IT Project Manager

IT & Technology London, England


Description

Position at GroupM

About GroupM

GroupM is the leading global media investment management operation serving as the parent company to WPP media agencies including Mindshare, Wavemaker and MediaCom, each operates in their own right with leading market positions. GroupM’s primary purpose is to maximize performance of WPP’s media agencies by operating as leader and collaborator in trading, content creation, sports, digital, finance, proprietary tool development and other business-critical capabilities.
GroupM’s focus is to deliver unrivalled marketplace advantage to its clients, stakeholders and people. Discover more about GroupM at www.groupm.com.


The Role

This role is Project Manager working across GroupM UK reporting to Delivery Director.

We are a new team of business change professionals providing services to deliver the best service, products and technology to our clients and colleagues. This is an incredibly exciting time to join GroupM UK Transformation & Integration as we lead the way delivering transformation change initiatives to our business and agencies.

You’ll be accountable for delivering strategic projects and initiatives, proactively engage multiple teams (inside and outside of GroupM and their agencies) and stakeholders to support the vision of GroupM of shaping the next era of media where advertising works better for people.

What you’ll do:
  • Lead the planning and delivery of Media related projects and initiatives across different teams working in close collaboration with teams across the business; inside and outside of GroupM and including Technology, internal and third parties.
  • Responsible for overall programme delivery, quality, project health and success
  • Co-ordinate delivery plan from concept to change delivered, working with business architects, business and product owners, business analysis and change mangement leads
  • Set core project or programme governance
  • Deliver project reporting covering overall status, risks, issues and mitigation plan as well as highlighting benefits once they are realised.
  • Responsible for obtaining agreement and subsequent communication of project scope, governance, delivery plan
  • Responsible for obtaining agreement and subsequent communication of project scope, governance, delivery plan
  • Prepare and shape materials for senior stakeholder meetings
  • Identifies and calls out emerging risks and potential roadblocks to successful early implementation.
  • Collaborate with a diverse multi-disciplinary pan Europe teams to understand key Media trends and drive action off the back of learnings which impact the use of tools, products and processes
  • Work closely with key stakeholders to prioritise key process issues impacting delivery and with the support of the impacted teams tracking this through to delivery
  • Promote new thinking, creative solutions and ways of working to address issues and mitigate risks.
  • Bring disjointed elements together to provide clarity and frame core decisions/next steps
  • Lead continuous improvement of processes and procedures.
  • Drive progress by using influencing techniques and chasing down actions, carefully minuting meetings and scheduling key agendas
  • Translate business requirements to technical teams and have capability to understand technical solutions and impact of these to the desired solution. We want you to have enough technical knowledge to understand the solution being presented and challenge where appropriate.

What you’ll bring:

  • Strong PM skills and an ability to work in a collaborative, positive style
  • Experience of delivering transformation and change projects and programmes
  • The ability to influence others in the absence of any direct authority
  • Proactive approach to delivery, planning and risk management
  • Experience in delivering change within the business environment (which should include project delivery or change management)
In order to succeed in this role you will have…
  • A passion for change and delivering value to customers
  • Knowledge and experience of a range of project management methodologies and tools (e.g. Agile, Prince2, Hybrid)
  • A blend of drive and diplomacy: the ability to make things happen in an environment of ambiguity, complexity and multiple stakeholders
  • Strong structured communication skills (including listening) that works for audiences at all levels, and enable you to translate messages in a straightforward and simple manner
  • The ability to build effective relationships and collaborate with a range of individuals at all levels in the organisation
  • Enjoy working in a fast-paced environment and have excellent prioritisation skills in order to balance key priorities
  • Can do' attitude, will lead by example, and be prepared to go the extra mile when needed.
  • Strong leadership skills, ability to influence and communication with differing levels of the organisation.
  • Resilient and tenacious with a propensity to persevere
  • Recognised Project Management Practitioner certification

What we would love you to have...

  • Experience in working in a media buying / activation environment
  • Experience of working with or as business architecture roles to help agitate the strategy and ensure we are working on the right solution rather than the one the business thinks they need
  • Extensive change management experience in a fast paced and unstructured environment

GroupM is an equal opportunity employer. We view everyone as an individual and we understand that inclusion is more than just diversity – it’s about belonging. We celebrate the fact that everyone is unique and that’s what makes us so good at what we do. We pride ourselves on being a company that embraces difference and truly represents the global clients we work with.