Head of Projects and Programmes

Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh (GB)
£51,034 - £59,135 per annum (Grade 7)
Apr 01, 2021
End of advertisement period
Apr 28, 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

It’s an exciting time to join the Information Services department at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland’s #1 Modern University as our new Head of Projects and Programmes.

The Information Services department is one of the largest professional services within the university responsible for the provision of technology, systems and library services. We are well regarded by both colleagues and students for the wide variety of services provided and, importantly, the collegiate and professional way they are delivered.  The last year has demonstrated the resilience and dedication of the IS Team, a team that is greater than the sum of its parts.  

You would be joining us at an exciting time when we are reshaping the leadership team and building our capabilities to underpin all aspects of University operations and provide key enablers to deliver the ambitious University strategies for Learning & Teaching, Research & Innovation and Internationalisation.

The role 

Reporting to the Director, this is a key role in the transformation of digital services to colleagues and students alike. You will lead a step change improvement in the repeatable project management methodology across IS, designing policy, process and procedure that can be sized according to the cost, risk or impact of the initiative. You will embed the methodology and, thereafter, champion a culture of continuous improvement ensuring that the University adopts best practice from the sector and wider industry and provide effective leadership to a high functioning team, responsible for the successful delivery of all IS projects and business change. You will be a role model for team’s culture of openness and collaboration.

You will be responsible for ensuring that all University-wide IS projects and programmes are delivered to cost, on time and of the highest quality and ensure all are consistent with policy, process and procedure. This includes responsibility for ensuring that the business process and cultural changes required to ensure adoption and benefits realisation are planned and delivered.

As part of the IS Leadership Team, you will advise the University on the scale and pace of change through active participation at key forums and the IS Prioritisation Group, taking operational responsibility for the pipeline. You will work closely with senior managers across the organisation, foster a partnership approach to the planning and delivery of change to ensure that projects are focused on realising expected business outcomes.

Who we are looking for

It is essential you are an effective and clear communicator with a proven track record of building strong working partnerships with both colleagues and those who deliver change in an organisation.

As a leader, you will have led a team of IS professionals that deliver projects which have a material impact on the profitability or risk profile of the parent organisation or its clients whilst ensuring that the needs of the organisation are met and team members are adding value to all assigned projects and programmes.

We will look for you to evidence your expertise in delivering large scale IS projects to conclusion, including initiation, business case, implementation, business change and benefits realisation and tracking, all in accordance with a repeatable delivery methodology.

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Applications – CV and covering letter to k.crabbe@napier.ac.uk 

Interviews: 1st stage Thursday 13th May 2021 via Webex