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Senior Project Manager, Content

Posted: 31 Mar 2021 Closes: 12 May 2021
London Competitive
Permanent & Full-time -729797001

Job Title: Senior Project Manager, Content
Reports to: Program Manager
Department: Technology
Location: London

The Technology department is charged with establishing, monitoring and maintaining information technology systems and services to enable business users to carry out their roles efficiently, productively and securely. The department must stay at the forefront of technology change in order to meet multiple business requirements, provide secure IT infrastructure and proactively support C4 strategic growth opportunities.

This role is to manage strategic and transformation projects within Technology that is vital to Channel 4

The job holder will lead and manage a combined team of delivery, support, functional and technical professionals (both on and off-shore) and be the main point of engagement to implement projects to meet the business requirements.

The projects will involve development, across multiple cross functional systems (in house and external) and require interfacing with third parties; as such experience delivering large (£3m+) and complex development projects spanning multiple teams and business areas is essential.

The role will also involve working co-operatively and consultatively with a number of key senior business stakeholders. The successful engagement and management of these stakeholders will also be a critical element of the role as you will manage scope, prioritization, budget, communications and resources.

  • Project Planning: lead multi-phased, multi-party concurrent projects, planning effort, including the formulation of the overall Design with architects, build and test effort, integration with legacy and inflight system projects working in conjunction with other teams.
  • Project Control: Leads the development of effective plans for controlling project scope, schedule and cost baseline, and monitors the project execution to ensure that the plan is being followed. Approves documentation to explain changes to the baseline, and ensures the approved changes are implemented. Monitor, reviewing and overseeing change control logs of all submitted change requests and their status. Ensures work is delivered within the Technology Governance Framework and PMO, including delivery of project artefacts and documentation.
  • Project Communications & Stakeholder Management: Working with the IT Programme Manager to agree an effective plan for communicating project information to the stakeholders (e.g. Steering Group). Resolves project issues. Communicates status of the work stream to the Programme Manager, other IS work streams and wider programme areas such as design, change and transition.
  • Project Risk and Issue Management: Leads the definition of Delivery risks, and the required mitigation approaches. Monitors work stream activities for the occurrence of risks, and takes timely action to mitigate the risk. Advises project team members, stakeholders and senior management of actions required or completed. Resolves problems by analysing issues, discerning the most appropriate courses of actions, providing tactical direction and, when necessary, reallocating resources.
  • Resource Management: Manages teams comprised of solution architects, Business Process Architects, business analysts, various technical specialists and other project leads. Ensures team members are adequately educated and performing at the required level. Selects, develops, and motivates assigned staff.
  • Budgetary & Cost Control: maintains clear and transparent cost control across all areas of the project, providing regular forecast/spend against budget projection.
  • Full system development and implementation lifecycle: from inception, design, build & test to a live fully supported system, accepted by the business stakeholder, project / programme timescales ranging from 6 months+ in duration. Responding to user queries and issues that will occur in Production.
  • Proven Senior Project Manager experienced in managing large scale (£3m+), cross functional, complex projects.
  • Must have project management capabilities with a minimum 10 years PM experience.
  • Proven line manager responsibilities with multiple direct reports and experience in managing outsourced development.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects; 4 to 6 at any one time.
  • Ability to operate independently and take accountability.
  • Focused and timely communication skills; clear and persuasive under pressure.
  • In-depth understanding of systems architecture & technology development lifecycle.
  • Experienced in supplier management including running an RFI, RFP and proof of concept processes, working within legal and procurement boundaries.
  • Establishing and setting up project governance structure and chairing meetings.
  • Able to effectively deal with changing priorities or obstacles and to provide alternative options or solutions.
  • Demonstrate situational leadership skills, enabling clear prioritization, conflict resolution and delegation.
  • Must have in depth theoretical and hands-on experience of project management methodologies e.g. PRINCE2 and Agile practices such as SCRUM, KANBAN with the ability to harness the right elements at the right time
  • Must have understanding of leading requirements definition and process design
  • Must have the ability to quickly gain knowledge and understanding of a range of applications and business functions.
  • Demonstrable track record of success with demanding customers and time pressures.
  • Must have collaboration skills working effectively with multiple delivery and product stakeholders; ability to build network across the business stakeholders.
  • Must have presentation, numeracy and negotiation skills
  • Motivate and develop staff in order to maximize contribution to Technology and to the wider business.
  • You will need an appreciation and understanding of media domain applications and services.
  • Working on large scale transformation projects, with multiple stakeholders
  • Broadcast Management Systems and/or Rights & Royalties domain knowledge and systems
  • Working with Commercial off the shelf (COTS) applications and integrations of them
  • Managing internal delivery teams and 3rd party suppliers of COTS
  • Ability to develop and run RFIs/RFPs, supplier management and engaging procurement and legal stakeholders accordingly
SalaryCompetitiveApplication questions to complete
To complete your application please provide a response to the below application questions, you can upload your response to the application questions as an attachment when submitting your application. This can be attached to your application as a PDF or Word document. Please explain why you see yourself as a senior project manager and your experience of leading a large delivery team (Max 300 words)What is your process when setting up a new project, governance and stakeholder management (Max 300 words)How many direct reports have you manged at any one time (Max 100 words)Describe whether you have experience of running an RFI & RFP, and the processes involved through to contract signature and implementation of an off the shelf system (Max 300 words)
BenefitsThere are a million reasons why it's great to work at Channel 4, here are just a few of the perks for you;
•26 days annual leave (including a day off for your birthday)
•Company funded Private Medical Insurance
•A generous Group Personal Pension
•Access to our flexible benefits scheme including dental, travel insurance, health screenings and more!Applications Close Date12 May 2021
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