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Business Change Manager

Slough

Job Ref
HKUVW2012/SG-HL-19-060
Location
Slough
Salary
£35,798 – £48,109

Business Change Manager
Slough, Berkshire

Can you liaise with multiple workstream leaders to unite, co-ordinate and steer the direction of a project? Are you good at information gathering and gaining a thorough oversight into how things interlink? Can you work with foresight to ensure outcomes are fit for the future? If so, we want to hear from you.

When we say this is an exciting time, we really mean it, as we are embarking on a major strategic business project that will see NFER continue to be a leading expert in the field of educational research. This is a permanent role and we are looking for a Business Change Manager to join us to co-ordinate this project; keeping it on time, to budget, on schedule, and with the quality expectations to achieve the programme’s business and strategic objectives.

You’ll set up and manage the overall management of the programme including the planning approach, documentation, risk log, schedules, interdependencies, stand-ups, and project delivery meetings.

You’ll foster a culture of working collaboratively and ensuring clear and timely communication and effective working between workstreams.

You’ll be supporting and deputising for the Programme Director and providing the reporting to the Programme Director, Programme Delivery Board and senior managers and stakeholders.

Your technical background:
- Experienced in project management methodologies and in managing a range of complex projects
- People and interpersonal skills, influencing and relationship building internally and externally, face to face and remotely
- Excellent organisational skills, able to prioritise and deliver your own work and the work of others, effectively within a team context and delegating whilst maintaining control and oversight
- A strong problem-solving approach with the ability to grasp complex issues at pace, synthesise what is required and to respond accordingly with good judgement
- The ability to pay attention to detail whilst also keeping an overview on the wider perspective

Bonus Points:
You don’t need to have worked in education or for a not-for-profit charity but we’re eager to hear from you if you have. You may have held similar positions such as Project Manager or Business Change Manager or had experience in project-related roles within an education, research or assessment-related organisation.

Why NFER?

NFER has a worldwide reputation as a leading independent provider of education research and analysis. We are a registered charity that has contributed evidence, in-depth knowledge, and research expertise to support the creation of an excellent education for all children and young people for over seventy years. Improving the lives of children and young people is at the heart of everything we do.

- Competitive salary of £35,798 – £48,109
- Generous pension scheme
- Free parking and close proximity to Slough train station
- 30 days’ holiday per year plus Bank Holidays + additional discretionary days
- Excellent support for professional development
- Great work/life balance (35 hours worked per week)

NFER is a not-for-profit organisation and an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from all sections of the community.

So, if you are looking for a fresh, new challenge as a Business Change Manager, apply via the button shown.

Applications are being reviewed as and when received.

This vacancy has been placed by Webrecruit on behalf of NFER.

Function
Project Management
Status
Full Time
Type
Permanent


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Project Manager

Slough

Job Ref
ACHFM0112/SG-HL - 19-061/2
Location
Slough
Salary
£35,798 - £40,291

Project Manager
Slough, Berkshire

Are you a ‘hands-on’ Project Manager, adaptable and flexible to take on a variety of projects?

Joining our Research, Product and Operational team (RPO) you’ll manage the operational aspects of a wide range of research and assessment projects helping NFER achieve its mission to improve outcomes in education. You’ll work with teams across the foundation, taking on a variety of projects using PRINCE2 project management techniques, covering for example;

- A school engagement project for a randomised control trial
- Surveys and data collections
- A test development trial
- A marking project
- Large scale events
- Delivery of products for schools

Other areas of your role support with delivering work to a high standard using Quality Assurance activities and contribute to continually improving our processes and procedures and provide training and support for other members of the team.

You’ll also contribute to competitive tendering, pitching and other business development and service development activities.

Your technical background:

- Experience of ‘hands on’ project management
- Qualified to a degree level
- Able to translate complex requirements into administrative practicalities and forward plan resources and activities

Every project is different so being a flexible team player who is committed to providing the best possible service to our customers is a key requirement.

You’ll love this job, if:

- You have a logical mind
- You can communicate clearly and motivate a team
- You enjoy learning new technology and problem solving using complex processes

Bonus Points:

If you have; experience gained in education, testing or qualifications development or PRINCE2 practitioner status – but full training will be provided.

Why NFER?

