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Project Management Officer

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Job summary

£39,312 - £47,065
Glasgow or Edinburgh
Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
03 December 2021 at midnight
IRC88915 E
Employment Type
Permanent Employee

We are currently seeking applications for a Project Management Officer within Corporate Transformation and Workplace Directorate based in Glasgow or Edinburgh. This is a permanent and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments.

This newly formed Directorate’s purpose is to increase the Scottish Government’s capacity and capability to shape and deliver transformational corporate change, with impact across the wider public sector. The Portfolio Management team will bring structure and governance to the setting of priorities, and manage the delivery of many key projects and programmes within the Change Portfolio.

The scale and complexity of the cultural, business and systems changes are immense as is the scope to make a real difference to how our organisation serves the people of Scotland. Things are changing round here as we roll out more modern, efficient, streamlined and digitally enabled services.

We’re looking to build a team of talented individuals who find change exciting, are comfortable dealing with ambiguity, like to make sense of complexity and have a real drive to make their mark. 

Critical to our success will be our ability to connect corporate transformation activities to the things that add most value to our stakeholders.  From there we must ensure that we have a robust and effective  Portfolio Management Office (PMO) services in order to build a clear picture of the prioritised projects and programmes and provide oversight and assurance that these are being effectively managed and delivered in line with their stated objectives.  We will build expertise in and utilise Planview (and other tools) to ensure enterprise-wide portfolio planning and delivery that spans traditional and Lean-Agile approaches. 

 As well as challenging divisions on the deliverability of their plans, the PMO also has a key role in advising and supporting the directorate business management unit to develop robust plans and processes as a centre of operational excellence, risk management and business planning. 

These posts will report into the Head of Portfolio Management and will be deployed within the central team or in one of the key transformation programmes.
The role is graded at B3 - as a B3 you will be expected to take the lead on setting up the systems and processes within the team and provide support to larger and more complex projects and programmes. 

Essential Criteria
1. Excellent Excel, Word and Powerpoint skills.
2. Strong planning and organisational skills with the ability to organise your own workload with a minimum of supervision, while working to often challenging deadlines.
3. Ideally, experience of setting up and administering Project and Programme Planning software such as Planview and/or JIRA.
4. Proven work experience as a Programme Management Officer with knowledge of PPM principles and methodologies such as Prince2, Agile, Waterfall.

Nationality requirements
This job is broadly open to the following groups:
• UK nationals
• nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
• nationals of the Republic of Ireland
• nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
• relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
• relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil  Service
• certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further Information
For further information on this vacancy please download and review the “Person Specification and Further Information for Job Applicants” which you will find below. To apply, you must fully complete and submit an online application via this website before the closing date.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Kenny Notman at Kenny.Notman@gov.scot.

We are also looking for a PMO Analyst at B2 level, please follow this link to review that advert:- 

Important Information Regarding Interviews
In recognition of the Scottish Government's ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.

In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview. In addition, a personal device of choice, which has the interview application downloaded. This could be MS Teams or Webex for example. This will allow candidates to undertake the interview/assessment if selected. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds. 

The Scottish Government is a diverse and inclusive workplace and we want to help you demonstrate your full potential whatever type of assessment is used. If you require any adjustments to our recruitment process, please let us know via recruitment@gov.scot.


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