Graduate Programme Project Management & Delivery 2024

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Participants on our Graduate Programme will develop their strategic thinking, problem solving, project management, leadership and relationship building skills whilst undertaking placements within their chosen profession. Day to day, depending on your chosen profession you could be acquiring or disposing of land, providing investment for infrastructure or working collaboratively with our partner organisations. From day one, you will have ownership and responsibility for your own projects / work.

You will be supported by your placement manager; have a buddy and you will be empowered to take ownership of your own learning and development including having access to a coach or mentor. Towards the end of the programme, we will support you to obtain a role aligned to your career aspirations and organisational needs.

A bit about the role

This is an exciting opportunity for a graduate who is looking to kick start their career in project management. You will experience how industry recognised business change and project and programme methodologies are applied in a large complex organisation. You will have the opportunity to expand your knowledge through a variety of work, working with both the Enterprise Portfolio Management Office EPMO and the change programmes and projects. This will help you develop technical and behavioural skills and knowledge in the business change arena.

This programme will provide you with the foundations to kick start a career in project management. It will be set within the heart of the EPMO. The EPMO’s primary purpose is to ensure the effective delivery of organisational change which enables the strategic ambitions of the agency. This programme will provide the opportunity to work alongside an evolving team and you will be exposed to real life change delivery within a large, complex organisation.

Homes England is investing in major programmes and projects to modernise and transform our operating model, with particular focus on our ways of working, business processes, data management, digital provision, people and culture.

As a graduate in the EPMO, you will have the opportunity to:

  • work alongside Portfolio, Programme and Project management specialists as well as Change Managers who will advise the programmes and projects on good practice in accordance with the Government Functional Standards for Project Delivery.
  • Be involved in and exposed to every stage of the project delivery lifecycle, from conception to delivery.
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of delivery standards and training environments for Portfolio Programme and Project Professionals.
  • Represent the EPMO at stakeholder meetings including Programme and Project reviews, Executive and Board forums.
  • Support the facilitation and coordination of new and emerging Agency priorities. This may be through the review or production of reports, analysis of change requests or supporting the facilitation of meetings.

As well as the above, you will develop relationships with key teams across the agency. This could involve Governance, Delivery Enabling Services, Risk, Internal Audit, Digital, Communications, HR, Finance, Development, Investments and Markets, Partners & Places. You will also gain exposure to external consultants, working on projects, programmes and change activities throughout the Agency.

No two days are the same in EPMO. Whilst this means you will be exposed to a wide range of exciting opportunities, it also means that we will need you to be comfortable working with ambiguity and uncertainty, while remaining resilient and calm in challenging circumstances. It also means that you need to be flexible, adaptable and be able to respond to new priorities, which at times may be outside of your comfort zone.

The wider team has experience working in this way and will be hand to offer you support and guidance in your learning and development. A desire to develop your project and portfolio management skills is preferable, as there is a continuing need for these skills to provide support for complex change activities to deliver on organisational priorities.

You will also be required to work collaboratively with a range of stakeholders, including senior leaders, regularly exercising your verbal and written communication skills. Furthermore, we need all team members to regularly endorse and uphold examples of best practice, identifying where standards still need to be set for certain areas of the Agency.

A bit about you

We are looking for the next generation of housing professionals. You will be an innovator who will bring fresh ideas, be commercially minded, a problem solver and a strong relationship builder. You will strive for excellence, embrace change and be curious about future possibilities.

You will be motivated to make a difference and share and be passionate about our vision to effectively drive regeneration and housing delivery to create high-quality and home and thriving places. You’ll be pro-active about your own development.

To be shortlisted for this role you must have a degree, ideally in a business-related field, such as Project Management, Business, Business Administration, Human Resources, or Organisational Psychology however we are accepting applicants with degrees with any topic.

Who are we?

We believe that affordable, quality homes in well-designed places are key to improving people’s lives. As the government’s housing and regeneration agency, we create thriving new places and transform urban areas, combining the full breadth of our powers, expertise, land, capital and influence to bring investment to communities and get more homes built.

How? We form long-term partnerships that bridge the gap between the public and private sector to meet local needs and aspirations. We use our influence to champion the creation of sustainable homes, communities and places that are brilliantly designed for the people that live there now, and in the future. And we use our funding and support to build a more resilient, diverse and innovative housing sector, helping new entrants in the market, encouraging modern methods of construction and design, and promoting the utmost attention to building safety.

Together with our partners, we’re accelerating the pace of house building, remediation and regeneration across the country, as we seek to deliver ever more affordable homes in places people are proud to call home for generations to come.

What we offer

As well as a competitive salary and 33 days annual leave, we are committed to 50/50 hybrid working. We’ll support you, wherever possible, so that you don’t miss out on what matters to you.

Internal applicants: please note that if you are successful, the salary you are offered will be in accordance with our pay controls and pay policy. You can find these on the recruitment pages of the intranet.

If you ever need a bit of extra help, we have a great employee assistance programme, financial wellbeing support and access to many great discounts with leading high street names.

Our range of network groups are also there to support you to be yourself at work and play a key role in helping shape our future.

If you are a member of a professional body, we’ll pay for your membership and once you get your digital kit, you’ll be good to go.

Homes England are a geographically diverse community. We work to a 50/50 office/ home based model. Moving back into our office environments has enabled us to utilise our space and time together in the most collaborative way.

We would encourage all applicants to apply as soon as possible as we may close vacancies early should we receive a high number of applications.

We also encourage you to apply using the full application option as opposed to quick apply, this is especially important if you would like to indicate to us that you would like to be considered under the disability confident scheme.

If your application is shortlisted to interview we will require you to provide proof of your right to work in the UK at this stage.

Still unsure if this is the right graduate programme for you?

Join us at one of our sessions, where we aim to share guidance and practical tips to give you the confidence to apply to our Graduate Programme and provide you with a deeper understanding of the Homes England culture.

These sessions are open to everyone and as part of our unwavering commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion, our goal is to enhance representation and foster an environment where everyone is included, supported, valued, and feels a sense of belonging, irrespective of their background, experience, or identity.

By joining this session, you'll have the opportunity to connect with colleagues including previous and current graduates and gain valuable perspectives on our inclusive culture. Please note that your attendance is purely optional and independent of the application process; it will not influence any future application decisions.

We look forward to welcoming you and sharing more about the culture and community that define Homes England.

The sessions will be held via Microsoft Teams on 21st February 2024 12pm-1pm and 6th March 2024 12pm-1pm, if you are interested in attending please email RecruitmentInfo@homesengland.gov.uk and let us know which session you would like to attend.

DEADLINE 10th March 2024