Project Manager

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Location: Woking, GB

Job Title: Technical Project Manager           Department: McLaren IT     

Reporting to: Portfolio Manager                                                          

Date of preparation: Dec 2014                     Date of Amendment: Feb 2018                                           

Purpose of the Role:

Reporting to the Portfolio Team Lead, the Project Manager will deliver Technical and Infrastructure Projects for McLaren’s businesses. The successful candidate will be responsible for ensuring the appropriate level of governance is applied to both small and complex projects and that these are completed within defined timescales, cost and quality criteria.

This role will require strong stakeholder engagement, influencing skills, clear communication skills, and the ability to positively challenge key project and IT stakeholders to ensure the best solution is identified for the project requirements.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Scope, plan and deliver IT projects using a structured method and approach to planning, requirements gathering, risk and issue management, change management and resource management.
  • Work with business stakeholders to assess the impact of project decisions on other business areas/initiatives and set realistic expectations around delivery approaches, costs and timelines.
  • Ensure successful delivery through securing stakeholder buy-in, influencing and persuading resources to commit to delivery and removing barriers to delivery.
  • Assess, control and manage the risks to the project, prepare mitigation and contingency plans and have responsibility for project administration, record keeping and status reporting.
  • Seek and obtain financial and deliverable approvals from the business.
  • Accountable for the timely creation and quality of all associated project documentation throughout the entire project lifecycle.
  • Ensure the project is delivered in line with the McLaren project delivery methodology & standards.
  • Manage project resources, workload priorities and provide leadership/direction to the team and support the ongoing up skilling of the Delivery function.
  • Build close working relationships with key internal users, senior managers and external suppliers.
  • Follow and promote the McLaren project delivery methodology, driving and endorsing the adoption of pragmatic, value-adding delivery processes across the business and IT functions.
  • Identify and recommend ways to improve the department’s efficiency through a comprehensive understanding of operational challenges and external environment factors.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:                                                                                               

  • Demonstrable experience of working within an operational project / IT environment
  • Demonstrable technical background across a range of infrastructure related competencies – including Microsoft infrastructure services, server virtualisation, networking concepts (IP, Routing, F/W’s) cloud services, desktop services, storage and concepts of HA and DR.
  • Knowledge of the full project lifecycle and governance standards (Prince 2 Practitioner, APMP, PMP)
  • Understanding of delivery methodologies e.g. Waterfall, Agile, Scrum
  • Strong organizational, time management and planning skills to drive and deliver projects
  • Ability to work in a rapidly changing and demanding environment
  • Advanced use of Microsoft Packages especially MS Project, Office (Visio, Excel, Word, PowerPoint) and SharePoint
  • General administration – co-ordination of meetings, issuing minutes and following up actions

Personal Attributes:   

  • Strong customer service orientation
  • Proven analytical and problem-solving abilities.
  • Works well with others, has strong communication, project and time management skills.
  • Gains the respect of colleagues and is a team player who is more interested in results than personal preferences
  • Should be motivated by long-term perspective and be inquisitive
  • Good communication skills; good interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to conduct research into issues and products as required.
  • Highly self-motivated and directed, with keen attention to detail.
  • Ability to effectively prioritise tasks in a high-pressure environment.
  • Outstanding documentation skills, producing high quality work
  • Understand project methodology and delivery being able to work as part of a project team and deliver consistent reporting and project documentation.

All employees must ensure compliance with the Company Health and Safety Policy, and all relevant other statutory Health and Safety legislation.

This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of duties and may not detail some less major duties allocated to the post holder, nor cover duties of a similar nature, commensurate with the role, which may from time to time be reasonably required by the relevant manager.

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