Job title: Project Manager
Contract: 12-month FTC
Hours: Full Time, 35 hours per week
Location: Office based 20-40% at Stratford, London ( with the option to work from Sidcup, Kent) or Manchester, M33 6AG
Persona: Agile, Office based 20-40% dependant on business needs
Salary £50,000 – £63,000 pa dependant on experience and location
Closing date for completed applications: 6th February 2022
Early applications are encouraged as we reserve the right to close the advertisement and interview earlier than stated
PREVIOUS APPLICANTS NEED NOT APPLY
A great opportunity has arisen for an experienced Project Manager to join L&Q at a very exciting time where we will invest, grow, and transform our business to provide a better service to customers old and new. Our Business Applications team is implementing a new Target Operating Model and is being restructured to support this journey, and this role forms part of that process.
As a Project Manager it will be your responsibility to plan, organise, and direct the completion of specific technology workstreams/ projects approved by the business, whilst ensuring these projects are on time, on budget, and within agreed scope.
The ideal candidate will have experience of managing technical and IT projects, ideally with some formal Project Management training and accreditation. In this role you will be expected to manage a single large project or multiple smaller projects.
This role reports into a Senior Project Manager and will work alongside a team of 6 Project Managers.
The job holder will be responsible for the following primary aspects:
Leading the estimating and planning process for projects approved to proceed to this stage by the Change Group. Identifying all stakeholders and leading and facilitating the production of all relevant project management documentation. Mobilising project resources, managing the delivery phase, working with workstream partners, including Product Owners, taking early action to address risks and issues and ultimately ensuring projects are delivered on time, on budget and meet the user requirements. Ensuring that projects are transitioned into support with full documentation, handover, and hyper-care arrangements in-line with the agreed Service Transition Standards. Issuing regular progress updates, ensuring all stakeholders are kept fully involved and up-to-date, and ensuring Technology and Corporate Portfolio Management function information and reporting needs are met Managing the agreed project budget, including head count and external cost.
The job holder will be involved in:
Working with Procurement and the IT Procurement Specialists to ensure that the overall procurement process runs quickly and effectively, and the chosen partner/ supplier is onboarded. Building close relationships with Business Stakeholders and Sponsors. Working with corporate functions including Corporate PMO, Business/ Corporate Project and Programme Managers, Procurement, HR, Finance etc
Skills and Experience:
Track record of managing technical and IT projects, ideally with some formal Project Management training and accreditation. Ability to comprehend technical subjects, including software development and systems architecture, as well as document/ translate the basic meaning behind these subjects. Familiarity with both Agile and Waterfall methodologies. Able and willing to switch between them. Experience using DevOps, Jira, or a similar tool to manage projects throughout the SDLC process is advantageous. Experience working in a similar size project delivery team. Good working knowledge and experience of project and programme governance and reporting Experience of producing software tenders and evaluating supplier bid responses and in particular direct involvement in OJEU tendering will be advantageous Strong influencing, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills. Experience of working with and influencing senior stakeholders Self-starting. Able to operate on own initiative with minimal supervision. Outcome and result focused.
L&Q is a large fast paced and passionate organisation with a strong mission to combine its social purpose and commercial drive to create homes and neighbourhoods everyone can be proud of.
If you have the skills, experience and drive needed to fulfil this role then apply without delay.
We are a multi-site organisation, so some roles may require occasional travel between offices but expenses will be covered.
At the foundation of everything that we do are our corporate values and associated behaviours. Our organisational behavioural framework outlines the core expectations of all employees, which should be demonstrated at all times when representing L&Q. More information about L&Q’s values can be found on our website and a copy of our behavioural framework can be provided on request.
At L&Q, people are at the heart of our business and our success depends on employing the best people and getting the best from them. This is why we are committed to developing our people. It’s only by investing in a well-trained and motivated workforce that we can continue to prosper and sustain business success.
In addition to our support and training, the successful candidate will have access to our full suite of benefits:
Remote working – up to 80% Flexible working arrangements Strong family friendly policies Learning & Development Annual leave starts from 26 days plus bank holiday Excellent Pension Scheme – double contribution up to 6% Generous non-contributory life Assurance Great places to work certified 2022 Best Workplaces for Women – ranked 18 in the UK
We are committed to supporting your work-life balance and recognise the changing demands and circumstances in life. Please let us know during the recruitment process if you’re interested in part time working or job sharing. In addition, should your circumstances change once you have joined L&Q, you can also request flexible working arrangements, e.g. a change to working hours – if it’s feasible then we’ll make it happen.
We are recognised externally for our commitment to inclusion. We are a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident (Committed) employer and have signed the Time to Change Employer Pledge to demonstrate our commitment to end mental health discrimination in the workplace.
We expect all of our employees to support our environmental policy and social responsibility work. We are an employer committed to environmental and social responsibility.
L&Q is a regulated charitable housing association and one of the UK’s most successful independent social businesses. The L&Q Group houses around 250,000 people in more than 97,000 homes, primarily across London and the South East.
As a charitable organisation, our role goes beyond providing homes and housing services. We are a long-term partner in the neighbourhoods where we work. We hope to build aspiration, opportunity and confidence in our communities through our £250 million L&Q Foundation and our skills academy.
In response to the housing and affordability crisis, we will build 100,000 new homes over ten years. Of these, 60,000 homes will be built or funded by L&Q, whilst a further 40,000 will come through partnerships. Crucially, at least 50% of these new homes will be genuinely affordable, with a target of 60% in London.
Our vision is that everyone has a quality home they can afford, and we combine our social purpose with commercial drive to create homes and neighbourhoods everyone can be proud of.