Project Analyst / Junior Project Manager – Luton - £30-40k (Software Deployment)
With a long history of developing computer software and delivering services into local government this business have a sound reputation and a very stable structure. Couple this with ethical business practices, consistent profitability and a commitment to treating employees and customers with their interests at heart they have measurably successful proposition. The company is employee-owned with controlling majority shareholder being the Employee Ownership Trust, of which all employees are beneficiaries. This means that every employee becomes a co-owner of the company with certain ownership benefits and responsibilities.
The business have a large software development team who have re-developed their core product and launched this brand-new, “award-winning” web-based product family which is expected to provide unrivalled facilities in the market-place. The future offers very exciting opportunities for growth, with an ever-changing national environment creating new demands for their software and services.
Due to the new product launch, we are looking for a proactive and motivated IT Project Analyst to join the projects team in rolling out the new product to their full client base and new customers as they come on. The responsibilities of the role include supporting the Projects Team with overseeing and coordinating projects, contributing to project planning, preparing and maintaining documentation, reviewing contracts and financials, monitoring project activities, and evaluating the overall project.
You will be involved in a wide range of IT projects, both internal and external, including the implementation of software for new customers, system and data migrations, system upgrades, the delivery of our services such as training courses, as well as internal projects such as implementing new phone systems, internal system improvements, etc.
- Contribute to Project Planning including, feasibility analysis to ensure consistency with customer’s requirements.
- Evaluate and Monitor Progress
- Help Manage Projects, tasks include coordinating with stakeholders and consultants, conducting internal meetings, reviewing finances, and streamlining the overall workflow with the primary aim of keeping the project on schedule.
- Perform Data Analysis, you will monitor and analyse data to produce insights and action recommendations. The applications of this data analysis are varied, including project reviews, performance optimisation, risk management, etc.
- Create Documentation. Maintaining project documentation, including but not limited to: schedules, resource plans, RAID Logs, meeting agendas and meeting minutes. You must also prepare presentations and regular status reports, serving as the main source of information about a project to internal and external teams.
Organisation skills - This role involves juggling multiple tasks and even multiple projects. To keep everything running seamlessly, you should be extremely organised and manage your time well. You must be able to identify the priority tasks and make sure that these are given attention when needed.
Communication skills - You will collaborate at all levels, working with team members, senior management, and business owners to move projects forward. This requires excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Project management - You will determine general workflow and direct many of a project’s day-to-day tasks, so previous management experience is advantageous.
Project methodology - The Projects Team and Account Managers are qualified in Prince2, which is a common methodology their customers sometimes ask them to adopt. However, the approach is based on a variety of formal methodologies which we have tailored to suit their needs. Training will be provided as required.
Data analysis - You must be comfortable using software programs to process data and be able to interpret the results through critical thinking. They predominantly use MS Project, Salesforce and Excel to manage work, and Power BI is being introduced to assist with reporting. Knowledge of these would be advantageous, but not essential. Training will be provided.
Business knowledge - You will play a critical role in the team, and take part in setting the team’s direction, so you should have a solid understanding of business and operational fundamentals. Previous experience delivering software projects will be an advantage.
Technical knowledge – As this is a Software delivery role, most projects are technical in nature. It will be important that you are able to understand technical subjects and interact with stakeholders from a technical background. Good, hands-on technical knowledge and experience would be advantageous.
The successful applicant will be a highly organised person with first class communication skills. You must be able to vigorously champion the project objectives and goals, taking a diplomatic approach to challenges from various stakeholders as they arise, and responding with a positive approach to meet requirements.