Business Release Programme Manager

Leeds or Durham
Up to £60,000 + Package
12 Jul 2016
28 Nov 2016
Contract Type
Full Time
RWE npower require a Business Release Programme Manager / Delivery Manager to join our Domestic Change business. This is a full time role to be based in either our Leeds or Durham sites with travel between.

Role description and what were looking for Reporting into the Senior Programme Manager, the Programme Manager is a key member of our delivery function within Domestic Change. This role is responsible for achieving strategically important outcomes for the Domestic business by driving projects, portfolios of work, programmes and releases through the end to end change lifecycle. Working closely with the Senior Programme Manager you will obtain approval for and lead on change initiatives within the Domestic Change plan and lead a team of Delivery Consultants to deliver these initiatives to the wider business. You will work with stakeholders across all retail business units and must be comfortable working with executive level stakeholders.

Duties and Responsibilities: Accountability for the Business Release team strategic direction via successful delivery of the optimisation plan, delivering benefits and improvements while monitoring performance

Accountability for the release planning and readiness criteria for releases by management of the release scope, validation of business readiness, operational risk assessments, allocation of appropriate resources, management of release readiness activities including status reporting and attendance at Go/No Go calls

Participate in cutover activities with responsibility for overall BVT coordination

Management of releases and Heightened Alert periods including the turnaround for defect fixes and management of operational workarounds and communication

Planning and active management of any off cycle release process for emergency and priority releases

Identifying areas of improvement through lessons learned activities post release and actively managing change through others to ensure implementation of changes

Deliver change initiatives (Projects, Programmes, Portfolios and Releases) on behalf of the Domestic Business

Manage change initiatives in line with Domestic Change Plan requirements and strategic direction

Monitor, assess and manage risks, issues, assumptions and dependencies to ensure they do not have a major impact on the achievement of strategic outcomes/ planned deliverables.

Manage project and programme budget on behalf of senior stakeholders / sponsors and monitor and costs against forecast benefits

Manage and co-ordinate allocation of resources to ensure they are appropriate to the achievement and delivery of requirements.

Ensure that the delivery of products and service outcomes is aligned to strategic and business plans

Ensure that risk management and issue resolution activities are operating effectively and that key strategic issues and risks are escalated as appropriate to the senior programme manager

Develop and maintain a benefits realisation plan and ensure the plan is closely integrated in to the programme strategy

Establish and manage quality plans for projects, portfolio or programmes with associated acceptance criteria

Engage with sponsors to ensure their ongoing support and ensure that all programme outcomes and contributions to strategic and business plan outcomes are fully understood and socialized.

Drive change forward and provide strategic thought leadership in relation to projects, portfolios and programmes of change.

Key Skills: Strong stakeholder management and communication skills

Relevant practitioner qualification in project or programme management (Prince2, MSP etc)

Extensive experience in delivering release capability, portfolios, programmes and projects in line with forecast time, cost and quality constraints

Management of professional teams of change delivery staff

Experienced working with third parties on programmes, portfolios and projects

Utilities experience is desired but not essential

What youll get in return Our people are our most important asset and are what sets us apart from the competition. We offer a competitive salary and impressive benefits package, and the opportunity to really shape the future of the business whilst receiving the support you need to develop your skill set and experience to achieve your long term ambitions.

Company overview

RWE npower is a leading UK energy company and is part of the RWE Group, one of Europes leading electricity and gas companies. We serve approximately 5 million customer accounts with electricity, gas and energy. Through RWE Generation, we operate and manage a flexible portfolio of coal, oil, biomass and gas-fired power stations, producing more than 10% of the electricity used in Great Britain.

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