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HEO - Project Support Officer

  • Fresh Jobs
  • Sheffield
  • 10/01/2019
Full time

Job Description

Summary

Do you enjoy working in teams to deliver results? Are you great communicator? Do you want to genuinely feel as though you are making a difference?

If so, then join us at the Department for Education (DfE). We are building our Project Delivery capability and are therefore seeking enthusiastic individuals who are, or who want to grow their career as Project Delivery Professionals. You will have the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the delivery of the department's portfolio of major projects. You do not need to have specific experience in project delivery; you just need the skills, experience and desire to make a real and tangible difference to the country's educational landscape and the lives of thousands of children and young people.

Who We Are
Our Department is responsible for education, children's social services, higher and further education policy, apprenticeships and wider skills in England, and equalities. We work to achieve a highly educated society in which opportunity is equal for all, no matter your background or family circumstances.

Role
We are looking for people with the right skills to join the teams delivering the department's portfolio of around 35 major projects.
The role of the Project Support Officer covers a diverse range of activities to support the delivery of the project's objectives. The Project Support Officer enables the smooth running of the project by supporting the project manager through the operation of project management processes, and the co-ordination of business management actions and activities on their behalf.

Typical responsibilities include:
• Supporting effective planning and scheduling of work.
• Managing project controls, monitoring progress made against plans and draft performance reports including progress towards realising benefits.
• Monitoring project spend and contributing to the compilation of budgets. Procuring supplies and services related to project support within Delegated Financial Authority limits.
• Managing and engaging with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.
• Leading potential risk areas, working with risk manager and escalating as appropriate.
• Ensuring organisational tasks are carried out efficiently. Provide secretariat support to project governance arrangements. Managing compliance of the project with Departmental Security, Health & Safety, Equality & Diversity, Business Continuity and Business Planning.
• Support the organisation of independent programme / project assurance activities, including liaising with internal and external assurance teams to organise and facilitate gateway reviews of the programme.

You will be supported to develop the skills and behaviours that DfE requires to grow a strong community of project professionals. You will have the opportunity to network, and build a diverse and rewarding career working on a range of interesting and nationally important projects.