Senior Planner


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Job Description

Highly Competitive Package
Wythall, South Birmingham (B47)
12 Month Fixed Term Contract
Ref: 3760

The Phoenix Group (Acquisition and Integration Portfolio) is looking for skilful and creative people to join our fast-paced organisation and help us reach our ultimate target – to be unrivalled leaders in the next generation of financial services.
As a Senior Planner for the Acquisition & Integration Portfolio, you will support the Head of Transition Management Office (TMO), in ensuring the successful delivery of the Phoenix Transition Portfolio of programmes and projects. This involves owning and developing the planning standards and templates, developing plans for complex programmes in conjunction with the programme/project managers, facilitating planning workshops, and engendering a culture of continuous improvement across the Portfolio for all matters relating to planning and plan management.  

Working directly in support of the Head of TMO, Acquisition & Integration Portfolio you will:

Develop and maintain the planning standards and disciplines required to operate a robust yet cost effective governance and control framework across the Phoenix transition programme (c. £50m - £500m budget). 
Take a lead role in working with the programme managers to develop implementation plans for programmes and projects within the portfolio. 
Provide oversight, guidance and support to project and programme managers on plan management. 
Facilitate planning workshops as appropriate to drive identification of WBS, key milestones, the critical path, dependencies, and planning risks and assumptions.  
Undertake quality assurance on the health of project plans, ensuring that planning standards are observed and that plans are developed using Phoenix planning templates, in line with the Projects@Phoenix methodology.  
Support the Head of TMO with the mobilisation of new integration programmes, working with the programme lead(s) to identify and plan all activities required through to deal completion and subsequent separation and integration, as appropriate. 
Create, maintain and present executive-level MI for senior internal and external stakeholders, including, but not limited to, separation plans, programme roadmap, Life Management Board milestone tracker, steering group and board reporting.
Create and maintain the Transition Programme critical path and other plan MI to inform and advise programme governance forums as appropriate. 
Create and manage the Transition programme dependency register, ensuring project and external dependencies are identified by project managers, and agreed and tracked through to completion with the dependent party. Provide oversight – challenge and validity of dependencies 
Creation and oversight of change control across the Transition Programme, ensuring an appropriate process is in place to review, analyse and impact assess all change ahead of decision making by the appropriate forum.
Develop the planning competencies of the project managers within the A & I Portfolio
Capture planning lessons learned, ensuring these are incorporated into planning standards and templates, where appropriate. • Provide guidance and oversight for the identification and tracking of milestones and planning assumptions in SmartCore.

Essential Skills 
Excellent understanding of project management disciplines • Knowledge of governance, controls and reporting mechanisms to an auditable standard
Experienced programme level planner – 5yrs +experience (including experience in developing plans for complex programme from initiation to baselining the plans)
Solid project planning and organising skills with the ability to facilitate planning workshops.
Demonstrated ability to successfully support large programmes of significant complexity.
Excellent written, oral, presentation and facilitation skills and proven ability to provide high quality management information.
Experience of developing, implementing and enforcing planning standards and processes.
Creation of comprehensive high, medium and detailed level plans, reflecting key dependencies, risks, issues and assumptions.
Critical path analysis.
Dependency Management across a complex programme.
Excellent PC literacy, particularly Project, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Experience of project / programme support in the Life Assurance industry advantageous.
Ability to work under pressure and to be flexible in working practices to align appropriately to the requirements of a specific programme.
Excellent communication skills and ability to interact and persuade/influence at Senior level
Good approach/understanding to the delivery and tracking of project benefits. 
In depth understanding and application of financial management of project costs including tracking and reporting. 
Demonstrable ability to successfully mobilise and run project/programme offices on large projects/programmes. 
Readily champions the benefits of project and programme governance. 
Expert in identifying and developing project management best practice (with focus on planning standards).
Able to take on challenging objectives and achieve them.
Ability to understand complex issues and support effective decision making. 
Strong people manager skills with ability to mentor and coach Project Analysts in project/programme management techniques.   

Desirable Experience in the Life Insurance and Pensions industry is desirable • Project Management accreditation such as Prince2 or APMP   

Project/programme management - Plans, initiates, executes, controls and closes projects/programmes/portfolios of work in a disciplined manner. Tracks and manages resources, timelines, costs, deliverables and performance.
Resource management - Efficient and effective deployment of organisational resources to deliver business results. Resources may include financial resources, inventory, people skills, production resources, or information technology.
Planning and organising - Organises, prioritises and, where applicable, delegates work activities to efficiently accomplish tasks and meet objectives. Includes the principles of time management and multi-tasking.

Stakeholder management - Interprets and influences both the external and internal environments by creating positive relationships with stakeholders, through the appropriate management of their expectations and agreed objectives.
Generic technical - No direct responsibility, however plays a key role in supporting senior management in the planning and delivery of a £50m - £100m portfolio of integration projects. Supporting c. 2 – 5 strategic integration programmes impacting c. 500 FTE’s across the business.

Managing change - Employs appropriate processes, structures, tools and behaviours to lead and/or control change initiatives. Applies a structured approach to drive and support change on an individual, team and/or organisational level.

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Closing date: Midnight, Friday 29th May 2020.

If you have a disability we will try our best to make reasonable adjustments to remove any barriers to this post in the application / interview process due to a disability.