Project Assistant - D/I4s

Grade H | £25,332 pa | Location Leeds | Fixed term until September 2022 | Part time (14.5 hours) Closing date: 22 May 2022

Project Assistant - D/I4s

Grade H - £25,332 pa
Location Leeds
Fixed Term until September 2022 (may be extended)
Closing date: 22 May 2022

The Economic Implementation Team are expanding rapidly due to the influx of new funds and are seeking to appoint a dedicated Project Assistant to join our friendly and professional team.

The Economic Implementation Team, which is an integral part of the Delivery Directorate, has a diverse and wide-ranging portfolio including delivery of Housing & Regeneration, Clean Growth, Broadband and Enterprise Zone programmes.   

We are looking to appoint a Project Assistant to be part of our Delivery directorate working within the Economic Implementation team focussing on Programme Development.

This is an ideal career development opportunity for individuals looking to progress into project and programme management roles and gain experience in working on projects alongside a supportive team. Be it as a first career role or a career change, we will support individuals with a structured development plan to work towards the future.

As a step towards becoming the project managers of the future, we will encourage you to undertake formal training, with potential to undertake future apprenticeship courses in areas such as Project Management, subject to available places and funding, to help fast track your career.

At the West Yorkshire Combined Authority we bring together local councils and businesses through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), that ensures that our work meets the needs of employers and residents so that everyone in our region can benefit from economic prosperity supported by a modern, accessible transport network, housing and digital connections.

It is an exciting time to be joining the Combined Authority, following the announcement of a £1.8bn devolution deal that has been secured for West Yorkshire. Devolution will enable us to drive up living standards for local communities while tackling the climate emergency and help deliver our commitment to become a net zero carbon city region by 2038.

The Combined Authority Delivery Directorate is currently managing around £2 billion of investments being used to deliver exciting schemes across the Leeds City Region and West Yorkshire in partnership with local authorities. 

The Programme Development team within Economic Implementation is responsible for looking ahead and developing the future programmes and projects that will deliver the Clean Growth Action Plan targets towards achieving the net zero carbon economy by 2038.

Working with the Policy team, we develop new programmes and projects for delivery using the £40m of Gainshare funding alongside Government funding streams such as Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) and Community Renewals Fund (CRF) and the Shared Prosperity Fund (SPF). The team will provide a focus on delivery, project management and understanding of procurement routes to develop new programmes and projects that will be delivered by the rest of the team.

 

The Role

The successful candidate will support the delivery of complex projects and take ownership for smaller scale work packages and initiatives. They will be a visible and enthusiastic team member, with a collaborative working style and can build excellent working partnerships at all levels.

The ‘Critical Success Factors’ section of the Role Profile sets out the typical responsibilities of a Project Assistant.

Reporting into the Project Manager, the key responsibilities are but not limited to:

  • Playing a key role in our Economic Implementation team, which is part of the Delivery Directorate.
  • Working on a wide range and diverse portfolio of non-transport projects including delivery of Housing & Regeneration, Clean Growth, Broadband and other initiatives to drive delivery.
  • Leading project administration and document control.
  • Organising & taking part in project meetings.
  • Undertaking project reporting & project monitoring.
  • Coordinating the project team and liaison with project stakeholders.
  • Being a visible and enthusiastic team member, with a collaborative working style and have the ability to build excellent working partnerships at all levels.

The role holder will be primarily based in Leeds City Centre with some remote working, there may be requirements to undertake site visits and meetings across the Leeds City Region.

Review the Role profile provided for more information about the responsibilities.

About you

The successful candidate will ideally have experience of working in a project delivery environment and have excellent organisation skills. They will be a confident communicator with the ability to navigate complex stakeholder relationships and drive progress on project delivery. Critically, they will have enthusiasm to develop as a project delivery professional.

You will have the following key skills, attributes, education and experience:

  • You will be educated to a degree level or have equivalent practical experience of working in a similar role.
  • You will have knowledge of project management methodologies such as PRINCE2 and have experience of supporting the delivery of projects to time, scope and budget in a fast-paced business change environment.

Candidates are advised to review the ‘Person’ section of the Role Profile, which sets out the knowledge, skills and experience required for this role.

Please note that we are looking for the best candidate match to this, however we know that there are some elements that can be trained and this will be taken into account during the recruitment process.

 

Our offer

Alongside a competitive salary, we offer an excellent benefits package including:

  • 28 days Annual Leave (increasing upon years of service) plus bank holidays
  • Free Travel on rail and buses across West Yorkshire with the M-Card (Zones 1-5)
  • Generous Employer-Contribution Pension Scheme
  • Flexible Working Practises with Health & Wellbeing initiatives to ensure you achieve the best work/life balance and career goals.

To apply

If this sounds like your next role; please upload your CV to our online application tool. Then complete the supporting information tab linking your relevant work experience back to the role profile, bringing your CV to life.

You can apply online, by 11:55pm on Sunday 22 May 2022.

Further Information

The Combined Authority’s aim is to attract people from diverse backgrounds to build on our inclusive culture and represent the communities we serve.  We welcome applications from everyone regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, transgender status, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

Applicants with a disability are guaranteed an interview, subject to the minimum criteria being met.

We are committed to inclusivity and will consider requests for flexible working including part time and job share arrangements.

Candidates will be notified of invitation to interview by e-mail and interviews will be carried out either by phone or video interview.

Please note that whilst it is our policy to recruit at SP1 for all appointments, which is the salary stated above, each role includes career salary progression, with incremental increases applicable in most cases, on an annual basis.

Due to the high volumes of applications we receive, unfortunately we are unable to respond to every applicant. If you have not heard from us within four weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application has not been successful on this occasion. We do however encourage you to continue searching for vacancies on our Careers with Us website.

Candidate information will be retained by the Combined Authority for six months unless you make a request for this to be deleted.

Terms and conditions

Applicants are advised that the Combined Authority is currently in consultation with employees and Trade Unions to review the Terms and Conditions of Employment and Staff Benefits.

The detail of the proposals for change, will be discussed with the successful candidate at the point of offer.