Gateway Qualifications is looking for an experienced Programme Manager to shape, manage and support the Strategic Implementation Programme (SIP25) which is set up to deliver the changes required to successfully deliver on the Gateway Qualifications’ Strategic Plan 2022-2025. The SIP25 Senior Responsible Owner, who is also the CEO of Gateway Qualifications, is looking for an experienced Programme Manager to ensure the delivery of this ambitious programme.

Reporting to the Senior Responsible Owner, the Programme Manager will be responsible for the successful delivery of the whole of the proposed change programme, co-ordination of the programme’s projects and management of their inter-dependencies including oversight of any risks and issues arising.

The Programme Manager will be required to enhance and develop the programme and project methodology, using their experience and knowledge to build on the methodology already in place.

The Programme Manager will develop and maintain the programme environment to support each individual project within it.

What we are looking for

  • Degree with a relevant post-graduate or vocational qualification or equivalent experience.
  • PRINCE2 Practitioner Certificate, MSP Practitioner or equivalent along with a good working knowledge and experience of utilising the concepts and techniques of MSP to successfully deliver transformational change.
  • Experience of managing to successful conclusion major change programmes consisting of multiple projects, ideally in an education setting, with evidence of delivering and embedding significant change.
  • Sufficient experience and credibility to advise project teams on their projects in relation to the programme.
  • Evidence of successful programme management and delivery of desired outcomes.
  • Proven planning and dependency management skills including the ability to prioritise across a number of complex work-streams and initiatives.
  • Good knowledge and practical use of tools and techniques for planning, monitoring, and controlling programmes and projects.
  • Experience of successfully applying change management tools and methodologies.
  • Sound business case development and approvals skills.

What we offer

We offer a great employment package that includes 30 days paid holiday (pro rata for part time staff) plus public holidays, a career average defined benefit pension scheme, and an individual LinkedIn learning licence giving access to a variety of courses to support your Continued Professional Development (CPD).

At Gateway Qualifications you’ll be mainly based at home and will therefore need a reliable, high speed internet connection and a quiet, suitably furnished, place to work. You must be able to commute to our Colchester office as required.

About Gateway Qualifications

At Gateway Qualifications our focus is on creating the highest levels of in-demand qualifications which are accessible to everyone enabling all learners to thrive. To do that, we want people working with us who represent and reflect the diversity of everyone in the UK. As an equal opportunity employer, we therefore encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and are committed to employment practices that promote diversity and inclusion.

Our expert teams have been supporting providers and changing futures for more than 30 years.

As an Awarding Organisation we offer a wide range of Regulated Qualifications, Apprenticeships and Access to HE Diplomas and can develop new qualifications and quality assure in-house training.

If you join us, you’ll be joining an award-winning team who work hard every day to make a difference to the lives of learners. Last year, Gateway Qualifications won three categories in the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) Awards; AO/Provider Relationship of the Year, Qualification of the Year, and Individual of the Year for our CEO.

How to Apply

Please see the following candidate pack for a full job description and more about what we offer: Candidate Pack – Programme Manager

Please note that you must have proof they that you have the right to work and live in the UK.  If you are interested in this vacancy, you will be able to make an application via the apply button below. Please ensure you attach your CV and a Covering Letter explaining why you are suitable for the role.

The closing date for applications will be midday on Thursday 29th May 2024. We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. We may also consider applications as they arrive and may start interviewing prior to the closing date. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.

1st stage interviews are scheduled for Tuesday 11th June 2024 and 2nd stage interviews are scheduled for Monday 17th June 2024.

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