Project Manager- Fixed Term Contract

Job summary
Fixed Term Contract (12 month maternity cover)

AQA are in the process of delivering a major new operational system that will be the foundation of our ability to process millions of exam papers every year. This vital system will be used by approximately 1500 employees and 35k external users.

Due to a maternity cover opportunity we are recruiting a Project Manager to join our Change/Operations Team. This role will support a critical period in our programme Transition Plan as we move from the building of the code to the testing, training, and adoption of the system by end-users.

This role is to work with the Change team, Operations teams, and leadership teams to ensure that all relevant activities in the Transition Plan are correctly resourced, and delivered to time and quality; and to track and report project delivery and progress, identifying and managing dependencies, risks and issues.

What you’ll do

In this role you’ll:

•analyse complex situations and issues, managing multiple inter-dependent change-related activities driven by different programmes and stakeholder requirements
•work in a matrix-managed environment with competing change needs and drivers
•influence a wide range of stakeholders (up to Exec level) to manage conflicting requirements, demands and priorities
•matrix-manage teams undergoing substantial change, and build collaborative and high-performing teams through this change
•develop a critical path of key activities, providing planning support and identifying and managing dependencies across the plans
•communicate on a wide level by engaging internal colleagues, external partners and business stakeholders at all levels, ensuring clarity of requirements and positioning and securing buy-in to proposed solutions
•need to be self-sufficient and dynamic, capable of hitting the ground running.

What we’re looking for

•Experience of working on IT enabled transformation programmes on a large scale
•Extensive project management experience using the Waterfall methodology, coordinating and managing time and priorities within a structured environment.
•Experience of building, adapting, and managing complex resource plans.
•Project management qualification in Prince 2 desirable if applied in a workplace environment.


What’s in it for you?

At AQA we recognise our employees’ contribution and in return we are proud to offer an extensive reward and benefit package. This includes:

• Competitive salary
• Standard 35 hour working week
• 25 days annual leave rising to 30 days, plus all Bank Holidays and additional Christmas leave
• 5 paid days per year for voluntary service
• Contributory pension scheme
• An enhanced maternity/paternity and sick pay scheme

How to apply

To apply, please upload your CV and covering letter including your current and expected salary as one document via our website.

Closing date for applications is 10:00 on 16 November 2018, with interviews from w/c 19 November 2018.

AQA is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. AQA is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and post holders to share this commitment. Our Safeguarding Policy is available on our website.