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Project Professional Development Lead

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    £39,716 - £54,683
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Porton Down, salisbury

About the job

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of Dstl's Project, Programme and Portfolio (P3) team that to shape the Continuing Professional Development and Learning and Development for our Project Delivery community.

You'll be the lead for reviewing and commissioning the courses through close working with our Divisional, Group and Team Leaders to ensure we have a dynamic and relevant suite of learning opportunities. Your work will span all of our Divisions, from our Science and Technology through to our Operations to promote and understand the impact of our learning interventions, the level of participation, engagement, different delivery methods and value for money.

You'll be a champion for Project Delivery learning, helping to establish a vibrant learning community, actively involving colleagues to network and share the learning from experience. Some of your time will also involve working closely with you line manager to provide management information into the Project Delivery Workforce Management Group, looking at our future needs for the PD workforce.

As Project and Professional Development Lead you'll need to have plenty of energy and enthusiasm for this rewarding role, an eye for detail to ensure the quality of learning interventions are the very best and make a real difference.

Job description

In this role you will be:
• Be the lead for Dstl’s PD CPD scheme and L&D offering and actively promote these within the PD community;
• Transform Dstl’s Project Delivery Learning and Development and CPD offering to be a modern, blended, coherent offering;
• Work with PD professional bodies and across government communities of interest to make the best L&D and CPD offerings available to our PD professionals;
• Work closely with the MOD’s Project Delivery Centre of Excellence to ensure engagement and alignment with the People aspect of the MOD’s Functional Strategy for Project Delivery;
• Ensure that Dstl’s PD Learning and Development offering adapts to the business need of the organisation;
• Champion and develop CPD initiatives to support the Project Delivery Community; including apprenticeships, learning from experience, mentoring and leadership;
• Communicate and promote Dstl’s PD training and CPD opportunities to the community;
• Arrange and/or lead events to promote the L&D and CPD offerings;
• Communicate and promote the Project Delivery career routes;
• Manage Dstl’s PD training contract by overseeing and working with the training supplier and Dstl’s HR Learning Lead, to include:
o Measuring the uptake, performance and impact of the L&D interventions;
o leading the design of new L&D interventions;
• Ensure and assure a good approach to MI (Management Information) and analysis of the data for the training undertaken and professional accreditation achieved by the PD community;
• Contribute to PD workforce management and planning;
• Deputise for the P3 Improvement lead when needed.

You will need to have
Essential Technical Skills:
• Understanding of Project and Programme methodologies;
• Evidence of design of Learning and development or Continued Professional Development offerings;
• Experience of using data visualisation tools (Excel and/or Power BI);

Essential Skills:
• Effective stakeholder engagement and management that has supported change or improved service delivery;
• Effective communication skills to present and discuss performance data;
• Ability to seek and receive feedback to gain consensus in order to drive forward decision-making;
• Analytical skills, able to create and analyse data sets to inform impact and future needs.

Essential Experience:
• Successful project, programme or portfolio delivery experience;
• Experience of designing and implementing learning and development offerings;
• Strong understanding of the benefits of different learning and development approaches.
• Experience of working with groups and teams to develop and implement service improvement.

APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) , or equivalent e.g. PRINCE 2
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

Changing and Improving
Communicating and Influencing
Seeing the Big Picture
Working Together


We'll provide a great range of benefits including;
• Flexible working
• Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and paternity leave of 2 weeks full pay
• Chartership and accreditation support
• Pension
• Generous annual leave
• A competitive salary
• Excellent learning and development
• Onsite gyms and restaurants
• Staff discounts for high street and online shopping, restaurants and days out.

Our Diversity Networks

Dstl recognises the importance of diversity and inclusion as people from diverse backgrounds bring fresh ideas. We are committed to building an inclusive working environment in which each employee fulfils their potential and maximises their contribution. We have a number of support networks to ensure all employees feel supported at work.

These include the following;
- Sexual Orientation and Gender Network
- Faith and Culture Network
- Parents and Carer Support Network
- Alternative Working Network
- Gender Equality Network
- New Starters Network
- Enabled Network

Please note that Dstl will be contacting individuals via email and you should check your junk mail folder regularly. Any attachments may not be available via smart phone or tablet views.

If you are applying for this position as a Job Share please indicate if you have a partner who is also applying for this vacancy and if you are successful but they are not if you would still consider the role.

For further information about Dstl please check out our LinkedIn page 
Things you need to know
Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.
Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.
Sift will take place week commencing 7th September 2020, with interviews taking place week commencing 24th September.

Please be aware that due to the current nationwide restrictions on travel and public gatherings and to ensure your safety, these interviews will likely be taking place through telephone interview. Should this change we will notify candidates who are selected for interview.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to our status as a “Reserve Post” organisation, Dstl vacancies are open to candidates who only hold UK nationality.

If you hold Dual Nationality, i.e. have the right to abode, have citizenship or hold a passport/national identity card for another country outside the UK – you will not be eligible for this role.

Important Information
The security of our work means that only UK nationals who have also resided in the UK for the last 5 years (10 years for certain roles) can be considered. Some roles will require Developed Vetting (DV). Unfortunately dual nationals cannot be considered.

Equal Opportunities
At Dstl we are committed to inclusivity and diversity within our workforce. During the application process we collect information to help us monitor this. It helps us better-understand our incoming workforce, as well as highlighting areas of improvement.

The information we request will not be used to make a decision about your application - no applicant or employee will ever be seen as more or less favourable based on disability, gender, martial or civil partnership status, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religion/belief.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
Nationality requirements
Open to UK nationals only.

This job is not open to candidates who hold a dual nationality.
Working for the Civil Service
The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants
Job contact :
Name :   Ian Baker
Email :   ibaker@dstl.gov.uk
Recruitment team :
Email :   dstlrecruitment@dstl.gov.uk

Further information
Should you wish to raise a formal complaint about the Dstl recruitment process you should email dstlrecruitment@dstl.gov.uk stating the nature of the issue. We will respond within 5 working days.

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