National Grid Program Assurance Specialist in Waltham, Massachusetts

_About the Position:_

Plan and deliver a range of Program Assurance activities for National Grid’s portfolio of critical programs and projects. This will include preparing Program Assurance strategies, conducting high level portfolio assessments (e.g. Pulse Checks), project and/or program reviews (e.g. Health Checks), stage-gate assessments, Go/No-Go reviews and/or targeted risk assessments.**


_Position Responsibilities (including but not limited to):_

  • Assist and support the Director of Program Assurance (US) with the development of program assurance strategies and plans for National Grid’s most critical programs and projects.

  • Conduct activities associated with portfolio, program, and project assurance reviews; including stage-gate assessments.

  • Identify project/program risks and recommend solutions or remediation actions to program leaders and business sponsors.

  • Review and analyze project/program work products and deliverables against leading practices or industry standard methodologies, e.g. PMI/PMBOK.

  • Interview project/program team members and stakeholders.

  • Document, report and present key findings, risks, and recommendations to project and/or program level boards or steering committees.

  • Build and maintain positive relationships with program leaders and business sponsors within the organization.

  • Stay abreast of and share knowledge on leading practices and industry standards related to portfolio, program and project management.

_Knowledge & Experience Required:_

_Qualifications Required:_

  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Computer Sciences or related areas

  • MBA or CPA, ACCA, ACA, CMA, CISA or other appropriate professional qualification(s) preferred.

  • Project management education, training, and/or certification highly desirable, e.g. Project Management Institute (PMI) or PRINCE 2 certification

  • 5 years of relevant work experience, Big 4 experience preferable or industry experience.

*Behavioral**Competencies / Leadership Qualities:** *

  • All of the National Grid Leadership Qualities and values are relevant to this role, but creating the future, constantly delivering great performance and building great relationships are particularly relevant.

  • Must be self-motivated and have the ability to handle multiple priorities and to work under pressure.

  • Proactive and insightful in looking to deliver continuous improvement.

  • Competent decision making, problem solving and analytical skills to effectively scope and deliver value adding assurance and, drawing out key messages.

  • Belief in own judgement and professional capability when communicating issues that have been identified.

  • Must be cautious and prudent guardian of sensitive/confidential information.

  • Strong communication, interpersonal and influencing skills to successfully undertake reviews and reach agreement on required changes.

  • A flexible pragmatist who understands the group strategy and can help others to understand and achieve changes that help move towards these aims.

  • Ability to prepare comprehensive, clear, concise reports; communicate effectively in writing and orally; maintain objectivity and impartiality.

_Knowledge and Experience:_* *

  • Solid project assurance experience, Big 4 experience preferable with proven track record for delivering audits and/or assurance within multinational utility/asset management companies or operations/functional experience from utility/assessment management companies.

  • Strong practical knowledge and understanding of project management methodologies, systems and tools.

  • Solid experience managing large programs or projects in both traditional waterfall and agile environments.

  • Familiarity with audit delivery and practices, internal control frameworks and risks management activities and skill in applying internal auditing principles and practices.

  • Demonstrable track record of developing successful, long lasting, relationships across the business including ability to engage, challenge and influence senior managers, deal effectively with resistance to proposals and secure their buy-in and support.

  • Strong knowledge of and experience of project assurance, ideally within the utility sector.

  • Experience of managing project teams, managing others and projects independently. Highly competent in Microsoft Office (e.g. Project, PowerPoint, Excel, and Word).

  • A focus on continued improvement and achieving high standards.

_Main Interfaces:_* *

  • Director of Program Assurance

  • Program Managers

  • Program Teams

  • Business Sponsors and/or Managers

  • Supplier Organisation Managers

  • Co-source teams (3rdparty vendors)

_Job Dimensions:_

  • Direct employees: None

  • Managing external co-source resources and input from internal subject matter experts

  • Travel 10% - 20% within the US; primarily Northeast (e.g. New York), occasionally to UK. This may vary, depending on the locations of programs and/or projects beings assessed

/National Grid is an equal opportunity employer thatvaluesa broad diversity of talent, knowledge, experience and expertise. We foster a culture ofinclusion that drives employee engagement to deliver superior performance to the communities we serve. National Grid is proud to bean affirmative action employer. We encourage minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans to join the National Grid team./

Job: *Business Excellence

Organization: *Business Excellence

Title: Program Assurance Specialist

Location: MA-Waltham

Requisition ID: 20172659