A new role has arisen for a Planning & Dependency Manager within the Retail Transformation Programme.
Purpose of the role:
The role will provide leadership for the RTP planning function and will report to the Head of PMO, working on a day-to-day basis alongside Change Managers & Delivery Heads responsible for delivering the ‘Retail Programme’.
The role will provide ‘hands on’ Programme/Project planning support to enable the Retail Transformation Programme (RTP) and its constituent projects to remain focused on delivering the Programme’s objectives.
The primary focus of this role is to develop and enhance master plans for the Programme and to provide advice to projects in developing and tracking their project plans including: -
Programme level plan consolidation, alignment and tracking
Schedule of Event Planning
Benefit event tracking
The role has five distinct functions: -
Day to day management of a planning team.
Production of regular planning report highlighting the status of milestones
Manage and provide subject matter expertise to meet the programmes planning requirements including the use of supporting tools
Influence Change Managers in adopting a consistent methodology and tool to manage their projects
Define and implement best practice for the deployment of planning systems within the Programme
Subject Matter Expert on Programme Planning
Deep subject matter experience of MS Project and Planview.
Team leadership experience.
Experienced project planner with extensive experience of supporting business & technical change programmes.
Proven ability in influencing & stakeholder management at all levels.
Strong analytical and problem solving skills and the ability to use information.
Strong communication skills.
Excellent IT skills including the use of appropriate MS tools and packages (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project).
Experienced in the use of Planview and/or other Enterprise Plan Management (EPM) tools
Engagement with other functions, where appropriate, to ensure correct levels of support are provided to the Programme
Ability to work with complex information
Stakeholder Management – ensuring inputs are of sufficient quality to enable outputs to be delivered
Project Planning Skills
Our vision is to become Britain’s most helpful and sustainable bank
Our people are key in helping us achieve this, which is why we want to recruit the very best people with the right skills, experience and behaviours
Direct management of a small team and indirect leadership to Change/Project teams across the programme
Able to lead and work as part of a team
Able to relate release of benefits to specific project deliverables
Management of team budget including Travel and Expenses as appropriate
Definition and maintenance of the programme planning standards.
Assurance of plans vs standards
Define and maintain the programme Work Breakdown Structure (WBS).
Implementation of plan hierarchy, ownership and governance
Assurance of consolidated plan tool use
Provision of planning MI
Own and define the principle supporting the structure and management of Planview.
Definition and maintenance of the Initiative and Project Registration process.
Directly supporting the programme and project planning activity
Undertake regular due diligence in respect of effectiveness and alignment to the program framework
Establish and document appropriate processes for developing and maintaining plans for programme and project delivery. This will be predominantly the High Level Plan (HLP) and derivatives (8 week look ahead)
Deploy an effective mechanism for managing Dependencies across programme and beyond is included in the Planning Procedures
Effectively communicate the HLP update procedures to the PMO function and Change Managers
Establish suitable relationships with the Assurance Team to ensure effective co-operation of the respective Divisions in relation to their planning approaches and the mechanism for escalating issues
Produce from the HLP ad-hoc reports and MI as required by senior management.
Proactively work the individual programmes and projects as their source of planning expertise
As required, review the lower level plans (ensuring the Programme Approach is reflected) wider to ensure satisfaction that the higher level HLP milestones and associated material accurately reflects lower level activities
Review all lower level plans (and associated plan products) and produce regular reports that highlight issues and action plans
Establish quality metrics and review plans vs adherence
Review and manage dependencies at Divisional level and below
Develop and maintain an Integrated and sequenced plan for RTP
All Retail employees should demonstrate the UK Retail Helpful Banking Behaviours
I am Proactive
I am Professional