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Programme Director Business Modernisation for Support


You will be joining the department at a time when Defence is facing some of the most rapidly changing and intensifying threats, both domestically and on a global scale. Our challenge is to remain agile to respond to this ever-changing landscape. Transforming the way we do business will be critical if we are to meet this challenge.

This is an opportunity for the successful candidate to make a genuine difference to the service provided to our Armed Forces. Alongside this, the MOD is a fantastic department of which to be a part, providing its people with an interesting, but challenging, environment in which to work.

We are looking for an individual who has a proven track record of delivering programmes of this type and dealing with the complexities of working in and changing a large, federated organization. If that’s you, we are looking forward to receiving your application.

Job description

Business Modernisation for Support (BMfS) is an ambitious digital transformation programme that seeks to develop and implement common business processes and policies across the Defence Support enterprise, underpinning these with supporting IT/digital technology services and most significantly achieving the cultural and behavioural changes required to ensure that these changes are embedded within Defence.

Business Modernisation for Support is one of the Chief of Defence Logistics and Supports’ foundation programmes within the Support Transformation (SpTx) Functional Portfolio; part of Defence Transformation.

This digital transformation also has within scope responsibility for maintaining and rationalising the current suite of Information Systems as part of the transition, and maintaining the current level of service is a key performance indicator.
The programme is currently entering the Concept phase.

The Senior Responsible Owner (SRO) is Director Defence Support Transformation. The Business Modernisation for Support Programme Director will have a budget that exceeds £1Bn. On behalf of the SRO, the Business Modernisation for Support Programme Director is responsible for the successful delivery of the programme mandate.

The BMfS programme Director role is a 3 year fixed term appointment. The programme itself is scheduled to run for at least 5 years. The duration of this appointment will therefore allow the individual to establish the programme on a firm footing (both in terms of programme plan and resourcing) and allow for the appropriate action to be taken with regards to the leadership of the programme in the final years of its delivery.

Please see attached the candidate information pack for further details.


The role has responsibility for supervising people with the allocation of routine duties. The role has responsibility for the leadership, line management and supervision of a Programme team, providing technical and operational direction to assigned personnel and involvement in staff appraisals.

The job holder is accountable for:
• The management and well-being of their team;
• The performance of the extant Information Systems;
• A budget exceeding £1Bn;
• The outcomes described in the Programme mandate.

The role has responsibility for making decisions that impact on the tasks and activities of others. The role also makes decisions that require complex and conflicting information to be understood, assessed and judgement applied accordingly. These decisions may also include the allocation and rearrangement of work and staff to meet priorities and internal deadlines. The role also involves the following:
• Monitoring performance of the Programme and providing direction where required;
• Managing change to the baseline within agreed parameters;
• Advising Portfolio and Capability Management on all deliver issues and risks and recommendations for the way ahead;
• Responsible for the performance, timeliness, cost and quality and timeliness of the Programme and the realisation of the desired benefits.

Much of the work of the role is non-routine. The role is required to develop and implement significant new ideas within their own work area which impacts on other service areas, e.g. policy development. The role will typically plan up to 6 months ahead to manage their own workload and the workload of those for whom the role is immediately responsible. The role is expected to provide direct input to proposals, strategic plans, customer presentations, and contract negotiations.

The role is required to provide specialist advice on their subject area to multiple stakeholders on complex issues. This role requires the ability to work in partnership with other functions in the Transformation Portfolio and external organisations. It also requires the ability to build relationships with internal or external partners, senior managers and customers, and leadership of people where the role does not have direct authority over these individuals.

Candidates must provide evidence to demonstrate their experience and capability in relation to the following criteria;

Essential Criteria:
• Ability to influence and collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders
• A proven track record of senior level leadership, with excellent communication and influencing skills
• Excellent analytical and problem solving expertise, with the ability to demonstrate programme and project management techniques.
• Strong business skills particularly budget management
• Experience using Waterfall and agile techniques at project level
• A technical/professional qualification (APM, MSP, MPLA, MoR, ITIL v3)

Desirable Criteria:
• Previous experience of delivering transformation, especially digital, within the IS space.

Please note this post is being offered on a Fixed Term Appointment (FTA) for 3 years - see attached the candidate information pack for further details.


It is essential for candidates to have experience using waterfall and agile techniques at project level and to hold a technical/professional qualification (APM, MSP, MPLA, MoR, ITIL v3)

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