Project Control Officer Ref. 2313

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Project and Programme Office
Cheltenham, Manchester
£30,831 (which includes a concessionary payment) plus the opportunity to qualify for individual retention payments per annum in the role

At GCHQ, we are proud of our inclusive and supportive working environment that’s designed to encourage open minds and attitudes.  As an organisation that values and nurtures talent, we are committed to helping you fulfil your potential.  With comprehensive training and development opportunities, tailored to your needs and the requirements of your work, we will enable you to flourish in your role and perform to the very best of your abilities.

•    Access to learning and development tailored to your role and support to gain professional qualifications and certifications.
•    An environment that supports a range of flexible working options (including a flexible working hours’ scheme).
•    A culture which encourages inclusion and diversity.
•    Support to gain professional qualifications and certifications
•    A civil service pension
•    25 days’ annual leave, rising to 30 days based on length of service.

This is an opportunity to join the Programme Management Office (PMO) in GCHQ.  

At GCHQ, we unlock the complex world of communications to safeguard Britain’s people, interests and businesses from threats. Think cyber-attacks, espionage, terrorism, and organised crime. For you, it means extremely varied and meaningful work that you simply won’t find anywhere else.  

Our PMO is crucial to our success. We work collaboratively with a diverse range of teams to deliver unique projects. As a Project Control Officer, you’ll be at the heart of our PMO, supporting high-value activities that keep our country safe.

Your role will be to support delivery, embed effective ways of working, and apply appropriate governance and assurance. The PMO service operates as a true partnership with our industry partner, with joint governance and a blended workforce throughout.

This is an exciting time to join our award-winning PMO and become part of our community.

As a Project Control Officer (PCO) in our Award Winning PMO you will be involved in a variety of activities such as; creating, updating, assuring, reporting and providing guidance on a variety of outcomes from our PMO service menu, such as finance, planning, risk management and corporate reporting in support of various delivery methods. You will work as part of the project lifecycle in order to accurately and effectively monitor and control delivery.

Working with stakeholders and customers to complete detailed monthly financial governance tasks are a large part of the role. Previous experience or knowledge of financial assurance, forecasting and maintenance and reporting, particularly within an accrual accounting environment, would be beneficial, but full training on process and tooling is provided to ensure adherence to our unique financial processes.

Having previous experience of a PCO role, or working within a PMO environment, would be an advantage but as we are committed to staff development, we will work with you to build the skills you'll need to become a PCO and help you plan your career path. You will have opportunities to attend project related training and other relevant courses and gain qualifications to further both your career and personal development.

We’re looking for adaptable, self-starting and collaborative individuals from all backgrounds. You’ll get potential exposure to critical areas of our organisation and other Government Agencies so you’ll be a real people person, who is comfortable engaging with stakeholders at all levels, have a strong eye for detail, and thrive in an evolving environment.

You’ll need to be comfortable with numbers, data and technology and demonstrate natural problem-solving abilities and intellectual curiosity. You’ll be quick to identify and resolve issues and easily adapt to change, whilst being comfortable with deadlines and prioritising your workload.

There will be lots of tailored training, coaching and mentoring, so you just need to come to us with the ability to pick things up quickly and demonstrate a passion for learning and development. Experience in a PMO or in a PCO type role will be beneficial but isn’t essential.

The successful applicant will:
•Provide advice, assurance and support on Governance elements of waterfall and agile project delivery including:
• Financial maintenance and updates across a range of projects in an accrual accounting environment, including monthly financial forecasting and accruals with the use of corporate IT systems and financial applications.
• Potential lifecycle co-ordination for Planning or Risk & Issue. This may include identification, recording, and review, as well as scheduling updates and resourcing allocation.
•Reporting and analysis of key management information and associated quality improvements.  
•Actively participate with our Communities of Excellence, sharing knowledge, innovating and collaborating with others to improve the PMO service, and your own personal development in a fun and dynamic environment.
•Work with your team members and your PMO Team Lead to embrace and drive forward knowledge sharing and new ways of working.

•    Communication and Knowledge sharing    - Intermediate
•    Corporate Vision and Efficiency   - Fundamental
•    Change and Innovation   - Fundamental
•    Analysis and Decision Making - Intermediate
•    Contribution to Delivery   - Intermediate
•    Managing the Customer Relationship   - Intermediate
•    Working with and Leading Others - Intermediate

If you’re excited about working with us and think you have some of what we’re looking for but aren’t sure if you’re 100% there yet… Back yourself and give it a go!

This Program / Vacancy is closed to applications.