To project manage integration initiatives through working with a range of key stakeholders across the UK and International Education product groups.
To oversee a range of activities, and ensure they are scheduled and resourced appropriately, and operating to agreed milestones.
The Senior Project Manager will manage the project to a successful conclusion and report fortnightly to the Steering Group, escalating risks and issues along the way.
To be the central point of contact to update on project progress.
To facilitate workshops to agree and understand tasks, resource, schedule, and constraints the teams are operating in.
Work with the business stakeholders to identify and rationalise business requirements
Analyse, design, negotiate and manage changes to business processes and systems, working with all stakeholders across multiple levels in the organisation. The best solution may be a cultural or process change, rather than a technical one.
Accountable for the delivery of projects to achieve agreed business objectives and deadlines. This includes working independently to define project plans, managing budgets, writing Project Initiation Documents, Business Cases and other project documentation. Manage the transitional handover and support business owners by ensuring new processes or systems are embedded within the business.
Highlight projects where business benefits may no longer be delivered (for instance where a business process has changed) and make recommendations on how to proceed.
Use influencing skills backed by experience, knowledge and credibility to win over others to support proposed initiatives.
Use judgement to escalate risks, issues and changes to the appropriate level of management.
The Senior Project Manager should have a good level of understanding of the processes or systems they are involved with. This experience will allow the post holder to efficiently communicate potential issues and identify the most efficient options.
Business analysis/requirements gathering
Project Management - issues, approaches, tools & strategies
PRINCE2 - ideally holds PRINCE2 Foundation status and/or has used PRINCE2 or similar methodologies within business change projects.
Able to communicate effectively, both orally & in writing; constructively represent & promote a given position, view or recommendation as appropriate. Encourage the adoption of a given recommendation or proposal with respect to customers and project team members.
Analytical, consultative and management skills.
Able to carry out critical appraisal and provide constructive observations regarding project deliverables.
Able to challenge the status quo - constructively and appropriately challenge what, why & how things are.
Able to research - investigate, assess, and assimilate relevant professional & business material to further improve the overall solution approach.
Able to operate rationally - ability to work within a highly pressurised environment.
Able to think laterally - creative thinking and problem solving skills.
Able to plan carefully and to follow through plans with determination and focus.
Able to negotiate effectively and influence others to ensure project needs are satisfied.
Able to co-ordinate and organize the activities of relevant parties to ensure timely delivery of required outputs.
Able to prioritise - to evaluate what has to be done against what can be done and set work priorities for projects.
Relevant experience in a corporate/public sector project-related environment - preferably within an Operations or Production division.
Experience in integrated people, process and technology change.
Managing change and influencing behaviours.
A self-starter who will diligently explore, assess and uncover new initiatives and possibilities.
Flexible approach to all situations.
The ability to work under pressure and to demanding deadlines
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