Project Manager

Project Manager

Location:
Haywards Heath or Manchester
Salary:
Circa £55,000 per annum dependant on experience
Department:
Business Services JFG
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We’re First Central Insurance & Technology Group (First Central for short), an award-winning innovative insurance and technology organisation, delivering market-leading motor insurance, underwriting, distribution, finance, technology and legal services.
 

We’re on the hunt for a talented Project Manager to join our Business Services team in either our Salford Quays, Manchester or Haywards Heath, West Sussex offices.

This role will be responsible for the delivery of multiple, concurrent change initiatives in a predominantly agile delivery environment aligned to SAFe best practice, and First Central’s Change Delivery Framework (CDF).

You will ensure delivery activity is iterative in nature, value-led, to time and quality, and produces a constant flow of value for the business measured by improvement in North Star metrics.

You will also actively contribute to continuous improvement activity across the PM practice, supporting iterative development of the PM capability and the wider CDF.

To be successful in this role, you’ll need to:

  • Demonstrable experience of managing a diverse change portfolio with concurrent initiatives underpinned by proven dexterity, creativity, and the efficient use of resources
  • Proven understanding and demonstrable experience of applying Project Management tools and techniques in an agile delivery environment
  • Advocate for continuous improvement, enhancing the PM practice, and supporting iterative development of our tools, techniques, and the wider agile system

Job responsibilities:

  • Effectively and efficiently deliver a suite of change activity comprised of multiple, concurrent initiatives and backlog items, with specific responsibility for the planning and delivery of non-technical enablers, including all integration and communication with non-technical teams (internal & external), whilst ensuring delivery alignment with associated technical features and technical enablers to maximise business value (co-ordinate flow)
  • Manage change of varying scale, leading and co-ordinating delivery activity as described, whilst working with Head(s) of Portfolio, Product Owners (PO) and Company Objective Leads to support the creation and maintenance of strategic delivery roadmap(s) and frequent, timely delivery of small change activity (N.B.; technical product roadmaps are created and managed by Product Owners)
  • Fully understand and plan for the business impact of change, working closely with Product Owners to choreograph and co-ordinate all business readiness activity, ensuring effective and efficient BAU transition and business change adoption
  • Direct the activities of third-party providers ensuring delivery to time, quality, and budget.
  • Actively manage delivery risks, issues, and dependencies, including communication, resolution, and escalation, with a view to sustaining regular and timely delivery of value for the business (protect flow)
  • Maintain delivery momentum and direction, delivering change to the agreed scope, timeframe, and budget, with resource planning and accurate estimation treated as fundamental principles 
  • Practice a progressive stakeholder management approach, supporting the PO in managing customer expectations for deliverables, stakeholder communications, and implementing an effective system of delivery governance, including securing appropriate and timely approvals to proceed (maintain flow)
  • Adopt appropriate, proportionate governance in line with the defined change category, scale, and delivery approach
  • Actively monitor and QA change delivery activities and deliverables ensuring artefacts are complete and to prescribed standards
  • Create, control, track and report on change plans and budgets with responsibility for monitoring and reporting financials & budgetary commitments (where explicitly aligned with an initiative / theme)
  • Matrix tasking management of resources assigned to change initiatives as appropriate
  • Progress reporting to senior leadership teams through Steering Groups and other governance forums as appropriate utilising established Lean Portfolio management reporting and monitoring processes.
  • Adhere to the Company values always and encourage others to do the same
  • Ensure compliance with company and other relevant standards/regulations always (including TCF)
  • Any other reasonable duties as required

Job-specific competencies

Experience & knowledge

  • Demonstrable experience of managing the delivery of change activity using a variety of delivery methodologies, e.g., Agile, Waterfall, Hybrid
  • Demonstrable experience of managing a diverse change portfolio with concurrent initiatives underpinned by proven dexterity, creativity, and the efficient use of resources
  • Proven understanding and demonstrable experience of applying Project Management tools and techniques in an agile delivery environment
  • Solid experience of all stages of the project delivery and software development lifecycle
  • Experience of engaging and managing third parties
  • Experience of working within an FCA regulated industry, ideally within Financial Services or Insurance
  • Knowledge of Project Management techniques covering both Business and IT Change
  • Knowledge of Agile delivery approaches, ideally Scrum
  • Knowledge of FCA requirements (including TCF)

Skills & Qualifications

  • Excellent communication and people skills
  • Strong planning and control expertise
  • Strong leadership and people management skills
  • Excellent time management and organisation skills
  • Excellent workshop and meeting facilitation skills
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Ability to communicate risks and issues at all levels of the organisation
  • Excellent Supplier and Stakeholder Management skills
  • Formal Project Management qualification such as APMP, PRINCE2, Agile Project Management or equivalent

Behaviours

  • Initiative-taking and enthusiastic
  • Commercially focussed and results driven
  • Acts as a role model and motivates others
  • Embraces, embeds, and incorporates the Company values
  • An organised and pro-active approach
  • Ability to lead and influence
  • A flexible approach and cheerful outlook
  • Able to balance an emphasis on diligence whilst retaining focus on broader needs
  • Takes initiative to make decisions
  • Strives to deliver business improvement

Tools

  • MS Office / MS Project / SharePoint / Azure DevOps / Confluence / Hive PPM

Interested? Apply today and take the next step in finding your dream job.

We pride ourselves on being a great place to work. Check out our Glassdoor page to see what our employees think about working here.

What can we do for you?


We believe we can offer you a great working environment as we’re so passionate about our people. Here are just some of the benefits and perks that we offer…

  • Fantastic training and development opportunities
  • Employee benefit packages to suit your lifestyle
  • Flexible working
  • YOUday – we give you an extra day off to celebrate a special day
  • The opportunity to take a paid day off each year to do charity work
  • A health cash plan
  • Help with travel expenses
  • The opportunity to buy additional holiday
  • Company pension scheme
  • Group life assurance
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay
  • Professional subscription fees paid

Employee wellbeing is high on the agenda here too. We provide discounted membership at a local health club and access to an Employee Assistance Programme, which promotes physical and emotional wellbeing at work and at home. In addition, we provide wellbeing events throughout the year to support physical and mental health.

For further information on what we can offer and to learn more about this role, feel free to contact our dedicated Recruitment team.

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Flexible working

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YOUday

If it’s your birthday or you just fancy some me-time, get an extra day off for whatever you want.

Holiday Extra

We give you two opportunities each year to buy or sell up to five days of holiday.

Volunteering

Get a day off each year to take part in volunteering activities.

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Claim money back on your healthcare costs, such as dental check-ups and eye tests.

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