The main purpose of the Project Manager is to:
Manage projects delivering business improvement and change together with the Project Sponsor and/or Business Owner within the defined tolerances for cost, quality, scope, time, risk, and benefits.
Manage the project team(s) to deliver the project outcome(s) and expected benefits as defined in the business case(s) and scope.
To manage, supervise and motivate project teams in adopting agile methodologies where appropriate, to ensure tasks and deliverables are achieved in an iterative way.
To manage through to resolution and mitigation of all RAIDD items, escalating where appropriate.
Prepare feasibility studies and the development of initiative proposals
Build robust commercial business cases with Project Owner and Commercial Finance that meets the needs of the initiative objectives
Manage and influence Project Sponsors and Owners across different functions within Clarks to ensure their full engagement and active participation throughout the initiative.
Manage and liaise with external partners to achieve the initiatives expected outcomes.
Promote business ownership of requirements and initiative deliverables.
Drive ownership and accountability of deliverables and tasks with both business, technology and any external partners.
Lead the creation of fully integrated initiative plans covering end to end initiative delivery where appropriate and necessary.
Ownership of planning, scheduling, co-ordinating and managing all aspects of initiatives – as required by different project methodologies.
Co-ordination and alignment of all project team including resource planning throughout the life of the initiative
Drive technical delivery of functional requirements, technical designs and decisions by working closely with technology leads to assure successful testing, delivery and transition of solutions
Ensure team members are taking accountability for their work and are delivering on time.
Proactively monitor overall progress, resolve/escalate issues and risks, and initiate corrective or mitigating actions.
Accountable for deadlines and financial elements of initiatives.
Remove obstacles and barriers that may prevent successful delivery
Share best practices within the PM community to support PM capability, training, and skill development
Ensure prioritisation of Clarks consumer and commercial needs underpins all project management activity
Maintain reporting for the initiatives as appropriate, including status reporting, SteerCo, and Board packs.
Continually evaluate time, cost and resources to ensure committed timescales are met.
Track and present initiative data to senior managers as required for evaluation and decision-making.
Track initiative tasks and deliverables clearly so progress is transparent across the team.
Promote empowerment within the team to create engagement, contribution, and delivery.
Key Performance Indicators:
Delivery of robust business cases and supporting plans to prescribed business problems
Delivery of approved initiatives within the approved scope, time, quality, cost, and risk constraints
Realisation of initiatives benefits as determined in the business case
Project sponsor, project board, and key stakeholders actively engaged with and satisfied with initiative approach and outcomes
Effective management, resolution, or escalation of initiative issues and risks
Strong partnering relationships across Functions, Regions, and within the IT function
Effective leadership of project and change management capability and processes
Cross-functional understanding and alignment of plans, dependency maps, and resource plans
Robust and agile ways of working and effective communications
Skills Knowledge and Experience:
Experience in leading, supporting, and managing a team of diverse makeup – internal/eternal, on-shore, near-shore, off-shore
Entrepreneurial self-starter who is self-motivated but also a team player / able to work collaboratively
Sound knowledge of project and change management methodologies and tools
Excellent verbal and written communication skills with strong attention to detail and the ability to interact professionally with a diverse group, of executives, managers, and subject matter experts including the 3rd parties
Experience in leading cross-functional teams and motivating them to go the extra mile working with all teams to produce high-quality artifacts as part of the product delivery process
Strong technical product intuition and user empathy
Advocate of Digital and Agile approaches, and drive simplicity and scalability.
Expert Knowledge of business processes in one or more relevant business areas
Deep understanding of the design of robust application solutions to support business requirements.
Deep understanding of the design, build, testing, and implementation of application solutions.
Strong skills in the use of IT methodology, tools, and techniques.
Project Management accreditation
Strong interpersonal and communications skills (influencing and negotiating, expectation and relationship management).
Proficient knowledge of Agile methodologies and as such, someone who will share knowledge and enable other team members.
Technical awareness of integrations, APIs and Microservices, PSP, Legal and compliance, Tax solutions would be a distinct advantage.
Clarks, based in Somerset, England, has been at the forefront of innovative shoemaking since its foundation in 1825, when brothers James and Cyrus Clark made a slipper from sheepskin off-cuts. At the time it was ground-breaking; a combination of invention and craftsmanship that’s remained at the heart of what the brand does now.
In the Clarks archive of more than 22,000 pairs are shoes that have sparked revolutions and defined generations. From the original Clarks Desert Boot, first designed by Nathan Clark and launched in 1950 to the iconic Wallabee, each design has an instantly recognisable signature – a unique combination of craftsmanship and innovation that make it unmistakably Clarks.
In February 2021, Clarks entered a new chapter in its history as it formed a partnership with LionRock Capital, positioning the iconic footwear brand for future success as it enters its third century.
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