Project Manager Group IT - contract/interim

Luton, Bedfordshire
Competitive salary
21 May 2018
18 Jun 2018
Job Function
Project Manager
Contract Type
Full Time

We have an exciting opportunity for a Project Manager within our Group IT Team based in Dunstable. You will take responsibility for delivering a diverse range of small and larger IS projects across a mix of Business & domain areas, including ensuring future Business and Systems solutions are delivered successfully to Stakeholder satisfaction and to agreed time, budget, and quality.

Whitbread PLC is a FTSE100 organisation, the UK's leading hospitality company, including brands such as Premier Inn, Costa Coffee and Beefeater.

What you will be doing

  • Take responsibility for the definition, documentation and successful completion of Projects within a key Programme of work, and engaging and advising SMEs, Users, and Stakeholders as necessary on all phases
  • Ensure that realistic project, budget, quality, and risk plans are prepared and maintained for both Projects and Sub-projects.
  • Budgetary control up to £2m p.a.
  • Management of 3rd Part Suppliers & resources
  • Collaboration with internal Architecture, Service Delivery, Testing, and equivalent teams
  • Maintain effective financial and Project progress forecasting and reporting as appropriate
  • Ensure that an appropriate change control procedure is in place, and actively used to assess the effect of changes to the Projects on costs, timescale, and/or resource needs and report these to Programme management and Project Stakeholders
  • Ensure that Projects are formally closed and, where appropriate, subsequently reviewed, and that lessons learned are captured and any appropriate action taken
  • Evaluate and make recommendations/decisions on technical options as appropriate, actively contributing to the organisation's technical strategies
  • Define and make recommendations on the Project Management Framework for projects, including creation and composition of the Steering group or Project Board, & identification of Project sponsor and Stakeholders
  • Implement communications strategies, including, collection and appropriate distribution of relevant information, appropriate handling of complaints, problems and issues, managing resolutions and implementing corrective actions and documenting of lessons learned
  • Work within a defined Organisation governance framework, which may be under the oversight and/or direction of a Project/Programme Management Office
  • Supporting external/internal audit reviews as required 

What we're looking for

  • Strong Project management delivery skills to meet schedule, quality, and budget requirements including budgetary control experience of Projects up to £1m
  • Exceptional Stakeholder management, communication, and influencing skills, and ability and demonstrated experience to be able to inspire, influence, & build confidence in both Project resources and senior Stakeholders alike
  • Significant experience managing concurrent Projects of varying size, deliverables, & complexity
  • Excellent organisational, co-ordination and administrative skills including strong planning, risks and issues management, and timely and effective Project and management reporting
  • Strong knowledge and experience in traditional Project Management governance practices
  • External Vendor / 3rd Party Supplier management experience is essential including experience building positive relationships with Vendor/Supplier management and resources
  • Experience facilitating and leading governance and Stakeholder reporting forums with SMEs and senior Stakeholders
  • Understanding of integration requirements, approaches, and dependencies where applicable
  • Experience of managing Projects in Finance, HR, or as part of Regulation Programmes would be advantageous but not essential

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