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Vacancy for Head of PMO

Reports to:                    Framework Director

Direct reports:               P6/MS Project Planners

Liaising with:                 Operational Directors, Commercial Director, and SMT and Framework Leadership Team members, Client PMO management Team, Client Project Management Team, Project Managers

Department:                  PMO, J Browne Construction

Hours of work:              7.30 to 5 pm

Location:                      Based at Head Office, Meelin House, Enfield, but will involve travel around London and South East of England (As a guide Thames Water Affinity Water, & South East Water areas including Depot & Client offices)

Grade                           E 

Job Purpose

To administer and monitor projects such that cost, quality, programme, efficiency & benefits realisation are controlled and achieved, ensuring that all projects adhere to the best practices & standard approaches for project management. To develop & implement best practices to enable the successful delivery of of programmes of work and projects to stakeholders across the business. To provide reports to the client and functional management to demonstrate current status and future plans to address and manage change.

Job Responsibilities

  • Head the PMO within the organisation
  • Develop and implement a strategy for the PMO to assist in the business meeting or exceeding its forward strategy
  • Functional Management of project managers, project engineers, projects support and planning
  • Line management of the PMO
  • Development of the PMO as process and procedure owner
  • Head risk management function
  • Responsible for improving project delivery, processes, systems and guidance.
  • Ensure the successful implementation of the PMO’s strategy, responsibilities, services and deliverables
  • Ensure cross-programme dependencies are managed
  • Coordinate best practice and ensure lessons learned are logged
  • Define and embed project control and governance
  • Provide support to project planning, milestone management, scope management, resource forecasting; financial management; change management across the PMO
  • Prepare regular status reporting to both clients and within all levels of the business
  • Ensure efficient change control methods and process are utilised

Technical Specification

Experience Required

  • Experience of managing a PMO office or a large project encompassing PMO functions
  • Good overall knowledge of Capex project delivery
  • Leadership / Management experience from a senior project management role
  • Experience and capability to achieve membership of the Association for Project Management
  • Good relationship management skills
  • Personable, pro-active, professional and able to demonstrate full commitment to exceptional stakeholder relationship management
  • Exemplary communication and reporting skills
  • Strong skills in creating and maintaining project plans, including risks, actions, issues, dependencies
  • Proven experience of successful programme and risk management
  • Ability to influence others at all levels of the business
  • Training and coaching of PMO personnel
  • Knowledgeable and experienced in efficient Change Management methods
  • Able to maintain and improve the PMO policies and procedures
  • Demonstrable ability to influence within a matrix structure

Essential Qualifications

  • Leadership / Management / Engineering qualifications to degree level
  • Experience within a regulated environment
  • Proficient IT skills in Primavera, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and MS project

Desirable Qualifications

  • Project Management Qualifications – Prince 2, APM
  • APM existing membership preferred

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