Junior Project Manager

Are you a Junior Project Manager, with a recognised qualification (eg PRINCE2), looking to further your career and join a company committed to the development of its people, with flexibility in your working day?  

Our client is growing its Project Management team and is looking for an ambitious Junior Project Manager with experience working in the world of finance, professional services or financial services to join their Global Outsourcing team based in Reading.

The role is interesting and varied, with lots of direct client interaction, you will be responsible for helping to transform client experience, deliver client projects and help to coordinate the work of the PMO.

You should have experience of working in a junior project role, client facing experience and be used to interacting at senior level, internally and to clients.  In addition, you should have knowledge of a number of different project management methodologies and have operated with and without a PMO / Project Office in place.

In return they offer a salary of up to £33k, excellent benefits and bags of flexibility around a 5 day per week role, to include: 1-2 days work from home (min 3 days in office) and/or early starts and finishes / late starts and finishes based around core office hours of 10 until 4

Interested?  We would love to hear from you.

About the Client

Our client is a top 10 professional services business.  This role is in their Global Outsourcing team in an exciting, dynamic and fast-growing environment. Their clients are typically large organisations that require them to provide a suite of services on a year-round basis. In all cases, there are multiple deliverables occurring on a cyclical basis.

Within the growing team they already have a governance framework, a PMO and a project support team of project executives and administrators working at a variety of levels, along with a senior programme manager leading the team. They are now looking for a junior project manager to further help in transforming their client experience, taking responsibility for the delivery of client projects and overseeing the work of the project support team.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate experience and ability in project management. Your skill set will mean that clients and the existing team will recognise you as an emerging expert in your field, you will be able to help define new projects and will pick up existing projects, running them autonomously to achieve the goals of the project.

The role will be based in the Reading office where the successful candidate will be involved in client facing projects across the Global Business Services and Service Charge Accounting service lines.

About the Role

The key purpose of the role is making sure the right things are done at the right time to ensure project deliverables are met.

Responsibilities:

  • Take personal responsibility for a small number of specific projects, both client facing and internally focussed:
  • Planning & managing project schedules to ensure on-time delivery
  • Creation and monitoring of budgets
  • Identify, allocate and coordinate resources to projects
  • Direct project support team to ensure necessary project administrative tasks and activities are completed
  • Effectively communicate & manage key stakeholders
  • Managing risks and issues
  • Managing changes to scope / contract / deliverables
  • Tracking of deliverables & monitor progress
  • Report on project status, risks and escalation, both internally and to clients
  • Support the existing PMO team, acting as a role model and working with them to develop skill sets
  • Develop strong relationships with clients and be seen as an integral member of the project delivery team 
  • Champion effective project management across the business   

Requirements

  • Strong project management experience in (in order of preference) a Finance environment, Professional Services or Financial Services
  • Experience of working in client-facing roles
  • Experienced in managing projects both with and without a PMO / Project Office in place
  • An excellent communicator, experienced at interacting at a senior level, internally and to clients. 
  • Excellent understanding of a variety of project management methodologies, preferably including PRINCE2.
  • Ability to lead a team, coaching and developing junior members.

Qualifications

You will hold a recognised project management qualification e.g. PRINCE2 and will have experience in its operation.

 

Perks

Commitment to work/life balance
Core benefits include 25 days holiday that rises with service, life assurance, income protection and pension
Access to a range of additional purchasable benefits