Future Parks Programme Manager

Reference HQ00018726
Contract Type Temporary
Duration up to 3 months
Location Cambridgeshire
Job Type Full-time
Start Date A.S.A.P
Hours per week 37
Rate From £20.00 to £25.00 per hour

About the job:

As a Future Parks Programme Manager for Cambridgeshire County Council through Opus LGSS, you will lead the Future Parks Accelerator project working with and inspiring all of the project partners and wider stakeholders to deliver the project objectives to time, to budget and to high quality.

The Future Parks Accelerator (FPA) is a new national strategic initiative from the National Trust, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government. It will enable a cohort of nine places across the UK to develop innovative solutions to secure and enhance the future of their public parks and green spaces.

Seven local authorities and the Local Nature Partnership across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have joined forces and secured FPA support to develop new ways of working in partnership, in order to secure a bright future for the county’s parks in a context of unprecedented growth.

The two-year programme will work to develop a strategic, cross-sector partnership approach between Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s local authorities, developers, charities, communities and businesses.

This is a temporary position for up to three months, while looking to fill the position on a 2 year contract.

  • In collaboration with the Executive Board and the Project Team, scope, co-design and develop a new 25-year green space strategy, delivery model and business plan.
  •  Identify and influence key stakeholders within and outside the key partner organisations, in order to build widespread consensus and secure high-level support for the models developed through co-design.
  • Support effective communication and collaboration, both internally and externally, by establishing efficient reporting systems, communicating with stakeholders, running workshops and facilitating co-operative working.
  •  Establish and maintain robust performance management, budgetary control, risk management and reporting systems, in order to manage cross-cutting workstreams and ensure high-quality deliverables are achieved in a timely manner.
  •  Procure and manage consultants and specialist teams brought in to support the partners’ strategic thinking on varied elements of the FPA programme.
  • Draw together research, advice and expert recommendations, including complex financial and business data, in order to synthesise findings and progress recommendations to the Project Team, Executive Board, and elected members.
  • Support effective project governance, helping to co-ordinate meetings of the Project Board and Project Management Team, and ensuring joint decisions are reached efficiently and robustly.
  • Manage relevant service re-designs and change management taking place as a result of FPA project findings.
  •  Develop, implement and maintain sound business and financial reporting practices within the framework of the Council’s Financial Regulations and Future Parks Accelerator funding.
  • Demonstrate awareness/understanding of equal opportunities and other people’s behavioural, physical, social and welfare needs.

The successful applicant is likely to be educated to Degree level or equivalent, ideally within business management, project management or an environment/science-based subject. The role would suit experienced project managers (ideally Prince 2 or Agile) from a range of sectors including parks and landscapes, programme management, planning and development.

This is a new role with a high level of decision making and accountability and experience of public service transformation would be ideal. In addition, the ability to provide complex technical advice and explain and communicate proposals and experience of managing complex projects including business planning, budget management processes, procurement procedures and contract/commissioning processes and risk management are also required.

  • 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
  •  City centre location – great public transport links

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