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Senior Project Manager - 12 Month Contract

Job Description

Job Description

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.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • 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.

Candidate Description

  • 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

    Qualifications, Training:

  • 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

Employer Description

We are Cambridge University Press & Assessment, a world-leading academic publisher and assessment organisation, and a proud part of the University of Cambridge., Cambridge University Press & Assessment is committed to being a place where anyone can enjoy a successful career, where it's safe to speak up, and where we learn continuously to improve together. We welcome applications from all candidates, regardless of demographic characteristics (age, disability, educational attainment, ethnicity, gender, marital status, neurodiversity, religion, sex, and sexual identity), cultural, or social class/background.

We believe that diversity of thought, background, and approach create better outcomes. More importantly, fostering an inclusive culture is the right thing to do, and it's part of how we achieve our purpose: to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence. Ensuring that anyone, no matter who they are, feels they belong here is an essential part of who we are and the contribution we make to society, and to our planet.

To enable an environment which our people can thrive in, our customers benefit from, and where work complements life, we empower everyone to manage their time and capacity, and to prioritise their wellbeing. That's why from day one everyone at Cambridge University Press & Assessment can discuss flexible working options to find the best solution for them and their role., Cambridge University Printing House, Shaftesbury Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK, CB2 8BS Loading… Open In Google Maps Loading… Enlarge Map Loading