Senior Project Manager – Children and Young People Service
£52,722 - £64,422 per annum
“This role is to support the improvement of our offer to vulnerable children and families across social work and education, including practice, impact assessment, evaluation and financial drivers”
People at the Heart of Everything We Do
Newham is an ambitious and vibrant borough, proud to be home to one of the youngest and most diverse cultures in the country, with 72% of the population from BAME communities, contributing to 220 languages being spoken in the area. We have excellent transport links to the rest of London and South-East England, including Kent, Essex, Surrey, and Middlesex. Newham is an exciting and ambitious borough that is committed to putting people at the heart of everything we do.
Newham has a young and diverse population, and is a dynamic and exciting place to work – it has recently seen an impressive investment in services for young people, and is the first borough in London to establish a Children and Young People’s Commissioner. Newham is ambitious to become the best place for Children and young people, through the ‘Towards a Better Newham’ programme led by our elected Mayor. 2021 will be the Newham’s Year of the Young Person, when we will celebrate the achievements and aspirations of children and young people across the borough.
Our ambition is to make Newham a ‘Centre of Excellence’ in Children’s Social Care by 2023. Critical to achieving this goal is to invest in our workforce and having the right roles to support change and improvement.
About the Role
In this newly created position, you will work in the change and improvement team and drive through positive change across our services, positively impacting our children, families, young people and communities. This role will deliver on a range of complex projects across the directorate, with a focus on two areas; ensuring we can demonstrate and evidence the impact of social care improvement and delivering savings and efficiencies, strengthening the capability to deliver our ambitious priorities, at pace.
This role will help sharpen our focus, harness our strengths, and identify opportunities to ensure our children and young people can thrive. The role will deliver additional problem-solving capacity and the ability to think differently.
Working collaboratively across the directorate and wider Council, the core priorities of the role will be to drive innovative service improvements aligned to corporate priorities; ensure the broad range of strategies and services delivered by Children and Young People Services (CYPS) collectively work towards enhancing the lives of everyone working and living in our borough. You will identify opportunities to increase efficiency, with accountability for savings delivery and service delivery whilst supporting the continuous improvement agenda.
We are looking for long term, sustainable change. You will have demonstrable experience of delivering on a range of key policies and strategies, ensuring that projects of change, innovation and transformation making an impact and last.
Experience of delivering change and innovative initiatives across a broad range of services in a complex environment will be second nature. An understanding of the children's services across social care and education, will contribute to your ability to deliver complex activity.
You will be able to positively engage with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders in change processes and have successfully delivered large-scale operational saving initiatives whilst driving service improvement.
Inspiring innovation and partnership working you will benefit from a collaborative management style, with the ability to engage, develop and drive services to achieve operational excellence, increasing efficiency and productivity.
Ultimately, we are looking for you to embrace change, seize opportunities and disrupt what is normal, to deliver positive outcomes for children and young people within the borough.
closing date: 15th January 2021
Please view Senior Project Manager Job Description
The London Borough of Newham is a Disability Confident employer. Candidates who declare that they have a disability in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 and meet the essential criteria as specified in the Job Profile will be guaranteed an interview.
Priority consideration on all advertised roles will be given to London Borough of Newham Redeployees.
The London Borough of Newham is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable groups and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Please be aware that a Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) check will be required for any position with access to these groups under the provision of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
In addition, the Authority reserves the right to request employees undertake a basic disclosure check (Disclosure Scotland) where required for the role this includes anyone who has access to (or information obtained directly from) a government database, or has a GCSX account. These posts will be required to have a Basic Disclosure Scotland check as per the requirements of BPSS (Baseline Personnel Security Standards).