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Operations Project Manager

School of Engineering

Birmingham, United Kingdom


  • Posted on: 20th Dec 2021
  • Salary: £31,406 to £40,927, with potential progression once in post to £43,434.
  • REF: 98742
  • Closes: 16th January 2022
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

Main Duties

  • Manage a suite of School-level projects through the provision of significant and high-level project management support/make a contribution to larger University-wide projects as part of a project team.
  • Draw up project plans, including key performance indicators, identifying milestones as appropriate.
  • Review and audit progress on projects to improve effectiveness, efficiency and delivery on key performance indicators and milestones.
  • Report on project progress, including preparation of reports, e.g. regular progress reports to internal and external stakeholders and presenting to Project Boards and other key stakeholders.
  • Provide executive support to School Senior Management in relation to projects, work streams and working groups as required; setting agendas, collating and distributing papers and minutes and ensuring follow up action is taken.
  • Appropriately assess and escalate issues and risks, including monitoring risk registers.
  • Stakeholder management, ensuring effective liaison with colleagues, students, the wider University and any external project partners, funders, Project Boards as appropriate.
  • Manage project resources efficiently and effectively, and to ensure all necessary project documentation is maintained.
  • Develop and deliver communication strategy for the project(s), both in terms of informing School Senior Management and wider communication for both internal and external audiences where applicable.
  • Milestone tracking – deliver agreed deliverables against timelines.
  • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of project management methodologies.
  • Analyse and develop insights from data gathered and feedback to inform evaluation and review of projects
  • Promotes equality and values diversity acting as a role model and fostering an inclusive working culture.

Person Specification

  • Educated to Degree level or equivalent qualifications / relevant work experience in a similar role.
  • Substantial experience of project management in an academic setting.
  • Experience of managing staff to deliver high-quality support.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a proven ability to work with a range of stakeholders including students, academics and senior managers, across the institution and a high degree of personal accountability with the ability to influence, motivate and win support and resolve conflict.
  • Proactive, highly motivated and well organised, with the ability to work on own initiative, with minimal supervision, and to manage and prioritise a range of varied and complex tasks, completing them to the required deadlines.
  • Willing to do things differently with a flexible, creative and proactive approach to problem solving and has the experience of delivering projects and initiatives with measurable outcomes and deliverables
  • Attention to detail and the ability to analyse data to formulate clear proposals which can inform the development of action plans, policies and strategies.
  • Effective team working skills
  • Excellent IT skills and an aptitude for learning new packages to support analysis, presentation and communication of information
  • Commitment to continuing professional development and training
  • Willingness to work flexibly, this post may occasionally require the post-holder to travel in the UK and overseas in relation to the School’s transnational education activity and other initiatives.
  • Knowledge of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how to actively ensure in day to day activity in own area that those with protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly.

Informal Enquiries, please contact Mark Jeffery m.c.jeffery@bham.ac.uk

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