Project Manager, Cyber Security Programme
Country / Territory
Based in UK: Location negotiable
Based in UK: Location negotiable
Global Information Services
Job Category
Pay Band
Pay Band 8
Vacancy Description
Payband: 8 Location: Warsaw/ Manchester Contract type: FTC March 2021 Business Unit: GIS Closing date 8th December 2019 at 23:59 UK Time. . Candidates must have the right to work in the relevant location to be considered for the role.

Please note that in December 2020, the British Council will relocate its new global headquarters to: International Quarter, Stratford, London E20.

Please note this will be based only out of our Manchester or Warsaw Office 

About us:

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.  We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.


 We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.

The Opportunity:

 Information Governance and Risk Management (IGRM) is a second-line assurance function within the British Council, reporting directly to the Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO). Its role is to set and interpret policy and provide assurance across the areas of Information Security, Cyber Security, Information Risk Management, Privacy and Information Assurance.  

This role reports to the Head of Cyber and Information Assurance (HCIA), supporting them in the delivery of a wide range of cyber security projects. 

This is a great opportunity for someone to expand their IT project management skills in a role that involves helping design, plan and implement cyber security capabilities or technologies.

The Project Manager will provide project management support to the Security Architect across the various strands of the Cyber Security Programme.  An understanding of cyber security is useful but not necessary as the focus of the role is on generic IT project management.  This will involve working closely with business stakeholders and teams responsible for information management and technology delivery and support, including external suppliers and delivery partners.


The role is accountable:
  • To the Senior Responsible Owner (SRO) for delivery of projects within the Cyber Security Programme in accordance with project business cases, including key outputs and outcomes, delivery to time, cost and quality requirements
  • For defining and agreeing the scope of project delivery, and securing sign-off by SRO and other key stakeholders, including the Programme Sponsor
  • For implementing and / or designing project governance, and securing approvals from SRO
  • For designing project structures, workstreams and key resource plans
  • For developing and managing end-to-end project delivery plans, including the proactive monitoring of progress to plan, and processes to secure inputs from responsible delivery or workstream leads
  • For the day-to-day management of projects including reporting, management of risks and issues, team and supplier management, and tracking and reporting of project budgets
For proposing and agreeing, with Programme Sponsor and SRO, key project control documents
For preparing, managing and maintaining these key control documents – for example:
Project Mandate (normally prepared by SRO)
  • Project Brief
  • Project Initiation Document
  • Project Delivery Plan
  • Project Financial Management Plan 
  • Stakeholder and Communications Plan
  • Risk and Issue Management Plan
  • Project Change Control Plan
  • Project Quality Plan
  • Project Resource Plan 
For conforming to British Council Change Delivery and Governance, methods, tools and standards 
For leading project teams, including, where appropriate, direct line management of team members
For representing, where directed, the Programme in wider British Council governance forums, such as the Global Portfolio Office and corporate functions such as Audit, Corporate Communications, Finance and Human Resources 
For contributing and playing an active role in the development and evolution of GIS Project and wider Change Delivery practices, methods and tools, coaching, mentoring and information sharing




 Demonstrable experience, in a large, complex international organisation, of:

  • Project team management
  • Project office processes
  • Development project methodologies (Waterfall, Agile, SCRUM)
  • Experience of building relationships with key internal and external stakeholders and senior colleagues
Please note interviews will take place second week in January



For further information, please see the documents below.


Role Profile.doc
BC Behaviours.pdf



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Valuing diversity is essential to the British Council’s work. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights. All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies.    The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and is keen to reflect the diversity of UK society at every level within the organisation.