London, UK- Innovation Project Manager.

  • Consultant:
    Ian Williams
    Published:02 Aug 2018
    Location:London - London
    Sector:Consulting and Business and management
    Offering:Up To £450/Day
    Start Date:ASAP
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    Job Description:
    Our client is one of the UK’s leading companies in the employee benefits market and help their clients provide benefits and incentives to employees.
    Reporting in to the Head of Customer Experience & Product Innovation, they now have a 6 months contract requirement for a Project Manager to join them at their Central London location.

    Summary of role:

    The Innovation Programme/Project manager serves as a mediator between executives and numerous staff members employed as part of his or her specific area. People in this role are in charge of planning, implementing and executing specific innovation project delivery goals with the allocated project team. Duties associated with this position involve monitoring associated budgets, working with stakeholders to allocate project resources, motivating and managing the programme’s team members. Other duties include issuing progress reports and ensuring deadlines are met in a timely and efficient fashion.

    The Innovation Programme/Project manager is responsible for devising, organizing, and implementing high scale projects that are very complex in nature. The programme/project manager will oversee a large compliment of employees that are divided into various project teams sometimes both onshore and offshore (if the build is being outsourced). They are responsible to oversee all aspects of an ongoing program, from its development to implementing program activities. The programme/project manager needs to ensure the program is completed to a consistently high standard, within budget, that the project objectives are met on time adhering to professional standards and industry regulations as applicable. We are looking for a high-performing professional interested in supporting delivery of our innovation strategy.

    Summary of Duties:
    • Define, monitor and manage project scope, goals, and deliverables with Project sponsor and product team

    • Ensure appropriate project governance arrangements and technical quality standards are developed and followed throughout the project lifecycle

    • Maintain programme/project schedules including owning the programme/project and all project plans for all work streams associated with the innovation project. Track and communicate monthly budgets and schedules to support the program's implementation and progress

    • Facilitate all governance requirements, including scheduling meetings, documenting actions and reporting on project status. Develop and communicate clear and actionable deliverables, or activities to be completed. Each of these activities should have an identified owner, as well as a clear timeline and success criteria. All minutes should be circulated within 3 days of a meeting date

    • Supervise work execution. Manage project team and ensure expectations are proactively managed. Motivate and empowers project teams to create a positive and creative culture for the project team to perform well, learn and grow. Ensure that all project team members have clear goals and receive regular feedback on the common shared vision

    • Account for achieving or exceeding project targets, tracking accurate and timely forecasting of project variables (cost, resource, work in progress etc.) As well as establishing critical success factors for the project (beyond the traditional measures: on time, on budget and to agreed scope) and ensure each work stream has a plan in place to achieve the success factors. Track and report monthly and 6 months post-delivery of the project the success of the project

    • Build and maintain constructive and collaborative relationships with the project team, third-party suppliers and all vested stakeholders. Communicate on progress and seek approval as required from stakeholders for key decision gates

    • Provide resolution for problems, mitigating programme/project risks, ensuring issues are addressed promptly and appropriately. Act as the escalation point for issues relating to project and identify dependencies across the programme/project

    • Strive to drive continuous improvement. Creates and implements guidelines for evaluating the program's strengths and areas where improvement is required. Stay close to latest programme/project management techniques, best practices and tools

    • Lead project quality assurance. Work across multiple projects simultaneously and be responsible for defining standards, communicating priorities and executing tasks associated with managing innovation projects

    Skills and experience required:

    A Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in Management, Business Administration or another business-related area or program management skills or certification
    5 years + in programme/project management with a proven track record of successfully controlling and delivering multiple projects of varying disciplines and complexity
    Prince 2 or similar project management methodology experience
    Being flexible and collaborative
    Being analytical
    Creative thinker and problem solver
    Superior organisation skills
    Strategic planner and multi-tasker
    Excellent attention to detail
    Being persistent, assertive and confident
    Stress management handling works well to deadlines and under pressure
    Leadership and strong influencing skills
    Being open minded and approachable
    Being willing and helpful, work as part of a team
    Being commercially aware with financial literacy
    Knowledge of Human Resources practices
    Excellent written and oral communication skills
    Excellent knowledge of all MS office software
    Excellent opportunity and one our client is looking to engage ASAP.