Capital Projects Delivery and Business Improvement Manager

Client: Reading Borough Council

Location: Hybrid Working

Salary: £51,627 - £57,763

Closing date: Sunday, 02 April 2023 23:30

Capital Projects Delivery and Business Improvement Manager 

£51,627 - £57,763

Reading is a dynamic town, experiencing unprecedented economic growth and regeneration. We’ve an ambitious capital programme to deliver new infrastructure and capital projects to contribute to its corporate priorities to deliver an inclusive economy, thriving communities and a healthy environment for Reading. 

We’re delivering a £300m capital programme including major road improvements, playground upgrades, a £40m leisure facilities programme and significant Housing Revenue Account New Build Programme. Recently we’ve been awarded government grants of £26m to deliver our Bus Service Improvement Plan and £20m to deliver a new Reading Library and cultural performance space as part of the governments levelling up agenda. You will play a critical role in overseeing this hugely important programme of investment for the Council.

About the role

You’ll help us to develop and deliver capital projects ensuring outcomes are delivered; managing projects in a practical and pragmatic way to ensure that they are completed on time and budget for the benefit of our residents. 

You’ll also provide expertise on business improvement, reviewing and mapping directorate processes, providing a foundation for defining activities, improving procedures and achieving efficiencies - leading to better decision making and service outcomes.

Key responsibilities:

- Manage major capital projects, ensuring that those involved are coordinated, motivated, and complete project work to the right standard.

- Specify and deliver project plans and proposals securing stakeholder input and commitment and manage the day-to-day operations, ensuring effective monitoring and control. 

- Develop a business improvement strategy that enables the service to build and utilise a suite of continuous improvement models, tools and techniques

Working arrangements: Hybrid – mix of office remote working.

You’ll be part of a team that relies on each individual to play their part to the best of their ability. As well as the colleagues that you work closely with every day, you’ll also be part of Team Reading, playing your personal part in making Reading a successful and vibrant place. Our vision is to ensure that Reading realises its potential as a great place to live, work and play, and that everyone shares the benefits of this success. Our values and behaviours guide how we will achieve this:

Work Together as one team - champion and inspire a culture which ensures that all employees across the organisation work together to provide excellent outcomes for Reading

Drive Efficiency - create an environment in which resources are used efficiently and employees’ skills are developed and used effectively

Be Ambitious - aspire to deliver excellence and inspire and support others to reach their potential

Make a Difference to Reading - inspire a culture in which the customer is the focus and where change is welcomed as an opportunity

About you

We’ll need you to have strong programme and project management skills with relevant experience that you can draw upon, but more than that we’re looking for someone with the ambition and the confidence to really make their mark within this role. 

Key skills:

• Programme and project management expertise, working to time, budget and quality in a large organisation.

• Great people skills with the ability to communicate to a diverse audience. 

• Able to be analytical and interpret data to construct robust and informed recommendations. 

• Ability to manage conflicting demands and deliver continuous improvement.

Our offer

• A competitive salary

• Generous holiday entitlement - 25 days holiday each year plus bank holidays - rising to 33 days after 10 years' service, with the option to buy additional leave

• A wide range of flexible working opportunities 

• Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)

• Life Assurance - three times your annual salary (for members of the LGPS)

• On-site day nursery (Kennet Day nursery) rated outstanding by Ofsted, and a salary sacrifice scheme to help lower the cost of your nursery fees

• Season Ticket Loan - to help with the cost of your rail/ bus journey, to & from work

• Lease car salary sacrifice scheme allowing you to lease a brand new, greener car for three years.  The monthly fee includes insurance, servicing and road tax

For a confidential discussion, please contact Dan Wide on or via 07895 312029.

Closing Date: 2nd April 2023

Interview Date: Monday 17th April