Awarded to Morson Human Resources Ltd t/a Morson International

Start date: Monday 15 May 2023
Value: £39,000
Company size: large
Oldham Council

Digital Programme Resourcing : OC01 Digital Transformation Programme Manager/Consultant

10 Incomplete applications

10 SME, 0 large

30 Completed applications

25 SME, 5 large

Important dates

Thursday 9 March 2023
Deadline for asking questions
Thursday 16 March 2023 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Thursday 23 March 2023 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Programme manager
Off-payroll (IR35) determination
Supply of resource: the off-payroll rules will apply to any workers engaged through a qualifying intermediary, such as their own limited company
Summary of the work
Digital Programme Manager role leads the delivery of the programme ensuring it delivers the benefits intended and that progress is regularly governed. Required to advise and guide the Council on ways to advance, improve delivery and digital adoption including how we maximise the investments made in our digital platform.
Latest start date
Monday 3 April 2023
Expected contract length
Initially 3 months with the option to extend on a three month basis
North West England
Organisation the work is for
Oldham Council
Maximum day rate
Up to £650 ex VAT per day. Standard 8 hour working day, includes any expenses.

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
You will be working within the Customer, Digital, Technology and Transformation Directorate and specifically attached to the Transformation team. You will work closely with both a range of IT project managers and technical resource such as developers, Business Analysts and Change staff. You will also need to work closely with web and communications staff, service leaders, managers and all staff in all services within scope of the transformation programme. You may also work with third party suppliers.
What the specialist will work on
Programme Manage a new Digital Programme for Oldham Council which will be key to the delivery of Oldham’s Digital Strategy.
Lead the delivery of complex projects and programmes in several disciplines including technical, software and business change.
Deploy different programme/project management delivery methodologies such as agile, Prince 2 and Waterfall.
Plan, design and effectively manage large, complex technology and business change programmes of work or multiple related projects. Manage risks, issues and obstacles that come with driving change. Responsible for leading a multidisciplinary team, be an inclusive and influential leader, allowing you to rally the team to achieve success.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Oldham Civic Centre,
West Street,
Working arrangements
This is a hybrid role with base location in Oldham. Requirement for a mix of onsite / remote working (details to be discussed at interview). There will be limited travel required for the role maybe occasional visits to alternative office sites in Oldham but this should be minimal.
Security clearance

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
All expenses must be pre-agreed between the parties and must comply with the Council's policy.

Skills and experience

Buyers will use the essential and nice-to-have skills and experience to help them evaluate suppliers’ technical competence.

Essential skills and experience
  • Qualification in programme, project or change management
  • Experience of successful management of significant and demanding programmes or projects including experience of coordinating varied workstreams
  • Experience of working with senior managers, and large stakeholder groups
  • . Knowledge of formal project/programme management techniques
  • Able to lead and motivate teams and staff, setting clear priorities and objectives and negotiating and implementing effective outcomes
  • Flexible and dynamic with a passion for delivering digital change in the public sector
  • Digital implementation skills across a variety sectors and experience across process, business model and organisational change transformation
  • Prior experience working at this level along with experience of working in a consultancy and advisory capacity in the field of digital transformation
  • Can demonstrate that they have the ability to identify opportunities to improve the service or make cost savings
Nice-to-have skills and experience

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a work history.

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work well as the lead of a team, with team members and third parties keeping the team motivated to perform well
  • Transfer knowledge gained through the team and be willing to share experiences across the wider department
  • Be comfortable working with a range if stakeholders from senior level to frontline staff to effect change
Additional assessment methods
  • Reference
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. 1. Can you provide any further information on the specifics or the deliverables of the Programme?
The Programme has 5 Digital themes aligned to our Digital Strategy (Governance & Capability, Place, Digital services/journeys, Workforce and Communities) – with multiple projects within them in relation to digital mail, CRM, Sharepoint and Intranet to name a few. The Programme has only recently been initiated / reviewed so there is an opportunity to influence and change.
2. 2. Can you confirm how many complex projects this post holder will be required to manage?
Not finalised yet but expect circa 5 in the overall Programme which the post holder won’t be managing alone, project managers and other resources will be involved.
3. 3. Please can you confirm what software products are being implemented throughout this transformation project
Mainly Microsoft applications with a range of third party applications involved
4. 4. Could you confirm if expenses only include travel to other sites other than the usual office location or would this be the usual office site as well? Thanks
Expenses incurred travelling to the main office site in Oldham are not included i.e. it must be a fully inclusive rate. Unlikely to involve any other travel to another Oldham site.
5. 5. Please could you confirm the likely number of days the successful candidate would need to travel to the office? Could this potentially be 1 or 2 days a month? Thank you
Hard to say could be once or twice a week or could be once every couple of weeks. The majority of meetings will be hybrid but some onsite meeting attendance will be required
6. 6. Is there an incumbent?
No but the programme has been developed by a number of colleagues including somebody who has previously acted in the capacity of Digital Programme Manager
7. On the BA opportunity someone has asked about IR35 determination which has been answered as “Outside IR35” can you confirm that this is the case with this opportunity?
The statement “Supply of resource: the off-payroll rules will apply to any workers engaged through a qualifying intermediary, such as their own limited company” suggests it would be Inside?
Confirmation received from the Project this is outside of IR35
8. Please could you confirm the working hours?
flexible working applies but expected to do an 8 hour working day Mon – Fri
9. Please could I confirm if this role is inside or outside IR35? The Digital Business Role at Oldham Council (OCO2) which involves closely working with the Programme Manager role has been confirmed as being outside (according to the questions and answers section) although the information on the Overview Section says that “the off-payroll rules will apply to any workers engaged through a qualifying intermediary, such as their own limited company”. This which would imply that this role is inside? Any clarification would be much appreciated. Thanks
Confirmation received form the Project team this is outside IR35
10. Is there a current incumbent or preferred supplier
No but the programme has been developed by a number of colleagues including somebody who has previously acted in the capacity of Digital Programme Manager
11. is this inside/outside ir35?
12. is this role outside IR35
13. Will this fall outside IR35?
14. Does this role fall inside IR35