Deputy Strategic Partnership Manager (Programme Lead)

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Deputy Strategic Partnership Manager (Programme Lead)
Interim Position

Oxfordshire 5247033

Posted: 2nd April 2024 09:58
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  • Pay Rate:

    up to £30.59 per hour PAYE depending on experience

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 11 months


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Interim Deputy Strategic Partnership Manager (Programme Lead)

Reference no: Oxfordshire 5247033

Pay Rate: up to £30.59 per hour PAYE depending on experience

37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

This opening assignment is for 11 months


Enhanced DBS disclosure required

Developing programmes to achieve efficiency gains and effectiveness savings through the implementation of a balance of technology, leverage and work redesign. Managing specific programmes or projects in line with the corporate plan in their entirety ensuring objectives and deadlines are met and are aligned with the functional change agendas.

Challenging current working practices and influencing the pace and take up of a continuous improvement culture, operational process benchmarking across the Directorate. Ensuring that all relevant County policies and procedures are adhered to and concerns are raised in accordance with these policies.

Key Responsibilities

  • Create, manage and deliver key strategic programmes and projects enabling the business strategy.
  • Provide strategic support to Senior Management on programme management and to work with the Strategy & Partnership Manager to define transformation projects, identifying the critical success factors, requirements and financial benefits, identifying the critical success factors, requirements and financial benefits (and costs).
  • Oversee project managers, business and process analysts to ensure project portfolios are successfully delivered. Provide challenge to project managers and key business leads regarding change programme delivery.
  • Create, manage and deliver a programme of service improvement projects and work with others facilitating and leading a stream of efficiency improvements across the Council.
  • To work with stakeholders including district councils to identify the business justification, establishing the project objectives and benefits, metrics, risks and financial data. Define the project scope, impacts, costs, deliverables and schedule.
  • Act as a champion for performance-based culture and change within their projects and work with colleagues and process partners to achieve the desired outcomes.
  • Foster partnerships to develop effective relationships with suppliers and customers including negotiating on behalf of the services on a range of issues.
  • Contribute tangibly to the vision of Directorates.
  • Be accountable for the relevant streams of programme investment budgets, ensuring effective and efficient use of programme funding.
  • Lead on Business development support tasks that may include activities such as: forward planning/ scheme of delegation/ business continuity/ information governance/ performance information/ engagement and consultation/ communication/ equalities.

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Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:

Unless the DBS requirement stated above is for a Basic Disclosure, your DBS must be either through us or be accompanied by a subscription to the DBS updating service.


  • A degree/ equivalent level qualification or relevant professional qualification (e.g. managing several successful programmes)


  • Strong knowledge, understanding and application of best practice programme and project management frameworks
  • Strong understanding of continuous improvement, business process re-engineering and visual management processes, techniques and tools
  • Excellent understanding of local government political context and decision-making processes
  • Strong strategic awareness


  • Experienced in development and delivery of transformational change programmes
  • Experience in influencing and persuading senior managers to take specific courses of action
  • Experience of formulating recommendations for senior management and policy makers and implementing proposals
  • Significant experience in developing, implementing and evaluating large change management programmes, involving multiple stakeholders
  • Excellent change management and stakeholder management experience
  • Proven track record of delivering successful process change or other work changes in a complex environment involving ICT or of achieving business improvement results within a large organisation
  • Excellent track record of identifying and delivering innovative and creative solutions to complex business problems

Skills & Abilities:

  • Excellent project management discipline and team working skills
  • High level analytical skills and ability to interpret and communicate complex written and statistical information
  • An effective communicator at all levels with excellent communication skills and an ability to communicate (both orally and in writing) to a wide range of audiences on complex matters and to persuade managers to adopt new practices by documenting preferred solutions and implementation plans and bringing others with you at the same time
  • Skills of an internal business efficiency consultant and comfortable engaging at all levels presenting to and working with senior managers and leadership teams
  • Able to take charge of the job and promote a clear sense of purpose, motivating others to achieve process improvement goals
  • Able to coach and sell change by others in a supportive and empathetic hands-on way
  • A ‘completer-finisher’ by nature and able to skilfully lead and manage teams of co-workers that have process in common
  • Highly organised, and positive and always put team performance first


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Deputy Strategic Partnership Manager (Programme Lead)
Client Category: Local Authority

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