IT Project Manager in Ipswich at Willis Towers Watson

Date Posted: 9/10/2017

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Job Description

IT Project Manager
Location: Ipswich

The Company

Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW) is a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. With roots dating to 1828, Willis Towers Watson has 40,000 employees serving more than 140 countries. We design and deliver solutions that manage risk, optimize benefits, cultivate talent, and expand the power of capital to protect and strengthen institutions and individuals. Our unique perspective allows us to see the critical intersections between talent, assets and ideas – the dynamic formula that drives business performance. Together, we unlock potential. Learn more at

The Business
Investment, Risk and Reinsurance
Our sophisticated approach to risk helps clients free up capital. We work in close contact with investors, reinsurers, and insurers to manage the equation between risk and return.  Blending advanced analytics with deep institutional knowledge, we reveal new opportunities to maximize performance.

The Role
The role focuses on the delivery of technology projects for the Capital, Wholesale and Reinsurance segment of the company.
The Project Management responsibilities will include:
  • Define, plan, manage and deliver the project work activities
  • Complete project set up and governance, including creating project mandates and Business Cases, develop and implement project mobilisation
  • Project delivery
  • Identify and manage risks and issues, defining actions to mitigate; escalating issues as appropriate
  • Financial accountability against approved budget
  • Agree Stakeholder Communications Matrix and plan
  • Provide regular project transparency by reporting project status

Principal Accountabilities
  • Conduct Risk: To put the interests of clients and the integrity of the market at the heart of the way you do business
Programme of work description
The scope of the IT change portfolio covers a variety of businesses (from complex Reinsurance to start-up Underwriting operations). The projects within the portfolio aim to deliver key business outcomes including enabling growth, moving into new markets and improving the quality of service provided to customers. To deliver these business outcomes there is emphasis on a number of key areas including digitising the business, improving analytics and a focus on data.
The portfolio is delivered using a variety of technology providers from in-house bespoke development to the purchase of off the shelf software solutions. There are also a range of methodologies used across the team to ensure delivery; Agile SCRUM and waterfall are the two main methods. The successful applicant will need to be able to lead a multi-location project team, as well as aligning with other Project Managers within the IT change portfolio. This role will report directly to the IT Portfolio and Change Lead.
Knowledge, skills & experience required
  • Experience of driving and implementing successful technology projects
  • Proven experience of SCRUM and Waterfall project delivery
  • Experience of managing full IT project lifecycle from idea through to hand-over to operational support
  • Demonstrated ability to be able to scope, define and deliver a programme of work, aligning and managing project objectives, tasks and deliverables
  • Management of project RAID log, resource allocation and financial budgets
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work in diverse and virtual teams, and within a matrix global organisation
  • Ability to communicate effectively with senior stakeholders, to report on progress against agreed deliverables and to highlight / escalate any issues or barriers to delivery
  • Ability to manage multiple projects concurrently
  • Advanced MS Office Skills (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, MS Project, Visio)
  • APMP or Prince2 qualified
Desired / advantageous
  • Worked with PMO to deliver Agile project whilst complying with corporate governance gate/check point procedure
  • Scrum Master Certified
  • Knowledge of the Insurance Industry
  • Planview experience
  • Microsoft TFS experience
What can we offer you?
In return you will be rewarded with a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package including; a fantastic pension scheme, life insurance, medical insurance, eye care vouchers and flexible benefits including critical illness cover, dental cover, additional life assurance, childcare vouchers, retail vouchers and many other options and Corporate deals.
Willis Towers Watson is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a protected veteran, or disability.

We are committed to equal employment opportunities at Willis Towers Watson.


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