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Office for National Statistics Careers Near Me – Programme Manager

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About the job


For this role you will be attached to one of our core locations in Newport or Fareham or Darlington, where presence at one of these sites will form part of the working arrangements agreed with you.

We operate a hybrid working model that allows you to work between home and office locations, giving you greater flexibility about where and when you work.

Job Summary

About the job

Economic, Social and Environment Group (ESEG) sits at the heart of the UK’s statistical system, providing the information which informs decisions by government, business and individuals, both nationally and locally. We produce a wide range of research, data and analysis to support understanding of the UK economy and society. The statistics we produce include gross domestic product, inflation, public sector finances, trade, labour market, crime, and environmental statistics.

The (Ambitious Radical Inclusive Economic Statistics) ARIES programme sits within ESEG and is one of ONS’ strategic programmes in the delivery of its Business Plan. It builds on success of previous transformation programmes and its aim is to deliver an ambitious programme that will provide clear, insightful economic, social and environmental statistics and analysis to inform decision-making across the UK in an inclusive, timely and sustainable way.

As part of the management team within ESEG’s Business Architecture Transformation and Strategy Division (BATS) division, the role reports to the ARIES Programme Director. The role heads up a large team of Project Managers, Project Support Officers and PMO specialists and is aligned to the PPM profession in ONS.

The role of ARIES Programme Manager is demanding, challenging, and exciting and is a role that is at the forefront of transformation across ONS. The ARIES programme relies heavily on colleagues across ONS for its success along with a diverse set of external stakeholders and covers a breadth of strategic aims, made up of a diverse range of projects covering a multitude of economic and social topics. The multi-dimensional nature of the programme brings added complexity in terms of delivery and requires an experienced, measured yet dynamic change leader capable of excellent collaboration, and stakeholder engagement and management.

About The Role

Job description

As a programme manager, you will be responsible for leading a team of experienced Project Managers and associated multidisciplinary project teams. You will be responsible for driving and overseeing the delivery of the projects to ensure that the objectives are clearly defined and achieved within agreed time, cost and quality constraints. You will work closely with, and report to, the Senior Responsible Officer (SRO) and Programme Director in the operational management of the programme. You will also have a key role in project and programme governance and will work with stakeholders, to ensure outputs are delivered to enable benefits to be realised.

About Us

We are the UK’s national statistical institute and the largest producer of official statistics in the UK. We are also the only government department with the production of statistics as its main role. We are independent of ministers and instead report through the UK Statistics Authority to Parliament and the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.


Working with subject matter experts from the Programme Management Office/Planning, Portfolio & Business Change Teams within established organisation protocols, your typical responsibilities will include some or all of the following:

  • Business case – Develop and clearance of the business case with project leads and SMEs
  • Communications & Stakeholder Management – Identify and manage stakeholder relationships and highlight need for senior level support. Manage internal and external relationships as appropriate.
  • Guidance – Provide direction and guidance on development to team and more broadly across departmental profession.
  • Resource Management – Secures resources and directs planning scheduling, resourcing and estimating for complex and large-scale programmes.
  • Risks & Issues – Oversee risk and issue management. Ensures mitigations are in place and resolved through negotiated agreement.
  • Benefits realisation – Ensure realisation of benefits for customers through planning and designing and that project outputs meet programme requirements.
  • Programme Performance & Controls – Maintain overall integrity and coherence of programme and governance framework to support each project. Plan programme assurance activities.
  • Leadership vision & objectives – Cascade vision and translate into delivery objectives for the team. Lead the programme to deliver the business case benefits and outcomes.
  • Dependency Management – Work with project leads and business as usual to ensure dependencies are actively managed, act as an arbiter and enforcer and resolve issues between the various elements of the programme.

Person specification

Essential Criteria

The successful candidate will have the following skills, knowledge and experience in a high complexity programme environment:

  • A proven track record of project management and delivery of complex projects covering full project lifecycle within budget, time, quality and user expectations, specifically project initiation, some of which will be in an agile environment.
  • Strong leadership at a senior level, including experience of leading the delivery of multiple projects in operational environments.
  • Strong people management skills, including previous experience of building and managing multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Extensive experience of planning, dependency management, dynamic and insightful reporting, stakeholder management and delivery.

Desirable Criteria

  • Managing Successful Programmes Practitioner
  • PRINCE2 Practitioner
  • Managing Successful Programmes Advanced Practitioner
  • P3O Practitioner
  • APM Project Manager Qualification
  • Project Leadership Programme


We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Changing and Improving
  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing

Technical Skills

We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Frameworks and Methodologies – Practitioner – This will be assessed at interview either through the presentation or technical questions.
  • Stakeholder Engagement – Practitioner – This will be assessed at interview either through the presentation or technical questions.



Whether you are hearing about us for the first time or already know a bit about our organisation, we hope that the benefits pack attached (bottom of page) will give you a great insight into the benefits and facilities available to our employees, and our fantastic working culture.

We are an organisation that takes the well-being of its employees seriously and lives and breathes the desire to modernise the workplace of the future. Everyone, from our office-based staff in Newport, London and Titchfield, to our field interviewers and airports and ports passenger survey staff, are part of a diverse and inclusive family.

Inclusion & Accessibility

At ONS we’re always looking to attract the very best people from the widest possible talent pool, and we are proud to be an inclusive, equal opportunities employer. As a member of the Business Disability Forum and a Disability Confident Leader we’re committed to ensuring that all candidates are treated fairly throughout the recruitment process.

As part of our application process, you will be prompted to provide details of any reasonable adjustments to our recruitment process that you need. If you would like to discuss any reasonable adjustments before applying, please contact the recruitment team in the first instance.

If you would like an accessible version of any of the attachments or recruitment documents below or linked to in this advert, please contact the recruitment team who will be happy to assist.

Things you need to know

Selection process details

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Shortlisting and Interview

The ONS regularly run webinars and support sessions for candidates. You can find details on all our upcoming webinars on our

Assessment at application stage will be based on your work history, skill and experience and personal statement. Your application should be tailored to demonstrate any skills, knowledge and experience that are relevant to the content of the role.

Your personal statement should be no longer than 12 50 words . You should use this space to provide evidence for each essential criterion within the person specification. As the criteria are scored, we would recommend that you give clear examples for each including the impact of your actions.

Success Profiles Behaviour examples are not required at this stage.

In cases where there is a high number of applications the sift pass mark may be adjusted and candidates will be invited to interview in merit order, i.e., those scoring the highest.

Should you be invited to interview, you will be assessed using various assessment techniques aligned to the Civil Service Success Profiles, where you’ll be assessed against all the behaviours outlined in the advert as well as against the technical areas listed in the advert.

A presentation will be required at interview. Further information will be provided to successful candidates prior to interview.

Interviews will be held with those who pass the sift via video conferencing.

Sift will take place from – 31/10/22

Interviews will take place from – 16/11/22

Dates are subject to change.

Full terms and conditions are attached at the bottom of this advert.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is

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Nationality Requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Working for the Civil Service


We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.

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