Partnered with a Logistics/Supply Chain focused organisation based in central Southampton, EA First are looking for experienced Project Manager to join the existing projects function and be at the forefront of both business and technological change throughout the organisation and the wider group.
The Project Manager will use specialist knowledge and proven in-depth experience in the management and delivery of complex, high value projects within a highly complex setting.
They will enable growth in revenue and profitability through business change by delivering projects within the portfolio in line with Business strategy.
The role of the Project Manager is to scope, plan and manage the implementation of one high risk, or multiple low/medium risk projects through to closure.
To be responsible for the completion of all the designated activities and tasks contained on the work schedule through pro-active task, risk and issue management; reporting progress as required and ensuring stakeholders are kept engaged and informed where appropriate.
The Project Manager will report into the Head of Portfolio. The role also requires the execution of project management duties to support the PMO and the completion of other projects, under the guidance of the Head of Portfolio.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
- Engage with key stakeholders to identify project objectives and key products to be delivered.
- Develop project specifications, agree project plan baseline including scope, key activities, deliverables, resource requirements, milestones, and deadlines.
- Develop business cases and follow process for project approval.
- Map out a project's critical path, identify important milestones, pinpoint dependencies and constraints, and assign tasks to the team. Set baselines for scope, budget, and timeline.
- Compare actuals to estimates (e.g., actual expenses versus planned budget and actual schedule versus planned timeline) and report status to stakeholders. Aggregate data create a KPI dashboard and run project status reports.
- Manage both positive and negative occurrences that result from a project. Identify risks, assess their impact (perform both qualitative and quantitative analysis), respond, monitor, and control the impact.
- Manage expenses, compare the actual cost to the budgeted cost, and track financial performance. Identify and course correct as needed with early detection and warning of potential overruns. This tool helps management forecast revenue and profitability
- Identify employee skill sets, track each employee's workload and availability, and allocate them to projects accordingly. Forecast staffing needs and make proactive hiring and training decisions.
- Manage relationships amongst stakeholders by building confidence and trust with clear professional communications and assured expectation management.
- Ensure team members are informed, have clear goals, and work collaboratively and in partnership with clients and other stakeholders to achieve planned outcomes.
- Drive project execution; track delivery; expect, monitor and control change, own change management; pro-actively seek and resolve blockers.
- Record information accurately and consistently using appropriate systems and provide and communicate timely information to relevant parties.
- Seek stakeholder insight and feed it into improved processes while ensuring compliance with governance and standards.
- Manage projects within agreed governance structures and processes, to ensure consistency of approach and efficient use of resources.
- Conduct progress reviews to give stakeholders confidence that projects will deliver to time, budget and agreed standards.
- Conduct reviews to assess project outcomes and to identify and capture lessons learned to enable continuous improvement. Contribute to the provision of documentation for new or improved processes, products and services and to ensure that good practice is disseminated throughout the organisation.