The IT Project senior specialist will support the IT Planning & Projects Manager to oversee, plan, monitor and manage the delivery of the IT Programs and / or projects from initiation to closure efficiently.
The job holder will contribute and manage the development and the on-going monitoring of IT Strategic Programme, as well as in defining and implementing a robust planning process across the programme.
Deliver the IT Programs and / or projects within the constraints of time, cost and functionality from initiation to closure following the departmental project delivery lifecycle.
Plan and contribute to monitor the execution and closure of IT programs and / or projects efficiently
Manage enterprise-wide IT programs and associated projects
Identification of and management of issues and risks that may impact the delivery
Utilize change management controls and processes to ensure that any change is dealt with appropriately, communicated and agreed by all stakeholders.
Lead the project team by example, taking responsibility for the day to day direction of the project team ensuring the Team members are working together and that any issues within the team are dealt with.
Plan projects, manage portfolios & PMO’s, budget, organize and negotiate the allocation of resources
Support to develop IT Strategy aligned with Business Strategy and determine short, medium and long term roadmaps, including annual IT department plans and performance targets
Strategic and Operational planning for IT initiatives across the organization and associated business partners
Support the IT Planning & Projects Manager to develop or refine departmental policies, procedures and project delivery framework
Contribute in defining and implementing a robust planning process across the IT strategy programme
Contribute to business process improvement / re-engineering / optimization initiatives
Provide technical advice on planning processes
Provides leadership in PM processes and best practices to IT team members. Establish new processes, document, consult, enforce and constantly drive project management process improvements.
Take direct accountability for stakeholder management for all deliveries, create and maintain high quality relationships with project stakeholders.
Effectively manage senior stakeholders through timely and relevant communications while providing strong leadership and direction to cross functional delivery teams.
Negotiate and administer product / service vendor, outsourcer, and consultant contracts and service level agreements
Direct the department’s communication with the organization’s executives, department heads, and end users regarding pertinent IT activities
Support the Projects & Planning Manager in managing changes, updates and reporting of the IT architecture
Develop business case justifications and cost / benefit analysis for IT spending on projects and planning Team initiatives including make or buy decisions
Participate in the Change Advisory Board for IT deployments / modifications through formal change management processes
Perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor directly related or relevant to the job
Education and certifications
Bachelors in Computer Science or any other related discipline
Relevant certification is preferred
Experience and skills
Minimum +10 years of related experience
Focused around delivery management, and therefore need to be able to work at many levels and utilize different styles of management throughout the project lifecycle to ensure delivery of business value
Solid planning, organizational and multitasking skills to effectively manage various tasks associated with projects
Excellent ability to communicate, manage lead and influence teams that do not directly report to PM
Proficient in project management practices, a highly effective communicator and experienced in dealing with multiple projects.
Experience in developing PMO processes and driving PM best practices to IT teams
Technically sound and be able to correlate the IT initiative to the overall organizational priorities
Excellent writing skills in English, Knowledge of Arabic is an advantage
Good organising and communication skills
Analytical and problem-solving skills.
Experience of working in the region and knowledge of local culture will be an added benefit.
High attention to detail and accuracy.
Flexibility and a related ability to work autonomously.
A team player willing to work on tight timelines and pitch in when needed.
A positive attitude, patience and persistence, especially when dealing with various internal and external stakeholders
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