Technology Project Manager Job Placement – Barclays Bank UK

Job Title:       Technology Project Manager
Organisation: Barclays
Bank UK
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Country
Portfolio Manager
About Barclays UK:
Barclays is a
British multinational banking and financial services company headquartered in
London. It is a universal bank with operations in retail, wholesale and
investment banking, as well as wealth management, mortgage lending and credit
cards. It has operations in over 50 countries and territories and has around 48
million customers. As of 31 December 2011, Barclays had total assets of US$2.42
trillion, the seventh-largest of any bank worldwide.
Job Summary:  The Technology Project Manager will take full
responsibility for the successful delivery of business/technical solutions in
support of the strategic and operational objectives of Barclays Africa of:-
  • A major work stream of a large and complex project, and
  • Three smaller, less complex, projects.
  • In the delivery of programmes or projects will follow and apply
    Barclays Africa & Middle East project practices, standards and
    methodologies as defined from time to time.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Project and Change
People change
  • Manage large scale Project Management, leading small to medium teams
    of part-time, dedicated team members and BAU resources to deliver change
    in one country or across several countries.
  • Establish and maintain the correct structures to control and monitor
    the initiation, progress and delivery of the project or comply with the
    correct structures set up by the Head of Change, Programme Manager or
    Senior Project Manager to control and monitor the initiation, progress and
    delivery of the project.
  • Actively participate in all phases and activities of the project and
    provide specialist guidance to the project team, particularly in project
    definition, requirements analysis, business and technical design and
    change control activities.
  • Control/co-ordinate the work of the project team, allocating tasks,
    monitoring progress, ensuring awareness of responsibilities and securing
    commitment to successful project delivery.
  • Comply with the appropriate structures established and maintained by
    the Programme Manager, to ensure the delivery of projects.
  • Prepare current and accurate forecast of costs, cashflow, timescales
    and resource requirements and agree with the Project Steering Committee
  • Identify and manage all programme/project issues and risks including
    their appropriate escalation and contingency management
  • Identify all products and tasks associated with their
    completion.  Prepare and maintain
    detailed and accurate project and resource plans, with current estimates
    for activity completion.
  • Monitor and control the use of resources and funds against the
    original budget or, where appropriate the latest allocation.  Gain agreement for all changes to the
    project as necessary.
  • Provide regular and accurate progress reports and updated plans on a
    monthly basis to the Head of Change and if appropriate the Programme
    Manager/Project Board.
  • Ensure that both Barclays Africa & Middle East and operational
    support staff, where appropriate, are adequately trained and prepared for
    implementation of the solution, that the operational handover is well
    planned and managed, without any adverse effect on existing systems and
    processes, and that all SLA commitments are fully achievable.
  • Establish the correct structures to control the ongoing operational
    service, through the establishment of Service Management Groups and
    Service Level Agreements.
  • Within the context of a Programme, confirm any plans for the
    external procurement of resource and services with the Programme Manager.
  • Manage the process of procuring the external supply of resource and
    services, and lead the negotiation of major contracts with external
  • Ensure that all service contracts include a clear specification of
    the supplier’s responsibilities regarding scope and quality of the
    deliverables, as well as costs and timescales.
  • Establish an agreed audit plan to monitor progress on a regular
    basis and to audit quality, as and when appropriate, throughout the life
    of the contract.
  • Prepare a quality plan for each project that outlines the overall
    approach to quality, identifies the standards to be employed and/or
    developed in the preparation of all products and plans for the process of
    quality assurance, review and control.
  • Ensure that all tasks are carried out comply with departmental
    procedures, mandatory quality standards and agreed architectural
  • Manage the full lifecycle of development from full business case,
    the hand over of project deliverables, completion of the project to
    post-project review ensuring quality deliverables throughout.
  • Manage compliance with Barclays Africa & Middle East project
    practices and methodologies while being proactive with any resourcing and
    financial constraints.
  • Define controls for resource, schedule and quality to ensure
    compliance implementing self health-checks and improvements to ensure
    effective control is maintained at all times.
Project Definition
and Planning  – 30%
  • Define business requirements to meet their strategic objectives,
    including the development or assist in the development of Stage 1 and
    Stage 2 business cases for the related projects.
  • Define scope and plan the project and agree structure and
  • Obtain sign-off of business case from Project Sponsor and Project
  • Prepare and agree detailed project/sub project responsibilities.
  • Ensure all such investment is well funded and that the senior
    management are aware of their responsibilities in achieving the successful
    delivery of the associated projects
  • Agree and secure resource requirements for the Project.
Staff Management –
  • Agree resource plans with the Programme Manager (programme) or
    Senior Project Manager and manage the recruitment of staff, contractors
    and external consultants, as appropriate.
  • Manage and lead project team, provide assistance to less experienced
    staff by giving guidance and supporting on the job training, as
  • Acts as task manager for Implementation Managers in country as
  • Regular review of individual and team performance targets.
  • Delegates effectively, allowing team members to take responsibility
    for performance.
  • Proactively and creatively develops team’s skills encouraging
    learning and knowledge transfer and recognising achievements.
  • Identify any training needed to support project implementation
    planning delivery of training within project timescales.
  • Contribute to the performance assessment of staff undertaking sub-project
Risk, Governance
and Regulatory
  • “Ensure that all activities and duties are carried out in full
    compliance with regulatory requirements, Enterprise Wide Risk Management
    Framework and internal Barclays Policies and Policy Standards. Understand and
    manage risks and risk events (incidents) relevant to the role.”
Management Control and Analysis

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the Barclays Bank Technology Project Manager
    should hold be educated to degree or MBA level to be able to meet the
    intellectual demands of the job, or can demonstrate equivalent experience
  • PRINCE2 Practitioner (candidates not possessing this would be
    expected to achieve Practitioner status within 12 months)  is desired
  • Project Management experience gained in a complex Financial Service
  • At least two to five years of business change  experience or experience leading a team
    through a period of rapid change
  • Demonstrable track record of successful delivery of one or more
    business change projects (not necessarily in the finance sector)
  • Proven change/programme management skills including tracking and
    benefits realisation
  • Planning – strong skill in producing, monitoring and delivering on
    project plans.
  • Innovative problem solving – ability to challenge the status quo and
    drive beneficial change.
  • Value-based business perspective – appreciation of the Barclays Bank
    of Kenya and Barclays Africa & Middle East strategy and of commercial
    consequences of change/programme management decisions.
  • Managing resources – mobilises and manages corporate resources
    against a value-based agenda.
  • Commercial / Entrepreneurial
  • Drive for results
  • Relationship /Partnership approach
  • Technical skills/knowledge
  • Planning and Organising
  • Team building/player
  • People and capability
  • Proven Project Management or Change Management skills and expertise
  • Solid work experience in an Operational or other role in a financial
    services or other consumer industry organisation
  • Experience of employing change management best practices and
  • Experience of managing activity across the whole of a project
    lifecycle, using current technology, structured methods and a quality
  • Exposure to governance, control and risk management
  • Proven ability to effectively work across teams at all levels
  • Ability to negotiate/influence at senior level
  • Knowledge of the Barclays Africa & Middle East Change Governance
  • Good understanding of value based management principles
  • Experience of appropriate change/programme management software
How to Apply:
If you feel
challenged by any of the above positions, and believe you can deliver on key
deliverables as outlined above, upload your application letter, current
curriculum vitae and photocopies of academic certificate to our recruitment website
detail below:
Barclays is an equal
opportunity employer that recruits, develops and promotes people on merit, and
rewards outstanding performance, regardless of background and gender.
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