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Capital Programme Principal

Lancashire County Council
Preston, Lancashire (with remote/home working too!)
£46,549 to £50,609 (Grade 11)
Closing date
1 Oct 2023

We are offering an exciting opportunity to join us in Lancashire as we develop and deliver our capital building programmes across the county.

Our Capital Programme Team is responsible for strategic development and delivery of capital building programmes across our schools and operational building portfolio.


The role:

The successful candidate will provide leadership and coordination within the team.

Leading a professional team, you will work closely with various stakeholders identifying, developing and delivering capital building programmes, challenging service requirements and value for money to ensure the needs of stakeholders and the authority are met.

You will be responsible for the successful delivery of capital building programmes to meet the corporate responsibilities and individual service needs of the authority.

Delivering capital building programmes within defined budgets and timescales to enable the County Council to meet its statutory duties and to provide sufficient school places as an education authority

Identifying and implementing improvements in the systems and processes that are used to capture and record condition data and support the wider Capital Programme Team in the delivery of its service objectives.



Here at Lancashire County Council, we are helping to make Lancashire the best place to live, work, visit and prosper. Lancashire is the fourth largest local authority in England and strategic commissioner of education provision to over 170,000 children and young people in 628 schools across the county. The successful candidate will be part of the team that is responsible for delivering on this ambition.  


About you:

As Capital Programme Principal you will be an outstanding individual who will play a key role in ensuring that Lancashire County Council's land and buildings continue to meet requirements for service delivery during ongoing and significant organisational change and financial challenge.

A highly experienced and dynamic building professional with minimum of 5 years' experience in your chosen field.

You will have substantial experience in delivering projects for schools and educational environments, coupled with the knowledge of the required guidelines, with a specific emphasis on school accommodation and expansion projects.

You'll have experience of prioritising and managing capital building programmes of work across a varied portfolio.

With a good understanding of the operation of schools and school buildings and the application of Department for Education Design Guides and Building Bulletins

You'll have a good understanding and experience of programme and project management on all types of buildings and the use of appropriate construction methods and techniques; especially new build, extensions, maintenance, refurbishment and life cycle management of school / public buildings.

Ability to organise and manage time and prioritise work effectively whilst delivering a number of programmes, projects and strategic objectives.

Good negotiation and influencing skills at an appropriate level in order to achieve required results.


Why join us…

Benefits: There's fabulous flexibility and the opportunity to create the work life balance you'll love with up to 32 days annual leave plus bank holidays, 2 additional days at Christmas and then an additional 20 days that can be purchased too – we have a generous public sector pension (16.3% Employer contributioins) with shared AVC's available then a benefits package which has everything from dog care to day care, holidays at home or abroad, long service awards, Medicash, support groups, cycle to work schemes and eye tests plus much more

Development: you'll get support and development along the journey – there will be time for supportive reflection and supervision for yourself, opportunities for personal/professional qualifications, multidisciplinary initiatives, mentoring, the opportunity to make a difference, feel valued and achieve the job satisfaction you've always wanted plus all the benefits of working with Lancashire County Council.

Inclusivity: we don't have a "one size fits all" idealism, we embrace diversity and that includes around personal and family requirements so appreciate that you'll want to be working from home when you can, your hours may vary or change and for us – delivering successful outcomes is more important than watching the clock


How to apply…

Please feel free to contact us for an initial informal and confidential chat:

Simon Smith -

Closing Date: 01/10/2023                                    Interview Date: To be confirmed

Please ensure you have uploaded and attached your supporting statement to evidence how you meet the criteria for the role. The panel may be unable to shortlist you for interview without this evidence.

You will be required to provide a car for use in connection with the duties of this post and must be insured for business use. However, we may consider you if you cannot drive because of a disability. 

In return Lancashire County Council offers a range of benefits, found on our website here

We reserve the right to close down a vacancy early, before the closing date, if we receive sufficient applications.

The post you are applying for is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013). If successful you will be required to apply to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for a 'disclosure'. Further information can be found on the 'Our Recruitment Process' tab.

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