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Assistant Project Manager

Date: Jan 10, 2019

Location: Watford, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

AutoReq ID139507BR
Job TitleAssistant Project Manager
CountryUnited Kingdom
FunctionKPMG Business Services
Service LineITS
Service Line InformationOver 1,000 people make up KPMG Business Services and they all play a key part in the firm's success. Whether they're in finance, procurement, HR, facilities, marketing or IT, they provide crucial support to the people who work in our UK offices. Flexibility and adaptability. These are just a couple of the things KPMG looks for in its IT Services team. We're a function of KPMG Europe LLP and, as such, we're a group that constantly needs to deliver a highly-flexible, customer-focused service in response to the changing needs of the business.

KPMG OverviewKPMG is part of a global network of firms that offers Audit, Tax & Pensions, Consulting, Deal Advisory and Technology services. Through the talent of over 16,000 colleagues, we bring our creativity and insight to our clients’ most critical challenges.

With offices across the UK, we work with everyone from small start-ups and individuals to major multinationals, in virtually every industry imaginable. Our work is often complex, yet our vision is simple: to be the clear choice for our clients, for our people and for the communities we work in.

Job DescriptionRole:

As a Junior Project Manager within the UK IT Services Programme and projects Group, you will be expected to manage the delivery of; small IT projects; or certain products/work-streams within a larger IT project, to a predominantly UK audience.
Junior Project Managers are expected to ensure that their projects/work-streams produce the required outputs, to the required standard of quality and the within the specified constraints of time and cost.
Junior Project Managers will be expected to follow the in-house project lifecycle from inception to completion using standard project lifecycle practices and artefacts. They will be provided with guidance and support by centralised PMO and a Project Manager or Senior Project Manager to ensure key project components and artefacts are in place.
Junior Project Managers will often find themselves delivering work-streams within a project and as such will be accountable to the Project Manager or Senior Project Manager responsible for that project.

In return, we will provide you with project opportunities and where required training and/or coaching to develop the necessary skills and experience to support your chosen career path.

Key Responsibilities:

- prepare plans for the work-streams work and agree these with the Project Manager;
- receive authorisation to proceed from the Project Manager to create the required products;
- manage the work-stream and/or individuals responsible for delivering the product(s);
- direct, motivate, plan and monitor the work-streams work;
- take responsibility for the progress of the work-stream and use of the team resources, and initiate corrective action where necessary within the constraints laid down by the Project Manager;
- advise the Project Manager of any deviations from the plan, recommend corrective action and help prepare Exception Plans;
- pass back to the Project Manager products that have been completed and approved in line with the agreed requirements;
- ensure all Project Issues are properly reported back to the person managing the Issue Log;
- ensure the evaluation of Project Issues that arise within your work-stream and recommend action to the Project Manager;
- attend any project meetings as directed by the Project Manager;
- maintain, or ensure the maintenance of, work-stream files;
- identify and advise the Project Manager of any risks associated with the work-stream;
- ensure all identified risks are entered in the Risk Log and manage those as directed by the Project Manager;

Skills & Experience:

- ideally qualified as a Prince 2 Practitioner (or equivalent); but not essential;
- ideally educated to degree level in a business related subject or equivalent experience in a business or IT environment;
- demonstrable work-stream/project management expertise with experience of having delivered a number of project related activities;
- some knowledge of working with and delivering IT and related technologies;
- driven and enthusiastic with a ‘can-do’ attitude to get the job done in a practical and pragmatic fashion without upsetting others;
- proven written and oral communications skills and strong interpersonal skills that can be executed credibly to inspire confidence in you and the delivery of the project;
- a problem solver with a pragmatic and tenacious attitude to seek out resolutions;
- a desire to deliver a good quality output and to keep the customer happy and contented;
- experience of working in a Professional Services

Our DealIf the chance to work with interesting clients and innovative technology wasn’t rewarding enough, we’ll motivate you in other ways too. At KPMG you can expect real responsibilities and opportunities to grow professionally.

‘Our Deal’ sets out all the different ways you’ll be rewarded at KPMG. Among other things you can benefit from honest conversations about your career as well as a range of other rewards. In all these ways and more, we have created an environment that can bring out the best in you.

Flexible WorkingWhile some of our client-facing professionals can be required to travel regularly, and at times be based at client sites, we are supportive where possible of helping you to achieve a balance between your home and work demands.

We are happy to discuss individual requirements and our range of flexible working arrangements could be of interest. Furthermore, as part of the recruitment process, we can put you in touch with people who work flexibly so you can understand from them what our culture is like.

Applying with a DisabilityKPMG are proud to be an inclusive, equal opportunity employer and we seek to attract and retain the best people from the widest possible talent pool. As a member of the Business Disability Forum we're committed to ensuring that you are treated fairly throughout our Recruitment Process. Should you be successful after the initial application stage, please discuss any reasonable adjustments that you may require, with your recruitment contact.

KPMG's commitment to diversity

We are proud of the value we place on individuality; we want you to bring your full self to work and truly maximise your potential. We believe that your individuality helps us to deliver the best results for our clients. Diversity of background, diversity of experience, diversity of perspective - that's the KPMG difference. But, don't take our word for it, find out more about diversity at KPMG.

Returning to work after a break
At KPMG, we appreciate that returning to work after an extended career break can be daunting. We understand that those with experience who have taken a career break have a wealth of experience and knowledge to offer our organisation, which helps us to achieve our business goals. We will support you to refresh your skills, develop your confidence and provide a supportive network across the firm to help you best integrate into the working environment. This role welcomes applications for individuals who have been out of work for 18 months or more and who have previous relevant experience.

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