Project Support Officer job with Essex County Council

Project Support Officer

Fixed term, 12 months

Full time, 37 hours per week

Up to £30,079 per year

Location: Chelmsford

Work Style: Anywhere Worker

Closing date: July 26, 2022

The role

The responsibilities of the Project Support Officer cover a wide range of activities to support the execution of tasks aligned with a project, program or portfolio.

Working primarily alongside a Program Manager, this role will enable the smooth running of specific programs/projects, through the coordination of business management actions and activities on their behalf. Other requirements will focus on developing key documents and reports, tracking the progress of a specific program, project or workflow, while overseeing, with direction, small projects, as needs.

Planning and organizational experience, complemented by strong communication and interpersonal skills are key attributes to ensure projects stay on track. By monitoring progress and engaging with stakeholders, this role plays a key role in ensuring a structured approach to maintaining high quality results.

Tasks will include, but not be limited to, the following

Support teams by maintaining appropriate systems to ensure effective project or program planning and scheduling.

Support the team by helping them maintain project controls and produce project reports to ensure proper and regular monitoring of project progress.

Responsible for managing program/project files using robust version control and organizing program/project councils and meetings, while providing support to ensure day-to-day operations run efficiently.

Support program/project teams by being a primary point of contact for responses to external inquiries and engaging with internal and external contacts.

Support teams by monitoring program/project expenditures and assist in compiling budget updates while also ensuring updates of other tasks, such as maintaining risk and issue logs and clear documentation of decisions.

Support the team by sharing ideas or escalating issues to ensure program and project managers are kept informed.

Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually as part of the performance management framework.

Knowledge, skills and experience

GCSE graduate or equivalent by experience

Evidence of continuing professional development and knowledge in the relevant professional area.

Experience and proof of working in a project support role in a large complex organization

Curious and inspired to work in an agile environment where you can learn and grow

Experience interacting with others to build good working relationships and communicate effectively

Experience working with and engaging with a wide range of people at different levels within the organization.

Experience working in a political environment with knowledge of the public sector and involvement in a large and complex environment

Evidence of adoption of a structured and planned approach

Essex County Council is committed to protecting and promoting the wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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