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Senior Business Manager in London, London, United Kingdom

My client is responsible for the biggest construction project in Europe, helping to improve London's commuter infrastructure.

Due to an increase in project workload they require a Senior Business Manager to hit the ground running and become a vital part of the team through until December 2021.

As the Senior Business Manager you will act as the key interface between the Chief Programme Officers (CPO) directorate and other programme directorates, including external consultants and contractors. This role works alongside the functional leaders to ensure the smooth running of the programme and the provision of effective functional support to its delivery. The Senior Business Manage will collaborate closely with leaders across the organisation, manage a team and provide advice to the CPO.

Accountabilities

  • Lead on the integration of the CPO directorate, creating connectivity and alignment within the group.
  • Maintain regular touchpoints with the CPO to ensure progress on key deliverables.
  • Lead on the creation and implementation of the CPO directorate's business plan, delivering clarity of purpose and priorities. Overseeing resource requirements and deployment in service of priorities and reporting against delivery of them.
  • Maintain an overview of overall programme performance and emerging issues which the CPO and the Executives may need to be aware of and acting to support.
  • Anticipate and manage the submission of Programme level papers to the programme Executive meetings, Boards and Board committees.
  • Manage a team to support delivery of CPO directorate's priorities and provide high quality advisory support to the CPO.
  • Work closely with the Chief of Staff to ensure Executive and Sponsor priorities are implemented across the programme.
  • Support the integration of the organisational design and operational model of the programme, providing clear linkages and lines of sight across the directorates.

Challenges of the Job

  • Maintain awareness of a large number of areas and issues.
  • Maintaining alignment between CPO directorate's functional leaders during a period of intense delivery for the overall programme.
  • Building a team and creating stability in a project environment which has grown accustomed to change and instability.
  • Working collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders across the programme to establish the CPO directorate.

Dimensions & Interfaces (both internal and external)

  • Work closely with Chief Programme Officer, Head of Programme Closeout, Programme Integration Director, Programme Transition and Assurance Director and Programme Controls Director to delivery an integrated directorate.
  • Work closely with project delivery leaders to review and close out strategic issues.
  • Programme Executives
  • Offices of CEO, Chief Finance Officer, Chief Projects Officer and Chairman


Person Specification

  • Experience of working in a major project environment and ideally from a programme.
  • Ability to understand a very broad range of strategic management issues across the entire organisation and to respond to issues very quickly and effectively.
  • Experience of governance arrangements.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including tact and influence, the ability to be assertive without causing unnecessary conflict, and to interact and communicate effectively with people at all levels.
  • Strong project management skills, able to multitask and manage conflicting priorities, used to working under pressure and to deadlines.
  • Highly driven individual with strong organisation skills and the ability to achieve results through strong influencing skills.
  • Highly developed commercial and political sensitivities.
  • Strong customer orientation, applied both internally and externally to the organisation.
  • Excellent writing, problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Ability to work in a highly demanding environment, at times under considerable time pressure.

If you have carried out this function in a large infrastructure programme environment and this opportunity sounds like the position for you, then please get in touch or apply today. A full job description is available upon request,

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