Project Manager

University of Oxford

Fixed Term Contract until 31 August 2025 with the potential for extension.

The University of Oxford is a stimulating work environment, which enjoys an international reputation as a world-class centre of excellence. Our research plays a key role in tackling many global challenges, from reducing our carbon emissions to developing vaccines during a pandemic.

IT Services is a key department that ensures that the University has robust, reliable and high-performing IT facilities it requires to support the distinctive needs of those engaged in teaching, learning, research and administration. We value and recognise our own and the contributions of others, creating a great culture to work in and a place where we all feel we belong.

We are thrilled to offer an exciting opportunity for a Project Manager to join our Programme and Projects Delivery team in IT Services. This role comes with a Fixed-term contract until 31 August 2025, with the potential for extension. As a Project Manager, you will be at the forefront of change projects, actively contributing to the University’s pursuit of global leadership in research and education.

You will be located in the heart of Oxford and will spend at least one day per week at our IT Services offices. However, we promote flexibility and will work with you to establish a pattern of remote work that suits your needs. We are also open to considering part-time working arrangements.

What Awaits You

We prioritize the well-being of our employees and it shows through our comprehensive range of benefits:

  • 30 days of annual leave (excluding the 8 public holidays)
  • Extensive personal and professional development plans and opportunities to foster growth
  • A comprehensive range of childcare services to support working parents
  • Very generous maternity, adoption, paternity, and shared parental leave schemes for growing families
  • An excellent contributory pension scheme to secure your financial future
  • Salary sacrifice scheme for additional savings
  • Subsidised membership of the University Sports Centre to promote well-being
  • Cycle loan scheme to encourage sustainable commuting
  • Discounted bus travel and Season Ticket travel loans for convenient transportation

Moreover, the University hosts a wide array of social groups and sports clubs, making your experience here about much more than just work.

About the Role

As a Project Manager in IT Services, you will:

  • Define, manage, and deliver projects within IT Services.
  • Have full financial responsibility for assigned projects and oversee the performance of Programme and Projects Delivery Group staff on these projects.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders across the university to scope new project requests, define solutions meeting business needs, and deliver successful outcomes to realize benefits.

About You

The successful candidate will meet most of the following criteria:

  • A high level of general education to degree level or equivalent.
  • Proven project management experience, including the successful implementation of a sizable enterprise-wide application.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing, influencing and participating in large-scale business change initiatives.
  • Proven accountability for sizable budgets, and adherence to these budgets for the projects delivered.
  • Experience of using industry-standard project management methodologies and tools.
  • Successful experience in risk mitigation and quality management experience.
  • Experience of working in a complex environment where there is a wide range of parallel and mutually dependent activities.
  • Previous experience of managing and motivating a diverse team, including both business and technical staff, and working effectively as part of a wider, multi-disciplinary team.
  • Strong negotiation skills, including managing third-party supplier relationships.
  • Ability to manage, plan and take responsibility for a range of tasks involving interaction with and the cooperation of business and IT people, including the agreement of technical solutions.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to relate confidently and effectively to users at all levels.

Application Process

You will be required to upload a cover letter/supporting statement, CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.

The closing date for applications is Friday 29 September at 12:00 noon.

Interviews are expected to take place on the week commencing 09 October and will be held in-person in Central Oxford.

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