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The Project Manager will need to work collaboratively with all functions In Pearson BTEC and Apprenticeships and across the UK Pearson Qualification Services and beyond to deliver on projects on time, to specification and within budget.
Reporting to the Head of Programme Management, the Project Manager will lead and manage a virtual project team to ensure successful delivery/implementation on time and to budget. The candidate will be an existing effective and confident Project Manager with leadership qualities.
Overall responsibility and accountability for projects assigned: Responsible for using best practice PMO methodology to plan project activities to fit the stakeholders/customers’ needs in order to deliver on time, to specification and within budget.
Define project roles and responsibilities: Working closely with the project team, the PM is ultimately responsible for defining the project scope and objectives to ensure project team members understand their individual roles and responsibilities and are in agreement with the plan from the outset.
Leading the Project Team: Set up and lead regular project team meetings (set agendas and circulate minutes post meetings). Communicate and liaise with appropriate internal departments and external stakeholders as and when required.
Resource planning: Ensure adequate resources are assigned to each project based on recommendations/requirements from individual project team members. Liaise with the relevant Team Leader to ensure contingent worker requests are managed and routed via the systems to make sure resourcing is available when requested.
Create and manage schedule: Understand scope and develop a schedule for each project assigned. Determine task relationships, track milestones and set realistic completion dates. Keep plan accurate at all times and communicate to the project team.
Change management: manage changes to the project scope, schedule and budget as required, following relevant approval process for any additional spend.
Project Tracking: Prepare and circulates clear and concise activity/progress reports applying a proactive approach in tracking project members’ progress against schedule dates/project commitments.
Stakeholder management and communication (both internal and external): Effectively communicate project status to all stakeholders/project team members/client teams.
Risk Mitigation: Identify and manage problems/issues as they arise and before they impact the project, coordinating corrective actions quickly and efficiently. Escalate critical issues quickly to appropriate stakeholders. Be open minded and flexible in navigating road blocks and create innovative solutions to mitigate risks. Document and manage risk/issues log.
Maintain detailed records: Create and maintain detailed project documentation throughout the life of a project and share information as necessary. Maintain a learning tracker throughout the projects and review/report when needed to implement changes - on project closure, full report is reviewed with the team for consideration on future projects.
A demonstrated ability to work collaboratively whilst leading a project team.
Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) with good listening skills.
Excellent organisational, time management, prioritisation and planning skills.
Expert in managing tight schedules. A demonstrated ability to workindependently, managing own time, prioritising effectively and making decisions confidently, quickly and thoughtfully.
Can confidently create, update and manage project schedules and plans.
Ability to set agendas and lead successful meetings in person and on the phone.
Able to quickly identify and solve problems pragmatically.
Takes initiative to invoke change and solve problems with a ‘can do’ approach.
Exhibit learning agility and working knowledge of best practice in project management including change and risk management.
Minimum of 3-5 years’ project management experience
Experience of project managing multiple large/complex projects
Experience of project managing new product developments – digital and other
Experience working to tight deadlines and with changes throughout the project life cycle
Exposure to Agile methodology is an advantage
Personal style and behaviour
Professional approach at all times
Excellent organisational, time management skills and communication skills
Good analytical thinking skills and proactive problem-solver
Behaves ethically and with integrity, supports Pearson’s core values, beliefs and codes of conduct.
Disciplined, yet flexible enough to adapt to changing priorities.
Formal project management qualification