Technology Project Manager Job Placement – Barclays Bank UK

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Organisation: Barclays Bank UK
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Country Portfolio Manager
Barclays is a British multinational banking and financial services company headquartered in London. It is a universal bank with operations in retail, wholesale and investment banking, as well as wealth management, mortgage lending and credit cards. It has operations in over 50 countries and territories and has around 48 million customers. As of 31 December 2011, Barclays had total assets of US$2.42 trillion, the seventh-largest of any bank worldwide.
Job Summary:  The Technology Project Manager will take full responsibility for the successful delivery of business/technical solutions in support of the strategic and operational objectives of Barclays Africa of:-
  • A major work stream of a large and complex project, and
  • Three smaller, less complex, projects.
  • In the delivery of programmes or projects will follow and apply Barclays Africa & Middle East project practices, standards and methodologies as defined from time to time.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Project and Change Management-50%
  • Manage large scale Project Management, leading small to medium teams of part-time, dedicated team members and BAU resources to deliver change in one country or across several countries.
  • Establish and maintain the correct structures to control and monitor the initiation, progress and delivery of the project or comply with the correct structures set up by the Head of Change, Programme Manager or Senior Project Manager to control and monitor the initiation, progress and delivery of the project.
  • Actively participate in all phases and activities of the project and provide specialist guidance to the project team, particularly in project definition, requirements analysis, business and technical design and change control activities.
  • Control/co-ordinate the work of the project team, allocating tasks, monitoring progress, ensuring awareness of responsibilities and securing commitment to successful project delivery.
  • Comply with the appropriate structures established and maintained by the Programme Manager, to ensure the delivery of projects.
  • Prepare current and accurate forecast of costs, cashflow, timescales and resource requirements and agree with the Project Steering Committee
  • Identify and manage all programme/project issues and risks including their appropriate escalation and contingency management
  • Identify all products and tasks associated with their completion.  Prepare and maintain detailed and accurate project and resource plans, with current estimates for activity completion.
  • Monitor and control the use of resources and funds against the original budget or, where appropriate the latest allocation.  Gain agreement for all changes to the project as necessary.
  • Provide regular and accurate progress reports and updated plans on a monthly basis to the Head of Change and if appropriate the Programme Manager/Project Board.
  • Ensure that both Barclays Africa & Middle East and operational support staff, where appropriate, are adequately trained and prepared for implementation of the solution, that the operational handover is well planned and managed, without any adverse effect on existing systems and processes, and that all SLA commitments are fully achievable.
  • Establish the correct structures to control the ongoing operational service, through the establishment of Service Management Groups and Service Level Agreements.
  • Within the context of a Programme, confirm any plans for the external procurement of resource and services with the Programme Manager.
  • Manage the process of procuring the external supply of resource and services, and lead the negotiation of major contracts with external suppliers.
  • Ensure that all service contracts include a clear specification of the supplier’s responsibilities regarding scope and quality of the deliverables, as well as costs and timescales.
  • Establish an agreed audit plan to monitor progress on a regular basis and to audit quality, as and when appropriate, throughout the life of the contract.
  • Prepare a quality plan for each project that outlines the overall approach to quality, identifies the standards to be employed and/or developed in the preparation of all products and plans for the process of quality assurance, review and control.
  • Ensure that all tasks are carried out comply with departmental procedures, mandatory quality standards and agreed architectural framework.
  • Manage the full lifecycle of development from full business case, the hand over of project deliverables, completion of the project to post-project review ensuring quality deliverables throughout.
  • Manage compliance with Barclays Africa & Middle East project practices and methodologies while being proactive with any resourcing and financial constraints.
  • Define controls for resource, schedule and quality to ensure compliance implementing self health-checks and improvements to ensure effective control is maintained at all times.
Project Definition and Planning  – 30%
  • Define business requirements to meet their strategic objectives, including the development or assist in the development of Stage 1 and Stage 2 business cases for the related projects.
  • Define scope and plan the project and agree structure and deliverables.
  • Obtain sign-off of business case from Project Sponsor and Project Board.
  • Prepare and agree detailed project/sub project responsibilities.
  • Ensure all such investment is well funded and that the senior management are aware of their responsibilities in achieving the successful delivery of the associated projects
  • Agree and secure resource requirements for the Project.
  • Agree resource plans with the Programme Manager (programme) or Senior Project Manager and manage the recruitment of staff, contractors and external consultants, as appropriate.
  • Manage and lead project team, provide assistance to less experienced staff by giving guidance and supporting on the job training, as appropriate.
  • Acts as task manager for Implementation Managers in country as appropriate.
  • Regular review of individual and team performance targets.
  • Delegates effectively, allowing team members to take responsibility for performance.
  • Proactively and creatively develops team’s skills encouraging learning and knowledge transfer and recognising achievements.
  • Identify any training needed to support project implementation planning delivery of training within project timescales.
  • Contribute to the performance assessment of staff undertaking sub-project work.
Risk, Governance and Regulatory
  • “Ensure that all activities and duties are carried out in full compliance with regulatory requirements, Enterprise Wide Risk Management Framework and internal Barclays Policies and Policy Standards. Understand and manage risks and risk events (incidents) relevant to the role.”
Financial Management Control and Analysis

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the Barclays Bank Technology Project Manager should hold be educated to degree or MBA level to be able to meet the intellectual demands of the job, or can demonstrate equivalent experience
  • PRINCE2 Practitioner (candidates not possessing this would be expected to achieve Practitioner status within 12 months)  is desired
  • Project Management experience gained in a complex Financial Service environment
  • At least two to five years of business change  experience or experience leading a team through a period of rapid change
  • Demonstrable track record of successful delivery of one or more business change projects (not necessarily in the finance sector)
  • Proven change/programme management skills including tracking and benefits realisation
  • Planning – strong skill in producing, monitoring and delivering on project plans.
  • Innovative problem solving – ability to challenge the status quo and drive beneficial change.
  • Value-based business perspective – appreciation of the Barclays Bank of Kenya and Barclays Africa & Middle East strategy and of commercial consequences of change/programme management decisions.
  • Managing resources – mobilises and manages corporate resources against a value-based agenda.
  • Commercial / Entrepreneurial
  • Drive for results
  • Relationship /Partnership approach
  • Technical skills/knowledge
  • Planning and Organising
  • Team building/player
  • People and capability
  • Proven Project Management or Change Management skills and expertise
  • Solid work experience in an Operational or other role in a financial services or other consumer industry organisation
  • Experience of employing change management best practices and disciplines
  • Experience of managing activity across the whole of a project lifecycle, using current technology, structured methods and a quality process
  • Exposure to governance, control and risk management
  • Proven ability to effectively work across teams at all levels
  • Ability to negotiate/influence at senior level
  • Knowledge of the Barclays Africa & Middle East Change Governance Framework
  • Good understanding of value based management principles
  • Experience of appropriate change/programme management software
If you feel challenged by any of the above positions, and believe you can deliver on key deliverables as outlined above, upload your application letter, current curriculum vitae and photocopies of academic certificate to our recruitment website detail below:
Barclays is an equal opportunity employer that recruits, develops and promotes people on merit, and rewards outstanding performance, regardless of background and gender.


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