Vice President - Project Manager

  • 90k - 120k
  • London, England, United Kingdom
  • Permanent, Full time
  • Maze Executive Search & Selection
  • 24 Jan 17

Leading Investment House looking for a Senior VP to join their Operations Change Management team as a Project Manager. Must have shown longevity in their roles.

Company overview

 

My Client is a leading financial services group and the preeminent Asian-based investment bank with worldwide reach. My Client provides a broad range of innovative solutions tailored to the specific requirements of individual, institutional, corporate and government clients through an international network in over 30 countries. Based in Tokyo and with regional headquarters in Hong Kong, London, and New York, My client employs over 27,000 staff worldwide. My Clients unique understanding of Asia enables the company to make a difference for clients through three business divisions: retail, asset management, and wholesale (global markets and investment banking).

 

Department overview:

 

The Operations Change Management Team is responsible for delivering large-scale projects across the firm. These initiatives range across asset classes, and often impact teams from front-to-back within the organisation, requiring significant management of time and resources. Project drivers are both external and internal, with the significant increase in regulatory demands reflected in the current focus of the team. In this respect the Operations Change Management Team (CMT) take a leading role in ensuring the firm responds efficiently and successfully to the demands of market-wide initiatives.

 

Role description:

 

  • Management of projects within the overall Change Management Project Portfolio 
    • Producing and executing a project plan
    • Establishing a project budget, and tracking costs against that baseline
    • Identifying, collating and analysing data to establish and quantify problem statements
    • Establishing relationships and working with system and process owners to determine and document requirements
    • Designing and agreeing solutions to problems with the relevant stakeholders
    • Tracking requirements, change requests and defects through the project lifecycle
    • Ensuring that the project is delivered to the targets (cost, time, scope, quality) agreed with the Project Sponsor
    • Managing and resolving risks and issues
    • Managing all stakeholders throughout the project lifecycle
    • Managing business sign-off
  • Design and implementation of process improvement
    • Managing analysis and design processes required to build ‘As Is’ and target ‘To Be’ states, including the development of new product features and solutions
    • Deriving clear, quantified benefits for migration to the ‘To Be’ target state
    • Identifying improvement opportunities through review of all operating model components, while exploring alternative solutions, features and scenarios
    • Working closely with IT colleagues and business stakeholders to deliver a holistically appropriate fit-for-purpose business solution design
  • Conduct retrospective functional reviews of selected projects
    • Managing the review of all project lifecycle components
    • Identification  and remediation of weaknesses in the project; from operational governance, processes & controls and associated documentation

 

 

  • Managing the development of testing strategies, approaches and test packs
    • Developing overall strategy and approach for functional, regression, performance and User Acceptance Testing
    • Managing the definition of user acceptance criteria and sign-off
    • Definition of test scripts, planning and scheduling testing activity, and execution of acceptance testing
  • Supporting the production of the overall project or programme level business case
  • Managing the overall project or programme governance

 

Key objectives critical to success:

 

  • Ensuring business requirements and benefits are clearly articulated, syndicated and integrated within the project
  • Ensuring that the testing and quality approach adopted by the project will demonstrate that the business requirements have been delivered
  • Building and sustaining strong relationships with stakeholders across all teams, using good relationship management skills for the benefit of the firm and the project
  • Utilising clear, consistent, and targeted communication across the stakeholder group

 

Skills, experience, qualifications and knowledge required

 

  • Project Management
    • A strong understanding of the role and responsibilities of a Project Manager and the project lifecycle
    • Understands and appreciates the need to plan and manage projects through the benefits they deliver
    • Understands the importance of stakeholder management and has experience of having managed senior stakeholders
    • A solid understanding of project processes, methods, techniques, concepts and best practice
    • A good understanding of project risk management processes and best practice
    • Understands the approaches to be used in managing dependencies inside and outside the project
  • Investment Banking Domain Experience
    • Experience working within the Investment Banking industry
    • Good investment banking product and market knowledge
    • Front to back awareness of processes within an investment bank
  • Change Management
    • Business analysis and change background with a proven history of success
    • Clear understanding and experience of implementing and enforcing change initiatives
    • Knowledge of change management processes, methods and procedures
  • IT Development & Architecture
    • Knowledge of IT development and delivery practices and approaches
    • A working, functional knowledge of investment banking systems and technology
  • Desirable to have had consulting experience

 

Right to Work
The UK Government have taken steps to reduce net migration to the UK by limiting the number of overseas workers from outside the EEA coming to the UK for employment. Please note that whilst we are able to consider applications from overseas workers from outside the EEA (who require a Tier 2 (General) visa) we can only employ them if we can provide evidence that there are no other suitable candidates for this vacancy from inside the EEA.