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Workstream Project Lead - Team Barrow - WMF1044e

Westmorland and Furness Council
Barrow in Furness, Cumbria
£53,775 to £55,963
Closing date
19 May 2024

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‘Team Barrow’ is a dynamic partnership between Westmorland & Furness Council, HM Government and BAE Systems. We are jointly working to enable Barrow to be a new power-house for the north, expanding defence capability, supporting energy security and revitalising Barrow and Furness. In March, the Prime Minister announced a Barrow Transformation Fund, committing over £200 million over the next 10 years to make Barrow an even more attractive place to live, work, and build a career.

We are looking for forward-thinking individuals to join ‘Team Barrow’ who are passionate about delivering positive change. In return we’ll provide an ambitious and supportive working environment with collaborative partnership working opportunities.

We’re at the beginning of an exciting journey – come and join us!

About the roles

These are strategic leadership and management roles, overseeing the shaping and delivery of ‘Team Barrow’ workstreams. Five separate workstreams have been identified to drive forward initiatives and report to the Barrow Delivery Board:

1.Economy, Masterplanning and Place


3.Education, Employment and Skills

4.Health, Equality and Wellbeing

5.Community and Social Impact

Experience in all the above workstreams is desirable, however, we would welcome applications from candidates who have some knowledge in these areas and are keen to make a difference.

Working with ‘Team Barrow’ colleagues, internal and external stakeholders, the Portfolio Holder(s), Furness Locality Board, and service leaders, the successful candidates will develop business cases and strategies to shape how projects will be delivered within a workstream theme, in line with the vision and objectives of the Delivery Board.

This will be influenced through highly effective engagement with existing and new partners, including those from the private, public and voluntary sector and will involve complex and particularly difficult challenges to be overcome with relevant stakeholders to seek full support of project outcomes and enable successful delivery.

Cross directorate working will be critical in shaping how projects will be delivered in a cost effective and efficient manner. A key element of the roles will be to provide strategic management and technical expertise to ensure projects are delivered effectively and remain innovative and efficient.

For these roles we would consider secondments from partner organisations/government departments or agencies.

These roles are primarily based in Barrow, though we are supportive of a hybrid approach to working, including working from home or from our offices in Kendal and Penrith.

Who we are looking for.

To fulfil these roles, we are looking for candidates who can lead, manage and motivate others to deliver projects whilst acting as role models, embodying our corporate values and behaviours, demonstrating a positive attitude, and acting with honesty and respect for others. Excellent interpersonal skills, political awareness, and experience of operating in a politically sensitive environment are also important.

In addition to the above, the successful candidates will also have:

  • A relevant professional qualification or demonstrable equivalent experience.
  • Extensive knowledge of at least one of the workstream themes within the context of Barrow.
  • Extensive knowledge of relevant local authority and wider public sector strategies and initiatives.
  • Knowledge and understanding of service standards and performance criteria.
  • Experience of delivering change in a large, complex organisation.
  • Working within an effective project approach and the effective use of change management principles and practices.
  • Highly developed communication, challenge and negotiating skills with the ability to engage with a wide range of audiences. Clear commitment to excellent customer service.
  • Well-developed analytical and problem-solving skills, including the ability to coach others in these.
  • A successful track record in developing effective working alliances together with a proven ability to network.
  • Experience developing external partnerships, with other organisations and stakeholders, to deliver key strategies and programmes.
  • Experience of customer engagement and advocacy in continually improving services.
  • Experience of working in a dynamic and complex environment, handling multiple projects, developments, and other business as usual tasks.

Would you like more information? For an informal conversation about the role, please contact Phil Drane, Programme Director, on 07554 358528.

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