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Project Manager - Old Mutual

Location: Harare
Alert: Application Deadline Expired

About

Old Mutual is a premium African financial services organisation that offers a broad spectrum of financial solutions to retail and corporate customers across key market segments in 14 countries. The lines of business include Life and Savings, Property and Casualty, Asset Management and Banking and Lending.

We are rooted in our purpose of Championing Mutually Positive Futures Every Day and believe that a great customer experience is anchored in a great employee experience.

Job Description

  • This role is responsible for developing, in conjunction with the Project Sponsor, a definition of the project. 
  • This role is responsible for managing projects across businesses and functions, in order to meet strategic business objectives. The role incumbent is responsible for planning, executing and evaluating projects according to predetermined methodologies, timelines and budgets and required quality standard
  • He/she ensures the project is effectively resourced and manages relationships with a wide range of stakeholders. He/she will potentially work on multiple medium – high complexity projects simultaneously. 
  • Should also manage the Agile practice execution, ensuring it is understood and enacted.

Project Scoping

  • Interrogate the business requirements/brief and objectives/benefits for a new project based thereon contract with the project stakeholders on parameters that define the technical and business scope of the project
  • Engage with the project sponsor to agree parameters that define the technical and business scope of the project.
  • With the required background from business case/requirements, document the project scope within the PID
  • Rigorously manage the project to the agreed scope, ensuring that change control is applied to any potential changes in scope

Change request & Change control

Manage the integrated change control process by undertaking the following:

  • Be aware of potential changes to the baseline scope of the project that may require the initiation of the change control process
  • Review and evaluate the merits and impacts of potential project changes. 
  • Analyse and/or investigate and present options/ alternatives to project steering committee/ sponsor in terms of suggested changes.
  • Analyse and highlight  the direct impact of changes on the business case with the sponsor
  • Understand and communicate to project stakeholders the impact (i.e. time/cost) of these changes to the project
  • Negotiate  and facilitate the approval of necessary changes that still adhere to the Minimum Viable Product
  • Initiate the change control process and get necessary approvals
  • Re-baseline changes to project schedule, plan, business case/benefits plan and costs
  • Ensure change log is updated.

Project planning & integration

  • Facilitate initiation engagement and agreement with SME’s/business owners surrounding how the business case translates into a project in terms of the project components, approach, key stakeholders etc.
  • Establishes the target plans across multiple projects. 
  • Undertake required analysis to formulate and sign-off the project schedule including:
  • Estimate effort for work breakdown (tasks, activities, timelines, costs, resources, sequencing of tasks, dependencies, constraints etc.)
  • Develop the project schedule and define the critical path and key assumptions
  • Present and iterate changes with project sponsor, if required
  • Utilise the outcome from the engagement session with Business owners/Sponsor as well as the project schedule to augment the Charter
  • Monitor, control and manage the execution of the project according to the plan. 
  • Monitor and control delivery of all the different project components, dependencies and critical path.
  • If required, adjust plan to manage constraints, dependencies, risks and changes whilst balancing the need to deliver value to the business
  • Facilitate project meetings and undertake required reporting on project status and performance

Quality Management

  • Confirm and adhere to the quality approach to achieving quality including quality standards, controls and governances, processes and measures and build these into the project plan. 
  • Execute on quality components through duration of the project. Correct and/or escalate non-compliance to quality components timeously. 

Project Expense & Benefits Management

  • Undertake sound cost and benefits management and controls of the different projects through;
  • Sound cost estimation based on effort estimation (project scoping).
  • Refine cost options and engage with sponsor to finalise the budget
  • Establish a baseline to control the costs of the project throughout the project life cycle
  • Undertake cost-benefit analysis to determine ROI for projects.
  • Define and track benefit metrics as agreed with sponsor
  • Leverage costs saving and optimisation opportunities across projects, identifying and maximising re-use
  • Co-create and update/maintain the project business case.
  • Update business case with changing scenarios and plans. 
  • Create a robust project budget. 
  • Manage budget and monitor expenses and costs.
  • Undertake forecasting and reporting on projected project costs. 
  • Undertake monthly budget reconciliations, BVARS, Journals, corrections etc. 
  • Instil and drive practices, culture and processes for cost saving and efficiency through the project life cycle

Risk, Opportunity & Issue Management

  • Undertake ongoing identification, assessment and monitoring of all project risks/opportunities/issues to determine their relevance and impact on the project
  • Communicate and create awareness of any relevant issues/risks/opportunity with the project team
  • Plan and recommend innovative risk mitigation and contingency solutions with key project individual according to the escalation process, and influence and drive its implementation
  • Plan and recommend innovative risk mitigation and contingency solutions with project sponsor/ Steering committee and influence and drive its implementation
  • Monitor and drive these solutions to ensure their effective implementation, and update project plans if required. 

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Based on the overall stakeholder management plan, effectively interact with key stakeholders to ensure they are committed to project outcomes, facilitate required decision making and are kept abreast of project progress
  • Monitor the levels of commitment of different stakeholders to assess if, when and how to engage and influence them
  • Undertake formal and informal engagement with individuals that have concerns or are resistant to influence and gain their commitment
  • Manage competing demands from stakeholders and negotiate conflicts to find workable solutions
  • Assist in defining governance structures and  ensure adherence to all governance structures and approval protocols for project decisions
  • Plan and execute proper project communication processes/ management, within and outside of the project structure, over the course of the project life cycle including communication channels and methods that will be used to share the project performance data, project progress. 
  • Work closely with the Change Manager to give input into the creation of a robust and aligned change management plan. 
  • Assess the ongoing effectiveness of the change management processes and recommend changes if required.
  • Procurement & contract management
  • Based on the project plan, identify and spec which components need to be procured externally
  • Facilitate the process to identify suitable vendors to quote and run timeous & compliant RFP processes
  • In collaboration with support resources (departments), screen and select appropriate vendors
  • Understand and decide on best contract to be used, and follow the correct governances (finance and procurement) to negotiate correct terms of the contract with the vendor
  • Undertake ongoing vendor and contract management (at a management level) oversight for the duration of the contract on the project. 

Team effectiveness

  • Build and manage an effective project team in terms of;
  • Positive team culture, dynamics and values. 
  • Identify systemic issues/conflicts that may be hindering the effectiveness of the team and institute corrective actions
  • Resource allocation, skills identification and development
  • Contracting, monitoring, management and delivery of project tasks and outcomes
  • Recognition, motivation and support (wellness)
  • Coach and supervise junior and intermediate PMs

Skills

  • Budget Control
  • Business Acumen
  • Change Management
  • Information Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Project Planning
  • Risk Management
  • Technical Knowledge

Education

Bachelors Degree (B): Information Technology

How To Apply 

To Apply Use Link: https://oldmutual.wd3.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/Old_Mutual_Careers/job/Project-Manager_JR-21967 

Alert: Application Deadline Expired

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