Programme Manager

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Date: Jun 9, 2022

Location: London, GB Berlin, DE Heidelberg, DE Lisbon, PT

Company: Springer Nature Group

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About Us

We’re looking for a Programme Manager to join Data.SN within Springer Nature Operations. You would be joining a portfolio of work to drive sustained change in how Springer Nature uses and understands its data: building up data capabilities to create a foundation for the future, adding value to cross-organisation initiatives and data-driven transformation.


The role is reporting to the Director of Data Transformation Programmes and can be based in London (UK), Berlin (Germany), Heidelberg (Germany) or in Lisbon (Portugal). There will be travel at times with colleagues in many of our global offices including the above, and Pune (India).


We are an equal opportunities employer. We work in a relaxed, friendly environment and offer the flexibility to work from home up to four days a week (averaged over the year) mainly using this to come together with team members and collaborate in person for a few days at a time.


We are committed to growing and nurturing our people for the long-term. We spend 10% of our time working on our own projects to promote learning and innovation.


About You

You are a proactive, curious person who provides a calm outlook to those around you. You are willing to probe, question and investigate difficulties as they arise.


You will have:

  • An existing track record of planning, delivering, and monitoring successful programmes as a Programme Manager or significant contribution to complex programmes as a Project Manager or equivalent

  • A substantial list of improvements that you’ve been responsible for in the way your current programme, team, or project works

  • Effective leadership, interpersonal and communication skills

  • Experience driving delivery in agile and hybrid environments 

  • A broad understanding of agile methodologies or frameworks 

  • Problem solving skills 


Additionally you might have some or all of:

  • An understanding of complexity and systems thinking

  • A proven ability to make progress and find a place to start in the face of ambiguity

  • An understanding of change management frameworks, common obstacles and practices 

  • An additional understanding of non-agile, industry standard, programme/project management tools

  • Knowledge of technical processes and ability to hold your own in technical discussions

  • Experience of continuous delivery or a frequent release cadence.


Key tasks:

  • Foster a culture of collaboration, ownership and empowerment, bringing people together with a clear purpose within the programme and advocate for this approach

  • Work with teams and stakeholders to ensure Project level OKRs and appropriate planning are in place and teams are working towards them

  • Work with Programme Director, teams and stakeholders to define Programme level OKRs, plan and manage work against them

  • Create artefacts that communicate, amongst other things, roadmaps, progress, risk, and opportunities at an appropriate level

  • Collaborate with teams and stakeholders in reporting on the programme at different levels of detail depending on audience 

  • Raise and address risks, issues to the programme and work with the appropriate teams or individuals to mitigate them

  • Enable teams to reach decisions quickly and effectively and understand dependencies within and outside to the programme

  • Ensure success measures are in place to help teams and stakeholders understand the impact of work

  • Coordinate communication for the programme internally, with stakeholders and with other teams and individuals

  • Improve internal processes including hiring, resourcing and project management

  • Provide support and guidance to project managers and BAs

  • Work effectively with 3rd parties as needed to deliver on programme OKRs

  • Providing appropriate structure to the Programme that takes into account complexity and uncertainty, ensuring cadences are set up as needed

  • You’ll give a framework to our culture of continuous improvement ensuring that business outcomes are delivered frequently, engineering and data quality are considered in their context and issues are addressed quickly




At Springer Nature we value and celebrate the diversity of our people. We recognise the many benefits of a diverse workforce and strive for an inclusive workplace that empowers all our colleagues to thrive. Our search for the best talent fully encompasses and embraces these values and principles.