Project Manager (Data and Technology)

Project Manager (Data and Technology)

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

The successful candidate will be central to driving the delivery of our ambitious Data and Technology programmes, contributing to multiple, concurrent projects with ownership of business and IT change elements. Our technology stack comprises Azure, Power BI, Sparx, Python, R, Synapse and SQL Server. Knowledge of these technologies would be beneficial, as well as an appreciation of Big Data and real time analytics. 

We’re looking for a front-foot Project Manager, someone who can be dextrous, enjoys diversity and ideally has experience of insurance environments, with a view to working alongside the Executive Sponsor, Programme Manager, third-party suppliers and our in-house change disciplines to deliver our strategic roadmap.

You'll assure the delivery of change projects through the full project life cycle: ideation - design - delivery - transition to BAU and closure. 

A progressive stakeholder management approach is key to this role, driven by ownership, dexterity, creativity and a willingness to get involved and drive a sense of shared endeavour that underpins everything we do.

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 
  • Practise 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 projects within Data Transformation
  • 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 life cycle
  • Experience of engaging and managing third parties
  • Experience of working within an FCA-regulated industry, ideally within motor 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…

•    Fantastic training and development opportunities
•    Employee benefit packages to suit your lifestyle
•    Flexible working
•    A day off for your birthday
•    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 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!

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

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