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Supercomputer Programme Manager

Posted: 16 Nov 2020 Closes: 6 Dec 2020
Exeter, GB plus excellent benefits
Fixed term & Full time met-office/20201116121700


Current Programme Status (as of November 2020)
The Supercomputing 2020+ Programme has been running since 2018 and will continue through to 2032. The Programme has been undertaking early market engagement and commercial procurement from early 2019, this continuing through to Dec 2020. At this stage, the Programme will be progressing Central Government investment case approved through to April 2021. The Programme will be commencing design, build and implementation activities from April/May 2021 through to early 2023 when the new services are due to go-Live. The Programme Manager will be joining as a hugely opportunistic time as we commence delivery programme planning.

Programme Overview
Supercomputing capabilities are critical to the production of forecasts and services for all Met Office customers and users and is the single largest investment the Met Office routinely makes.

The Supercomputing 2020+ Programme is a temporary delivery structure with the purpose of delivering replacement Supercomputing capabilities for the Met Office, supporting strategic and customer needs.

Programme objectives encompass: securing of funds, commercial procurement of Supercomputing services, implementation, transition such capabilities into Met Office operations and enablement/tracking of benefits throughout the agreed term.

Given the scale of Supercomputing capabilities is now in excess of £1bn, the programme will come under the oversight of the UK Government Major Projects Portfolio (GMPP) and governed by the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury assurance function, the Infrastructure Projects Authority (IPA). The post holder will report to the Programme Director.

An investment on this scale is complex, requiring experienced and disciplined Programme Management capabilities to navigate the approval and delivery stages required by the Met Office and BEIS governance responsibilities. This role is key to managing all programme activities and processes to ultimately support the successful delivery of the Programme objectives.

Job Purpose:

Responsible for the management and reporting of Supercomputing 2020+ Programme planning and delivery activities and be responsible for the successful delivery of agreed programme outcomes and benefits, working closely with:

  • Supercomputing Senior Responsible Owner (SRO)
  • Supercomputing Programme Director (PD)
  • Supercomputing Programme Management Office (PMO) and wider Supercomputing programme teams
  • Met Office corporate governance functions (including EPO and Strategic Actions)
  • BEIS, Cabinet Office (CO), HM Treasury (HMT) and Infrastructure Projects Authority (IPA) bodies

Reporting to the Programme Director and responsible for supporting the Programme Director to promote the Programme objectives and outcomes internally and externally.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Management of the Programme Office Team and direct line management of the Programme Office Manager, ensuring roles and responsibilities are defined and clearly understood, the development of staff skills and capabilities in undertaken and ensure staff performance is managed as required.
  • Managing the Programme's budget on behalf of the SRO and PD, monitoring expenditure and costs against delivered and realised benefits as the Programme progresses.
  • Ensuring the delivery of new capabilities or outcomes from projects is to the appropriate level of quality, on time and within budget, in accordance with the Programme plan and Programme governance arrangements.
  • Ensure the management of risk, issues and dependencies though the development of a Programme RAID log and associated processes for management and escalation.
  • Managing the main programme documentations including the Programme Manual.
  • Managing third party contributions to the Programme.
  • Managing both the dependencies and the interfaces between projects alongside managing risks to the Programme's successful outcome.
  • Reporting the progress of the Programme at regular intervals to the SRO and PD, including supporting the Programme Boards and related activities on behalf of the PD and SRO.

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

  1. Proven experience in managing complex, multi-year programmes or projects that include Business and IT components, using both waterfall and agile development, and with budgets in excess of £100m.
  2. A proven track record of leading and motivating multidisciplinary teams both within and outside their line management to deliver projects within a complex environment.
  3. The ability to think strategically and develop sensible programme plans in a complex environment, underpinned with sound judgement under pressure.
  4. Broad knowledge and experience of engagement with central Government functions relating to the management of assurance activities; including OGC Gate Assessments.
  5. Proven technical knowledge and skills, including a good understanding of supercomputer technologies and their application to weather and climate, gained through leading technology functions or complex technology programmes
  6. Strong written and oral communication skills, including development of Business cases and experience in communicating complex technical information in a way that is easily understood and makes persuasive arguments.
  7. Good working understanding of Met Office and government procurement processes including negotiation with third parties.
  8. Good working understanding of the Met Office science and technology base, its services and how they support government policy, and its interactions across government and customers.

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

  1. Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) Practitioner and ITIL (V2 or higher) accreditation or evidenced use of the framework to achieve ISO20000.
  2. Experience of managing permanent, contractor and external consultancies to deliver transformational programmes.
  3. Experience with Lean, Six Sigma, Vanguard or equivalent.

Additional Supplementary Information:

To apply, please click on the link below and attach the most recent version of your CV, along with a cover letter which briefly (no more than two-pages) states your experience against each essential and desirable criteria.

Closing date 06/11/2020 with interviews expected W/C. 18/01/2021. Please note that you will be notified if you are successful or unsuccessful. Should you be offered an interview, please be aware there may be a selection exercise which could include a presentation, written test or a scenario-based activity. If you require any reasonable adjustments during these exercises, please include this information in your application.

At present, all interviews will take place remotely via Skype.

We are open to this job being performed from other locations and with different working patterns (e.g. part-time, job share) and are willing to explore with any potential candidates whether we can meet the business needs for the role based on their preference for location and/or working pattern.

This is a fixed term post for two years, however there may be the potential for it to be extended further.

Please note, when joining the Met Office all new employees will start on the salary band minimum.

This recruitment post is not offering UK Visa and Sponsorship and therefore requires all applicants to be eligible to work within the UK / EU without restriction. If you are a non–EU candidate, you will be required to provide and attach all relevant eligibility documentation to your application at the time of applying.

Please note that successful candidate/s will be required to satisfactorily undergo security clearance checks. This will generally require the candidate to have lived in the UK for at least three out of the last five years.

We recognise that Great Minds Don’t Think Alike. Consequently, the Met Office is committed to working towards being a more diverse and inclusive organisation and to valuing and utilising visible and invisible individual differences. This includes continually striving to create a positive and open environment in which to work, along with ensuring that there are no barriers implicit in our policies or procedures preventing people from performing to the best of their ability.

We are a “Disability Confident” employer, Mindful Employer, and we hold an Athena Swan Bronze award for our work on gender equality. We are proud to have a variety of staff-led networks who constantly work with us to enable everyone to fulfil their full potential. We are taking measures throughout our Recruitment process to tackle unconscious bias, and we apply the Civil Service Code to ensure that everyone is recruited on merit, fairness and open competition.

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