IT Project Manager (12-Month Contract) (CPT Hybrid)

Product/Project management ~ IT – Manager
Cape Town – Western Cape

A highly strategic & solutions-driven IT Project Manager is sought by a reputable Retail Group to fill a 12-month contract role. You will be responsible for project leadership across the IT portfolio by providing frameworks and direction and maximising benefit delivery and limiting project and business risk, within the constraints of scope, quality, time and cost. The successful incumbent will require a suitable 3-year IT tertiary or NQF aligned qualification, a Project Management Certification with 7 years’ work experience in Programme and Project Management including having managed at least 5 IT or IT related projects through the complete Project Management lifecycle. You must also have Agile Project Management experience & a proven track record of delivering business application and infrastructure projects.
Manage project planning and delivery –
  • Take a project from inception (idea stage) through to planning and execution of the final working solution following a structured approach.
  • Understand and ensure that the business requirements have been understood and correctly interpreted.
  • Define project objectives, scope, impacts, outputs, cost, benefits and success criteria in collaboration with business champions, business unit management, programme sponsor and other relevant stakeholder (where applicable).
  • Ensure delivery of the required output(s) for each phase or stage.
  • Create and control all Project Management related documents.
  • Manage the people, processes and technology required to deliver solutions effectively according to the project requirements.
  • Conduct Post-Implementation Reviews (PIRs) and provide recommendations based on best practices and lessons learnt.
Manage project risks and issues –
  • Identify and mitigate issues and risks that may negatively impact the project.
  • Tracking and escalation of key decisions, unresolved issues and risks.
Ensure effective budget control –
  • Manage the project budget by forecasting requirements.
  • Monitor, track and manage expenditure by analysing variances and initiating corrective action.
Manage and support Project team –
  • Lead cross functional Project teams and follow up on task progress to ensure on-time completion.
  • Mentor team members on structured methodology and best practices.
  • Manage team in order to delivery on project commitments.
  • Provide regular and timely feedback to team members and their respective line managers (where applicable).
Effective management of quality and processes –
  • Apply quality management principles and processes.
  • Ensure all work is undertaken within the organisation standards and processes.
  • Ensure required documentation is complete, current and stored appropriately.
Effective reporting and stakeholder management –
  • Build and maintain relationships across business, suppliers and IT with stakeholders.
  • Conduct regular project reviews and accurately communicate the status of the project.
  • Produce management reports using established IT Portfolio Management methodology.
  • Establish and update plans with actuals and forecasts.
Qualifications –
  • IT relevant 3-year tertiary or NQF aligned qualification.
  • Project Management Certification.
Experience/Skills –
  • Minimum of 7 years’ experience in Programme and Project Management.
  • Managed at least 5 IT or IT related projects through the complete Project Management lifecycle.
  • Agile Project Management experience.
  • Proven track record of delivering business application and infrastructure projects.
  • Deep understanding and experience of IT Project Management methodologies.
  • Ability to develop Business Cases or Feasibility studies to justify initiatives for approval by the Executive team.
  • Able to align the IT Projects being executed to Business Requirements throughout the programs and projects lifecycle.
  • Strong facilitation and communication skills at multiple stakeholder levels.
  • Strong collaboration with internal and external stakeholders and partners.
  • Strong leadership ability of direct and virtual teams.
  • Proactive Risk and Issue Management skills.
  • Ability to analyse the impact of change on the Business, Programs and Projects and put required actions in place.
  • Retail Business acumen.
  • May be required to work flexible hours to support project delivery.
  • Travel (locally and into Africa) may be required, dependent on project scope and requirements.
Advantageous –
  • Relevant retail industry experience.
  • Excellent multi-tasking ability.
  • Attention to detail and working to deadlines essential.
  • Is aware of and responsive to internal and external events and influences on the technical landscape.
  • Quickly identifies key issues, stakeholders and viewpoints in a complex situation or problem.
  • Finds ways to condense large amounts of information into a useful form.
  • Anticipates the consequences of situations and proactively works to overcome potential obstacles.
  • Asks perceptive, probing questions to get to the heart of the matter.
  • Allocates time and resources as required when faced with multiple demands and competing priorities.
  • Considers the financial implications before finalising activity/project plans.
  • Actively monitors resource allocation and utilisation and adjusts as necessary.
  • Accurately interprets the moods, feelings and reactions of others and adjusts own behaviour to build effective relationships within the organisation and with its business partners.
  • Applies diplomacy and tact, demonstrating respect for differing perspectives.
  • Understands the perspectives of others to establish mutually beneficial objectives.
  • Coach others on how to develop proposals and work plans for effective partnership arrangements.
  • Establishes connections that help facilitate the accomplishment of broader organisational objectives.
  • Actively listens, interprets, and presents messages in different ways to enhance understanding.
  • Appropriately adapts the message, style, and tone of communication to accommodate a variety of audiences.
  • Continually searches for ways to adapt and improve through change.
  • Redirects own or own team’s efforts in response to changed circumstances to ensure effective problem solving.