Technical Software Project Manager Agile Delivery

Nigel Frank International
09 Feb 2017
09 Mar 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Navigating an advert for a Project Management role can be a bit of a minefield. Whether its copy and pasted job descriptions or badly written sales pitches, the majority of them fail to do one simple thing...

Explain what the company are actually looking for!

With that in mind, I wanted to take you on a journey...

That journey begins with a Software Consultancy in Central London (not Central London + 40 minutes on the Tube) who are looking to expand their Senior Management division. They provide high-quality bespoke software to a range of Investment Banks, Financial Services Organisations and Hedgefunds. They operate a highly collaborative company culture focusing on harnessing your talent. In other words, you won't be expected to work 24 hours per day with no hope of progression.

That journey continues with their requirements... which are pretty detailed. So rather than copying and pasting them into this job ad, I am going to strip everything back and focus on the key things that they are looking for from any prospective applicants:

* Agile Delivery - They operate an Agile development team so an understanding of Scrum and Kanban is really important. If you have operated in the capacity of a 'Scrum Master' then that would be even better.

* Stakeholder Engagement - Being a Software Consultancy means you will be expected to engage with external Stakeholders throughout the Project Lifecycle, working both in-office and on client site to understand their requirements and react to any issues/changes. Having a background in a customer-facing role would therefore be ideal but not 100% essential.

* Bespoke Software - Their main USP is that they delivery high-quality Bespoke Software to their customer base, so it is important that you come from a similar background. Previous experience in a Digital Tech House, Software House or ISV is therefore highly desirable.

* Technical Understanding - Unlike larger organisations such as KPMG and Sage, you won't be leading a team of 30+ people on their projects. Their project teams are smaller and you will be expected to work closely with the Software Developers and QA, so being able to have in-depth technical conversations is crucial. You won't be expected to code, but if you have done in the past then great!

* Client Travel - I will start by stating you won't be expected to spend weeks-on-end in China or the US, but there will be some client travel involved in this role. 90% of their clients are in Central London and there will occasionally be requirements to spend time with customers to ensure smooth delivery. If this is an issue then this might not be the role for you.

So you are now probably thinking... 'Where does this journey end?'. Well that bit is entirely up to you.

If you want the journey to continue to a phone call with me, then give me a call on either or .

Alternatively, if you would prefer to send me a copy of your CV or even an inquisitive email then you can try .

However, if you would prefer to end this journey here then all I can say is thank you for reading this advert!

Anything discussed will be kept confidential.

Nigel Frank International is the leading Microsoft Technologies recruitment firm in the UK, advertising more Microsoft jobs than any other agency. We deal with both Microsoft Partners & End Users throughout the UK and Europe and we have never had more live requirements for Microsoft professionals. By specializing solely in placing candidates in the Microsoft Technologies market I have built relationships with most of the key employers in the UK and have an unrivaled understanding of where the best opportunities are.