PMO manager – Future System Governance – Department for International Development – Darlington

Department for International Development

Job summary

Our Mission

At BEIS, we are leading the UK’s recovery from coronavirus and are building a stronger, greener country. Our varied work makes a real difference to people across the UK and internationally. This is a fantastic opportunity to become part of the BEIS team and our exciting mission!

We lead on the UK’s commitments to tackle climate change and drive green economic growth. We support businesses to create jobs and increase opportunity in regions across the UK. We also encourage investment and innovation to make the UK a science superpower producing research that will improve lives.

Our Inclusive Environment

We are building an inclusive culture to make BEIS a brilliant place to work where our people feel valued, have a voice and can be their authentic selves. We value difference and diversity, not only because we believe it is the right thing to do, but because it will help us be more innovative and make better decisions.

We offer first-class flexible working benefits, excellent employee well-being support and a great pension. We are fortunate to have a range of excellent staff networks and are proud to be a Disability Confident Leader employer. We will support talented people from all backgrounds to build a career and thrive.

We actively welcome applications from anyone who shares our commitment to inclusion. We will fully support candidates with a disability or long-term condition who require adjustments in our recruitment process.

Job description

Would you like to deliver critical policies for addressing climate change? In 2019, the UK became the first major economy in the world to legislate to have “net zero” carbon emissions by 2050, meaning we will no longer be a net emitter of greenhouse gases which contribute to climate change. In 2022, we strengthened our ambition still further with the British Energy Security Strategy, bringing clean, affordable and secure power for generations to come.

We are looking to recruit up to 2 individuals to drive high paced project management in order to help the UK meet this target. If successful, you will join our friendly, collaborative directorate working at the heart of UK decarbonisation policy.

In order to fully decarbonise we need to rapidly integrate high volumes of low carbon power, heat and transport technologies onto our energy system. This will require significant changes to how the system works.

We will need reformed markets, rules and institutions to ensure the right infrastructure is deployed in the right locations. We are, as part of this, considering the future management of the electricity and gas systems, and reviewing the operation of the energy system.

The Energy Security, Networks and Markets (ESNM) directorate is responsible for facilitating this transformation. You, as a successful applicant, will drive project management to make sure that the energy system is ready for the mass deployment of clean energy technologies.

You will be supported by the departmental Project Delivery Team who will assist in your continued professional development, ensuring that you have the skills to deliver your stretching objectives and opportunities to grow and develop your professional experience and competencies. You will also have the opportunity to shape how we work together, for example joining diversity and inclusion networks.

You will be joining a fun, friendly and diverse team who are passionate about what we do. We pride ourselves on having a supportive and inclusive work environment and aim to support team members to develop their careers. We are constantly looking to diversify our workforce to give us the broadest range of perspectives possible. We therefore particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and other underrepresented backgrounds. We will provide people with disabilities reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application process and working environment. We also encourage those who work part-time, job-share or have other flexible working arrangements to apply.

Person specification

Driving Net Zero will require the right institutions with the right roles and responsibilities in the energy system, and we have now announced our commitment to establish a Future System Operator and reform energy code governance. Within this PMO manager role you will be responsible for project leadership, strategy and delivery across the project team taking forward these major commitments from the British Energy Security Strategy. You will play a key role in supporting the team to deliver this complex policy, working with a diverse group of internal and external partners, and working closely with colleagues to ensure the agreed project outputs/programme outcomes are delivered to enable benefits to be realised to the set timescales. Key responsibilities could include:

1. Delivery & Leadership – Lead the PMO to support the project in the delivery of Business Case benefits and outcomes. Champion the use of best practice project management standards and processes.

2. Business Case – Support the Project Manager in the development of Business Case with input from specialists as necessary.

3. Resources – Manage the PMO team and support the Project Manager in the identification, recruitment, development, deployment and reassignment of resources throughout the project lifecycle.

4. Stakeholder Management – Advise the project team on appropriate tools and techniques for managing stakeholder relationships. Provide assurance to the project manager on the effectiveness of stakeholder management arrangements.

5. Risks & Issues – Establish the project processes and standards for managing risks and issues. Provide assurance to the project manager on the effectiveness of Risk and Issue management arrangements.

6. Governance & Assurance – Ensure appropriate governance is in place and arrange external reviews e.g. Gateway Reviews at appropriate points in the project lifecycle. Monitor the effectiveness of controls and ensure that recommendations from external reviews are acted upon.

7. Project Performance & Controls – Establish and operate project controls on behalf of the project manager, reporting on project progress and status to appropriate bodies. Identify common capabilities and opportunities for linking up, re-using and sharing of methods and resources between projects and programmes. Ensure learning from experience is disseminated across the organisation.

8. Guidance & Support – Identify, develop and share best practice project management processes, tools and templates and benchmarks against industry standard. Provides direction and guidance to the project team.

Skills and Experience

Prior knowledge of energy policy is not required – we will quickly upskill you in the areas where you have less experience. We are proud of our commitment to learning and development and this is reflected in outstanding results to our 2019 people survey.

The ideal candidate will:

• Be proactive and self-motivated. Someone who has a real passion for their job, and is inspired by the work they do and the impact it has.

• Have significant experience in delivering either complex or high-risk projects, and the ability to adapt to changing circumstances and remain aligned with wider strategy.

• Have excellent interpersonal and stakeholder management skills, and excellent written and oral communication skills, with the confidence to engage with senior officials and ministers.

• Have strong problem-solving skills and the ability to grapple with complex issues and effectively handle project risks and issues, and demonstrate a level of skill beyond simply ‘managing a process’.

• Be an experienced people manager, able to build capability and develop a high achieving and motivated project team.

It would be an advantage if you have a recognised accreditation in professional project management such as PRINCE2 Practitioner, Managing Successful Programmes Practitioner or APM Practitioner Qualification, APM Registered Project Professional, Civil Service Project Leadership Programme but this is not essential. We will support you in achieving such a qualification in post if you don’t have one.

Technical skills

To be assessed:

Project Management – Please provide an example showing your project management skills in delivering a complex and timebound project with a wide stakeholder landscape


We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

Delivering at Pace


Making Effective Decisions

Technical skills

We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

Project Management


BEIS offers a competitive mix of benefits including:

A culture of flexible working, such as job sharing, homeworking and compressed hours.

Automatic enrolment into the , with an average employer contribution of 27%.

A minimum of 25 days of paid annual leave, increasing by 1 day per year up to a maximum of 30.

An extensive range of learning & professional development opportunities, which all staff are actively encouraged to pursue.

Access to a range of retail, travel and lifestyle employee discounts.

A hybrid office/home based working model where staff will spend a norm of 40-60% of their time in the office (minimum of 40%) over a month with flex dependent on balancing bu

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