmes across multiple locations and customers.  Able to manage complex programmes in a fast-paced environment.
  • Able to take a continuous approach to planning, forecasting, estimating and managing uncertainty. Able to communicate the plan to a range of skakeholders.
  • Able to manage risks, issues and interdependencies across multiple customers, teams and departments.
  • Highly developed influencing skills and able to persuade stakeholders at all levels
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.
  • Must have excellent organisational skills and the ability to multi-task with demonstrable experience of mult-site working and the effective use of shared services.
  • A proven decision maker with a background in IT project and programme delivery
  • Proven ability to work effectively with IT delivery, customers and suppliers.
  • Experience of working with a high-performance, collaborative, constructive peer group.
  • Engaging with subcontracted 3rd parties to ensure delivery to the contracted service.
  • Experience of resource management in matrix environment.
  • Significant experience of leading major high-profile programmes within an agreed parameter of time, cost and quality.
  • Demonstrable results in managing complex projects and experience with negotiating win-wind agreements
  • Proven track record of effectively leading multiple, sometime competing agendas, meeting challenging deadlines and delivering under pressure
  • Significant practical experience in the delivery of projects across a wide organisation or multiple partners.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the safe working practices that apply to this role.
  • Holiday entitlement of up to 36 days per annum, pro-rata (including bank holidays).
  • Permanent equivalent council pay rates offered from
  • commencement
  • 3% pension contribution from employer
  • Flexible working hours
  • Opus candidates hear about jobs first
  • Opportunity to apply for permanent positions as an
  • ‘internal candidate’
  • Consultants based on site within Shire Hall
  • Gain experience to support permanent applications

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