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Date Added: Sat 17/07/2021

PMO Lead / Manager

Hatfield, UK
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Job Type: Permanent, FullTime

Job Description

PMO Manager / Lead- Automation / Manufacturing / Material Handling

Excellent salary plus pension, training & development. Excellent salary and development opportunities


Vacancy description

My client is a world leading innovator in online grocery shopping with a pioneering business model and technology in which they are expanding into the global market. Developing their own technology and new customer propositions, opening multiple sites at an accelerating rate and engaging in exciting new business partnerships, there has never been a better time to join them. The expansion into the international market has pushed them to be even better as they demonstrate what they can do on a global scale.

The PMO stream sits within the Project Office & Design Solutions department, and is accountable for ensuring that the company's standards are established, upheld and clearly defined throughout the programme lifecycle. As the business has grown at an incredible rate, this team is essential in ensuring projects are controlled, assured and supported throughout their full life cycles - these projects ranging from design, build, construction, technology integration to testing, on an international scale.

The PMO Lead is responsible for establishing a currently immature PMO function, setting up process and best practice, implementing tools and training, risk management and influencing the strategic direction of project/programme delivery. Essentially, the PMO Lead is writing the rule book for how PI delivers projects, and ensures frameworks, tools, governance, assurance and risk management activities are adopted and robust for continued future growth, slowly taking the function from acting as a supportive to a controlling PMO. This role requires a subject matter expert in project delivery/controls, with previous experience in setting up and managing PMOs in a construction/infrastructure/build environment. Strong cost, reporting, analysis, scheduling capabilities and risk management experience are required, as well as the ability to influence and change mindsets within an ever-growing organisation. The role is based in our Hatfield head office, but some UK/international travel may be required.

Key Accountabilities:

Developing the agreed Project Management Methodology

Developing best practice and agreed standardised processes, tools, templates and ways of working.

Developing project and portfolio risk and issues management strategy, process, tools and standards.

Ensuring the Project/Portfolio risk management strategy maintains alignment to the company corporate risk strategy.

Implementing risk management standards and processes.

Monitoring, auditing and reporting risk and issue process compliance and quality.

Providing support, coaching and mentoring on project risk management across the department.

Training, coaching and mentoring through our Training Academy.

Facilitating Lessons learned.

Providing process and best practice knowledge and expertise.

Driving adoption of our PMI framework and methodology across internal and external projects.

Ensuring compliance/conformance to governance (Audit & Measure).

Updating & managing the governance framework for the Programme, ensuring that governance is carried out within the framework.

Leading the governance process for forums, i.e. Project Board, Programme Board and Executive Committee. This will include managing, reviewing and challenging where necessary, to ensure that materials are developed in the right timelines, to the desired level of quality.

Enforcing a structured approach to project delivery within the team to realise synergies and efficiencies where possible.

Maintaining multiple programme views for different audiences.

Compiling ad-hoc reports as required for programme management (i.e. reporting required for wider company governance forums).

Creating, maintaining and reporting on integrated project programmes across complex large scale projects.

Maintaining and tracking project methodology.

Regular project analysis, data and portfolio reporting.

Ensuring process compliance and providing project governance.

Assisting with ad-hoc requests and representing PMO where required.

Required skills/experience:


● Extensive experience setting up PMOs and working within large scale construction/build/infrastructure programmes

● Experience working in a PMO, central planning or governance function, including relevant qualifications (ie APMP Level D/Prince II)

● Demonstrable professional project & programme risk management experience

● Expertise in using defined programme and project delivery processes consistently over time

● Sound interpersonal skills to interact and build relationships with multiple stakeholders at all levels ● People management experience (within a PMO environment)

● Extensive experience within a fast-paced, highly pressurised office environment

● Confidence to challenge ways of working

● Excellent numeric and Excel skills

● Excellent communication skills - written and verbal

● Problem-solving and continuous improvement approach

● Proactive, innovative, self-motivated and results-driven attitude

● Strong attention to detail

● Desire and passion to collaborate with others towards a shared goal


● Experience using project and portfolio management tools (ie Planisware)

● Demonstrable experience leading Governance and Reporting aspects of programmes

● Management of multiple PMO areas and stakeholders at any one time, to support the multi-faceted nature of the role

● Demonstrable experience in Project Cost, schedule and Risk Management experience

● Experience in designing and development of enterprise end-to-end planning and governance processes and standards

● Project Management background

● Project planning experience in engineering, supply chain or logistics projects

● Report writing capabilities

● Ability to interpret data and identify trends

● Degree-educated

● Recognised Project Management Qualification

In addition to the salary

* Pension

* Life Assurance

* Private Medical Insurance

* 25 days holiday, increasing to 27 with 5 years' service

* Employee Assistance Program

* Income protection

* Share schemes

* 15% company discount

Application Process

If you have the above skills and wish to be considered for this position or find out more details then please submit your CV.

We will endeavour to contact all applicants however if you do not hear from me within two weeks then unfortunately you have been unsuccessful
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