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Please note: WMCA is working hard to create a space for our employees to search and apply for jobs within the Combined Authority. Until this time, we are publishing ‘Internal Only’ jobs externally. This role is only open to employees of the West Midlands Combined Authority.

As the Assistant Project Sponsor, you will:

  • Work with project teams to monitor and challenge projects, and ensure they are on track to deliver outputs and meet all requirements, including those related to cost, schedule, and benefits.
  • Prepare reporting for the combined authority and external stakeholders in relation to projects and escalate issues of concern for decision making by the appropriate individuals.
  • Support the design and implementation of gate reviews and other sponsor assurance, such as benefits  management.
  • Ensure adherence to WMCA, Network Rail and other project governance processes as required, identifying  opportunities to take a pragmatic approach to ensure governance is robust and streamlined
  • Work with project teams, partners, and internal and external stakeholders to define scope of projects, to ensure that requirements are understood and delivered, and that any changes are assessed and subject to change control.
  • Prepare and support the preparation of reports, briefings, investment cases and other governance materials to support evidence-based decision making in relation to projects.
  • Co-ordinate engagement with key project partners and stakeholders, including external funders, to ensure that projects communicate clearly and consistently, and that we maintain strong relationships with partners.
  • Champion improvement and the implementation of lessons learned and contribute to the delivery of an effective sponsorship function across the West Midlands Rail Programme.
  • Deliver specific projects in support of sponsorship activity, as required, under the direction of the Programme sponsor.

About you

The holder holder will:

  • Experience relevant to the delivery of capital projects, ideally rail projects, in a political environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with experience of engaging with a range of stakeholders and communicating challenging messages.
  • Understanding of requirements management, and the application of change processes to manage project scope.
  • Proven experience of problem solving and identifying and responding to project risks and opportunities.
  • Strong organisational skills, able to deliver high quality outputs in a matrix environment, under time pressure.

About the team

West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE) is the devolved body with responsibility for working with the rail industry and local authority partners to deliver better rail services in the West Midlands. We jointly manage the West Midlands Rail Franchise with the Department for Transport and actively support the West Midlands Combined Authority and other strategic bodies with their ambitious development agendas.

We don’t operate the trains, but we work closely with the organisations providing train services to support their plans for making services better – and we hold them to account when things go wrong. We’re made up of local authorities from across the region, which means that local councillors sit on our board and can make sure the views and issues raised by the local people they represent can steer our plans. Our work is championed by the Mayor of the West Midlands who is committed to delivering a new, golden era for our local trains.

Additional information

We are designing our organisation of the future and planning a new, flexible approach to the way we use our office space.  This approach will mean most of us working from home some of the time and using our office space to come together to share ideas and learn from each other. We will continue to use digital technology for meetings, collaboration and communications – bringing teams together virtually wherever they’re working, saving time and spending on travel.

We are committed to developing an organisation that is representative of the diverse communities that we serve and welcome applications from all sections of the community. The following groups are currently underrepresented: young people, Black, Asian and ethnic minority groups and women at senior levels.

We are a Disability Confident Employer and offer a guaranteed interview scheme for applicants who meet the essential job role criteria. We will make reasonable adjustments, in line with the Equality Act, for disabled applicants if these are needed. Wherever possible we will offer flexible working options which assist work-life balance.

We’re dedicated to providing a broad range of rewards and benefits and constantly benchmark our benefits packages to ensure they are attractive for all our people. As well as a competitive salary, employees also receive a benefits package that includes 27 days annual leave (plus public holidays) and access to a great pension scheme.

Supporting documents
Role Profile – Assistant Project Sponsor.pdf