Senior Project Manager - Business Change - Financial Services

Mane Contract Services
£50000 - £55000/annum Bonus + Benefits
21 Jul 2017
20 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Senior Project Manager - Business Change - Financial Services - PERM - £55,000 pa +

A global financial services organisation are looking for a Senior Project Manager experienced in managing portfolios of projects, including IT, HR, Finance and Administration.

4 Direct reports are in place, 2 BA, 2 PM.

Overall purpose

Oversee and direct Manchester-based Project Managers working on key strategic projects and ensure on going alignment & synergy with the broader strategic project objectives.
Manage complex, high-risk, business critical projects within the strategic project programme to time, quality & budget, ensuring project interdependencies are identified and actively managed.
Identify, secure and manage project resources with the IT & Change Director to achieve project objectives in line with agreed business priorities.
Helps guide the behaviours and culture within the organisation, ensuring adherence to best practice and quality standards, and appropriate senior engagement.
Contributes actively to the operational strategy of the I.T & Change department & actively
contributes to the changing priorities of the business and the impact on the I.T & Change
Work with the IT & Change Director to ensure all change is embedded across the organisation to enable the realisation of benefits. Will stand in and deputise for the IT & Change Director where required.
Demonstrate compliance with agreed methodology, standards, policies and procedures to ensure strong governance, sharing knowledge and providing feedback and ideas so that performance is continually improved.
Lead project planning, scheduling, controlling and reporting activities for projects, ensuring that comprehensive project, quality, and risk plans are prepared and maintained and issues are actively managed through to their successful resolution.
Take end to end responsibility for the delivery of projects establishing and maintaining the correct structures to control and monitor the deliverables to the business.
Manage programme resourcing and budget management with the I.T & Change Director to ensure that the Projects/Programmes are kept on track and that delivery is within the allocated budgets.
Manage the Strategic Project Programme governance to ensure that Programme and Project management procedures are adhered to within a formal governance structure and support the running of the Programme Board, completing all required reporting.
Implement effective communication plans appropriate to the audience, situation and the desired outcome in order to manage the smooth delivery of the project.
Maintain effective financial control and project progress forecasting, and reports as appropriate.
Identify and manage problems, risks and issues which may affect the successful delivery of Projects.


Ability to make strategic decisions across a broad range projects and activities under FCA
scrutiny, ensuring delivery against commitments made.
Impacts would be far reaching (internally and externally) if incorrect or poor decisions made.
This could have large financial or regulatory impacts.
Has a good degree of freedom to act independently. Requirement to use initiative to make informed business decisions.
Role is linked to wider strategic organisational objectives through the projects they run and people they manage.


Ability to influence and inform senior stakeholders (including UK CEO, UK Finance Director, CFO) to ensure appropriate prioritisation and focus on key business projects.
Regular interaction with Director/Head of levels of the company.
Lead in producing key external reports for the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Deloitte on a regular basis.
Actively contribute to the decision-making process at Remediation Working Group (RWG) and guide discussions in the appropriate direction to secure decisions that will enable projects to deliver.
Being a role model for both the IT & Change Team and the wider business, displaying positive behaviours and encouraging high performance from direct reports.
Build strong rapport with other departments to ensure support/engagement on projects.
Involvement in HR aspects ranging from recruitment to people management.
Involvement in budget discussions.


This is not a technical role; however understanding of technical environments is required.
Strong commercial awareness and solid business acumen.
Strategic decision making plays a large part of this role as well as ability to make decisions and prioritise work.
Role is challenging in needing the ability to make business decisions/calls on budgets, resource and project priorities.
Strong people and comms skills required.
Complexity is around the various "moving parts" and understanding inter-dependencies,
typically between project resource and risks.

Management of two Project Managers, one Business Analyst and one PMO.
Responsible for leading a flexible workforce and in determining redeployment where necessary in response to changing business priorities.
Budget setting at start of year, and delegated authority to manage budget alongside Finance team.


Educated to degree level.
PRINCE II is desirable.
Substantial experience required of business change/transformation ideally in Financial Services.
Strong people management skills, including multiple direct reports.
Ability to manage & influence senior stakeholders.
Understanding of broader project landscape and vision.
Solid understanding of the business.
Ability to link together dependencies between projects