Broadband Programme Manager

To take overall responsibility for the management of the Connected Counties Broadband Project and associated strategic activity.

Responsibilities

£39,000.00 per annum + benefits (dependent on experience)

This is currently a fixed term role until the end March 2018, but this could be extended subject to funding. We would also consider sub-contracting this role. 

Overall function of the role 

To take overall responsibility for the management of the Connected Counties Broadband Project and associated strategic activity, with the objective of delivering superfast broadband coverage across Buckinghamshire. This will bring transformative benefits to business and consumers, allowing the county to maintain its competitive advantage as the Entrepreneurial Heart of Britain. 

  • Coordination of the Buckinghamshire contract management responsibilities, associated with BT/Openreach’s rollout of superfast broadband across the county, including delivery to milestone targets and ensuring value for money T
  • To work closely with Buckinghamshire County Council who are the accountable body and one of the funders of the programme in Buckinghamshire 
  • Manage agreed partnership arrangements with Hertfordshire, and Government departments to enable effective delivery and making efficient use of combined capacity and resources.
  • Delivery of extended broadband rollout and associated contractual arrangements as part of the Government’s Superfast Extension Programme, through effective procurement and relationship management of external funding bodies.
  • Oversight of project work streams, including communications, demand stimulation and PR which advocate transparency, stimulate take-up and maximise the opportunity to deliver additional broadband coverage through the reinvestment of funds gained through contractual ‘clawback’.
  • Effective local funder and stakeholder management, including the 4 District Councils, Buckinghamshire Thames Valley LEP, MPs and Councillors, such that they are appropriately informed, appraised of progress, risks and opportunities, whilst having equivalent access to reporting and monitoring and other information.
  • Acting as the primary representative and spokesperson for broadband matters in formal meetings and political engagements, including chairmanship responsibilities and presenting in public forums.
  • Consideration of digital infrastructure policy implications and the broadband marketplace, such that this informs the development of local strategy, bid development and access to funding.
  • Line management of the Broadband Project Assistant, ensuring effective delegation and delivery of priority work streams and integration into the wider Project Team.
  • Maintaining an active and positive dialogue with broadband suppliers operating in the county, such that commercial intentions can be monitored and considered in the context of public funding.
  • Taking a proactive interest in understanding the technical aspects of broadband networks, particularly that of BT/Openreach and the associated processes of manipulating data in order to reference this to local broadband requirements. 

Key Skills: 

  • Proven experience of complex project management and contract delivery, preferably in an infrastructure context.  
  • Proven experience of working in public-private partnerships with multi-faceted funding and political arrangements. 
  • Direct experience of public procurement processes through to contract award and mobilisation. 
  • An ability to manage a blend of operational and strategic responsibilities, reflecting the need to work on a broad range of activities to secure next generation broadband connectivity. 
  • A strong communicator, both written and verbal, comfortable with briefing senior stakeholders, leading negotiations, speaking in public forums and articulating the local approach to broadband delivery.
  • A willingness to work pragmatically and in the spirit of partnership with the contractor, Hertfordshire, Government and other key delivery agencies.
  • Comfortable handling, analysing and interpreting complex data, for the purposes of communication, reports and the development of business cases.
  • Experience of line management and overseeing external contractors, such as consultants, for discrete tasks.
  • Relevant sector experience or demonstrable interest in digital infrastructure and next generation broadband. 

Typical Activities:

  • Regular interaction with the supplier, partners and Government on contract management, delivery, procurement and State Aid matters.
  • Assurance of contract performance, to approved Government standards, including network and financial components as part of the ‘Milestone to Cash’ process.
  • Tactical interventions and negotiations with the supplier and partners, as necessary, to ensure successful and accelerated delivery.
  • Coordination of Superfast Extension Programme procurement process, including engagement with external investors, Government and the channelling of appropriate information moving towards evaluation of BT proposals.
  • Production of reports, briefings and other information as required, including decision papers around issues, opportunities and further investment.
  • Financial oversight of capital and revenue expenditure aligned to project delivery.
  • Working with off-site support, including finance colleagues and on matters of data manipulation, GIS mapping and other forms of required technical expertise.
  • Direct input into work streams such as communications strategy, demand stimulation activity and PR.
  • Consideration of policy and broadband marketplace evolution, in order to develop a localised strategy.
  • Development and/or input into funding bids, in order to make necessary business case for investment in next generation broadband infrastructure.
  • Supporting the Local Enterprise Partnership with the management of the Digital Infrastructure Group, which informs local stakeholders and acts as the conduit for recommendations.
  • Attendance at internal and external meetings, active participation and verbal and written updates.
  • Proactive liaison with broadband suppliers, particularly those active in Buckinghamshire, in order to harbour positive relations, monitor commercial intent and incentivise private sector investment.
  • Consideration of wider strategic activity to secure next generation broadband, with specific importance placed on the need to provision new residential and commercial development sites with the future-proof broadband connectivity.
  • Response to local broadband enquiries, including to MPs, Councillors and the general public.
  • Direct line management of Broadband Project Assistant, indirect line management of Hertfordshire Broadband Project Support Officer, including associated HR and pastoral care responsibilities.
  • Taking an interest in the industry, through further reading and investigation, so as to be willing to apply relevant thinking in a local context.

Person Specification

Essential:

  • Experience of managing complex multi stakeholder programmes/projects
  • Ability to effectively and pragmatically manage supplier contract and delivery partnerships
  • Knowledge of financial payment and reporting processes, as well as audit
  • Experience of public procurement, supplier engagement and contract award
  • Comfortable with complex project assurance, monitoring and reporting requirements to investors and Government
  • A strategic thinker, able to inform business cases, investment decisions and consider policy implications
  • A team player, able to work effectively within a collective project team and operate from multiple locations in Hertfordshire and Bucks
  • Able and willing to attend meetings and events around the county and which on occasion may be outside of normal office hours.
  • Excellent communication skills, including briefing stakeholders and external audiences in a public setting
  • Excellent knowledge and experience of using Microsoft Office and confidence in using web-based I.T. systems including CRM databases.
  • Educated to Degree level or above with suitable relevant experience
  • A full driving licence and access to a car insured for business use

Desirable:

  • PRINCE2/MSP accredited
  • Line management experience
  • Knowledge and experience of broadband infrastructure and relevant technology
  • Understanding of political systems, representation and decision-making processes

To apply please download and complete the application form and email recruitment@bbf.uk.com with a covering letter and CV or write to HR Department, Buckinghamshire Business First, The Saunderton Estate, Wycombe Road, Saunderton, HP14 4BF.

  • Closing date for applications: 9am Thursday 30th November 2017
  • Date for 1st interview: Tuesday 5th December 2017
  • Date for 2nd interview: Tuesday 12th December 2017

Applications

Deadline for applications: 30 November, 2017

Job applications for this role can be submitted by email to recruitment@bbf.uk.com.

recruitment@bbf.uk.com