Career at Vodafone: Programme Manager – Newbury, GBR

Job Description

Vodafone UK’s blended working approach means you’ll come to your contracted hub location office as and when needed to get things done for your role and for tasks that require it, otherwise you will be able to work from home. Our ‘Office in a Box’ home-working kit will be available for all who need it during your onboarding journey.

Vodafone UK Corporate functions work within the heart of our business, providing professional expertise, support and guidance across all operations, revolutionising our digital growth by always moving, always adapting, to be ready for the future.

What will you be doing? 

The Strategy Execution team is accountable for enabling the effective and efficient execution of Vodafone UK’s (VFUK) strategy, including enterprise-wide delivery performance. The Programme Management Centre of Excellence (CoE) is a business-critical capability which drives the performance and quality of business programme delivery through a community of transformation professionals.

As a Programme Manager within VFUK’s CoE, the role holder  will be responsible for the end-to-end delivery of their assigned programme of work to time, cost and quality. They will develop and lead programmes which drive the organisation’s strategic direction through the delivery of agreed business outcomes. The Programme Manager is accountable for ensuring high cross-functional stakeholder satisfaction by making communication easy and transparent, while supporting issue resolution and decision making.

The Programme Manager will be an active member of the transformation community within the Centre of Excellence, supporting the Senior Manager to embed best practice and ensure consistent ways of working are implemented across delivery execution; maximising lessons learnt and creating a culture of continuous improvement. They will identify and share challenges to delivery, supporting the community in seeking their resolution.

Key Accountabilities: 

  • Provide the transformation, operational and people leadership required to mobilise and deliver business critical transformation programmes
  • Lead the end-to-end delivery of assigned Programmes to time, cost and quality.  Accountable for: 
  1. Delivering the agreed business outcome
  2. Following the processes defined by the EPMO
  3. Providing timely, clear and transparent visibility of progress
  4. Ensuring high cross-functional stakeholder satisfaction
  5. Driving programme mobilisation, including requirements definition, programme governance, capital drawdown and Technical/ Functional Expert resource allocation
  6. Ensuring that the appropriate structures are implemented to enable the ongoing effective execution of the delivery:  design & requirements, solution development, test, solution launch, assurance & oversight, financial tracking, delivery and resource planning, as well as the management of change, risk & issues and dependencies
  7. Working with stakeholders across the delivery to ensure they have the support required to deliver to time, cost and quality
  8. Escalating issues to the SteerCo and Delivery Portfolio Manager for resolution/management
  9. Integrating a best practice/continuous improvement approach to execution which continually seeks to learn lessons and enhance delivery execution – maximising the business value delivered

Who are we looking for?  

  • Experienced delivery management professional 
  • Subject Matter Expert: Project & Programme Management (waterfall & agile) in a complex business transformation change environment
  • The credibility and leadership skills necessary to lead and successfully deliver large, complex, pan-business transformations
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; ability to influence and operate at the senior management level
  • High level of energy and flexibility to get things done and thrive in a fast-paced, agile, team-oriented environment
  • Telecommunications industry experience is desirable, however, we’re open to wider financial services experience too

What’s in it for you?

An excellent remuneration and bonus package with 28 days holiday entitlement, in addition to bank holidays and paid leave for charity projects. We offer an extensive benefits package that can be tailored to suit you and your family, including employee discounts, retail vouchers, pension plan and share schemes. We’re also proud to provide a Reconnect programme with flexibility to support individuals returning to work after a career break and our market-leading parental leave policies. We’re committed to supporting you throughout every step of your career at Vodafone. 

Job title: Programme Manager

Location: London/Home or Newbury/Home (Blended Working)
Benefits: Excellent basic salary plus bonus
Hours: Full time, 37.5 hours per week – Mon to Fri