Interim Strategy/Programme Manager – Children & Adults

Job details
Posting date: 15 April 2021
Salary: £20.00 per hour
Additional salary information: per hour PAYE
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 14 May 2021
Location: SOUTHWARK, London, SE1 2QH
Company: Triumph Consultants Ltd
Job type: Temporary
Job reference: Southwark 5169358

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What's involved with this role:

A DBS disclosure is listed as a requirement for this role; however the level of disclosure has not been specified by the client.

To lead and manage service improvement projects and programmes across the range of service development functions, as required, including research and policy development, strategic projects, project management and business planning.

To keep abreast of new technology and research, analyse and report on IT systems that may benefit Children & Families Services

To provide expert strategic intelligence to senior managers of the Council in readiness for policy changes and to ensure compliance with national practice standards and requirements.

To lead on delivery of communications and implementation plans to ensure policy is embedded into practice across operational and supporting teams.

To lead policy and performance improvement projects and the implementation of policies within services and across the division, including the development of a collaborative approach with organisation development.

To develop an integrated approach to strategic project and policy implementation across the department, to ensure the engagement of Finance, commissioning and other associated service support functions.

To develop and lead a program of service improvement projects across the division.

To ensure that divisional policies and projects deliver the strategic priorities of the Council as expressed within the Corporate Plan.

To proactively research, identify and assimilate knowledge in relation to best practice and policy change across the Children’s Services sector.

Principal Accountabilities:

To deliver projects and programmes agreed by the Divisional Management Team and lead individual projects within them. This will include developing the project vision and its impact on services, securing successful outcomes to project critical decisions/milestones, identifying and managing risks and issues, setting headline objectives and managing overall achievement. It will often be necessary for the post-holder to coordinate and align people and resources not directly within their control.
To be responsible for developing policy advice and policy documents across all aspects of Children’s Services
To present policy, strategy and service improvement reports to senior managers, project boards, DMT and other groups including partners.
To be responsible for developing and documenting service processes and pathways to codify, streamline and improve the delivery of services across the department.
To disseminate information on research and policy development, performance and assessment, project management and business planning throughout the division.
To advise and support service managers to achieve excellence and to align their efforts to the service objectives. The role entails taking both a supportive and challenging role in relation to other officers, including managers more senior than the post-holder.
To keep fully up to date with national and local policy developments with regards to relevant services. This will entail contact with regional and national organisations, central government departments and their agencies and the creation and sustaining of relationships with other local authorities.
To provide strategic and policy advice to senior officers of the Council and senior representatives of partner organisations
To lead and coordinate the response to consultations on proposed policy or legislative changes.
To represent the division at internal and external meetings and working groups.
To develop and lead project governance, reporting and associated project management activities of the team and wider service areas.

NB: If you have previously applied to one of our vacancies and have already sent the required supporting documentation to us, please make this clear when you re-apply as this will help speed up your application.

Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.

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

Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours.
Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this.
Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
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.
Relevant degree and/or professional or management qualification, plus evidence of continuing managerial and professional development - desirable

Good working knowledge of legislative, policy and financial context of children social care services and the relationship with health services - desirable
Good working knowledge of the social, political and economic issues relating to the work of local government - desirable
In depth knowledge of one or more of the key programme areas of research and policy development, performance and assessment, project management and business planning
Knowledge of policy and strategy networks and information sources in England - desirable
Knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of programme and project management in complex organisations.
Knowledge of IT systems to support the work of children Social Care – desirable


Experience of project management in a strategy, policy, planning or performance context.
Experience of knowledge and information management development, performance management or community and corporate planning - desirable
Experience of working in local government or other organisations in the public, private or voluntary sectors - desirable
Experience of strategic and corporate planning in a large organisation.
Experience of analysing complex problems and presenting proposals for change
Experience of change management and implementation of change recommendations in a large organisation
Experience of creating and presenting material in a variety of media for a wide range of audiences and stakeholders.
Experience of staff management – desirable

Skills & Abilities:

Able to present, convince and seek commitment from others to changing the way large organisations operate
Able to work collaboratively and purposefully with partners in other service areas and in partner organisations
Able to write clearly and concisely on complex and multi-faceted topics.
Able to interpret, analyse and explain numerical data.
Ability to analyse and provide reports on IT systems and technology in support of the aims and objectives of Children Social Care
Demonstrate leadership skills, to inspire and align the efforts of team members in pursuit of organisational objectives.
Able to effectively manage own work, and able to work creatively and flexibly, taking a proactive approach to risk and issue management.

ICT Skills: IT skills including Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite)

Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable:

Any local authority/public sector experience
Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for

If you would prefer to send a CV straight to us rather than by way of an on-line application, you are very welcome to do so via but please quote both the job reference and job title exactly as they appear below:

Job Ref: Southwark 5169358

Anticipated Length of Assignment: Unless otherwise stated (we do carry the occasional permanent vacancy) all of our roles are technically temporary, though opening assignments can be and often are, extended by clients on a longer term basis and can sometimes become permanent.

Please do try to resist contacting us with requests for progress updates.

We really do read every CV sent to us. All applications will be acknowledged by a human, not a robot, provided the job remains live and provided your CV meets the “Essential Requirements” listed.

Please note that we do our level best to take down ads as soon as roles have been filled. We are not in the business of harvesting CVs.

Important: We will interpret your application as being permission to submit your CV to this role (with the right to represent you) unless you advise us to the contrary.

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