Work Stream Project Manager (Fixed Term)

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The implementation of the new finance system is a once in a lifetime opportunity to make a difference to the way in which University departments process and manage their financial transactions. As the work stream project manager you will be responsible for the ensuring the deliverables of the work stream are completed on time, whilst managing project risks, a variety of team members and integration with other work streams.

This is a varied role which will require collaboration and interaction with staff with a wide ranging level of skills and expertise from within the Finance Division and also the wider University.

The Role

The role requires management of resources needed for the planning, development and delivery of specified areas within the work stream to avoid bottlenecks and conflicting demands. You will establish stakeholder analysis to facilitate decision making in complex areas and thereafter encourage teams to make difficult decisions.

The successful candidate will be required to develop and deliver the content and material for workshops in conjunction with the work stream leads and the Project Manager and ensure the outcomes, decisions and issues are recorded with impacts on training and stakeholders at the forefront.

Alongside the other work stream project managers you will establish and implement protocols for potential changes to scope and manage the day to day activities of the work stream teams including regular checkpoint reviews, budget, presentations to Boards / stakeholders and senior level management.

Your Skills

You will be able to demonstrate a logical and pragmatic approach to project management with the ability to adapt to meet the delivery needs.

You will hold a professional qualification alongside a project management qualification and have excellent inter-personal, analytical and communication skills.

Alongside these you will possess:

  • Excellent planning for short, medium and long term using MS Projects
  • Understanding of ERP (preferably Oracle Financials)
  • Identify and pro-actively manage important risks, issues and problems effectively.


The University offers an excellent benefit package including:

  • 41 days annual leave, inclusive of Bank Holidays
  • Defined benefits pension schemes
  • Flexible working options
  • Family-friendly initiatives
  • Career development opportunities
  • Support for health & mental wellbeing
  • Discounts on shopping
  • Rental deposit scheme
  • Public transport season ticket loans
  • Tax-efficient bicycle and charity-giving schemes


The University is supportive of hybrid working, where some work is undertaken on University premises and some in a remote working environment. The aim of our approach is to enable as many staff as possible to work in a hybrid way if they wish and where their role allows.

The Finance Division has embraced hybrid working and individuals are currently working with their team two days a week from a University site, principally Greenwich House, and three days worked remotely (for those working a standard Mon to Fri week). This arrangement is subject to change and will not form a part of the contractual terms of the role.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

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Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure and a security check.

If you would like more information about this role, informal enquiries can be directed by email to

Please quote reference AG38799 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

The work streams covered are Projects, Purchase to Pay, Record to Report and Tax, Technical and EPM/Business Information. Please indicate the work streams you feel most comfortable in managing on your application.

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