Our Client on of the largest multi billion pound Technology companies across the globe is looking for a Program Manager to join their team for an initial contract till June 2023 for extension beyond fiscal for 12-months total contract.
We are looking to add to our team a critical and highly visible professional who will be the orchestrator of our data centre optimisation (DCO) efforts through our partner ecosystem in the UK. The DCO Project Manager is responsible for coordinating the contracting, execution and monitoring of a complex program of transformation with our specialist partners. The Project Manager will be responsible for liaising with our Clients partner teams in the UK and at the corporate HQ, and our partners, ensuring excellence in execution of the DCO program objectives such as to achieve and exceed contract targets. The Project Manager will be accountable for providing regular, accurate tracking of project progress across on-boarded partners, risk mitigation, and holding stakeholders account for delivering results in a timely manner to meet milestone deadlines.
Many of our clients, customers and partners deliver services and solutions via technology that is hosted on-premises or through a third-party hosting company. There has never been a greater opportunity to digitally transform those services and solutions by moving to a hybrid or entirely public-cloud strategy. The DCO program is aimed at accelerating that transformation, incentivising partners to make the move to our Azure cloud platform. It requires a high degree of coordination and discipline to achieve success, so we are investing in a Project Manager to ensure excellence in execution.
The DCO Project Manager is a brand new and exciting role that will sit in the Global Partner Solutions (GPS) team, focused on delivering outcomes which extend to the SMB business. The successful candidate will enjoy opportunities to work across many parts of our clients team and its ecosystem of partners and will be at the core of the DCO virtual team. Further, the successful candidate will become a subject matter expert on the processes and procedures involved in negotiating and executing a successful DCO contract, ensuring that they’re run efficiently, and that all stakeholders are kept informed throughout.
The successful candidate will track progress using standard project management tools and methods (e.g. Microsoft Project) and partner and customer management tools (e.g. CRM, etc.) and follow aspects of PRINCE2 where relevant or applicable.
In addition to the core accountabilities of the role, the successful candidate will also be a key contributor of feedback and insights to the business on the programme (e.g. what’s working, what’s not, etc.).
The teams that the successful candidate will work with are predominantly UK-based, with some in the United States. This role needs to be based in the UK, but location is flexible. Most of this role will be tele-based. Occasional flexibility may be required to account for time zone scheduling where calls are arranged with US colleagues.
This role will be on core office hours Mon – Fri 09.00 -17.30. Typical tasks will include:
Schedule and lead a consistent “rhythm of connection” with stakeholders from project initiation through to conclusion of the contract(s).
Develop relevant documentation and materials to support the execution of the contract(s) in a controlled, professional manner.
Act as a knowledge coordinator and point of contact for partners, connecting them to the right subject matter experts or other team members as required.
Own the task of reporting accurately the progress of partners, and the capture and sharing of best practices to increase likelihood of success in subsequent engagements.
Work closely on key contracts directly from key partners with multi-year contracts.
First 30 days priority is to get familiarised with the programme, the local and corporate stakeholders, the target partners, and begin to develop a process for tracking the projects.
Weekly sync with sponsors on progress – contract negotiations in flight, signed, being executed, etc., insights into what’s working and not, where possible forecast the likelihood of success for each contract. Identify risks in key projects and mitigations needed to correct issues and progress.
There will be significant levels of interaction with the teams within the company and with the on-boarded specialist partners.
Travel will not be required most of the time. This role will be contracted from the Reading HQ as are the sponsor team. Many of the internal stakeholders are based there.
As the UK team’s DCO strategy continues to develop, the successful candidate has room to bring their knowledge and expertise to bear to shape the role. The role requires working with a wide range of stakeholders, so the successful candidate will build a strong and varied network at our clients company and with our core partners.
The successful candidate will gain a detailed understanding of the partner ecosystem and the real-world intricacies associated with cloud transformation. This experience would give the candidate a solid foundation upon which to build a career in further roles in the technology industry. They would get a sense of satisfaction from helping our partners provide modern, scalable and secure technology solutions to their customers.
5+ years’ experience working preferably, but not necessarily, in the technology sector required.
Previous roles should have included experiences such as;
• Understanding and driving change and adoption in partner organisations;
• Engaging directly with customers / suppliers;.
• Managing projects;.
• Worked with colleagues effectively to achieve a common goal;.
• Worked with customer relationship systems, updating records and keeping track of customer progression, revenue closure etc;.
• Reporting back to teams, giving insights / ideas, process improvement;.
• Influencing without authority;.
• Dealing with conflict.
A degree is not required, but a relevant (i.e., PRINCE2) project management certification is required.
Microsoft tools used: training will be provided on bespoke toolsets such as CRM – candidate ideally has good familiarity with the following standard tools – Project, Outlook, Teams, Excel, PowerPoint and Dynamics CRM. Further standard training on those tools is also available.
Job Title: Project Manager
Location: Reading, UK
Rate/Salary: 200.00 – 245.00 GBP Daily
Job Type: Contract
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