Senior Programme Manager


Cambridge, GB

Category:  Business Systems and Projects

Job Title: Senior Programme Manager, Transformation Team

Contract: Full time, 18 month- Fixed Term

Salary: £48,000 - £63,000

Location: Cambridge


What it’s about


Cambridge Assessment International Education are seeking an experienced Senior Programme Manager to work with Senior Leaders to plan, design and manage large-scale programmes from the initiation stage through to implementation. This role will also manage three Project Managers and be responsible for the quality of the projects they are delivering.


This role requires an in-depth understanding of programme management methodologies and practice, and a thorough knowledge of how to deliver change to institutional and individual customers on an international scale.


What you’ll be doing


Core Accountabilities


  • To conceptualise and deliver Cambridge International’s strategy, focusing on Programme and Project delivery across the business and to customers, ensuring that development in these areas adds significant and lasting value to our business.


  • To lead and implement the Programmes and Projects to deliver the Cambridge International Strategy and lead corresponding business transformation in a way which builds customer loyalty and a continued desire to do business with Cambridge International.


  • To lead and develop a team of staff focused on delivering major business change programmes, ensuring developments are delivered in a way that takes the business forward and maintains Cambridge International’s competitiveness.


  • To ensure Programmes are managed according to best practice principles – e.g. appropriate governance is in place, required documentation is produced, the business case supports the Business Plan, and budgets are effectively developed and monitored etc.


  • Build a network of contacts at all levels throughout IT and Cambridge International to increase the value of IT investments, operating professionally and with sensitivity to the needs of departments and individuals and ensuring effective collaboration with internal and external technology providers.


  • Provide business consultancy services to Cambridge International in order to help enable the Business Stream define their objectives, and take a leading role in re-engineering and designing processes to maximise the capability from current and future business process and IT technologies.


  • To contribute to the development of a Programme and Project Management community in order to align working practices, realise synergies and identify new development opportunities.


  • To be a source of expertise and have significant practical experience of analysis, process design and re-engineering, management consultancy and IT-enabled change.  Provide support, guidance and mentoring to other team members.


What we’re looking for


We are looking for a Senior Programme Manager to independently manage and deliver programmes to agreed scope and to scheduled cost and quality. You will be responsible for motivating and providing leadership for programme teams working with senior stakeholders to ensure the objectives of Cambridge International are delivered.


To be considered for this position of Senior Programme Manager it is essential for candidates to have proven experience in managing complex projects and programmes and have excellent leadership skills.




  • Educated to degree level with an appropriate Masters qualification preferred (preferably MBA) or equivalent experience.


  • MSP or PRINCE2 (or other project management) qualification highly desirable.




  • Detailed domain knowledge essential (complex interdependent change programmes involving both process and technologies etc.)


  • A thorough understanding of the opportunities offered by a diverse range of technologies


  • Detailed knowledge of principles of project and programme management, working in both agile and waterfall delivery teams


  • Working knowledge of Cambridge International’s product range, administrative, management information and delivery systems


  • Understanding of Cambridge International’s marketplace and stakeholders


  • Appreciation of IT development practices and methodologies


  • Substantial experience of managing complex business change programmes of work


Who we are


Cambridge Assessment International Education prepares school students for life, helping them develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. We are part of Cambridge Assessment, a department of the University of Cambridge. Our international qualifications are recognised by the world’s best universities and employers, giving students a wide range of options in their education and career. As a not-for-profit organisation, we devote our resources to delivering high-quality educational programmes that can unlock learners’ potential.

This is an excellent opportunity to join a market leader and be rewarded with valuable learning opportunities, a competitive salary and benefits.




• Generous contributory pension

• 28 days annual leave, plus bank holidays

• Annual performance related bonus and increases (discretionary)

• Enhanced maternity/paternity pay and childcare voucher scheme

• Employee discount and cash back scheme at 2,500 retailers

• Cycle scheme

• Season Ticket Loan

• Subsidised staff restaurants

• Support for professional qualifications

• Discounted access to the University of Cambridge Sport Centre, along with various other local gyms.


We know that diversity of thinking, backgrounds and approaches lead to innovation and create an atmosphere where everyone’s contribution is valued. As well as wanting to create diverse teams, we also value diversity in the way our people approach their work. Work/life balance is important to us at Cambridge Assessment and we offer our colleagues a range of flexible working options according to the needs of the business and the individual, so please let us know of any flexible working requirements when applying and we can see how we can support you.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 01/03/2020 and interviews will be held on 19/03/2020, 20/03/2020 or 23/03/2020.


If you’re successful at interview stage we will ask you to undergo background screening (carried out by Credence Background Screening Ltd), to ensure that all information provided to us is accurate. We wish you all the very best with your application.



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