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Trainee Project Manager

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

The Role


Are you interested in making a key difference to the lives of half a million residents in Southwest London?


The London Boroughs of Richmond upon Thames and Wandsworth have been operating an innovative Shared Staffing Arrangement since 2016 – a combined workforce of some 4,000 employees serving both local authorities.  We offer the unique opportunity to be part of one of the largest most innovative local government organisations in the UK where both Councils are committed to delivering quality value-for-money services through sharing our resources whilst preserving each Council’s individual sovereignty and unique identity. 

We recognise that IT plays a key role in the delivery of effective Council services and continuous improvement. Our high-performing Corporate IT Service comprises over 120 staff and oversees all aspects of IT across both Richmond and Wandsworth Councils. We also work with a range of external partners and suppliers to complement our in-house IT teams.

Working across the IT Project Management Office and Business Partnership functions, you will enjoy a wide range of opportunities to assist in the production of  IT investment proposals, feasibility studies, business cases and options appraisals. You will also contribute to the day-to-day oversight and management of selected projects and programmes in accordance with our chosen project and programme management methodologies – ‘Prince2’ and ‘Managing Successful Programmes’.

A highly organised and IT-savvy individual with excellent numeracy and literacy skills, you will play a key role in project control and assurance activities complemented by high-quality project documentation. We offer extensive tailored formal and on-the-job training leading to industry-recognised qualifications delivered by our training partners. You will benefit from experienced mentors and a friendly supportive working environment where you can exchange ideas and good practice with peer groups of skilled Project Management and IT professionals.

If you are motivated and energised by furthering your professional development in project management within a diverse and dynamic IT Service, we would love to hear from you. We guarantee a varied and rewarding experience where no two days will be the same.

At Richmond and Wandsworth Councils, we care more about how you work and what you achieve, rather than where you work on any given day. The difference you can make to our local communities is what really matters most to us, service delivery must always come first. We have carefully considered agile ways of working to provide the best experience for residents, stakeholders and our staff. Our agile working strategy actively supports and encourages a dynamic work environment and daily working experience. Agile working helps put the needs of our staff at the centre of everything we do, so if specific flexible working arrangements helps you with this, feel free to let us know.

Your wellbeing and the flexible way in which you can work is and will remain a key priority for Richmond and Wandsworth Councils. We want you to thrive and feel empowered in your work!

We also offer a generous holiday allowance of 39 paid days (pro rata) including bank holidays and a wide range of learning and development opportunities.

In addition, we offer a comprehensive range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts with many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments.

Indicative Recruitment Timeline:

Closing Date:  Monday 29th August 2022

Shortlisting Date:  W/C Monday 5th September 2022

Interview Date: W/C Monday 19th September 2022

Useful Information:

All internal applicants for this fixed-term role must seek permission from their current line manager before applying. Failure to do so may result in any appointment not being authorised.

The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. We strongly advise you to complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Please note that the advertised dates for interviews may change due to the current Covid-19 situation. If they do, we will let you know as soon as possible. Your health and wellbeing is our top priority. Should you become unwell due to Covid-19 during the recruitment process we would very much appreciate receiving an update from you as soon as possible.

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services.

The application process for this campaign will be anonymised.

We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

Important Information:

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils

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