Project Manager

Project Manager

Haywards Heath or Salford Quays
Up to £55,000 depending on experience
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We’re on the hunt for an experienced Project Manager to join our Business Services team in Haywards Heath, West Sussex or Salford Quays, Manchester. 
You’ll be responsible for delivering multiple, concurrent projects with responsibility for all business and IT change elements. We’re looking for someone to lead and coordinate change activity, working alongside programme managers and C-suite executives to maintain the strategic delivery roadmap.
We’ll require you to ensure the delivery of change projects through the project lifecycle, from idea/issue identification to implementation and close, on projects of differing scales. A progressive stakeholder management approach is key to this role, ensuring that strong relationships are built.
Job responsibilities
  • Deliver multiple, concurrent projects and business area backlog items with responsibility for all business and IT change elements
  • Lead and coordinate change activity, working with programme managers and C-suite executives to maintain a strategic delivery roadmap
  • Manage projects of varying ‘scale’ as well as business area backlog items from idea through to delivery and closure, adopting proportionate governance and using the established change delivery framework
  • Maintain momentum and direction, delivering to the agreed scope, timeframe and budget with resource planning and accurate estimation treated as fundamental principles
  • Practice a progressive stakeholder management approach, building invested relationships, and where appropriate, employing an agreed engagement & communication plan
  • Actively manage project risks, issues and dependencies
  • Plan and coordinate work with other internal departments to ensure internal resource requirements are understood and the right resources are available when required
  • Direct the activities of third party providers ensuring delivery to time, quality and budget
  • Report progress to senior board members through steering groups and established monthly reporting
Skills, knowledge & experience
  • Formal project management qualification such as APMP, PRINCE2, Agile Project Management or equivalent
  • Demonstrable experience of managing the delivery of complex business and IT change
  • Demonstrable experience of managing a diverse change portfolio with concurrent initiatives underpinned by proven dexterity, creativity and the efficient use of resources
  • Proven understanding of project management techniques in an agile 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 is desirable
  • Strong planning and control expertise
  • Strong leadership and people management skills
  • Excellent workshop and meeting facilitation skills
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…

Employee benefit packages to suit your lifestyle, including a company pension scheme, group life assurance, enhanced maternity and paternity pay, professional subscription fees, the opportunity to buy additional holiday, health cash plan, help with travel expenses and the opportunity to take a paid day off each year to do charity work.

Employee wellbeing  is high on the agenda here too. We provide a weekly free fruit delivery, 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.

Are you the person we’re looking for? If so, we look forward to hearing from you. Apply today!

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