IT Systems and Project Manager

Vacancy Reference: SLOT-003073

Location: Hybrid

Closing Date: 24/05/2024

Salary: £65,802 – £76,823 per annum

Employment Type: Permanent, full-time

Department: Public Sector Audit Appointments Ltd (PSAA)

Hours Per Week: 35

About the role 

This is a new role and a great opportunity to contribute your skills, knowledge and experience of implementing, optimising and managing IT systems and applications and IT and non-IT project management and delivery to play a key role to further develop the use of technology, and broader project management disciplines to support effective and efficient working practices within PSAA.

The IT Systems and Project Manager is responsible for developing and maintaining PSAA’s overall IT strategy and roadmap aligned with business goals. They manage relationships with third-party IT service and software providers, including negotiating contracts, ensuring compliance with the IT services SLA, and evaluating performance.

The role will lead, manage and deliver the implementation of IT and non-IT projects from planning through execution, managing schedules, budgets, risks, and ensuring deliverables meet requirements. 

They will be the primary point of contact for IT operations and support, coordinating with third-party suppliers to resolve issues and monitoring system performance. Responsibilities include implementing security measures, ensuring compliance with regulations and standards, and reviewing and updating IT-related security policies.

The IT Systems and Project Manager will lead on change management for a range of projects including new technology rollouts, creating strategies for smooth user adoption and providing training. They represent IT within the organisation, communicating strategies to stakeholders and gathering business requirements.

The position requires flexibility to support various project initiatives and deputising for the Chief Procurement and Business Management Officer when needed. Compliance with relevant laws, regulations, and internal policies is essential.

This is a hands-on varied role. In your first 12 months we anticipate your work may include the following projects, as well as becoming very familiar with our operational IT systems and service providers:

  • Optimising the use of Adobe Pro, Teams and SharePoint
  • Implementation of Excelerator for Agresso
  • A review of our CRM (Gold-Vision)
  • Selection of a Contract Management System

Please refer to the attached role profile for full details about the role and its key responsibilities.

About you 

The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following essential skills:

  • Academic and professional qualifications appropriate to the role
  • Strong knowledge of IT systems, processes, and best practices
  • Experience in IT and non-IT project management, including planning, budgeting, risk management
  • Proven experience in IT strategy development and implementation
  • Understanding of IT security measures, regulations, and compliance requirements
  • Ability to manage and oversee third-party vendor relationships and contracts
  • Excellent communication and stakeholder management skills, willing to constructively challenge and voice own opinion in internal discussions
  • Knowledge of change management principles and user adoption strategies
  • Delivery-focused mindset with strong problem-solving and analytical skills to identify areas of improvement, overcome obstacles and identify solutions to move forward
  • Excellent organisational skills with a high-level of attention to detail and thoroughness
  • Proven experience of coordinating multiple activities and shifting demands, with the ability to prioritise and simplify complexity to support effective delivery
  • Ability to think laterally, rapidly assimilate and make sense of new information, have an enquiring mind and be resourceful
  • Able to work effectively on own initiative and know when to seek advice
  • Strong IT skills (including Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Teams)

You must have the right to work in the UK, PSAA are unfortunately unable to offer sponsorship visas. Evidence for the right to work in the UK will be requested at the interview stage. 

To apply

If you would like to be considered for the role, please complete the online form and include a supporting statement detailing how you meet the criteria of the role before the closing date.

We use anonymous recruitment, which is the practice of hiding candidates’ identities. This process involves removing any identifying information from candidates’ applications which includes names. We are unable to remove candidate’s names from their CV’s. If you wish to remain anonymous, we ask that you take your name off your CV before submitting.

Closing Date:     5pm, Friday 24 May 2024
Interview Date:  Thursday 13 June 2024, interviews will be held virtually and require you to deliver a presentation

At PSAA we celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. Our recruitment decisions are based on fair, open competition, with appointment on merit. If you are require reasonable adjustments, which is a change to the format or conditions of the recruitment process to accommodate any disability-related needs you may have. Please contact us via 

About PSAA

Public Sector Audit Appointments Limited (PSAA) is an independent company limited by guarantee incorporated by the Local Government Association in August 2014.

We are a not-for-profit company with 21 employees and a Board of five directors.

In July 2016, the Government specified PSAA as an appointing person under the provisions of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 and the Local Audit (Appointing Person) Regulations 2015. As an appointing person PSAA is responsible for appointing auditors, setting scales of fees for eligible bodies that have chosen to opt into its national scheme, overseeing issues of auditor independence and monitoring contract compliance of the audit firms with whom we contract.

For the second appointing period 2023/24 to 2027/28, over 99% of local government bodies, such as local councils, police and fire bodies and national parks, opted to join our scheme rather than appoint their own auditor. In late 2022 we completed our very significant procurement of external audit services for the delivery of an annual audit for the next five years to over 450 local government bodies, our clients.

You can find out more about who we are and what we do in the About Us section of our website.

Our benefits

  • 10% non-contributory pension scheme
  • PSAA annual leave entitlement is 28 days, rising to 32 days after five years’ service, plus all UK public holidays 
  • Flexible & agile working – you are required to work in our London office approximately one day every six weeks as as a minimum, subject to business need.
  • 24/7 access to a free, confidential employee assistance programme managed by Health Assured. This service is also available for Dependants.