Programme Director

Role Overview

Digital Dimensions is looking for a Programme Director to be responsible for the leadership and delivery of large, complex transformation programmes that consist of business, technology and operational change.

We’re seeking experienced, high calibre industry leaders with a proven track record of successful delivery. Candidates must have a deep understanding of programme management principles, a strategic mindset and the natural ability to lead large teams.

Duties for the Programme Director will include:

  • Defining the objectives, delivery strategy and associated timelines for the programme, setting aspirational goals and milestones
  • Choosing a delivery methodology and ensuring it is implemented effectively with the appropriate controls and governance
  • Providing regular progress updates to senior client stakeholders and the Digital Dimensions board including the escalation of blocking issues and ongoing risk management
  • Building a high calibre, motivated and professional programme leadership team across all disciplines including business design, technology and architecture, testing, release and live support, business change etc.
  • Day to day management of a multidisciplinary team which consists of client staff, contractors, suppliers and Digital Dimensions staff, including performance management where necessary
  • Definition of and adherence to the programme budget
  • Ongoing identification and implementation of efficiencies needed to improve quality and pace while reducing running costs
  • Ensure all solutions and operations adhere to legal guidelines and internal policies
  • Ongoing Digital Dimensions account management and growth against agreed targets.

Desired outcomes

A high performing candidate would deliver the following outcomes:

  • The programme would be well structured, organised and managed. It is perceived by your peers as an example of modern, best practice delivery.
  • The quality of staff and deliverables would be outstanding, the programme would be considered the ‘go to’ opportunity for ambitious, driven individuals throughout the organisation
  • An ethos of continuous improvement will be established with the whole team focused on becoming faster and constantly improving quality
  • Delivery costs would be known and well managed with future spend accurately forecast
  • Delivery risk would be managed effectively with all key decisions being taken through formal governance and approved by the appropriate decision making body
  • The programme board and key stakeholders would feel fully informed of both progress and potential risks/issues. They would fully trust and rely on the Programme Director.
  • Digital Dimensions will be highly valued and respected by the client, the account will grow beyond annual forecasts. Digital Dimensions will be asked to assist in new areas of the business, the client will treat you as an essential part of their leadership team and be happy to provide marketing materials such as a quote and a case study.

Skills and Requirements

The ideal candidate will possess strong analytical skills, exceptional problem-solving skills, be highly organised and have excellent leadership skills.

  • Proven experience as a Programme Director who has already successfully delivered programmes with an annual budget in excess of £10m and over 50 team members
  • Thorough understanding of project/program management techniques and methods, in-depth experience managing a large-scale agile delivery is a distinct advantage
  • An understanding of modern delivery practices and solution such as DevOps and Cloud, experience using AWS is advantageous
  • Business acumen with a strategic perspective
  • Ability to make rapid, informed considered decisions
  • An analytical mindset with great problem-solving abilities
  • Excellent organisational skills, good time management and the ability to prioritise
  • Strong communication skills, the ability to lead, network effectively, negotiate and influence people
  • Excellent Knowledge of performance evaluation techniques and key metrics
  • Familiarity with modern programme management tooling including Atlassian Jira/Confluence
  • A management related degree is in advantage but not essential, experience will be valued more highly
  • Strong values – Openness; honesty; integrity; reliability
  • A drive to win and build ‘best in class’ teams and solutions