Project Manager - Buying and Merchandising

Penneys - Dublin (30+ days ago)

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We have a Buying & Merchandising Systems Project Manager opening at the moment which reports directly into the Business Systems Manager for Buying & Merchandising .

Your role is to ensure the successful delivery of Buying & Merchandising and sourcing systems projects. Have responsibility for managing the full project lifecycle across technical and business work streams, developing and implementing an effective communications plan to ensure that projects deliver their agreed goals within quality, cost and time objectives.

Top Tasks:
To plan, control, manage and be accountable for the overall delivery of an IT project(s) to meet the agreed business needs; acquiring and utilising the necessary resources and skills, within agreed parameters of time, cost and quality.
Scope, define, and manage budgets and timelines for the project.
Work with internal teams to ensure that the processes, outputs and deliverables are on time.
Maintain detailed timelines, project plans, and budget for all project deliverables/milestones.
Manage day-to-day operational aspects of projects, including communications to team, stakeholders and executives, developing and agreeing the communication’s plan
Lead project status meetings and updates with internal teams and development partner.
Report progress of the project(s) at agreed regular intervals
Manage multiple work streams and projects simultaneously and understand project priorities in relation to the overall deliverables.
Assist in managing internal resources to meet the demands and timeline of the project
Ensure an effective and efficient change control process that ensures we do not go over budget whilst delivering to the agreed outcome.
Responsible for the effective management of risks and issues, ensuring proactivity avoids delays and costs, yet ensures quality.
Plan and manage testing across the project to ensure quality standards are maintained.
Ensure project documents are complete, current, and archived appropriately.
To ensure adherence to defined methods and standards (including the IT Operating Model and Quality Assurance methodology)
To be familiar with tools and technologies to be able to make the right decisions for issues affecting the delivery of the IT project
Ensure requirements and business change activities are included in the project plan as defined by the Business Analyst, Change Manager and business team
Establish and maintain good relationships with business and IT colleagues and suppliers, resolving conflicting priorities or issues as they arise

Dimensions of Role:
Bring experience of Buying and Merchandising processes and how they interact with retail and supply chain to bring added value to the role within the team.
Interaction with warehousing and logistic operations to ensure a seamless end to end process, and that all parties are part of the overall business solution.
Work with store retail team to help provide stock and sales and allocation and replenishment solutions that will allow the business to meet its growth objectives.

Knowledge, Skills & Experience:
Educated to degree level with 4+ years of Project Management experience, including the use of Microsoft Project
Retail experience is highly desirable, particularly relating to Buying & Merchandising and Sourcing
Strong experience in dealing with senior business stakeholders
Familiar with IT architecture, design, operational service and support organisations
Familiar with IT and having a commercial perspective and an understanding of how the project contributes to the overall business case
Highly knowledgeable of IT investment evaluation processes, including cost/benefit analysis, estimation of IT costs/resources for defined and undefined initiatives
The ability to work effectively under pressure in a fast-paced dynamic environment while maintaining a sense of perspective.
Flexibility, curiosity, enthusiasm, passion.
Customer focused
Possess excellent planning, organisation skills
Excellent communication skills, with significant experience working across complex organisational structures
Strong experience of Supplier and SI (Strategic Integrator) management – knowledge of different contracting, payment and penalty constructs, experience of managing suppliers within a commercial framework to maximise value for money
Proven budget management experience
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status