Head of Planning

Recruiter
Dilectus Recruitment Solutions
Location
London, South East
Salary
£650 - £750 per day, Benefits Global Leader, Long Term Project
Posted
21 Oct 2021
Closes
03 Nov 2021
Ref
2566552252
Position/Level
Professional / Specialist
Responsibilities
Analyst
Sector
Technology
Contract Type
Permanent
Language
English
HEAD OF PLANNING, LONDON BASE WITH REMOTE WORKING. 12 MONTH INITIAL CONTRACT WITH POTENTIAL FOR EXTENSIONS. WORKING FOR A WORLD LEADING CONSULTANCY ON A MAJOR LONG TERM PROJECT FOR AN INNOVATIVE AND GROWING FINANCIAL SERVICES COMPANY. NEGOTIABLE RATE CIRCA £650-750 PER DAY INSIDE IR35.

The Company
Our client maintains and develops the UK retail payment systems and standards that are core to the economy being able to function on a day-to-day basis.

They put the needs of consumers and businesses at the heart of everything they do, working in the public interest to ensure that the systems the country relies on for its banking transactions are safe, open, innovative and resilient.Their payment systems underpin the services that enable funds to be transferred between people and institutions, processing 8.8 billion transactions worth £7 trillion through Bacs Direct Credit, Direct Debit, Faster Payments, and cheques.

The Programme
Our client is working to transform the way payments are delivered in the UK via a landmark project to implement the next generation best-in-class retail payment capability for the UK, alongside standards and rules to ensure that these payments are initiated, routed and processed correctly. This project will ensure that future generations can rely on a payments infrastructure and payment services that are secure, efficient and operate on a 24/7 basis, every day of the year.

The Role
The Head of Planning will manage the Planning team that sits in the Programme Management Office (PMO). The Planning team is responsible for pulling together the workstream plans into a single integrated programme plan and ensure it is structurally correct.

The jobholder will be responsible for:
  • Working with the workstreams and ensuring their plans are fit for purpose and complete
  • Pulling the workstream plans together into a single integrated programme plan, ensuring it is structurally correct
  • Tracking milestones in the programme plan and report on any exceptions to senior management
  • Provide reporting on upcoming milestones as well as completed milestones to Executive management
  • This work will require close collaboration with other parts of the programme.
Responsibilities
  • Apply advanced knowledge in the discipline of planning for the analysis and successful resolution of risks and issues and identification of opportunities
  • Identify future capacity and capability needs of the project planning function and puts in place strategies to meet them
  • Provide expert advice for team members and project community
  • Challenge and test project assumptions to ensure that plans are realistic and achievable
  • Support the Programme Director to identify options to optimise delivery through resource smoothing, resource levelling and rescheduling of activities
  • Monitor and analyse information, reporting progress, slippage and highlighting areas of risk and opportunity
Provide expert advice on planning processes throughout the lifecycle of the project

Skills and experience required
  • Experience leading planning for large, complex projects
  • Problem solving and the ability to consider different perspectives. Seeking clarity from multiple sources and being able to understand and simplify complex scenarios.
  • Sound interpersonal skills to interact effectively across stakeholder groups and generate understanding of deeply technical concepts.
  • Excellent communication skills with an ability to influence stakeholders at all levels of seniority, including regulators.
  • Exemplary document production, grammatical and MS Office application skills.
  • Experience of working as project planner or has held a role within a project team with good knowledge of project planning, a PMO or as a project manager or work stream lead of a small project
  • Financial Services experience beneficial
  • PRINCE2 Practitioner
  • Agile Project Management Practitioner
  • APM Project Management Qualification
  • APM Practitioner Qualification
  • Excellent MS Project skills
  • Excellent MS Excel skills
Is This You?

If you fit the bill as described above do not delay, this role is an urgent requirement on a fantastic, prestige long term programme. Send your CV to us and we will be in touch to discuss the role and client in further detail within 24 hours.

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