Project Manager

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Within our client’s technology’s Digital and Technology Operations Department, the Project Managers will be responsible for shaping and managing the delivery of projects and their associated business outcomes to the project Steering Committee and sponsor. Projects characteristics will typically be:

• Project budget up to £1M
• Projects impacting one major OpCo and / or a number of application areas
• Local and pan-regional projects
• Business transformation projects enabled with technology solutions
• Multi-party delivery teams (known resources and vendors)

Responsibilities:
• During delivery, the Project Manager has full responsibility for the project deliverables and their acceptance, and reports progress issues and successes to the Project Sponsor and Steering Committee. The Project Manager may sometimes work as part of a large program having accountability for a project within the overall delivery.
• Managing the early inception and initiation of projects with business owners; defining the project approach and estimating the project delivery with subject matter experts; supporting project success and achieving business benefits with a correctly structured and resourced project delivery team.
• Advising business stakeholders so that programs and projects align with the company strategy, and technology is used in ways that best advance achievement of the strategic objectives.
• Supporting the development of business cases.
• Planning and defining the end of end project required to achieve business outcomes based on best practice project / program management techniques.
• Defining an appropriate delivery approach, peer reviewed and validated by experts.
• Facilitating project estimating with set tolerances and an agreed risk profile.
• Setting and agreeing the project budget with the project sponsor, agreeing budget tolerances.
• Resourcing the project phases appropriately with the correct team experience, skills and roles.
• Managing the end-end delivery of the project for both business and technology components, ensuring alignment to business objectives and benefits, and business and operational acceptance of the final solution; accountability for project success (budget, schedule and quality).
• Managing analysis and requirements gathering, configuration and customization, testing and implementation, business acceptance and change, ensuring all work streams are resourced (skills and experience) and delivered appropriately.
• Creating and maintaining project controls such as status reports, issues and risk logs, change registers.
• Taking accountability for dependency, risk and issue management; managing their mitigation across scope, time and budget; and impacts on technology and business domains.
• Managing and tracking the project budget and costs (including the lifetime costs).
• Creating, updating and tracking project performance to the overall project plan.
• Proposing solutions to major issues, seeking acceptance from project sponsor and Steering Group.
• Overseeing vendor management activities, ensuring that they are tightly controlled and that appropriate knowledge and control is retained by company.
• Managing the quality of deliverables to defined and agreed acceptance criteria.
• Communicating effectively to project sponsor, Steering Group and stakeholders, translating project delivery speak to business terminology to promote business confidence and buy-in.
• Leading, supporting and motivating the project team; leading by example and driving project momentum and energy, addressing performance issues.
• Completing effective project closedown, including lessons learnt log.
• Managing the involvement of company stakeholders in project delivery, building a single team of technology and business resources, and supporting their participation in the definition and acceptance of the solution.
• Supporting the business owner in tracking benefits and realization plans.
• Ensuring that all key stakeholder groups are involved throughout the project lifecycle, supporting the transition into operations.
• Managing business change in a manner sympathetic to the business and designed to ensure clarity and understanding of the changes being implemented.
• Communicating to all stakeholder to maintain buy-in and confidence in the project delivery.
• Identifying and implementing change management techniques to ensure the adoption of the solution and return of investment is achieved.

Qualifications:
• Specific work experience:
- Experience of technology solutions and implementation
- Experience of delivering to multi-location, time zone and cultured teams
• Related work experience:
- Experience of working in IT / business / publishing
- Project management experience in managing small to medium-sized cross-functional teams
- Experience of implementing business solutions (enabled by technology) into large federated organizations
- Proven track record of influencing senior level management and stakeholders
- Maintaining business buy-in and adoption to the solution throughout the delivery lifecycle
• Formal education or equivalent:
- Strong academic grounding coupled with sound technical capabilities
- PRINCE Practitioner, PMI or equivalent
• Skills:
- Open individual with an enthusiastic outlook, promoting confidence and credibility to peers and project stakeholders
- Flexible and adaptable, with a positive attitude when operating in an environment of continual flux
- Ability to influence and negotiate where necessary with peers, project team, sponsor and Steering Group
- Ability to respond confidently to conflicts and manage situations positively, proactively escalating on-going issues
- Communicates effectively (written and verbally) with peers, project team, sponsor and Steering Group
• Core Competencies: Collaboration, critical thinking, executing, and implementation read more