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Newcastle upon Tyne

IT Project Manager (2 year FTC)

North East England

  • Reference: 390148
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Salary: £50,000 plus annual retention and discretionary bonuses

  • Location: Newcastle upon Tyne / Remote Working

The Company

Northern Powergrid owns and operates the network that distributes electricity to homes and businesses across the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire. Employing over 2,500 people, the business has 8 million customers and supplies 3.9 million properties via 60,000 miles of overhead powerlines and underground cables.

As part of Berkshire Hathaway Energy (BHE), the energy division of a US owned multinational conglomerate, Northern Powergrid is now embarking on a Digital Transformation which will modernise their systems and processes and enable them to satisfy the needs of customers and stakeholders whilst streamlining the employee experience. Creating a modern workplace which enables employees through the use of systems will be a key outcome of the programme. As a result, they are looking to recruit a number of roles that will be integral to delivering this programme of work over the coming years.

The Role

Reporting to the Programme Manager you will be responsible for delivering key large scale projects of the ERP programme of work. Specifically you will:

  • Identify and schedule project deliverables, milestones and required activities and tasks
  • Provide leadership and motivation to project team members throughout the project life cycle and confer with project staff to outline the work plan
  • Establish the work plan and staffing for project activities, iterations or phases and arrange for recruitment or assignment of project personnel
  • Implement project communications plans
  • Perform risk assessment and implement migration plans
  • Monitor project activities, ensuring the currency, quality and integrity of the information, while providing consistency in content and "look and feel" across the enterprise
  • Ensure the project goals are accomplished and are in line with business objectives
  • Assign duties, responsibilities and scope of authority to project personnel
  • Direct and coordinate activities of project personnel to ensure that the project progresses on schedule and within budget
  • Review status reports prepared by project personnel and modify schedules or plans as required
  • Establish standards and procedures for project reporting and documentation
  • Continuously benchmark project management performance to identify improvements and achieve higher capability maturity in project and portfolio management

The Requirements

As an experienced IT Project Manager, you will have managed similarly large and complex, high profile transformation IT projects. Ideally with ERP implementation experience, you will:

  • Have the ability to lead and motivate others, demonstrating empathy and knowledge of personality types
  • Be familiar with project management methodologies (for example, PMI, Prince2 and Agile)
  • Be capable of demonstrating sensitivity to working in a political environment and to interacting with senior leadership
  • Possess exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Be an expert in setting and managing customer expectations
  • Have a distinctive blend of business, IT financial and communication skills

Experience with the following will be beneficial:
  • Working in an industrial environment that has gone through modernisation
  • Prior engagement with operational and notably field staff
  • Back office system implementations


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