Project Manager

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Date: Nov 21, 2022

Location: London, GB Berlin, DE

Company: Springer Nature Group

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The Project Manager will lead a portfolio of projects with a global reach from inception through to implementation and early-life support. The candidate will have business transformation and stakeholder management experience in a global environment.

 

Key tasks:

 

  • Start-up, shape, lead and deliver business system projects within the agreed time, budget and quality constraints
  • Develop project plans with clear milestones that are clearly visible and understandable by key stakeholders
  • Develop and maintain excellent stakeholder relationships on a global basis and tune into emerging changes within relevant business areas
  • Network with globally distributed stakeholders to keep business knowledge current and be proactive in suggesting business process improvements
  • Set up the governance processes for assigned projects
  • Develop a solid understanding of selected Springer Nature processes, systems and data and their relationship to product strategy and change initiatives, either within or across business divisions, with a view identifying and making recommendations for business process or system improvements that are aligned to changing business needs
  • Work with external product vendors, implementation partners, and internal technology teams to ensure they deliver robust technical specifications and solutions that meet requirements
  • Communicate with stakeholders, in an appropriate format, to ensure that they are provided with the required level of information for decision making, kept well informed of project progress and any risks and/or issues 
  • Secure buy-in from business and technology stakeholders and maintain this throughout the project lifecycle, in order to allow projects to initiate and reach successful completion and adoption


Skills/knowledge:

 

  • Excellent stakeholder management skills with the ability to build and maintain relationships at multiple levels
  • Comprehensive experience leading and delivering business system projects in a global environment
  • Strong project lifecycle knowledge having delivered multiple projects from start to finish
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to capture and document requirements and processes
  • Clear understanding of agile methodologies and ability/willingness to act in a Scrum Master capacity as required
  • Ability to create appropriate level project plans to meet the project need
  • Sound self-organisation and planning skills
  • Knowledge of organisational change management techniques
  • Strong written, oral communication, interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Flexible, able to quickly switch gears and ‘keep multiple irons in the fire’
  • Proactive rather than reactive
  • Good knowledge of some of SAP ERP, FICO or SD modules or process 


Experience:

 

  • Project delivery experience 
  • Experience of SAP FICO or SD implementations
  • Experience of managing multiple interconnected projects 
  • Experience of the organisational complexities in a multinational matrix organisation would be useful
  • Knowledge and experience of the publishing industry and processes would be useful
  • An understanding of Business Process reengineering would be useful

Internal applicants please inform your line manager when applying for the role.

 

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