Department Data Services

Project Manager (Full time - 6 month fixed term contract)

Data Services Department

Closing date : April 10, 2020

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Becoming part of the People’s Postcode Lottery team!

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a forward-thinking, dynamic organisation where we understand that people are our greatest asset. Perhaps that’s why our team voted us one of the Sunday Times Top 100 medium sized companies to work for in 2019! Our core values are fun, sharing, courageous and sustainable which are reflected in everything we do.  

We recognise and reward hard work and performance, offering a variety of benefits and career progression opportunities. This includes a generous pension and private healthcare scheme, an above average holiday allowance, discounted gym membership and fresh fruit in the office! We encourage you to spend two days each year volunteering with our charity partners and we are committed to investing 4% of salaries into training each year.  

What do we do?

As one of the world’s top fundraising private charity donors, giving back to good causes is our mission. We manage multiple society lotteries promoted by different charities supporting a wide range of causes. Since 2005, our players have raised more than £500 million for over 7,500 charities and good causes across Great Britain and internationally.

Role Summary

We are looking for an established, confident, delivery focused project manager with strong analytical skills who can deliver multiple projects and initiatives to achieve desired business objectives and outcomes while working effectively across all areas of the business.

Key Activities

  • Define project scope, benchmarks, and deliverables that support business goals in collaboration with business analysts, project support officers, senior management, internal and external stakeholders.
  • Help identify the appropriate development methodology for each project e.g. Scrum, Kanban, Waterfall or hybrid; and drive the project using the appropriate tools and techniques for this methodology.
  • Develop project plans. Identify and manage interdependencies and critical path for all new delivery initiatives to ensure all influences on project plans are communicated and managed.
  • Manage the effective delivery of all projects assigned to ensure the smooth and timely delivery of assignments. Manage the day-to-day operational aspects of each project and its scope.
  • Manage the effective communication of project progress, risks and project expectation to stakeholders at all levels in a timely and concise fashion.
  • Facilitate regular and effective status and planning meetings with project teams. Work with teams to execute project work plans and be prepared to revise as appropriate to meet changing requirements.
  • Mitigate, resolve and/or escalate issues in a timely fashion to minimize exposure and risk on projects.
  • Utilise troubleshooting skills to address project-related issues as well as human resources needs of team members, to make quick, informed decisions about technical problem areas.
  • Conduct retrospective discussions, perform analysis, and suggest and drive areas for improvement in internal processes along with possible solutions.
  • Make sure project documentation and artefacts are complete, current, and stored appropriately.
  • Manage the integration of vendor tasks and track and review vendor deliverables.
  • Manage project budgets and other resources assigned to the projects.

Required Skills

  • Degree in business, information technology, or a related field, or equivalent work experience
  • Project management qualification in any of the following: Prince 2 Practitioner, PMP, Agile PM, Scrum Master
  • Significant project management experience
  • Significant experience working with technical, security and governance teams
  • A good record of managing scope, time, and budget of multiple simultaneous projects
  • Experience with requirements and defect management
  • Experience managing both Waterfall and Agile projects
  • Understanding how requirements translate to technical solutions
  • Prior experience delivering high profile software, web or ecommerce projects
  • A strong team player able to work effectively with others
  • Excellent organisation skills to keep on top of workload, managing multiple parallel projects
  • Be able to build strong relationships with teams and stakeholders
  • Computer literate, fully proficient in the use of Microsoft Office and ideally knowledge of using a collaboration software program, such as SharePoint or Confluence and programme management software, such as JIRA or MS Project

Personal Attributes

  • Daily communication with internal colleagues of all departments, team members, project team members, sister lotteries, suppliers and all external and internal stakeholders via face to face, telephone, video conferencing and written communication methods requiring:
      • Confident in communication, both written and verbal.
      • Excellent presentation, coaching and facilitation skills.
      • Well-developed negotiation and influencing skills to find consensus.
  • Frequent communication and building strong relationships with 3rd party suppliers of services.
  • Present project status, strategy, approach; provide reports to senior managers and stakeholders, steering groups and managing directors.

Additional Information

Whilst this role is predominantly office based, due to the nature of some projects, occasional travel might be required within Europe.

More information?

For questions about this vacancy or more information about careers at People’s Postcode Lottery, please contact us.

The HR Team