Senior Project Manager

  • 2HT, 33 Holborn, London EC1N 2HU, UK
  • Full-time
  • Department: Change
  • Sub Team: Change
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Company Description

Octopus is a group of businesses investing in the people, ideas and industries that will help change the world. Founded in 2000, we’re now one of the UK’s fastest-growing companies, operating in two sectors – financial services and energy supply. In our financial services business, we’ve built market-leading positions in a number of specialist investment sectors, including smaller companies, renewable energy, healthcare and property finance. We employ more than 750 people and manage more than £10 billion on behalf of more than 50,000 retail and institutional investors. At Octopus we’re transforming the industries we operate in and improving the lives of millions of people.

We’re a group of entrepreneurially-minded businesses, each built on the belief that people and the planet deserve better. Our group includes Octopus Energy, Octopus Real Estate, Octopus Investments, Octopus Ventures, Octopus Renewables, Octopus Wealth, Octopus Giving and Seccl.

Life at Octopus is never dull. We’re an ambitious, people-first business that wants to make the world a better place. Because of this, we value energy, curiosity, resilience, and integrity. We’re different from most other companies you may have worked for. And we’re always on the look-out for smart, talented people who share our values.

 

Job Description

The Brand: 

The Senior Project Manager role sits within the Change Team reporting into the Head of Project Management. 

The Change function sits across the business supporting all projects. The team requires an excellent and experienced candidate who can both roll up their sleeves to get involved with the detail and leverage their expertise to help continue driving us to 'better and better.'  

In a team of project managers, it is anticipated that this role will be acting as one of the most senior PMs, will have opportunity to influence and coach others in the team, and will involve working collaboratively with the Business Analyst team.  
 

About the role: 

  • The role requires the successful candidate to demonstrate pragmatic, hands-on project management abilities, applying rigor to the delivery process while being able to respond to a rapidly changing environment. Perhaps most crucially, the candidate must have the drive and ability to constantly improve the way we understand and run projects and act as an advocate for the delivery function across the company - and hence be an integral part to the future success of Octopus. 
  • This role will require the individual to perform project reviews, and then be able to analyse the results so that the most important areas are clearly identified, reported upon, and the required actions are completed in a timely manner.
  • The successful candidate must have the ability to take a risk-based approach to project management – using experience to prioritise areas that are most important while compromising where appropriate. In addition to having excellent project and organisational discipline the individual must be able to take a hands-on approach with little or no project support or admin available 

Deliverables:

  • Navigate, manage and communicate with a wide range of stakeholders including senior management. 
  • Manage multiple in-flight projects and prioritise between them effectively. 
  • Plan for, budget, and manage multiple projects at once that span multiple functions in a complex and fast-changing environment. Where a programme of works is required, being able to identify this and manage it accordingly will be essential. 
  • Deliver complex projects that could include strategic, regulatory, and technical managing concurrent budgets of up to £1 million 
  • Provide structured communication to enable timely decision making. 

Qualifications

Ideally, you’ll have some or all of the following qualifications, skills and job-related experience 

  • Financial Services experience

  • Have a solid grasp of basic and many advanced project management principles, along with having experience in successfully applying and advancing those principles. 

  • Excellent communication skills, approachable and good at forming relationships with people of all levels within the business. 

  • Ability to use own initiative and work with minimal supervision not only to achieve delegate tasks, but to seek out and deliver what needs to be done. 

  • Ability to prioritise own workload within a busy environment and meet deadlines.  

  • Excellent written and presentational skills. 

  • Excellent project and organisational discipline. 

  • Proven self-working and motivational skills. 

  • Strong analytical skills. 

  • PRINCE 2 and/or Agile training qualification. 

And to really stand out from the crowd, you will display the following qualities and characteristics: 

  • Champion the promotion of integrity in all endeavours 

  • Mentor those around them in aspects of the profession such as leadership, methodology, tools, people skills and navigating politics 

  • Excellent communication skills, approachable and good at forming relationships with people of all levels within the business. 

  • Ability to use own initiative and work with minimal supervision not only to achieve delegate tasks, but to seek out and deliver what needs to be done. 

  • Proven self-working and motivational skills. 

  • Broad understanding of financial markets, regulation and industry trends. 

Additional Information

Our Values and DNA  

At Octopus we don't just focus on what we do but also how we do it. Everyone shares our values of being straightforward, helpful and bold. And while these are the principles that guide us as an organisation, our DNA goes even further, by revealing our inner strengths:  

We are loyal: we fully buy-in to the company's vision and believe in everything that Octopus stands for.

We are respectful: we live and breathe the Octopus values of being helpful, straightforward and bold.

We are resilient: we have an inner strength that means we never give in.  

We are intellectually curious: we seek to understand how the world works and were always learning, adapting and improving.  

We understand who our customers are: and because we know them really well, we always give them our very best.  

What we offer Octopus has built an exciting and inclusive high-performance culture where employees feel empowered. This means we welcome discussions around flexible working hours. We also understand the value of diversity, and we have a team dedicated to promoting gender, ethnic, socio-economic, LGBT and disability equality, to make sure we back up our words with actions. All Octopus employees are given the opportunity to develop new skills, aim higher and accelerate their careers.

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