Rainbow Project Manager (2 positions) FTC 24-48 months

National Savings and Investments

Apply before 11:55 pm on Tuesday 19th October 2021


Reference number



£50,500 - £54,500
£50,500 circa (Non London) £54,500 circa (London)


Grade 7

Contract type

Fixed Term

Length of employment

24 months

Business area


Type of role

Business Management and Improvement
Procurement and Contracts Management
Project Delivery

Working pattern

Full-time, Homeworking, Compressed Hours

Number of posts



Durham, Glasgow, London, Lytham St Annes

About the job


We are looking for two Project Managers for the Rainbow Programme. The Programme is of critical importance and presents an exciting opportunity for NS&I to transform its operating model to deliver business efficiencies and strategic goals. This is an exciting new role for existing project managers and experienced change managers looking to transition to a new project.

Please note: Due to the government guidance as a result of the Covid19 pandemic, the successful applicant will initially be working from home. In the future some travel to different office locations may be required.

Existing Civil Servants who secure a new role on level transfer will maintain their current salary. Internal NS&I employees and existing Civil Servants who are successfully promoted may be awarded a salary increase of up to 10%.

Existing civil servants are welcome to apply for this position under a loan or secondment opportunity. At the end of the fixed term they can then return to their substantive position or a similar role funded and sourced by their home department.

Job description

The National Savings and Investments (NS&I) is embarking on a re-procurement of its outsourced business process services through ‘the Rainbow Programme’.

The Project Manager will be responsible for the management and delivery of a Rainbow Programme transition state required for the successful delivery of the Rainbow programme ensuring the project is delivered to time, cost and quality. The role will be responsible for coordinating all activities including the specification, procurement, implementation and business change aspects associated with the allocated transition state,

The role holder will provide assurance to the Programme team of progress, spend and issues together with management of Transition State risks.


Project Delivery Management
• To be responsible for the management and delivery of all NS&I project related activities and deliverables throughout the entire project lifecycle, to agreed time, cost and quality targets (where appropriate). This includes (but is not restricted to):
• Planning and managing the delivery of all NS&I and partner activities and deliverables for the project, reporting into the Programme Manager and relevant governance forums.
• Managing the project on a day-to-day basis and making key decisions relating to the management and delivery of the project within agreed tolerances
• Identifying, logging, managing and reporting on assumptions, risks, issues and dependencies related to project activities and deliverables
• Ensuring that project benefits are identified at the outset and reviewed throughout the project lifecycle, working closely with the Head of Business Change and Transition State Business Change Manager to this end and maintaining alignment with the project objectives and deliverables
• Ensuring requirements are captured effectively and comprehensively, liaising with the Rainbow Programme Design Team and NS&I Enterprise Architecture function to ensure coherence with the Future Operating Model and wider programme delivery
• Ensuring project funding is secured by managing the production and maintenance of the project business case (where applicable), and managing the project budget effectively
• Carrying out expert reviews and analysis of project deliverables
• Ensuring the management of projects is carried out according to agreed methods and standards, and industry best practice
• Managing any third party suppliers to ensure deliverables are met to time, cost and quality targets.

Other Important Responsibilities:

Project Team
• To manage the involvement and activities of the project team to ensure delivery of the project deliverables to agreed time, cost and quality targets (where appropriate).

Project Stakeholders
• To ensure that all the relevant project stakeholders are identified and engaged at the appropriate time, and that they are kept appropriately aware of the status of the project at any given time.
• To provide expert project management guidance and advice to stakeholders.

Project Governance
• To ensure an appropriate governance structure and procedures are in place for the project to enable appropriate oversight
• To provide assurance to project Governance bodies
• To manage provision of project information and documentation to Project and Programme Internal Assurance, OGC Gateway Reviews, Audits, Government Major Projects Portfolio (GMPP) reports where required, in consultation with Programme Manager and EPO.

Strategic Direction
• To ensure the project is aligned with and acting in accordance with Rainbow Programme Delivery strategies and Frameworks at all times, and ensure that the progresses according to the agreed delivery schedule
• To advise on and discuss any identified changes (including project scope) with the Rainbow Senior Responsible Owner (SRO), Director, Programme Manager and Enterprise Programme Office (EPO) to ensure the project remains aligned with the strategic direction of the business at all times, and ensuring that any changes and/or decisions about scope or strategic directions are communicated effectively.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace


• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options (hybrid working, home working)
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.
Please submit your CV and outline your experience addressing the behaviours in the suitability statement (500 words max).

You will be assessed against the following behaviours at sift and interview stage:
• Leadership
• Communicating and Influencing
• Working Together
• Delivering at Pace

Please note that in the event we receive a high number of applications only one leading behaviour will be used.

Interviews are expected to take place via MS teams on week commencing 1st November 2021.

Applicants invited to interview will be asked to prepare and deliver a scenario based presentation or short exercise (10 minutes). Details of the assessment will be provided to candidates invited to attend the interview.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :  Khayla Omowale
Email :  Khayla.Omowale@nsandi.com
Recruitment team :
Email :  jobs@nsandi.com

Further information

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