PMO Specialists

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
08 Mar 2017
05 Apr 2017
Clearance Level
Job Type

Atkins is looking for Consultant PMO Specialists to join the team. This position is based in Cheltenham, however travel will be required where necessary. In some cases there might be a need to work in London for extended periods.

Atkins is ranked as one of ‘The Sunday Times 25 Best Big Companies to Work For’ and as one of the ‘The Times Top 50 Employers for Women’. We support flexible working and equal opportunities as we believe that diverse teams provide the best mix of interpersonal and technical skills needed to exceed our customers’ expectations .

The key assets in our business are the right people and our continued success depends upon recruiting and retaining talented professionals from a multitude of backgrounds. We are as committed to diversity as we are to excellence.

It is essential you possess well developed written and verbal communication skills and can demonstrate strong stakeholder skills and/or have consultancy experience.

We have PMO Specialist positions available within Atkins Aerospace, Defence, Security & Technology division as part of the continued growth of our PMO Service. The roles are suitable for candidates who have a background in Programme and Project Management Governance and Controls. 

Working from within our P3M Practice, you will primarily work as a client facing member of a PMO team. Much of your work will be with our Defence, and Security and Intelligence clients.

You will be given significant responsibility for client-facing work from day one. All of our Consultants are expected to have regular interactions with clients and to support senior colleagues in delivering specific project outputs.

Consultants are also expected to make a contribution to Practice and business development. This may include being part of a bid team as well as developing new business propositions for existing clients or researching potential new markets

Experience in the Defence or Security & Intelligence sector would be an advantage but not essential.

We are looking to fill a number of different positions, some of which will be solely based in Cheltenham and some of which require greater flexibility in regards to mobility across the south of England.


The Requirements

You will be representing Atkins to our clients, so it is key that our values and ways of working are demonstrated within the role:
-Teamwork – Ability to work cooperatively with others and provide help where required
-Leadership – Ability to lead and motivate other teams members
-Communication – High emotional intelligence - listens and questions effectively, concise verbal and written communication skills and effective questioning/listening skills. Able to communicate with confidence at higher and lower levels
-Flexibility – Ability to adapt approach to individual situations and remain calm under pressure
-Willing to work flexible working week if required. Understand the needs and constraints of projects, and have the ability to flex around these constraints
-Customer Focus – Delivers a high level of customer service to our external and internal customers
-Achievement – Looks to exceed client aspirations and works to goals and manages obstacles. Determination in meeting targets and overcoming challenges
-Initiative – Ability to analyse data and situations, break down work into key tasks and activities
-Development – Wants to continually develop new skills and undertake personal training and CPD
-Ethics and integrity – uphold Atkins high professional standards at all times
-Advocacy – be an ambassador for our wider business at all times
-Collegiate – Manage client demands whilst contributing to the development of the P3M Practice

A working knowledge and demonstrable experience in all or some of the following areas:
-Problem identification, report writing, recommending actions and building relationships with immediate contacts
-Planning, monitoring and reporting
-Change control
-Issue and Risk management
-Document management
-Requirements management
-P6 experience is highly desirable
-Experience conducting schedule risk analysis (e.g. using Monte Carlo analysis) would be beneficial
-Working knowledge of financial processes and ability to report financial data is highly desirable
-PRINCE2 Practitioner or similar are highly desirable
-Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) would be beneficial
-Advanced Excel skills are highly desirable

Key Responsibilities
-Governance advice and assistance to support adherence to programme and project level processes (such as PRINCE2 and MSP) using influencing skills to work with a range of stakeholders to agree appropriate actions
-Managing Programme and Portfolio wide initiatives relating to resource utilisation, change control, financials and portfolio development and maintenance
-Producing and analysing programme and Project Level Reporting to ensure projects progress against key criteria such as cost, schedule, risks, issues and benefits is accurately reflected
-Identifying trends and improvement opportunities, highlighting proposed action plans to senior management
-Provide advice and guidance to the client and work effectively within a multi-team environment
-Training, coaching and mentoring other team members and / or customers in relation to methodologies, delivery processes and best practice
-Completing quality assurance review checks to monitor the quality of project reporting and deliverables, to drive improvements across the portfolio
-Helping clients achieve their delivery objectives through the detailed application of one or two elements of the PMO skillset (e.g. risk management, project planner)

Please refer to our website for full details of our benefits package, which includes the opportunity to purchase up to 15 days additional annual leave per year on top of our standard 25 days paid annual leave. 
Flexible working options will be considered for this vacancy.
Training- Atkins develops individuals through a tailored portfolio of training and development courses designed to help successful candidates make the best of their abilities and talents.

Security Requirements
Successful candidates will be required to undergo a security vetting process and offers of employment will be subject to relevant security clearance being granted. 

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