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The Assurance & Appraisal team sits within the Investment & Commercial Activities arm of the Finance and Business Hub directorate and supports senior leaders and the WMCA Board in the provision of independent assurance and appraisal activity. The team works collaboratively with project and programme teams across all directorates to support the interrogation and development of robust Business Cases. By doing so, we help to ensure sound decisions are made and support the successful delivery of projects.

This senior management role leads the Programme Centre of Excellent team to ensure that Single Assurance Framework (SAF) controls, standards and disciplines are fully embedded across programme portfolios. The Programme Centre of Excellence team will support the Head of Programme Assurance & Appraisal in the operation and coordination of SAF Business Case reviews aligned to WMCA governance arrangements.

What will you be doing?

  • Ensure the identification, implementation and maintenance of SAF documentation standards and controls (Business Case templates, guidance material and Single Assurance Framework)
  • Ensure the identification, implementation and maintenance of WMCA Programme Management standards aligned to WMCA’s Single Assurance Framework such as the Change Request process
  • Lead in the development and maintenance of the CA Activity Register & Forward Plan, ensuring this single source of data for all WMCA Project Portfolios is maintained and is accurate to support scheduling of Business Case reviews, Change Request reviews and for planning purposes
  • Lead in liaising with all WMCA Directorates to develop and maintain project portfolio pipelines synchronised with CA Activity Register & Forward Plan
  • Lead in providing Centre of Excellence support to the senior members of the various programme teams to ensure that they fully understand WMCA’s Single Assurance Framework (SAF) standards, requirements, assurance process and the necessary requirements needed for Business Case consideration and approvals
  • Lead in the development and maintenance of all Assurance & Appraisal team systems such as SharePoint, Intranet, document management systems and any external portals to support accessibility of SAF information and data by internal and external SAF stakeholders

About you

We’re looking for someone with extensive knowledge of the HM Treasury Green Book / Five Business Case Model with experience of appraising public sector projects. Ideally you will have specific experience of appraising land & property projects and/or transport infrastructure projects. We’re looking for someone who has good knowledge of project management tools and methodologies with extensive experience using relevant project management systems.

Prior experience in the development of controls and standards and the implementation of best practice, as well as an ability to plan and co-ordinate multiple activities simultaneously, is needed.

The role leads the management and development of the Programme Centre of Excellence team and so strong leadership skills are a very distinct advantage.

About the team

Our Finance & Business Hub provides essential high-quality, responsive, and agile enabling services to the West Midlands Combined Authority and its directorates in areas such as human resources, procurement, commercial investments, assurance and appraisal, financial control and administration, and financial and business planning and performance reporting.

We are a cohesive team of forward thinking, insightful, innovative and high-performing professionals who, through our consultative and business partnering approach, influence, support and coach managers and senior leaders to help them achieve business objectives. By doing so, we help to ensure sound decisions are made and it is in this capacity that we are seen as a respected point of contact within the organisation.

About WMCA

Our role in the West Midlands has never been more important and in these extraordinary times we’ve shown we can step forward, speak up for our region and bring people together. Everything we do is focused on making life better for people in the West Midlands – that’s our reason for being here and it drives every move we make. We lead and support others to deliver our shared future vision for the region – a happier, healthier, better connected place to live and work.

We fully believe that we are only as great as the people who work for us and are committed to providing a positive, healthy and inclusive working environment where our people feel valued and respected. We are a “Leaders in Diversity” accredited organisation, are in the Inclusive Top 50 Employers List and are one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women.

Our employees feel they can make a difference and are excited by the growth and the potential to shape the future. As we undergo a period of significant change, our employees are engaging with what is going on and we are encouraging a culture where people feel they can contribute towards improvements.

We’re ambitious, forward thinking and determined to find better ways of working, always leading the way in what we do. We trust and support each other to get the job done, and encourage creativity, originality and curiosity from those who work with us. We’re committed to creating an accessible and diverse workplace, one that nurtures an inclusive environment where our people can be themselves.

If your values align with ours and you’re committed to working towards creating a future we can all be proud of, we want to hear from you.

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 27 days annual leave (plus bank holidays) and access to a great pension scheme.

Supporting documents
Programme Centre of Excellence Manager.pdf