IT Programme / Platform Lead (Digital / E-Trading)

Ashdown Group Limited
Birmingham, UK
14 Sep 2019
23 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Programme / Platform Lead (Global Insurance Company)

The Platform lead is accountable to the platform owner for the platform strategy, design, development, enhancement, delivery, pricing and cost recovery. The role ensures that the Platform is developed and maintained using sound business and technology management practices and it supports business transformation by enabling new capabilities.

Platform Overview

The aim is to optimise the way projects are delivered and supported, transitioning the organization from a traditional project management approach to a platform management approach. Platforms align around a set of related business outcomes and package together all the people, processes, technology, and information required to enable the realization of those business outcomes.

The business value of implementing the platform model resides in:
Improved alignment of investments with business objectives
More dynamic reallocation of resources and funds and greater flexibility when business needs change
Accelerated time to market
Reduced project management effort and cost, reduced cost for delivering the work in the portfolio
Entire life-cycle ownership and support incentives for the applications serving a product line
Knowledge conservation within the dedicated teams

Key Responsibilities:

Strategy and Business Management
Creates the strategy and vision of the Platform for which is responsible
Consults with Platform owner and consumers to assess and anticipate current and future Platform requirements and develops a long-term action plan
Works with stakeholders to continually optimize the governance and decision-making processes within the Platform
Budget Management
Collaborates with key business stakeholders to make funding and resource reallocation decisions within each platform
Manages the Platform's budget including Change and BAU and makes informed and dynamic investment prioritization decisions
Technology Management
Coordinates with business, data, and IT architects to align Platform and other architectures
Oversees Platform operations and guides continuous improvement efforts to support business outcomes
Defines, tracks, and communicates Platform-specific KPIs to improve the Platform's adoption and performance
Business Transformation
Acts as the point of contact for the Platform and works closely with business owners, IT advocates and IT functional leads as required
Collaborates with business partners to transition business-led technology experiments to the Platform for scaling, wherever feasible
Recommends business process changes for better Platform adoption
Personal Specification:

This Platform Lead role is paying a highly competitive salary plus an excellent benefits package.

Knowledge and experience required:

Previous experience in IT, with proven ability to build and maintain effective working relationships
Proven experience with digital and e-trading projects
Previous experience of Budget Management greater than $2m
Previous significant experience of delivering multiple complex IT projects, preferably covering the use of internal resources, third party (packaged) solutions and outsourced services
Experience of delivering non-IT projects, including experience around people change management
Experience working with an Agile methodology preferred.

The Ashdown Group Ltd acts as an employment agency in respect of permanent vacancies and as an employment business in respect of temporary vacancies.
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