Project Manager

Canterbury Christ Church University - Other

Job Title: Project Manager
Maternity Leave cover for 12 months
Part Time - 30 hours per week

Grade J Salary £ 38,183 – 46,924 (pro-rata)


Canterbury Christ Church University is delivering an ambitious programme to transform its business processes and ways of working, with the aim of enrolling more students and significantly improving the experiences students have.

The Role

Reporting to the Director of Strategic Change and Improvement Programme, the Project Manager will have lead responsibility for delivering projects and process improvement assignments as well as supporting the university’s Change Portfolio Assurance approach which incorporates a range of strategic major change initiatives enabling the delivery of the University’s Strategic Plan. The post holder will work closely with stakeholders across the University including other project managers and University teams to maximise the impact of the projects.

The Project Manager role involves structuring, planning, managing and delivering projects and process improvement assignments to achieve their agreed outcomes.  Agreed outcomes for project and process improvement assignments include meeting quality expectations and delivery on schedule and budget as described by the Business Case or other mandate.

Within the role, the Project Manager will identify risks and issues and put in place the necessary measures to mitigate or minimise these to ensure the safe project delivery as well as support ongoing strategic planning, management and assurance of institutional level change by providing business intelligence and management information to the Change Portfolio Assurance Board.  This will involve leading on the development of assets to support and inform the Change Portfolio Assurance Board including, but not limited to long term milestone plans, communication overviews and the institutional Operations Calendar.

The Person

You will be qualified to degree level or have equivalent experience in project management, process improvement or change management, able to build and maintain strong working relationships with colleagues at all levels, and have experience in scoping, managing, delivering and assuring projects or change initiatives in a University or similar environment.

You will have the ability to exercise a significant degree of independent thought and action in response to issues and challenges as they arise, and decide on the best course of action in the face of complexity and many possible options, have the ability to see the bigger picture, quickly connect various pieces of information and objectively assess the merits of different ways forward and decide on the optimum solution.  

You will be comfortable leading internal and cross-project groups, and designing and conducting workshops or forums with project stakeholders both internal and external to the University to determine the most appropriate route forward and have experience in identifying project inter-dependencies and proposing solutions for any issues arising from them.

The successful candidate will be participating in and sometimes leading collaborative decisions that will impact on service across the entire institution, therefore a track record of driving complex strategic, project and communications plans through delivery and independently resolving problems is desirable.

You will be familiar with designing processes for capturing evidence about how current processes (relevant to the project in question) are performing, and identifying opportunities for improvement. This will involve drawing on both quantitative and qualitative data and presenting it in a clear and accessible way for senior decision makers and other colleagues. 

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