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Project Manager - Business Change

The Open University
Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes
£42149 - £47419 per annum
Closing date
20 May 2022

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Our client, is a public distance Learning & Research University and one of the biggest universities in the UK for undergraduate education.

They are looking to recruit a Senior Project Manager to join their BDU team. This role is to start asap for six months, working 37hrs a week and paying between £21.91ph - £24.65ph (equates to £42,149 - 47,419pa). This role will be working from home with one day a week in the Milton Keynes Office and equipment will be supplied.

The role:

To project manage a change project within the Business Development Unit - with a particular focus on supporting Open University Validation Partnership team. The role offers the exciting opportunity to work with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders on a new OU national venture, working with FE colleges in England.

Key responsibilities

  • Engage with key stakeholders to identify project objectives and key products to be delivered.
  • Develop project specifications, agree project plan baseline including scope, key activities, deliverables, resource requirements, milestones, and deadlines. Create a master plan.
  • Utilise project plans and schedules to monitor all activities.
  • Ensure workstream leads and team members are informed, have clear goals, and work collaboratively and in partnership with other stakeholders to achieve planned outcomes.
  • Drive project execution; track delivery; expect, monitor and control change, own change management; pro-actively seek and resolve blockers.
  • Provide secretariat support for Delivery Working Group and compile and provide a monthly progress report to the Project Steering Group
  • Conduct reviews to assess project outcomes and to identify and capture lessons learned to enable continuous improvement. Contribute to the provision of documentation for new or improved processes, products and services and to ensure that good practice is disseminated throughout the organisation.

Skills and experience required:

  • Educated to undergraduate degree level, or equivalent experience.
  • Track record of successful management and delivery of change projects.
  • Experience of working with MS project in a complex project.
  • Be able to provide day to day guidance and direction to a project planner.
  • Knowledge of FE college work

The client promotes diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

If you feel this role is of interest, please apply online, email; , telephone Sophie Holmes on 07483 444905 for more details.


TAPFIN, part of ManpowerGroup, are now working with The Open University as their strategic partner for all temporary and contingent requirements across their various locations.

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Jo Priddey
I started working with the OU as temporary staff through Manpower during the pandemic. I thought the initial training was fantastic and felt well prepared to start working. When I was offered a permanent position it was great that the OU took my personal needs into consideration so that I am able to complete my degree and work 4 days a week.

Charles White
The recruitment process was smooth from start to finish. As an applicant, it was useful to have the selection process made clear to you from the outset. Communication from Manpower was, and remains, good. Excellent candidate care continues to be provided, they are both responsive and proactive.

So far the Open University has been the best job I have ever had, a very relaxed environment, everyone open to helping one another, no pressure and all trainers prioritise the quality of calls rather than the quantity.

Sarah George
Whilst working at the Open University, the support I have received has been outstanding; from colleagues at advisor level, to the senior management team, there is not a question or query that has not been resolved without a swift and appropriate response.

Thecla Chakunte
Working with the Open University has opened me to a lot. There are a lot of trainings to improve your skills and open you to other possibilities. There is room for growth. A lot of it. And did you know you can study for FREE as permanent staff? Wow! There are other juicy perks too.

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