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Home Office emergency services project to get new mobilisation chief

David Bicknell Published 13 March 2017

New deputy director for ESN mobilisation post will carry £85K salary


The Home Office is to appoint a Deputy Director for Mobilisation for the Emergency Services Network (ESN) project.

The post, which carries a salary of between £80-85K, is currently being advertised under SCS Pay Band 1, will be responsible for providing leadership and management of the ESN Mobilisation Unit within the Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP)

He or she will report directly to the Programme Director for ESMCP, will be a member of the Senior Management Team, the ESN Management and Change Board, the ESMCP Programme Board, and will chair the Mobilisation Board.

The role’s key responsibilities will involve effective management of the ESN Mobilisation Unit to “deliver against the agreed plan to time, within budget and meet the users’ requirements. Analyse the impact of any proposed change on time, cost and users’ requirements. Analyse the impact of any proposed change on time, cost and users’ requirements.”

The successful recruit will be expected to lead combined teams of resources from the Civil Service and project and technical contractors and consultants to ensure effective project delivery capability and capacity within the Unit as well as support the Programme’s objectives.

He or she will also be expected to report regularly on progress to the Programme Director and ESN Management and Change Board, and ensure the effective use of assigned resources and exercise appropriate financial control of any delegated budget , as well as being able to assess progress against agreed plans and hold regular reviews with the accountable project managers and team leads.

A key part will be to manage and maintain close working relationships with senior leaders from Motorola Systems UK and EE Ltd, the Delivery Partner (Kellogg, Brown Root), the user community and other key stakeholders as well as manage the key strategic risks for mobilisation and develop any mitigating actions.

Final panel interviews for the role will be held in the week commencing April 24. The selection panel will include Gordon Shipley, the programme director for the Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme and his deputy Becca Jones. The closing date for applications is March 26.

The deputy director for mobilisation will be a key role as the timetable towards ESN rollout ramps up, though it has actually been delayed until mid-2018. Originally emergency services had been due to start using ESN in the North-West this autumn with regions switching over by the end of December 2019.

It is understood the rollout will now begin in the middle of 2018, though no month has yet been specified. Stress testing of the network is likely to take place in the early Spring of 2018 ahead of the summer rollout, Government Computing understands.

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