PMO Planner - 18 Month FTC

PMO Planner, Programme Planner, Project Planner

Your new company
The Money and Pensions Service (MaPS) vision is "Everyone making the most of their money and pensions".

The government has tasked Money and Pensions Service (MaPS) with leading and overseeing the development and delivery of the Pensions dashboards ecosystem.

MaPS has established the Pensions Dashboards Industry Delivery Group (led by Principal Chris Curry) and its Implementation Executive to lead the programme of work which will be undertaken by government and industry together.

The Implementation Executive is standing up a team to lead a programme of work which has the potential to transform the way everyone in the UK plans their retirement and we’re looking for people to join us on a fixed term contract or secondment.

Your new role

Reporting to the PMO Lead, the PMO Planner will establish and maintain the up to date detailed End-to-End Programme Plan, be accountable for elicitation of updates from workstreams and key stakeholders and facilitate planning sessions with a range of stakeholders including at senior levels (Director). They will establish/maintain critical path analysis, dependency mapping, financial aspects, change control and milestone tracking, provide strategic reporting and generate MI.

This is a critical role for the programme and provides an exciting opportunity for an experienced planner to get involved at the early stages of a major programme and provide support through discovery and into implementation.

Some key accountabilities of the role include:
  • Use an existing high-level, multi-strand road-map as a basis from which to create, update and maintain detailed cost and resource-loading delivery plans.
  • Challenge and test project assumptions to ensure that plans are realistic and achievable. Develop breakdown structures, quality criteria, produce descriptions and a monitoring strategy. Identify options to optimise delivery through resource smoothing, resource levelling and rescheduling of activities.
  • Lead on planning activity and coordinate work with the constituent projects to support delivery of the business case benefits and outcomes. Support capability building and the use of best practice in planning and reporting. Provide expert advice for team members and the project community.
  • Project and Performance Controls: Monitor and analyse information, reporting and change control processes, dependencies, and highlighting areas of risk and opportunity.
  • Ensure that stakeholder responsibilities and needs are understood and addressed in management and reporting arrangements. Develop peer networks across and outside of the programme. Provide critical path analysis supporting with what-if/scenario planning.
  • Manage and identify, develop and deploy planning resources. Identify and plan for wider resource requirements for the project.
  • Provide expert advice on planning processes throughout the lifecycle of the programme.

What you'll need to succeed
In order to be successful on application, it is expected that you will possess the following skills/experience:

  • Understanding of pensions/pensions sector or an understanding of the financial services sector.
  • Strong experience of working as a Project Planner on large scale programme, developing a programme plan involving procurement within the public sector.
  • Strong knowledge of both Agile and waterfall planning methods, especially within the confines of Gate process and lifecycle of a public-sector business case.
  • Ability to create planning artefacts which provide information at different levels of the knowledge tree, e.g POAP, High Level plans, milestone plans, detailed plans, work packages by team.
  • Experience of devising and producing suitable reports on progress for a range of stakeholders and governance forums, including - operating committees, programme boards and project teams with their work packages
  • Confident in using a variety of methods to communicate progress to internal stakeholders, providing assurance of work completed and timely warnings of missed milestones.
  • Hands on approach to validating programme plan with workstream leads on an ongoing basis; escalating potential risks to achieving critical path and demonstrating a full understanding of dependencies.

What you'll get in return
In return you will be placed onto an 18 Month FTC paying circa £60,000 per annum.

We actively encourage applications from candidates from all backgrounds, and are committed to having a team representative of the diverse characteristics and experiences of the population we’re working to ensure make the most of their money and pensions now, and in future generations.

What you need to do now
If you're interested in this role, click 'apply now' to forward an up-to-date copy of your CV, or call Joshua McMahon on 0207 259 8796.

If this job isn't quite right for you but you are looking for a new position, please contact us for a confidential discussion on your career.
For more detailed information, or to view other vacancies with this organisation, please visit our dedicated recruitment website


Job type:
Working Pattern
Government & Public Services
Project and Programme Management
Circa £60,000 per annum.
Closing date
19 Feb 2020
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Talk to a consultant

Talk to Joshua McMahon, the specialist consultant managing this position, located in Victoria

1st Floor, Ebury Gate, 23 Lower Belgrave Street

Telephone: 0207 259 8796

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