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Project Manager

Location
Milton Keynes
Salary
£45k - £55k
Sector
Financial Services/Technology
Degree Discipline & Classification
Educated to The Graduate standard
UCAS Points
N/A
Job Ref
TGR2093

About Our Client

Our client provides many of the UK’s most recognised financial brands with market leading software to support Training and Competence, Learning Management, Quality Assurance and Customer feedback.

They have many years of combined experience in the financial services sector showing their understanding of the needs of the industry and the challenges customers face.  They constantly refine modules to improve performance, sales quality and the customer experience.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Project Management – Takes full responsibility for the definition, documentation and satisfactory completion of allocated clients projects. Ensures the projects scope is appropriately detailed and signed off. Ensures that realistic project and quality plans are prepared and maintained and provides regular and accurate reports to stakeholders as appropriate. Ensures that project deliverables are completed within planned budget and to schedule, and are signed off. Identifies, assesses and manages risks to the success of the project. Ensures Quality reviews occur on schedule and according to procedure. Supports our client’s Governance procedures and quality review processes, Manages the projects Earned Value, identifying and financially quantifying where the project is over/ under achieving in its deliverables, provides effective leadership to the project team, and takes appropriate action where team performance deviates from agreed tolerances.
  • Change Management – Manages the projects change control register, ensuring: Scope and Baseline Schedule deviations are identified and impacted, Commercial and Effort implications are approved through the appropriate client governance procedure, Commercial implications are recovered as appropriate
  • Sales Support – Works closely with the sales team to help prospects to clarify their needs and requirements; devises solutions and assesses their feasibility and practicality. Produces estimates of cost and risk and initial project plans to inform sales proposals. Provides basic guidance on individual project proposals.
  • Promote, continually review and enhance the client Project Management Framework (PMF) with a focus on quality and ‘do it once, do it right’

Secondary Accountabilities

  • Stakeholder relationship management – Develops and manages one or more defined communication channels and/or stakeholder groups. Initiates communications between stakeholders, acting as a single point of contact for defined groups. Facilitates open communication and discussion between stakeholders. Captures and disseminates technical and business information.
  • Consultancy – Manages the provision of specialist knowledge over a range of topics including the role of IT in the business; in own areas of expertise provides advice and guidance influencing the effectiveness of the organisation’s business processes.
  • Project Tools – Ensuring that our client’s Project Management and Resourcing tools are used effectively throughout allocated projects. Ensure that project reality and appropriate tools / reports are in alignment
  • Business Development – Support our client’s Business Development activities, specifically through: Persuasion and Market understanding, Clarifying deliverables, selling a fact as opposed to an idea, Asking questions and queries to clarify needs, Inspiring confidence in the process and through past deliveries
  • Lead workshops to both structure and aid the delivery of affective and defined outcomes
  • Work with the wider team to provide timely support and assistance to existing clients utilising client’s solutions
  • Support and develop the positive team working culture within projects
  • Undertake administrative tasks as required as part of your day-to-day activities

Skills Required

  • Qualifications(s) – Relevant degree – PMI/ Prince2 Certification, or similar
  • Technical Experience, A range of technical skills and familiarity is envisaged including experience with a range of various infrastructure, software developments, shelf applications or project tools
  • Experience – Minimum of 10 years IT experience – Minimum of 5 years referenceable project management experience within a SDLC environment Well acquainted with:- Project bid/project tendering process, Business requirements determination, Systems design, Systems development processes, including SDLC, Systems maintenance and support, Client liaison activities, including conflict resolution, Project management documentation including preparation of project charter, project plan, version release documents, and communication documents
  • Excellent Presentation and Facilitation skills and experience of leading Customer Presentations
  • Experience of working with minimal guidance and ability to demonstrate initiative
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent professionalism and organisational skills
  • Ability to work under pressure to achieve deadlines and outcomes
  • Ability to maintain successful and productive long term relationships with both internal and external stakeholders
  • Must display commercial acumen
  • Full driving licence. Must be willing to travel to client sites as required (including overnight stays)

Benefits

  • 26 Days Holiday plus bank holidays
  • Discretionary bonus scheme
  • Flexible health plan
  • Social club
  • Flexi-time
  • Perkbox
  • Death in service
  • Auto enrolment

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