Cemeteries Project Officer
Improving Cemeteries Project
Brent is a tremendously vibrant London borough where the iconic arch of Wembley Stadium dominates the skyline. Spanning both inner and outer London, it is a borough of huge contrasts in terms of its economic, environmental, ethnic and social make up. Brent’s diversity is evident to all who visit our borough and our long history of ethnic and cultural diversity has created a place that is truly unique and valued by those who live and work here.
The council is pursuing a far-reaching transformation agenda that better meets the needs of our community so it is an exciting time to join us.
Brent Cemetery Service is currently undergoing a period of change to reflect local demand and improve our users experience within our cemeteries.
As part of this change we are replacing our cemeteries data system with one that enhances the users experience and provides improve workflows within the Council and for our partners and users. This involves migrating from the current system and ensuring that historic data is accurate and improved by geo referenced information.
In parallel to data project the Council is also looking at how it delivers the grave digging and cemeteries grounds maintenance from December 2020. This will be a critical project to ensure a smooth transition and change in how we deliver the service from a current contracted service. The post will lead and shape the service processes and procedures, including working with contractors and internal teams to ensure we deliver a quality cemeteries service through the changes.
As part of ensuring the cemeteries are sustainable in the future, provide sufficient space to meet demand and provide a range of options for resident, the post will lead on a number of schemes to increase the burial space and memorial options in our cemeteries and scope the options for the future development.
The post will require significant project management skills and experience across numerous projects running simultaneously. A project management qualification is not essential but it is expected that the person would have managed similar projects of size and scale that includes IT system changes, capital and revenue expenditure, working with remote teams and contractors.
You will need creative and able to carry out research and analyse data and trends, to establish good practice and income maximise opportunities.
Communication is essential to the post and it will be essential to be able to write and speak at different technical levels and be able to adjust your response to the appropriate audience. You will work with community interest groups, faith leaders, finance and procurement teams and contractors, of which some will have conflicting objectives that you will need to manage.
Most important to the role is being able to manage your time and project outcomes, producing timely, evidence based reports and plans. You will need to clearly map out the project timelines, produce and present progress reports to the steering group and to senior managers. You must be able to identify project risks and have action planning and mitigation strategies to meet each project deadline and outcomes.
Closing Date: 25 November 2020 (23:00)
Brent Council values the diversity of its community and aims to have a workforce that reflects this and therefore encourage applications from all sections of the community. We positively encourage all applicants to self-identify their characteristics in the diversity survey section in the application.
We are committed to safer recruitment and safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants should be aware that posts working with children, young people and vulnerable adults are subject to an Enhanced DBS check as well as other employment clearances.
Brent has a positive approach to flexible working.
As a disability confident employer Brent welcomes applications from people with all disabilities, including hidden disabilities and mental health conditions. We will interview any disabled applicant who meets the essential criteria. If you require reasonable adjustments to be made to any part of the recruitment process due to your disability, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org Please note the information you provide will be treated fairly and confidentially.
Please note CVs will not be considered as part of your application for this position.