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Senior Project Manager – Manchester

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Purpose of the role

The Project Management Office is part of the Technology team within the CTO organisation. The team consists of full-time project co-ordinators, project managers and senior project managers who:

  • Define and develop leading project management best practice, sharing this across the organisation.
  • Track and monitor all initiatives across the organisation to ensure the Board are able to make decisions as required.
  • Lead the organisation’s strategically critical projects, ensuring they are delivered successfully.
  • Provide support to initiatives owned within the wider organisation, whilst understanding the impact these will have on other initiatives.

Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the simultaneous planning and delivery of multiple large sized full projects or programmes of smaller projects within the agreed time, quality and cost objectives.
  • Identifies opportunities and actively influences the Transformation Roadmap.
  • Develops business cases to secure investment and realise benefits that are material to achieving the organisations strategic intent.
  • Leads project teams, either direct line or matrix resources, and will work with partners both internally and externally to ensure deliverables and milestones are achieved.
  • Works collaboratively across the PMO team, wider organisation and our partners/customers to achieve defined outcomes.
  • Advocates the organisation’s project management approach, influence key stakeholders to embrace the initiative and engage at all levels of the organisation.
  • Continually seeks new ways of working to reduce effort and increase successful outcomes, sharing these with the PMO team.
  • Seeks out change opportunities across the organisation, ensuring all initiatives are taken through the PMO front door process.
  • Constructively challenges others, regardless of position or status, particularly challenging non-fact-based decision making.
  • Coaches the project co-ordinators and project managers within the PMO to develop overall effectiveness.

Project Delivery specific

  • Prioritises activities in order to make sure key deliverables are achieved within the time, quality and cost objectives.
  • Ensures alignment across the project team through regular checkpoint reviews, reporting and presentations on progress to the Project Boards and Steering Groups.
  • Develops detailed project, implementation or action plans for the duration of each project as appropriate and ensures that change control measures are implemented once the project is launched.
  • Makes sure each project has a clear objective, benefit statement and scope formally documented and agreed with stakeholders.
  • Applies strong analytical capability to review data, draw conclusions and make recommendations.
  • Provides timely and accurate project reporting across milestone timescales, demand impacts, quality and financial measures so that sponsors and stakeholders have visibility of sufficient information to take decisions.
  • Identifies risks, issues and dependencies associated with projects and develops mitigation plans to minimise disruption to successful delivery.
  • Captures lessons learned during the project lifecycle and translates these in to executable actions that can be adopted by the wider PMO community.
  • Maps all stakeholders associated with the project and delivers an effective schedule of project communications targeted to the audiences within each stakeholder group.
  • Influences stakeholders to avoid conflict and is capable of resolving conflicts should they arise during the project lifecycle.
  • Simplifies complex project information and distils it into simple, key messages with impact.
  • Escalates (appropriately) issues that have or imminently will exceed the project boundaries.
  • Implements mechanisms to ensure changes are sustainable and is able to demonstrate this through evidence.

Key Attributes

  • Recognised formal project management qualification (PMP/APMP/Prince2/P30 or equivalent).
  • Degree qualified is desirable.
  • Developed project management and planning skills and experience spanning five or more years.
  • Outstanding attention to detail (written and numerical), excellent written and spoke English along with advanced Microsoft Office skills are essential.
  • Self-motivated individual capable of successful delivery with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to be flexible by adapting quickly to changing priorities.
  • Strong inter-personal, time management and problem-solving skills.

How to Apply:

Please email your CV and cover letter to

All applicants, regardless of gender, ethnic background, sexual orientation, age, religion, socio-economic status or any other factor will be treated equally and fairly in the application process.