Non-job of the week

April 06, 2011 11:00 AM

Those who have seen the film 'Groundhog Day' will have an insight into what it's like writing this weekly feature. Another week passes by, yet the same councils and the same recruitment agency keep popping up.

Once again Morgan Hunt is advertising for a £200-£300 a day interim job, and once again we haven't a clue who the employer is, and after you've read the job description, you won't even know exactly what the job is!

Morgan Hunt's client, a Healthcare Provider based in the South West, is currently looking to recruit a Programme Manager to develop and implement a robust project management framework for all the strategic redesign projects being undertaken in the Trust, ensuring that the patient is central to any redesign.

As Programme Manager, you will have the opportunity to be responsible for the development of clear project management policies, procedures, plans, tools and documentation to support the implementation of the Strategic Redesign Programme.

Key responsibilities include:

- Providing advice and support to the Project Managers to ensure that they have appropriate plans in place to successfully deliver their milestone outcome
- Ensuring there is effective supervision, performance monitoring and management of the Programme, to ensure successful delivery of the projects within the agreed timescales and that the Programme and Projects are regularly evaluated to measure for impact
- Working with the Communications Department to ensure effective communication channels so that all key stakeholders are fully aware of the progress of the Strategic Redesign Programme

The successful candidate for the role of Programme Manager should have the following:

- Demonstrable working experience of project management/co-ordination
- Experience of successfully leading and managing a (team of project managers) project responsible for projects from £100k to £10m in value
- Excellent analytical skills to develop, read and interpret complex information
- Strong leadership and project management skills

So there we have it. This job may well be paying an appropriate going rate. If we knew which trust it was, and quite what the projects were, we would be in a better position to find out. Unfortunately, we don't, and it is very likely we never will.

The old faithful, Surrey County Council, is continuing to expand its change programme. It is now looking for a Senior Performance and Research Manager (Intelligence) on £54,085. This is to add to the Performance Manager, Performance Officer, Intelligence Officer, Change Officer, and Senior Change Manager; and they are the ones we know about. At this rate there are going to me more people employed in change and performance than there are delivering front line services!

The winner this week is another old chestnut too. We highlighted how many political analysts councils employ in a report last year. Now - thanks to a supporter - we have found out the West Midlands Fire Service employs a Political Analyst and Researcher. I issued a Freedom of Information Request to the fire service asking what the salary is, including any bonuses, how long as he been employed by the authority and how long this post has been in existence. Unsurprisingly, his salary was not revealed as it is below £58,200 - the senior civil service minimum pay band. He has been in post since September 2009.

Why does the fire service need a Political Analyst? Surely it is not beyond the wit of the Chief Fire Officer to keep himself up-to-date of any political changes? According to its website, the Fire Authority is made-up of 27 elected councillors, so they are paid to keep abreast of political changes. The public want the fire service to do what it says on the tin. That's what we pay our taxes for.Those who have seen the film 'Groundhog Day' will have an insight into what it's like writing this weekly feature. Another week passes by, yet the same councils and the same recruitment agency keep popping up.

Once again Morgan Hunt is advertising for a £200-£300 a day interim job, and once again we haven't a clue who the employer is, and after you've read the job description, you won't even know exactly what the job is!

Morgan Hunt's client, a Healthcare Provider based in the South West, is currently looking to recruit a Programme Manager to develop and implement a robust project management framework for all the strategic redesign projects being undertaken in the Trust, ensuring that the patient is central to any redesign.

As Programme Manager, you will have the opportunity to be responsible for the development of clear project management policies, procedures, plans, tools and documentation to support the implementation of the Strategic Redesign Programme.

Key responsibilities include:

- Providing advice and support to the Project Managers to ensure that they have appropriate plans in place to successfully deliver their milestone outcome
- Ensuring there is effective supervision, performance monitoring and management of the Programme, to ensure successful delivery of the projects within the agreed timescales and that the Programme and Projects are regularly evaluated to measure for impact
- Working with the Communications Department to ensure effective communication channels so that all key stakeholders are fully aware of the progress of the Strategic Redesign Programme

The successful candidate for the role of Programme Manager should have the following:

- Demonstrable working experience of project management/co-ordination
- Experience of successfully leading and managing a (team of project managers) project responsible for projects from £100k to £10m in value
- Excellent analytical skills to develop, read and interpret complex information
- Strong leadership and project management skills

So there we have it. This job may well be paying an appropriate going rate. If we knew which trust it was, and quite what the projects were, we would be in a better position to find out. Unfortunately, we don't, and it is very likely we never will.

The old faithful, Surrey County Council, is continuing to expand its change programme. It is now looking for a Senior Performance and Research Manager (Intelligence) on £54,085. This is to add to the Performance Manager, Performance Officer, Intelligence Officer, Change Officer, and Senior Change Manager; and they are the ones we know about. At this rate there are going to me more people employed in change and performance than there are delivering front line services!

The winner this week is another old chestnut too. We highlighted how many political analysts councils employ in a report last year. Now - thanks to a supporter - we have found out the West Midlands Fire Service employs a Political Analyst and Researcher. I issued a Freedom of Information Request to the fire service asking what the salary is, including any bonuses, how long as he been employed by the authority and how long this post has been in existence. Unsurprisingly, his salary was not revealed as it is below £58,200 - the senior civil service minimum pay band. He has been in post since September 2009.

Why does the fire service need a Political Analyst? Surely it is not beyond the wit of the Chief Fire Officer to keep himself up-to-date of any political changes? According to its website, the Fire Authority is made-up of 27 elected councillors, so they are paid to keep abreast of political changes. The public want the fire service to do what it says on the tin. That's what we pay our taxes for.

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