Senior Project Manager (UK specialist)

Salary Description:
£600 per day
Location Description:
Working from home
Job Role:
Employment Type:
Contract Type:
Application Deadline:
14th September 2021
ORB People
Job Ref:
UK Specialist senior project manager

The role is a member of the Delivery team and supports the O&T Change Delivery by:

·         Providing professional project management for one or more projects concurrently

·         Being responsible for the successful delivery of projects as measured against project deliverables, timescale, commercial objectives and risk     management.

·         Following a standard approach to project governance, including the reporting on the progress of projects.

Main responsibilities and Accountabilities

The scope of work for which the Senior Project Manager is responsible includes: 
Those ‘projects’ which are sufficiently large to warrant a named Programme and/or Project Manager(s) to be assigned.

 The role will have the following accountabilities:


·         To be able to clearly articulate the objectives and business need for the project, understanding the broader strategic fit for the project.

·         To make continuous improvement a priority, holding a solid grasp of project management principles, with experience in successfully advancing those principles.


To lead and deliver projects, including:

o    Developing estimates and plans to create a baseline against which the project will be measured or bids will be made;

o    Proactively identifying and resolving issues which threaten successful delivery;

o    Initiating, controlling and closing projects.

o    Delivering projects within agreed budget, time and quality parameters;

o    Demonstrating clear understanding of the business requirements for each project, making ongoing decisions based on what’s best for the organisation, challenging senior stakeholders on critical success factors if needed.

o    Managing all commercial aspects of the project including effective change control of requirements, deadlines and effort.

o    Managing resources in line with budgeted effort.

o    Resolving issues and initiating corrective action as appropriate.

o    Ensuring there is an adequate understanding of the business risks inherent in the projects.

 Governance and control

·         Establish and coordinate an effective Steering Group (or equivalent) to provide direction and support to resolve issues where necessary

·         Monitor and report (progress, risks, budgets, issues) with sufficient clarity and timeliness to enable stakeholders to monitor progress;

·         To establish systems and processes for planning, governance, reporting, communication, and budgets to ensure delivery to quality, time and cost requirements.

·         To support the maintenance and promotion of the ‘small project management framework’ to enable other Profit Centres to manage those projects consistently and effectively.


·         To build and manage relationships with key stakeholders, particularly the Business and Executive Sponsors, both internal and external.

·         To work closely with the Client Delivery Managers to manage relationships with clients.

·         To collaborate with and build relationships with MGTI teams or third party suppliers where these are part of delivery teams.

·         To offer proactive support to non-project management specialists with responsibilities for managing projects.

 Experience and Education Requirements


·         Experience of delivering projects related to pensions e.g. pension and payroll systems, database migrations, and member portals

·         Experience of successfully completing the entire project lifecycle, from inception to implementation.

·         Ability to lead a cross functional, distributed team to deliver successfully

·         Track record of delivering to time, quality and budget.

·         Experience in client facing work.

·         Excellent influencing and negotiation skills.

·         Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Able to articulate complex messages with clarity and ease to all audiences and flex style as      required.

·         Strong commercial awareness, including change management.

·         Ability to work to strict deadlines.

·         Ability to cope with high demand requirements of stakeholders.

·         Logical, innovative, methodical, collaborative and thorough approach to work.

·         Expertise in making high level decisions and implement operational plans.

·         Collaborative team player who can influence outcomes as well as work independently. Known as being a team player and achieving for the group   rather than individual.


·         Knowledge of DB, DC and Insured pension plans an advantage

·         Financial services background

·         Experience of Agile development methodologies

Key Competencies


·         MS Office products (Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio, Project)

·         Prince2 qualified (or equivalent)

·         Planning, monitoring and controlling projects, including risk and issue management

·         Financial control and budget management


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