Senior Project Manager

The Senior Project Manager will be a lead member of the project management practice in IT Services. They will have responsibility for project delivery work, defining, managing and delivering large and complex technology-enabled business change projects as part of the University’s IT capital plan. They will have full financial responsibility for assigned projects, and management of staff assigned to work on the project.

They will also have responsibility for the line management of Project Managers in the group, and the ongoing development of the practice, working with the Head of Portfolio Management to continuously improve ways of working and skills development. It is expected to have three Senior Project Managers, managing between three and five staff.

Essential selection criteria

  • A high level of general education to degree level or equivalent
  • Proven project management experience, including the successful implementation of a sizeable enterprise-wide application
  • Proven experience of managing, influencing and participating in large-scale business change initiatives
  • Proven accountability for sizeable budgets, and adherence to these budgets for the projects delivered
  • Experience of using industry-standard project management methodologies and tools
  • Proven successful risk mitigation and quality management experience
  • Experience of working in a complex environment where there is a wide range of parallel and mutually dependent activities
  • Previous experience of managing and motivating a large team, including both business and technical staff, and of working effectively as part of a wider, multi-disciplinary team
  • Proven negotiation skills, including managing third-party supplier relationships
  • Proven ability to manage, plan and take responsibility for a range of tasks involving interaction with, and the co-operation of, business and IT people, including the agreement of technical solutions
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to relate confidently and effectively to users at all levels
  • Experience of line management of project staff, including formulation of development plans and management of performance

Desirable selection criteria

  • Experience of managing a team in a matrix management
  • Experience of working within the University, or a similar organisation, and an understanding of the higher education sector