Programme Manager

33,139 - 36,060


Programme Manager

Reference number: 1572292

Salary: £33,139 - £36,060

Grade: Higher Executive Officer PB4

Contract type: Fixed Term

Length of employment: 18 months

Business area: FE Scotland

Working pattern: Flexible working, Full-time

37 hours Monday - Friday

Location: Glentress

Background Information

Dumfries and Borders Forest District is located in South Scotland and is headed by the Forest District Manager. The district directly employs approximately 70 staff and manages over 57,000 hectares (220 square miles), of the National Forest Estate. The district team is responsible for a wide range of land management activities whilst engaging with a varied range of stakeholders including local communities and also safeguarding the natural and cultural heritage. These include woodland management, timber harvesting, establishing new forests, renewable energy projects and starter farms. All of these have to be managed in an integrated manner in the presence of forest visitors.

The Forest District offers many recreational opportunities and welcomes some 600,000 visitors who walk, horse-ride, mountain-bike or drive throughout our forests enjoying a variety of trails, events and visitor services. The majority visit Glentress Forest, starting their visitor experience from Glentress Peel.

Purpose of the Job

As Programme Manager, you will successfully manage the development and improvement of Glentress as a highly regarded FES flagship visitor facility and to build on the reputation of the site awarded Best Mountain Biking Trail Centre in the UK in 2014 and 2015.

The projects you will support will have an overarching requirement of ensuring a high quality environment and visitor experience. Your goals will be to deliver a programme of development projects at Glentress that will improve and diversify the public recreation and associated commercial offers which will support financial viability. You will do this by increasing footfall and dwell time encouraging overnight stays which will be economically beneficial to the local area.

You will support the Forest District team and interface with stakeholders to secure investments in the visitor facilities including redevelopment and relocation of trails, and associated facilities alongside the development of cabin accommodation by a private investor.

You will also work as part of the wider FES Project Management Office and their project management experience, skills and expertise may be called upon to assist with the development and implementation of other recreation projects on the Estate.

Key Work Areas

As Project Manager of the Glentress programme you will:-

• Manage and add value to the project.

• Support the project teams through rigorous application of good governance.

• Maintain a project plan, risk and issues register and have an awareness of the impact of the individual projects may have on District business as usual.

• Plan, monitor and control budgets and all financial aspects of the project.

• Plan and monitor delivery high quality outputs from the project.

• Report progress through Project Board Meeting and Quarterly Reports.

• Have responsibility for stakeholder and partnership relationships and act as central point of contact for all involved in the project.

Person Specification

Experience and Professional/Technical Expertise


• Project management certification e.g. PMP, APMP, PRINCE2.

• Demonstrable experience of managing capital projects to a value of at least £2million including in partnerships with internal and external stakeholders involving professionals in various disciplines.

• Demonstrable experience in the successful application of project principles, governance and methodologies.

• Experienced user of Microsoft Office including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.


• Ability to resolve complex issues and escalate where appropriate.

• Experience of negotiating and/or managing NEC3 contracts.

Core Competencies

Making Effective Decisions

• Recognise patterns and trends in a wide range of evidence/data and draw keys conclusions outlining costs, benefits and potential responses.

• Invite challenge and where appropriate involve others in decision making to help build engagement and present robust recommendations.

Achieving Commercial Outcomes

• Consider, in consultation with commercial experts, alternative ways of working with partners and contractors to identify more efficient outcomes, balancing cost, quality and turnaround times.

• Identify and understand relevant legal and commercial terms, concepts, policies and processes (including project approvals and assurance procedures) to deliver agreed outcomes.

Delivering Value for Money

• Work confidently with performance management and financial data to prepare forecasts and manage and monitor budget against agreed plans.

• Follow appropriate financial procedures to procure and monitor contracts to ensure deliverables are achieved.

Managing a Quality Service

• Make effective use of project management skills and techniques to deliver outcomes, including identifying risks and mitigating actions.

• Develop, implement, maintain and review systems and service standards including health and safety to ensure professional excellence and expertise and value for money.

Delivering at Pace

• Take responsibility for delivering expected outcomes on time and to standard, yet allowing the team space and authority to deliver objectives.

• Regularly monitor your and your team’s work against milestones or targets and act promptly to keep work on track and maintain performance.

Closing date: 25 Feb 2018

Application Details

Closing date:

Lesley Moorhouse

Reference No: 1572292

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