IT Project Manager

Company: Shakespeare Martineau
Closing date: 06/10/2022
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Team: IT
Location: UK-Wide
The opportunity

We have an opportunity for a Project Manager to join our dynamic IT team. The candidate should have broad and deep experience of IT including dealing with cloud based technologies. You will proactively work with the operations and internal business teams, to identify current and emerging business requirements and support any respective change delivery.

Your key duties will be:

  • managing and delivering of diverse and complex business change projects supporting change initiatives across the firm
  • facilitating the delivery of requirements amongst multiple stakeholders by creating and delivering project work plans and identifying required resources and assigning responsibilities
  • meeting changing needs and requirements by managing change within the project environment and communicating any unauthorised exceptions to the project board and portfolio manager
  • managing risks and issues that will impact the project and assessing this against the plan to ensure that any exception scenarios are managed and given direction from the project board
  • managing the financial status of the project
  • facilitating design sessions across different functional teams (IT, business operations, fee earners, etc.)
  • overseeing the launch of any approved projects ensuring adherence to project deliverables and budgets
  • managing the day-to-day operational / delivery aspects of the projects including ensuring project documents are complete
  • directing and motivating the project team, giving clear direction and objectives during the project to ensure that the goals can be achieved
  • ensuring that there is a communications and stakeholder plan
  • managing of the project business benefits case during the project to ensure the project is always viable, then handover to the business once implementation has been achieved
  • delivering all standard products during the project lifecycle, e.g. stage plans, highlight reports, etc. as well as contributing towards enhancements / updates to improve the processes further
  • working on the completion of lessons learnt workshops and a post implementation review to ensure continuous improvement and evolution of project delivery

Skills and experience you will have:

  • previous experience in a similar role
  • delivery of change management, cloud based technologies, 3rd party supplier negotiations experience and  Azure experience
  • a demonstrable track record in the successful delivery of complex technical and service solutions in a complex environment and delivery of multiple projects
  • experience within the legal sector, consumer services industry, IT professional services is desirable, but not essential
  • the ability to interact professionally with a diverse group of executives, stakeholders, managers, subject matter experts and colleagues
  • the ability to identify, quantify, mitigate and resolve risks
  • a good knowledge of quality standards, legislation and best practice
  • a PRINCE2, Agile PM and/or ITIL qualification is highly desirable, but not essential

Key competencies you will need:

  • strong problem solving abilities with the ability to think ahead and anticipate problems, issues and solutions. To be a lateral thinker
  • the ability to produce high quality materials, identify and develop opportunities to provide business benefit
  • a high degree of initiative and the ability to cope in a demanding environment
  • the ability to pull data from various sources to construct reports and business cases to solve business problems

How we work:

We embrace agile working and offer a blended approach to where and how we work.

We appreciate that people have different needs and preferences and we’re keen to be flexible, after all, we value what you do, not where you do it.

We have hubs in Birmingham, Leicester, London, Lincoln, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Solihull, Stratford-upon-Avon and Sheffield. This is a hybrid role, and we will consider UK-Wide applicants, however you must be willing to travel to Birmingham on a frequent basis.

Our Team:

The IT team is responsible for providing clients and staff with high quality relevant technology, customised systems and superior service and support to ensure our business needs are always met. 

Our team is around 50 strong and includes talented project managers, architects, developers, engineers, analysts, trainers and support people. This is an ever changing and exciting area to work in as we constantly look for new and innovative ways to provide the most effective solutions to the business.

About us:

It is the people at Shakespeare Martineau that make us so special. By understanding what our people want, giving them the support they need, recognising everyone’s contribution and realising the unique power of teams; together we win.  As a firm we are focused on proactively building and developing diverse teams, bringing different backgrounds, personalities and perspectives together. We play to our strengths, pushing ourselves to be consistently better than yesterday and deliver amazing solutions for our clients. We empower our teams with a high degree of individual responsibility; we self-manage and encourage everyone to be responsible for their own learning, knowing it makes us even better at what we do!  

We believe in trusting our people to make the right decisions for themselves from how you dress, to how, when and where you work – we focus on outputs.

Additional information

Please be aware, for some vacancies, where we receive high numbers of applications we may need to bring the close date forward.

Due to the nature of the work undertaken, confirmation of employment will be subject to a variety of checks which will be carried out once an offer of employment is accepted. Details of the checks can be found here.

Equal opportunities

Shakespeare Martineau is a committed equal opportunities employer. We seek to attract, develop and retain talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures. We value and respect individuality and encourage a culture within our business where people can be themselves and be valued for their strengths and experiences. Everyone who either applies to or works for the firm is treated equally, regardless of their gender, age, ethnic origin, nationality, marital status, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.