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Programme Director - Defence / Intelligence experienced

Job Description

Job Description

The Programme Director will lead PPM delivery across the defence and intelligence sector. They will oversee all aspects of a programme from conception to implementation and ensuring the realisation of benefits. Their duties include building implementation teams, developing milestones and implementing budgets based on the strategic goals of the client. The Programme Director is responsible for the ongoing management of the delivery to ensure that desired programme outcomes and objectives are achieved. To be effective in the role, the person must have adequate knowledge and information about the sector and the programme to be able to make informed, strategic decisions.

You will be working on cutting edge programmes for our clients in the public sector markets where you will be making a real difference to people's lives every day.

These are great opportunities for candidates looking to accelerate your career. We offer great career progression opportunities, the ability to be based anywhere across the UK, and provide tailored training/development opportunities.

What you'll Be Doing

  • Will lead PPM delivery across defence & Intelligence.

  • Ensuring an appropriate programme or project management framework is in place.

  • Proven ability to work in an ambiguous environment and bringing clarity to achieve project outcomes.

  • Preparing the programme brief, project initiation documents or equivalent and business case among other documents.

  • Appraising options and submitting for approval.

  • Securing resources and expertise from the client organisation as required, for example, appointing professional advisers to support the project sponsor role.

  • Co-ordinating and directing end user input.

  • Co-ordinating the strategy for value management.

  • Controlling changes following approval.

  • Determining and managing risks and issues to the programme.

  • Managing the programme budget, including risk allowance.

  • Co-ordinating and fostering teamwork.

  • Managing the programme manager's performance of delegated responsibility.

  • Establishing formal reporting arrangements on programme or project progress.

  • Defining criteria for control and management of the programme or project.

  • Receiving and reviewing detailed reports on the programme or project from the programme manager.

  • Ensuring timely decision making with client and internal teams.

  • Establishing a mechanism to ensure regular dialogue with the internal teams and external vendors to promote problem solving, team working and risk sharing.

Candidate Description

  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of the Defence Domains at OFFICIAL, SECRET and AS+ in both the 'hosted' and 'cloud' environments.

  • An in-depth knowledge and understanding of Staff Nomenclature with a demonstrable track record of working at SO2 - 3* appointments across MoD and the Civil Service.

  • Knowledge / experience of working with SIA customers at DV+

  • Significant demonstrable experience leading transformational programmes in a client facing role.

  • Proven ability to work in an ambiguous environment and bringing clarity to achieve programme outcomes.

  • Developing "end to end" programme plans that are set-up for success encompassing business change management.

  • Strong team management techniques, particularly around governance, project health, when to intervene, and ensuring quality.

  • Stakeholder Management - Build and maintain relationships by engaging business leaders to establish credibility, solve problems, build consensus, and achieve objectives.

  • If you are interested in this role but not sure if your skills and experience are exactly what we're looking for, please do apply, we'd love to hear from you!

    Location: London, UK

    Security Clearance Level: SC cleared or clearable (i.e. 5 years continuous in UK)

    Although this role is advertised as full-time, we believe that flexibility at work can promote work/life balance, increase your motivation, reduce stress and improve performance and productivity. We support different ways of working and can offer a range of flexible working arrangements. So, if you're interested and need to work flexibly, we encourage you to apply and talk to us about what might be possible.

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Employer Description

Here at Cognizant, we work with clients across the UK's public sector to help modernise their businesses. As one of our largest growing business sectors, we guide our government, defence and healthcare clients through their digital transformation journeys. We also have new delivery centres in Leeds and Northern Ireland which will attract and nurture the brightest talent across the country as well as help our clients solve their business challenges., For almost 20 years, Cognizant has had a presence in the UK, which today is its second largest market by revenue, and among its fastest growing. The company provides professional services to some of the country's largest businesses across various industries and public sector bodies including HMRC, Home Office, NHS, MOD, Financial Conduct Authority, Network Rail, British Business Bank, and Financial Ombudsman Service. Cognizant was also recently awarded two of the first major awards under the HMRC's Technology Sourcing Programme (TSP), which is focused on increasing value for money and delivering innovation for HMRC by addressing around £900m per annum of IT spend., Cognizant (Nasdaq-100: CTSH) is one of the world's leading professional services companies, transforming clients' business, operating and technology models for the digital era. Our unique industry-based, consultative approach helps clients envision, build and run more innovative and efficient businesses. Headquartered in the U.S., Cognizant is ranked 185 on the Fortune 500 and is consistently listed among the most admired companies in the world. Learn how Cognizant helps clients lead with digital at or follow us @Cognizant.