Job title: Senior Project Manager Location: Potters Bar, Bristol or Isle of Man Job type: 12 Month Fixed Term Contract
Who we are Canada Life UK looks after the retirement, investment and protection needs of individuals, families and companies. We help to build better futures for our customers, our intermediaries and our employees by operating as a modern, agile and welcoming organisation.
Canada Life UK has operated in the United Kingdom since 1903. We have hundreds of respected and supported employees committed to doing the right thing for our customers and colleagues.
Our teams are highly skilled, committed and professional. We expect the best from our people and in return we provide a stimulating, collaborative environment where each person can reach their potential.
What we're building Canada Life UK is transforming to create a more customer-focused business by providing our customers with expertise on financial and tax planning, offering home finance and annuity propositions, and providing collective fund solutions to third party customers.
We now seek a Senior Project Manager (PM) with proven skills to help support our transformation and future growth of the business within the IT & Business Change function, allowing our IT architecture to be simplified by removing legacy systems and investing in modernised, lower-cost technology systems, delivering a digital platform that provides a single view to our customers.
You will need to have a solid PM background, have experience of working in an ever changing landscape, and be able to work collaboratively with all to get the job done. If you enjoy leading project teams, providing direction & getting the best out of them, are driven by value generation and have the desire to create something meaningful then we would like to hear from you! The PM will have experience in both traditional and agile methods
Job summary The Senior Project Manager is responsible for leading Business and IT Change projects including Application Delivery, Infrastructure, Technology Integration & Transformation projects. The PM works closely and effectively with various Business & IT leaders, along with project team members and external parties, assuring projects are correctly chartered, planned, and executed.
The PM is accountable to the Project Sponsor in the management of the Project Scope, Budget, and Time and meeting the leadership expectations of the Sponsor and IT leaders.
More specifically, the PM:
Is the single accountable party for defining, planning, orchestrating, and delivering a given project
Directly manages all aspects of the project lifecycle and works with matrix IT partners to oversee all SDLC phases of a project
Ensures end results are of the highest calibre with a clearly articulated scope and quantifiable business benefit
Directs projects of varying complexity
Is accountable for one or more initiatives including business, operational, and IT deliverables
Rigorously manages scope to ensure commitments are achieved within agreed time, cost and quality parameters
Validates financial forecasts and provides ongoing reconciliation of resources and other related project expenditures
Develops communication plans and interfaces to execute on responsibilities
Serves as a subject matter expert in routinely briefing key stakeholders on different aspects of assigned initiatives
Represents the project in various project governance and inter-department forums
Defines and tracks project milestones while developing, maintaining, and reporting on an overall integrated delivery plan
Develops the project charter, integrated project plan, resource plan, contingency plan, and related project management artefacts
Advanced planning and facilitation skills and ability to work under on own initiative
Strong written and verbal communication with the ability to listen effectively to stakeholders and assure concerns are understood and addressed
Ability to work with colleagues in both technical IT and business focused roles as well as with colleagues across all levels of seniority
Ability to maintain calm under pressure and persevere during set-backs
Effective negotiation skills as required to engage with peers and team colleagues to ensure provision of excellent service and to deliver on promises & commitments
Strong financial management skills
Competent user of MS Office suite of products including Microsoft Project and SharePoint
Effective vendor management experience
5+ years in project/programme management, preferably within the financial services
Strong evidence of delivering medium to large and/or complex projects
Relevant experience in the implementation of regulatory projects and / or data migrations
Knowledge of Financial systems and environments
Demonstrable experience in managing both business change/business readiness as well as the IT and system deliverables
Recognised project management qualification, such as PMI, Prince2 or APM required
Proven experience within an Agile environment required
ITIL qualification preferred
What you'll like about working here As a Canada Life UK colleague, you'll receive a competitive salary and comprehensive reward package including income protection, private medical insurance and life assurance, along with a generous pension and bonus scheme. You'll also receive the support you need with your personal and professional development.
Our focus is to have an engaged, committed and motivated workforce, operating in a high performing and collaborative culture. We want to create an organisation that offers opportunities for all our people to develop their skills and talent, and build rewarding careers with us.
Diversity and inclusion Canada Life is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Our role as an employer of choice is to provide the right environment for talented people to do their best work, by respecting, understanding and valuing individual differences.