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IT Project Manager - Watford

Date: Mar 9, 2019

Location: Watford, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

AutoReq ID135334BR
Job TitleIT Project Manager - Watford
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 Description
Role Synopsis

As a Project Manager within the UK ITS Solutions team, you will be expected to manage the delivery of a series of internal IT projects to the KPMG UK business.

Project Managers are expected to ensure that their projects produce the required outputs, to the required standard of quality and the within the specified constraints of time, cost and quality.

Project Managers will be expected to follow the KPMG project lifecycle from inception to completion using standard project lifecycle practices and artefacts. You will be responsible for ensuring key project components are in place, such as; an appropriate project organisation; a clear statement of requirements and benefits; planning and scheduling project activities; controlling the execution of project plans; managing risk and quality; configuration management and change control.

Project Managers will often find themselves delivering projects within a programme and as such will be accountable to the Programme Manager responsible for that programme of work.

Key Accountabilities

- Manage the delivery of project products as defined by the KPMG Project Methodology and Quality Management System;
- Direct and motivate the resources assigned to the Project Team;
- Plan and monitor the project with regards time, cost, resources and the quality of the end products;
- Agree roles and responsibilities for the project including the formation of an appropriate project governance structure;
- Prepare Project, Stage and, if necessary Exception Plans in conjunction with Project Team and agree them with the Project Sponsor and the Programme Management Office;
- Manage business and project risks, including the development of contingency plans;
- Take responsibility for overall progress and use of resources, and initiate corrective action where necessary;
- Engage and manage the technical resources within ITS to deliver the constituent elements (e.g. resources from ITS teams such as: Security, Network, Desktop, Server Technologies, Packaging, Architecture) within the framework of the project.
- Managing progress and project reporting for all technical resources assigned to the project
- Where appropriate, manage the vendor and product assessment process and external Supplier Management throughout the project delivery.
- Responsible for managing the scope via a structured change control process;
- Report to the Project Board and Programme Office through Status Reports and Stage Assessments;
- Agree technical, quality and communication strategies with the Project Board;
- Prepare post implementation reports and include learning’s within subsequent project stages and via updates to the KPMG Quality Management System (QMS)
- Where required you will be expected to manage the delivery of multiple small projects and service requests to the KPMG business functions applying an appropriate service delivery framework rather than a full project lifecycle
- May take line management responsibilities for one or more of the Junior Project Managers within the team including; objective setting; performance management; pastoral reviews; guidance and support; specific coaching;
- Coaching one or more of the Junior Project Managers within the team around areas of best practice

The Person


- Knowledge of working with and delivering a wide variety of IT and related technologies;
- Driven and enthusiastic with a ‘can-do’ attitude to get the job done in a practical and pragmatic fashion whilst working collaboratively with 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 strong problem solver with a pragmatic and tenacious attitude to seek out resolutions;
- A desire to work closely with internal customers and senior stakeholders in order to deliver the best value from our IT solutions
- A desire to deliver a good quality output and to keep the internal customers informed and satisfied;
- Demonstrable project management expertise with experience of having delivered projects through a full project lifecycle


Experience of working in a Professional Services environment
- Experience of delivering business and technical infrastructure projects;
- Experience of working with a wide variety of IT technologies
- Service Delivery and Relationship Management experience


- Has an industry recognised project management qualification, ideally Prince 2 or APM Practitioner
- A practical knowledge of ITIL
- Educated to degree level in a business related subject or equivalent experience in a business or IT environment;
- A strong problem solver with a pragmatic and tenacious attitude to seek out resolutions

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

KPMG consistently features in the Sunday Times Best Big Companies to work for, which has been recognised with a special achievement award to mark our 10 years in the Top 25. 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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