Programme Manager – Unpath`d Waters Project

Historic England have a fantastic opportunity for you to join us as our Programme Manager – Unpath`d Waters. This is a genuinely unique opportunity to transform the way in which people can find, access and explore the amazing marine heritage collections of our island nation. Cutting edge Artificial Intelligence, new ways of visualising and interacting, and new tools for managing and protecting our maritime past will all feature in the project.

If you are seeking an opportunity to join a dynamic and enthusiastic programme management team where you will have a ring-side seat in the development of new products and processes which we expect to change the way we see our marine heritage as a nation for ever, then this is the ideal opportunity for you to join us.

The location of this opportunity is based in Swindon – we will consider hybrid working where you will be based in the office or from home.

The duration of this contract is three years until November 2024.

What you will be doing:

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has awarded £14.5 million to the research and development of emerging technologies, including machine learning and citizen-led archiving, in order to connect the UK`s cultural artefacts and historical archives in new and transformative ways. Five `Discovery Projects` will harness the potential of new technology to dissolve barriers between collections – opening up public access and facilitating research across a range of sources and stories held in different physical locations. Historic England is leading one Discovery Project, called Unpath`d Waters, focusing on marine heritage collections.

We need you to undertake Programme Management activities which reside within the Systems Improvement Portfolio (SIP). You will be required to work in close collaboration between our IMT department, Heritage Improvement Application Strategy and other areas of the business, building effective business relationships.

You will be responsible for applying comprehensive PMO principles and proven project and programme methodologies, to support identified business change, projects and programmes. Such methodologies will include: PRINCE2 agile, PRINCE2, and MSP.

Who we are looking for:
-Drive, focus and initiative
-Meticulous attention to detail
-Ability to adapt to the very nature of a programme with many flexible elements, keeping abreast to change as the project evolves
-Great communication skills at all levels
-An interest in heritage (especially maritime)
-An enthusiasm for digital work and curious for cutting edge technologies
– Experienced in line management

We are an equal opportunity employer which values diversity and inclusion. If you have a disability or neurodiversity, we would be happy to discuss reasonable adjustments to the job with you. Having just won the Gold Award from MIND, we also recognise the importance of a healthy work-life balance. We offer a wide benefits package including a competitive pension scheme, a generous 28 days holiday, corporate discounts, free entry into English Heritage sites across the county and development opportunities to ensure you achieve your goals.

Provisional virtual or face to face interview date: 12th January 2022

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