With a 70-year history, NFER is an independent and highly respected charity that carries out research within education. Our robust and innovative research, assessment, and other services are widely known and used. We have a reputation as an organisation that informs policy and practice, helping to ensure the best possible education for children and young people.

- Competitive salary £35,798 - £40,291
- Generous pension scheme
- Free parking
- 30 days’ holiday per year plus Bank Holidays + additional discretionary days
- Excellent support for professional development
- Great work/life balance (35 hours worked per week)

NFER is a not-for-profit organisation and an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from all sections of the community.

So, if you are looking for a fresh, new challenge as a Project Manager, apply via the button shown.

We are recruiting for 1 full time permanent position and 1 12 month fixed term position.

Applications to be submitted by midnight 1st December 2019.

This vacancy has been placed by Webrecruit on behalf of NFER.

Other organisations may call this role Education Project Manager, PRINCE2 Project Manager, Qualified Project Manager, PM, Project Team Lead, Education Practitioner, or Project Team Manager.

Function
Project Management
Status
Full Time
Type
Permanent


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Research

International Education and Assessment Specialist

Slough

Job Ref
HKUVJ0112/SG-HL-19-055
Location
Slough
Salary
£35,798 - £48,109 per annum

International Education and Assessment Specialist
Slough, Berkshire 

Do you have a passion for assessment that can help improve education systems in developing countries and make a positive, lasting impact with a leading charity? If so, read on.

We believe in the transformative impact that assessment can have in supporting improvements in education systems worldwide. However, in many countries, schools, districts and ministries lack the experience or support needed to implement robust assessment practices that can support learning at classroom and system level.

Based upon our strong track record in assessment and growing international reputation, NFER has an important role to play and we are looking for someone with a background in international education and assessment to join our Centre for International Education.

You will play a key role to support the development of education systems around the world through the development, delivery and implementation of quality assessment systems and practices. Your role responsibilities include:
- Leading international assessment projects with a particular focus on the measurement of literacy, numeracy and non-cognitive skills, including the development of assessments, capacity building and the provision of advisory services.
- Contributing to winning new international assessment work, through reactive proposal writing, pitching and proactive business development.
- Leading a strand of NFER’s international assessment work and the development of strategic initiatives relating to market awareness and competitive intelligence in NFER’s target market segments.

A significant amount of time will be on projects relating to NFER’s International Assessment work, in addition to leading on an area of strategic priority for the International Assessment portfolio and contributing to developing proposals for new work.

Your technical background:
- First and higher degree or equivalent post-graduate qualification in a relevant area (education, assessment or similar), or equivalent professional experience
- Thorough understanding of the design and use of assessment systems, tests, curricula and qualifications in education
- International experience in education assessment and research
- Project management skills

You’ll love this job if you;
- Can conceptualise solutions which strengthen and/or support the improvement of education through assessment
- Can communicate to a diverse range of audiences and effectively build relationships with colleagues and clients
- Are comfortable working with considerable autonomy, dealing with uncertainty flexibly to overcome obstacles to successful project delivery

Other companies may call this role International Assessment Project Manager, Education Quality Project Manager, Education Assessment Manager, Education & Assessment Manager, Assessment Project Manager, or Education Project Manager. 

About NFER (National Foundation for Educational Research)
With a 70-year history, NFER is an independent and highly respected charity that carries out research within education. Our robust and innovative research, assessment, and other services are widely known and used. We have a reputation as an organisation that informs policy and practice, helping to ensure the best possible education for children and young people.

- Competitive salary of £35,798 - £48,109 per annum
- Generous pension scheme
- Free parking
- 30 days’ holiday per year plus Bank Holidays + additional discretionary days
- Excellent support for professional development
- Great work/life balance (35 hours worked per week)

Located close to Windsor and Slough town centre, we offer a pleasant office environment surrounded by green space that’s just 15 minutes from London Paddington and an easy drive from the M4 and M40 and London Heathrow.

The closing date for the role is midnight on 1st December 2019.

This role is open for Tier 2 sponsorship.

NFER is a not-for-profit organisation and an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from all sections of the community.

So, if you are looking for a fresh, new challenge as an International Education and Assessment Specialist, apply via the button shown. This vacancy has been placed by Webrecruit on behalf of NFER.

Function
Research
Status
Full Time
Type
Permanent


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