Digital Transformation Project Manager - Edinburgh


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Job Summary

Digital Transformation Project Manager

12-month fixed term contract (possibility of extension)


£42,090 to £48,996 per annum (Grade E3)

Everything we do at the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) aims to create the right environment for colleges and universities to thrive.

The Scottish Funding Council is Scotland’s tertiary education and research authority. Our ambition is to make Scotland an outstanding place to learn, educate, research, and innovate – now and for the future. So, naturally, we have a clear focus on recruiting the best people and developing them throughout their career.

We invest around £2 billion every year, and our funding enables colleges and universities to provide life-changing opportunities for over half a million people. 

We’re not only looking for the best people to come and work for us, but also people who will connect with our guiding principles which include working in partnership, championing diversity, and supporting sustainability for future generations.

By fostering our guiding principles, we are very proud of the inclusive working environment that we have created. We are committed to attracting people of all backgrounds: we want our colleague base to reflect the people and communities that we serve.

Job Summary

We are seeking an experienced Digital Transformation Project Manager with a strong background in cloud-based platforms. As a Digital Transformation Project Manager, you will be accountable for the successful delivery of projects that supports the SFC's mission. The successful candidate will be a champion of Agile and innovative project management practices and will work collaboratively with internal and external teams to deliver high quality projects, on time, within budget. You will need to be an excellent communicator and relationship builder, with the ability to engage a diverse range of stakeholders both internally and externally.

Job Description

  • Lead and manage digital transformation projects within the Microsoft Azure ecosystem, employing PRINCE2 Agile methodologies and innovative project management strategies.
  • Develop comprehensive project plans aligned with SFC's strategic vision, integrating cutting-edge technologies and methodologies.
  • Serve as the principal liaison for all project stakeholders, fostering robust relationships with clients, vendors, and internal teams.
  • Cultivate an environment of collaboration and continual innovation, encouraging learning and improvement within project teams.
  • Proactively manage project risks and issues, implementing effective mitigation strategies.
  • Oversee project finances and resources, utilizing a data-driven approach for decision-making.
  • Deliver precise and timely project updates to senior management and stakeholders.
  • Maintain and enhance project documentation, ensuring it reflects current best practices and insights.

Person specification

It Is Important Through Your CV / Cover Letter That You Give Evidence Of Proven Experience Of Each Of The Following Essential Criteria

  • Substantial experience of delivering projects and solutions within cloud-based platforms.
  • Well-developed knowledge of cloud-based services and tools, as well as experience with Agile methodologies and innovative project management practices.
  • Demonstratable ability to successfully deliver digital transformation projects in challenging environments.
  • Excellent communication and stakeholder management skills, with the ability to inspire and motivate project teams and stakeholders.
  • Effective analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to use data to inform decisions.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and a passion for creating an inclusive and equitable workplace.
  • Degree level education (SCQF Level 9), or equivalent experience, in a relevant field such as Computer Science, Project Management or Business Administration.
  • Certification in Project Management (PMP, PRINCE2, or equivalent).
  • Experience in change management methodologies.
  • Familiarity with digital transformation best practices and trends.


Alongside your salary of £42,090, Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council contributes £27 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.

  • Normal full-time hours of work are 35 per week. We will consider flexible working arrangements. A flexi-time system is in operation.
  • Annual leave entitlement of 26.5 days pro-rata, rising to 30 days pro-rata after 4 years’ continuous service. Public and privilege holiday entitlement of 11.5 days pro-rata.
  • A flexible approach to hybrid working, giving you flexibility to work from home for some of the time while also maintaining regular in-person contact with colleagues.
  • Annual pay review: approved within the framework of the Scottish Government’s Public Sector Pay Policy and negotiated with our recognised trade union, Unite. Salaries are reviewed annually in April for employees who commence employment prior to 1 October in the preceding year.
  • Eligibility to join the Civil Service Pension Scheme. With its low member contribution rates and generous employer contributions, this gives you a secure, inflation-proof pension for life with no investment uncertainty. Details of contribution rates together with further details of the pension benefits are available on the Civil Service Pensions website. There is also the option of a Partnership pension account.
  • Support for continuous professional development.
  • Support for health and wellbeing, including generous occupational sick pay, free access to confidential advice and support through our 24/7 Employee Assistance Programme, Special Leave (paid and unpaid), a contribution to learning outside work through our Lifelong Learning Fund, free winter flu vaccination, and access to occupational health support.
  • Support for travel to and from work, including a salary sacrifice cycle loan scheme, cycle storage and shower facilities, an interest-free loan for bus or rail season tickets and free office car parking for employees on a first-come basis.

Things you need to know

Selection process details

How To Apply

To apply, please send your CV and cover letter. The selection panel will use this evidence to assess your application against the selection criteria in the Person Specification section above. It is not mandatory to provide a cover letter but it can be beneficial to provide further evidence of your suitability against the essential skills. In your CV please also set out your educational and professional qualifications, and career history, with key responsibilities, dates and achievements. Please provide reasons for any gaps.

Expected Timeline

The Closing date for applications is Monday 4th December 2023, unfortunately late applications cannot be considered.

Your application will be reviewed by a Reed Recruitment Specialist who may invite you to an initial telephone screening call. The call will last up to 30 minutes, giving you an opportunity to discuss your relevant experience, the role and The Scottish Funding Council in more detail.

Should you application be progressed, the selection panel will assess your application by considering the evidence you have provided in your CV / Cover Letter. Please ensure your application demonstrates how you meet the criteria in the Person Specification for the role. The selection panel will then select the shortlist of candidates to take forward to interview stage.

Panel sift is due to take place on Thursday 7th December 2023

Interviews are due to take place week commencing 11th December 2023. We may be able to provide further flexibility based on your availability.

Please note, these dates could be subject to change.

Pre-Employment Checks

As part of our pre-employment process, we will ask you to provide relevant documentation to show that you are eligible to work in the UK and a Basic Disclosure Scotland certificate. You must be eligible to work in the UK to apply for this role; we do not offer sponsorships. We also take up references as part of this process. Expenses will be reimbursed for Basic Disclosure check. This will only be requested if you are appointed into the role.

Disability Confident

If you need any adjustments to support your application, such as information in alternative formats, please contact us and we’ll do everything we can to help. If you’re eligible under the Disability Confident Scheme please give details when prompted at the appropriate stage in the online application process.

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


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Nationality requirements

This Job Is Broadly Open To The Following Groups

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window)
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020
  • Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service

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Working for the Civil Service

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We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles (opens in a new window).

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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