Birmingham 2022 is a golden opportunity not just for the West Midlands but for the UK. With a third of the world’s population tuning in, this is a chance to show that post-EU Exit Britain is open for business, support economic recovery from COVID-19 and to provide a shop window for Britain’s economic engine. 

London 2012 and previous Commonwealth Games demonstrate the potential to drive tourism, trade and investment alongside the sport and culture. Funding has been secured to deliver a major programme to attract visitors, investors and events to the West Midlands and the UK and grow export opportunities - The Business & Tourism Programme (BATP).  This will be delivered in partnership at regional and national level, with funding secured in the Spring 2020 Budget and match funding from the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA). The programme is currently being developed – so an exciting time to join and help shape what will be delivered. 

A central programme team supports the programme delivery partners (West Midlands Growth Company (WMGC), Department for International Trade (DIT) and VisitBritain (VB)). The team will deliver cross-cutting activity and ensure integration within the programme, with the Birmingham 2022 Organising Committee (OC) and with relevant regional / national initiatives.

The programme has a diverse range of markets (UK, Australia, Canada, India, Singapore, and Malaysia) and audiences including Commonwealth leaders, investors, event organisers and leisure visitors. Alongside the core budget, the programme will be amplified working with sponsors, with IP being parts of their rights packages. 

We are currently recruiting for a Stakeholder Assurance Lead to act as the BATP Governance and Assurance lead for the programme. 

Main responsibilities and key activities 

  • The BATP Governance and Assurance lead for the programme
  • Be the point of contact for all governance requirements from wider partnership, overseeing the planning scheduling and management of activities
  • Lead on partnership coherence and alignment with documentation
  • Lead on process improvement and change control
  • Lead on assurance reviews for WMCA Heath Checks and DCMS quarterly reviews, IPA reviews and FC submission and other key programme milestones
  • Lead on assuring programme governance requirements
  • Lead on creation and evolution of programme documentation, including document control and version control on information portal
  • PMO Programme Level risk management and working with project managers for project level risk management
  • Work closely with finance project accountant with finance month end reviews and finance change control
  • Manage stakeholder expectations and pushback where necessary
  • Work with workstream leads on their understanding of governance and assurance
  • Leading and developing the programme governance framework ensuring that the programme adheres to the requirements set out by DCMS and WMCA, including quarterly reviews and audits
  • Provide expertise, advice, and guidance to the business, tailoring training needs assessments and recommendations to deliver programmes of work, ensuring quality and assurance
  • Undertake regular capability assessments against P3M3 maturity levels, making recommendations as required to continually improve
  • Triage and weight score opportunities pipeline against business objectives and capability to deliver successfully whilst considering stakeholder requirements using tools such as balanced scorecard
  • Maintaining the overall governance integrity of the programme, creating, developing, and reviewing programme documentation
  • Designing and implementing required business processes including end to end lifecycle management
  • Maintain the knowledge bank for the CoE
  • Implementing a continuous improvement environment, with the PDCA approach to efficiency
  • Review a make recommendations for improvement to programme delivery, stakeholder assurance and processes

The role runs from date of start until May 2023. 

You can download the full job description, including key skills and competency requirements for the role, here. 

If you wish to apply for the Stakeholder Assurance Lead position, please email with your CV and a cover letter detailing why you think you would be right for the role.