Prevention Systems Project Manager Job in Bristol at Department for Education –

Reference number





Grade 7

Contract type


Business area

DFE – Education and Skills Funding Agency

Type of role



Business Management and Improvement

Customer Insight


Knowledge and Information Management

Operational Delivery

Procurement and Contracts Management

Project Delivery


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts



Bristol BS1 6EH, Darlington DL1 5QE, Leeds, LS2 8ER, Manchester M1 2WD,Nottingham NG1 6HJ ,Sheffield, S1 2FJ

About the job


These are exciting times at the Department for Education. We are transforming to become a user centred organisation, delivering better outcomes for all our users.

We are looking for a passionate Programme Lead in the Counter Fraud and Prevention team to realise the huge potential for saving FE providers time and money while increasing the likelihood that potential issues are spotted in time to prevent them.

The post-holder will lead a cross-Agency team that designs and delivers financial templates and models for FE providers, keeping them relevant and useful to all stakeholders, both in the public and in the Agency. The team recently released the College Financial Forecasting Return, an Excel-based template that has been widely seen as a success among stakeholders.

Job description

The role holder will:

  • Project Manage the delivery of integrated financial models, including the College Financial Forecasting – – – Return and Finance Record, including their architecture, design and development.
  • Engage regularly with colleges, especially finance directors and the College Finance Directors Group of the AoC.
  • Manage stakeholders by setting and meeting expectations, including at senior grades, inside and outside the Agency
  • Liaise with ESFA Data Science to ensure that information is extracted and stored efficiently in appropriate Departmental data stores.
  • Report progress, risks and issues to the Provider Financial Forecasting Programme Board
  • Propose innovative way to invest-to-save by drafting business cases and, if appropriate, taking these through to ITT and contract management

The role will also include:

  • Task management of rotating staff, supporting wellbeing, development and line management conversations and ensuring placement bids are submitted on time.
  • Maintaining a positive image of the Agency, Department and wider Government in dialog with colleges
  • Championing quality assurance and testing to minimise failure costs


Essential Criteria:
The post-holder will need to demonstrate:

  • Strong project management skills, with a clear model for handling risks, competing priorities and unclear customer requirements.
  • An understanding of programme controls, management and planning
  • Excellent stakeholder management and an ability to take a programme view on issues
  • Strong communication skills and partnership working, turning requirements into clear commitments to action.
  • Strong Excel skills would also be beneficial

It would be advantageous if you have the following desirable criteria:

  • A good working knowledge of key financial concepts relevant to assessing the financial health of organisations as well as their ability to forecast accurately.
  • An awareness of modern data and digital approaches including databases, data modelling such as Power BI, APIs and the ability to hold developers to account for delivery.

Desirable criteria will only be used in the event of a tie at interview stage. Desirable criteria will not be used at application stage.


We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:


Communicating and Influencing

Managing a Quality Service


Applicants currently holding a permanent post in the Civil Service should note that, if successful, their salary on appointment would be determined by the Department’s transfer / promotion policies.

As a member of the DfE, you will be entitled to join the highly competitive Civil Service Pension Scheme, which many experts agree is one of the most generous in the UK.

You will have 25 days leave, increasing by 1 day every year to a maximum of 30 days after five years’ service. In addition, all staff receive the Queen’s Birthday privilege holiday and 8 days’ bank and public holidays.

We offer flexible working arrangements, such as job sharing, term-time working, flexi-time and compressed hours.

As an organisation, which exists to support education and lifelong learning, we offer our staff excellent professional development opportunities.

About the Company

Company: Department for Education –

Company Location:  Bristol

Estimated Salary:

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