PMO Manager

Employer: Hitachi Information Control Systems Europe Ltd
Job location
Bradford on Avon
Job salary
Job closing date

Company Overview 

We have been producing industry leading software products since 2000. Our expertise lies in developing and supplying dedicated products and services, designed to improve the supervision and control of railways worldwide. 

Our success lies in the strength of our relationships with our customers and with our colleagues throughout Europe. We work to meet and exceed market requirements by producing only the very best software products: on time and to the most exacting standards. 

Our head office is located in Bradford on Avon, England and we have further offices in Plymouth and Derby, England. 

Main Tasks and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Head of Projects, the main responsibilities of the role holder include, but shall not be limited to:

  • Responsible for the Leadership and Management of the PMO Team

  • Responsible for support to the Head of Projects in the management of Cost Centre budgets and plans

  • Responsible for the provision of planning and scheduling services to the Project Managers of all HICSE projects

  • Responsible for the provision of Cost and Schedule reporting services of all HICSE projects

  • Responsible for leading efforts to improve project tracking and monitoring

  • Responsible for coordinating and managing project health check reviews

  • Responsible for working with Commercial and FP&A functions to ensure variation management is conducted coherently

  • Responsible for Project administration functions

  • Responsible for working with all other parts of the business to ensure programmes are delivered to plan

  • Responsible for ensuring quality of deliverables are in line with business governance and customer expectations

  • Responsible for driving continuous improvements to the Projects Department processes in general

  • Responsible for finding practical and pragmatic solutions to address real project and change problems


Achieving success in the role will be indicated by managing business operations on tasks such as:

  • Adherence to the HICSE Business Management System (BMS)

  • Supports the development and maintenance of the Project Management processes within the BMS

  • Ensure all projects adhere to Project Management Plans

  • Work with other Cost Centre Leads to ensure lean and timely delivery of project work and business improvements

  • Prepare and deliver weekly and monthly project reporting inputs in line with project and business requirements

  • Development and maintenance of project cost and schedule baselines with the responsible Project Manager

  • Development of project management metrics

  • Development of Resource plans with the Project Managers and Engineering functional leads to ensure project delivery

  • Work with Quality to ensure necessary quality standards and audit requirements are met

  • Ensure correct Document Management & Control is applied across projects

  • Support the projects in Risk & Opportunity Management

  • Ensure Change Control is applied consistency and coherently on projects

  • Line Management of PMO staff

  • Support to Head of Projects and Project Managers as required

Key Skills and Experience

APM or IPMA qualified desirable, with demonstrable competency experience against APM Project Management Qualification criteria, or IPMA Level C (Project Management Associate) or above

This role requires the holder to be able to demonstrate or work towards demonstration of the following technical competencies from the Association of Project Managers Competency Framework:

  • [2] Team Management

  • [3] Conflict Management

  • [9] Schedule Management

  • [10] Resource Management

  • [11] Budgeting & Cost Control

  • [12] Risk & Issue Management

  • [13] Quality Management

  • [15] Transition Management

  • [16] Financial Management

  • [17] Resource Capacity Planning

  • [18] Governance Arrangements

  • [21] Reviews

  • [22] Change Control

  • [26] Capability Development

  • Programme and project management of technology intensive projects

  • Line management of small teams

  • Financial management and budget control

  • Experience of working within highly regulated industries, ideally rail, although candidates with experience in similar industries such as oil and gas or aerospace will be considered

  • Experience of various methods of business and process improvement, such as Six Sigma, Total Quality Management, Lean methodology and associated tools and processes

  • Experience of leading teams across dispersed sites

Leadership and Management Competencies

This role requires the delivery of the following Hitachi People Manager competencies:

  • Ownership Mindset: Pursues business growth with an ownership mindset, demonstrates a passion and drive to grow the business and increase profitability

  • Drives for Results: Achieves meaningful business results for the company by focusing and guiding others. Creates energy and enthusiasm for achieving desired results

  • Accelerates Decision Making and Execution: Demonstrates a sense of agility and focus in making decisions, executing plans, and taking actions. Prioritizes work based on what is highest value for the business and customers

  • Connects among customers, partners, your people and technologies openly: Actively connects among customers, partners, your people and technologies openly in order to create new value for customers

  • Changes Mindset of Employees: Operates as "One Hitachi" by breaking down silos. Agile. Takes risks rapidly and courageously and learn from mistakes. Delivers results despite uncertainties in the marketplace. Makes changes in organization, process and procedure and translates into day to day activities

  • Coaches and develops people: Provides coaching, feedback, instruction, and development support to help others excel in their job responsibilities. Develops individual skills and abilities of employees


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If you are interested in applying for this position internally it will be available on Global Grade E level transfer or on promotion for those currently at Global Grade F. The closing date for applications will be 2 weeks from the date the role is first posted.