Project Manager (Maternity cover)

UK-London
Job ID
2017-1809
# of Openings
1
Business Entity
Octopus Group
Category
Strategy
Type
Permanent Full-Time

Overview

About Octopus

 

At Octopus we’re transforming the industries we operate in and improving the lives of millions of people. We’ve built market-leading positions in a number of specialist sectors, including smaller company financing, renewable energy, healthcare and property finance. We employ over 500 people and manage more than £6 billion on behalf of more than 50,000 investors. Our products don’t just help real people solve real life problems, they also make a positive impact on the world around us.

 

The Octopus Group incorporates Octopus Energy, Octopus Healthcare, Octopus Investments, Octopus Property, Octopus Ventures and Octopus Labs. Our aim is to have an impact in everything we do, and to make a vital contribution to the UK economy by helping people, companies and institutions generate wealth. And we’re always on the look-out for smart, talented people who share our values.

 

Responsibilities

The successful candidate must demonstrate pragmatic, hands-on project management abilities, applying rigor to the delivery process while being able to respond to a rapidly changing environment. For smaller projects, the candidate will need to act in a business analysis capacity, eliciting and documenting requirements. Perhaps most crucially, the candidate must have the drive and ability to constantly improve the way we understand and run projects and act as an advocate for the delivery function across the company – and hence be an integral part to the future success of Octopus.

The project manager adds significant value across the company by ensuring successful project delivery – by planning, budgeting, managing stakeholder relationships, actively managing risks and issues, identifying and managing dependencies and also supporting system test and user acceptance testing. 

 

The position reports into the Head of Central Change Team within the Group Strategy function.

Qualifications

 

 

Essential Job Function

 

 

Outline of responsibilities

  • Plan, budget and manage projects that span multiple functions in a complex and fast-changing environment.
  • Navigate, manage and communicate with a wide range of stakeholders including senior management.
  • Manage multiple in-flight projects and prioritise between them effectively. Set up and run regular team meetings, tracking actions and highlighting deadlines, issues and risks.
  • Constantly strive to identify opportunities and help delivery improvements to the operational workings of the company.
  • Contribute ideas to develop the team and our strategy in the way we go about delivery change.

 

Job Specific Experience/Technical Skills/Abilities

Outline of skills/experience required

  • Ability to plan for, budget and manage projects that span multiple functions in a complex and fast-changing environment.
  • Ability to take a risk-based approach to project management – using experience to prioritise areas that are most important while compromising where appropriate.
  • Broad understanding of financial markets, regulation and industry trends – Experience of asset management is preferred.
  • Ability to navigate, manage and communicate with a wide range of stakeholders including senior management. Experience providing structured communication to enable timely decision making.
  • Ability to manage multiple in-flight projects and prioritise between them effectively.
  • Significant experience of risk identification and mitigation, dependency identification and management and stakeholder communication.
  • Significant hands-on project delivery experience, 4 years or more.
  • Excellent communication skills, approachable and good at forming relationships with people of all levels within the business.
  • Ability to use own initiative and work with minimal supervision not only to achieve delegate tasks, but to seek out and deliver what needs to be done.
  • Ability to prioritise own workload within a busy environment and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent written and presentational skills.
  • Excellent project and organisational discipline.
  • Proven self-working and motivational skills.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • PRINCE 2 and/or Agile training qualification.

 

Our Values 

 

Be helpful

Random acts of kindness make the workplace a better place. So, go out of your way to be helpful, and give people reasons to smile.

 

Be straightforward
Life is complicated enough. Don’t make it harder for yourself, or for others. Sometimes the simplest approach works wonders.

 

Be bold
Every great business started with a flash of inspiration. If you’ve got a great idea, don’t keep it to yourself.

 

 

 At Octopus, we recognise the importance of embracing diversity in order to create a high performance culture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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