Programme Director - Bracknell

Programme Director Jobs

Some companies have an ongoing policy of continuous business change and/or transformation. Others assemble teams solely to put one C&T project into action. In both cases, however, the task is better served by the installation of a director overseeing and influencing the whole programme. The programme director either assembles a team of managers or takes over an existing team, and is the eyes, ears and voice in the board on all matters related to the change and transformation taking place.

The programme director’s overarching responsibility is to ensure the C&T programme is designed, implemented, monitored and followed up carefully and methodically, with as little as possible left to chance, to maintain the support of the board and the shareholders. Whereas business change generally faces little opposition from within, transformation can seem to represent a higher risk, even when the sums all add up. The programme director may in some cases therefore be required to inform and reassure such parties of the benefits of the new direction.

The skills required

Rock solid board-level experience seeing a business change or transformation programme from idea to final report is an absolute must for the majority of companies looking for a programme director. Some, however, will consider managing a complex, high value programme under the direction of a board as enough of a qualification to make the step up. It all depends on the size of the business and the nature of the programme being dealt with.

Because of the unknown factors in any change and transformation programme, it is important that research is fully carried out ahead of the programme starting and that the information gained is understood and communicated well. Having a board and the shareholders on your side makes business change and transformation all the smoother, so you need to recognize great communication, whether you are personally delivering it or whether you hire an internal communications manager.

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Programme Director Jobs in Bracknell

The Berkshire town of Bracknell is located at the centre of a cross with Farnborough, Reading, Maidenhead and the western tip of London as its points. It is located between the A308(M) and the M3, which run parallel to its north and south respectively.

Bracknell has a long and rich history, with mentions in the Domesday Book and Bronze Age finds there. Locals like to believe it was a favourite haunt of highwayman Dick Turpin, and there was supposed to be a secret tunnel between two inns via which he could escape capture. There must be something in the water, as a band of marauders known as the Wokingham Blacks had been terrorising the forest area; they were finally brought to justice by the Grenadier Guards in 1723. After World War 2, Bracknell was designated as a location for a New Town, and in the intervening decades the town’s population grew from a few thousand to its current total of around 50,000.

Commercially, the town is rather successful, and many multinationals have set up offices there, particularly in the hi-tech and electronics sectors. The list includes Fujitsu, Panasonic, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Siemens, Cable and Wireless, 3M and Novell. The headquarters of Supermarket Waitrose and the UK arm of BMW are also in Bracknell.

Bracknell is a thriving town, where great jobs in logistics, supply chain and procurement such as Programme Director positions are often found. Its excellent links to London and the whole of South England, as well as Heathrow Airport, are no doubt parts of the decision when companies choose to locate there.

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