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Transformation Project Manager, Islington Council, London N1, UK

Transformation Project Manager, Islington Council, London N1, UK
Posted on: Dec.27.2022

Transformation Project Manager, Islington Council, London N1, UK

P04, £42,609 - £45,594 p.a
Main area: Project Management
Grade: P04, £42,609 - £45,594 p.a
Contract: Permanent
Hours: Full time - 35 hours per week
Job ref: FT/1222/037
Site: Islington Town Hall
Town: London
Salary: £45,711 - £48,757 per annum
Salary period: Yearly
Closing: 13/01/2023 23:59

Our mission

We are determined to create a more equal Islington, where everyone who lives here has an equal chance to thrive. To do this, everyone who works at Islington Council lives by a set of values which guide us in everything that we do: collaborative, ambitious, resourceful, and empowering.
They spell out ‘CARE’, which is what we think public service is all about.

Job overview

We are looking for an enthusiastic and skilled individual to join a dynamic new team leading transformation and change across the council.
Islington's Transformation Unit frame, drive and deliver change across the council,  within a framework of clear outcomes, priorities and enablers.

Main duties of the job

As Transformation Project Manager, you will be responsible for shaping and managing projects aimed at driving change in key areas of council activity, consistent with organisational priorities and strategy.

The successful candidate will:

• use and build expertise in creative approaches to analysing and delivering change;
• be determined in ensuring that things get done and that practical changes happen;
• build and maintain excellent relationships across the council, undertaking project delivery across core directorates as required.
This is a varied role combining project management, continuous improvement and stakeholder engagement, to actively shape and deliver change projects  across Islington.
The Transformation Unit embeds a robust PMO framework for strategic projects and programmes across Islington.
Closing date: Friday 13th January 2023 at 23:59
Proposed Interview date: 30th or 31st January 2023
For further information please contact Katherine Phipps (Transformation Programme Lead) at

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To shape and drive key elements of corporate change, so that they advance and embed the council’s guiding approach to pursuing its priorities (and supports the twin goals of improving outcomes and reducing costs).
To promote and embed a range of change methods and tools as appropriate to specific challenges (such as those relating to systems thinking, process mapping, demand management and co-production).
To undertake service reviews into particular parts of the organisation, helping identify and resolve challenges and support improvements, as requested by the corporate management board or by services or teams themselves.
To build and maintain constructive working relationships with wider teams and groups.
To proactively champion change and improvement across the council.
To go beyond service and project information presented, getting to the root of a problem, analysing cause and effect.
To implement consistent governance standards across the projects allocated, including tracking, monitoring and updating the status of project deliverables.
To develop, own and implement project plans, seeking contributions from key stakeholders.
To undertake projects including thematic review work and ensuring the delivery of service improvements.
To provide monitoring information and importantly flagging up issues and deviations from plans.
To work with managers and service representatives to identify and apply efficient means of delivering improvements to business processes and strategies.
To deliver change projects of organisation-wide significance, taking personal responsibility for their direction and delivery, working with a significant degree of autonomy and bringing demonstrable creativity, added value and impact to the work.
To be able to personally resolve issues and barriers with officers to ensure that projects progress.
To actively identify new change and improvement opportunities, building a case for change that persuades stakeholders and the wider organisation to engage.

As a member of the council’s Transformation Unit, the Transformation Project Manager is responsible for shaping and managing projects aimed at driving change in key areas of council activity, consistent with organisational priorities and strategy in line with the council’s core commitment to fairness and the Islington Council 2030 vision and plan.

The post holder will

use and build expertise in creative approaches to analysing and delivering change
be determined in ensuring that things get done and that practical changes happen
build and maintain excellent relationships across the council, undertaking project delivery across core directorates as required
To drive positive cultural change, embodying and promoting the values and behaviours of the council and empowering staff to reach their full potential.


Essential criteria
Experience of leading or managing change projects
Experience of designing and implementing effective strategies
Desirable criteria
Prince 2 / Agile Project Management certification


Essential criteria
Knowledge of concepts, methods, tools and techniques to support the design and delivery of real and lasting change – and the ability to deploy them in practice.
Experience of working within a structured project management framework.
Experience of project management tools, methodologies and techniques.
Knowledge and awareness of local government finances, commercial issues and business case development.
Knowledge and experience in undertaking programme evaluations, setting targets, monitoring of project performance and delivery in order to achieve continuous improvement.
Desirable criteria
Experience of developing and leading co-production workshops


Essential criteria
Ability to diagnose challenges, problems and design responses, developing coherent and coordinated actions.
Personal and professional credibility to influence and collaborate with key stakeholders to secure commitment to key change efforts.
Ability to deliver large, complex projects – ensuring effective delivery of goals to agreed timescales.
Ability to deliver under pressure, adapt to changes in circumstances and be resilient and optimistic in the face of challenging situations.
Ability to make sound judgements about complex issues, on the basis of analysing information from a range of sources (both qualitative and quantitative).
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, that is convincing, persuasive and adaptable to a range of audiences.
Ability to identify and manage project risks to ensure successful completion of the programme to time, cost and quality standards

It is the policy of Islington Council that no user of service, present or future employee or job applicant receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of their sex, perceived or actual sexual orientation, marital status, race, religion or belief, age, creed, colour, nationality, national origin, ethnic origin, or disability, or on the grounds of their association with someone in one of these groups; nor is disadvantaged by any conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be justified. We welcome applications from Black and Minority Ethnic candidates and acknowledge our responsibility to mitigate against racial discrimination.

Please note:

Priority will be given to those at risk of redundancy within Islington Council. Current employees who are part of the redeployment pool must meet the essential criteria for shortlisting to be prioritised.
Islington Council operates a guaranteed interview scheme for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria and we are committed to providing support to applicants who request reasonable adjustments to be made during the recruitment process and throughout their career with us.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, and expects all staff, and volunteers to share this commitment.
 We are also committed to flexible working and will consider requests where possible.
Islington Council also operates random drug or alcohol testing for safety critical roles or for where there may be just cause.
To apply for this position please use the online application process. Please note that the council only accepts online applications, no CVs or alternative forms of applications are accepted. If you are unable to use the online process please contact the Recruitment team on 020 7527 2155 or e-mail


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