Project Manager

Location London

Contract Permanent

Salary Up to £75,000

Ref DH - PMO - LDN

Devonshire Hayes have partnered with a global insurance company to help them secure a Project Manager.

The Project Manager is a SFIA level 5 role, which will be responsible for ensuring the successful definition, approach, governance and execution of a wide variety of technology and operational projects.

Several projects will need to be managed simultaneously and the role will require an excellent grasp of how to most effectively deliver change to a diverse group of global stakeholders.  As such, it will require strong organisation, communication and influencing skills.

The role will ensure that benefits are embedded into day-to-day operations, and in line with Firm strategy.

Duties and responsibilities

  • The incumbent will be expected to perform up to Level 5 of Project Management (PRMG) within the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). This includes:
  • Takes full responsibility for the definition, approach, facilitation and satisfactory completion of medium-scale projects (typically with direct business impact and firm deadlines).
  • Identifies, assesses and manages risks to the success of the project.
  • Ensures that realistic project plans are maintained and ensures regular and accurate communication to stakeholders.
  • Adopts appropriate project management methods and tools whether predictive (plan-driven) approaches or adaptive (iterative/agile) approaches.
  • Ensures Quality reviews occur on schedule and according to procedure.
  • Manages the change control procedure, and ensures that project deliverables are completed within agreed cost, timescale and resource budgets, and are signed off.
  • Provides effective leadership to the project team, and takes appropriate action where team performance deviates from agreed tolerances.

Detailed responsibilities include:

  • Work closely with the Projects & Change team to incept projects via the Firm’s review and approval process.
  • Work closely with the Projects & Change team to ensure projects are appropriately resourced and that the relevant stakeholders engaged, including a suitable sponsor.
  • Work closely with sponsors to ensure that benefits are identified and realised.
  • Mobilise and lead project teams, typically assembled from various functions and disciplines across the Firm’s Business Services groups.
  • Organise and direct appropriate governance for all projects, ensuring that it is accurately and promptly informed and able to act.
  • Accurately report on all projects with an appropriate cadence to the relevant stakeholders.
  • Ensure that any risks and issues are identified and appropriately managed.
  • Identify and manage the change management aspects of projects, e.g. recognise changes to the business; identify the relevant stakeholders; develop the appropriate approach; communicate and train the relevant staff, Partners and clients; and generally win support.
  • Manage the relevant compliance, legal and commercial aspects of projects, including Data Protection Impact Assessments, the preparation and control of budgets, tenders and related commercial and legal negotiations.
  • Manage any third party suppliers as required.
  • Work closely with the Projects & Change team to identify and embed any improvements to project delivery at the Firm.
  • Ensure all handover, support and systems documentation is produced and signed off, and all relevant support processes and roles are in place to support operations.
  • Work with the cyber security team to ensure that applications and related working practices meet all applicable technical and information security practices and standards.
  • Any other ad hoc duties as and when required.

Key skills and experience required

  • At least 3 years’ experience of successful project delivery.
  • Practitioner level or equivalent project management qualification from a recognised body, e.g. Axelos or PMI.
  • Experience of delivering projects involving cloud technology, e.g. Microsoft Azure, would be beneficial.
  • Experience of delivering projects involving agile delivery methods, e.g. SCRUM, would be beneficial.
  • Change Management qualification from a recognised body e.g. Prosci, would be beneficial.
  • Demonstrable experience of managing teams in a matrix-environment.
  • Demonstrable experience of liaising with and influencing up to C-suite and Partners.
  • Able to effectively translate and accurately communicate technology matters to senior technical and non-technical stakeholders.
  • Able to manage stakeholders’ expectations when delivering complex change to deadlines.
  • Excellent, pragmatic approach to risk and issue management.
  • Strong analytical skills with a good understanding of business analysis techniques.
  • Professional manner with the ability to work under pressure and prioritise effectively.
  • Experience of using Microsoft Project, or an equivalent tool, to plan, manage and track projects.
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Visio.

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