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Project Manager (Strategy & Capability)

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Recruiter: Ocado
Listed on: 14th April
Location: Hatfield, Hertfordshire
Salary Notes: Competitive + Benefits
Type: Permanent
Start Date: ASAP

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Project Manager (Strategy & Capability)

Within Ocado Group sits Platform Implementation, whose mission is ‘to orchestrate the implementation of Ocado's platforms globally'. This department focuses on the full programme management life cycle of the implementation of our highly automated, multi-million pound Customer Fulfilment Centres (CFCs) - from pre-deal, through to the design, construction, installation, testing and ‘go-live' phases (with all the process and portfolio management in between). This department is instrumental in ensuring we deliver these CFCs on time, to budget, and to the specific requirements of each client.

We are now looking for a Platform Implementation Project Manager (PIPM) to join the Strategy & Capability function of the Programme Management Department, to take responsibility for identifying and implementing optimisation and cost reduction projects - ultimately driving improvements to client project and programme outcomes, delivering them faster and cheaper, with a lower risk profile.

This position acts as a catalyst for improvement and optimisation, requiring an individual with exceptional energy and drive, analytical and project management skills, with the ability to work collaboratively with varied stakeholder groups to achieve successful outcomes. Projects could include being the owner of high profile Director sponsored initiatives to reduce portfolio construction and installation costs, or accelerating project delivery. These projects will be integral in supporting and optimising our client CFC implementation projects during a continued period of rapid growth.   

The role is based in our Hatfield head office, but regular UK/international travel will be required as per project requirements.

What will you be doing?

  • Full project lifecycle management of Director sponsored projects to deliver improved Platform Implementation Programme and Project outcomes 
  • Creating and managing a pipeline of opportunities to improve project performance 
  • Turning opportunities into approved projects with a defined project management plan 
  • Preparing board papers to gain sign off for investment business cases
  • Influencing and leading internal stakeholders to ensure buy-in and successful project outcomes
  • Creating, managing and monitoring large scale budget, programme and specifications for a project
  • Direct and indirect people management
  • Maintaining and monitoring progress of the project against Ocado's standard project methodology
  • Effective project reporting, including regular reporting to Director/Exec sponsor and steering group 
  • Managing risks and issues within the project with updates and escalation to senior management when required

About you...

  • Demonstrable project management experience, leading large scale, complex projects 
  • Demonstrable experience identifying and leading optimisation and/or cost reduction projects
  • A highly analytical and logical approach to work
  • Ability to work with large data sets, driving insights and outcomes from an analytically derived fact-base
  • Ability to understand and challenge expert opinions
  • Ability to distil complex messages and land them succinctly 
  • Effective communication and presentation skills at all levels of the business, including executive/board level 
  • Ability to show initiative, self-motivation and innovation
  • Proactivity to maintain good working relationships, both internally & externally
  • Degree-level educated or equivalent

Ocado Group is an equal opportunities employer and as such makes every effort to ensure that all potential employees are treated fairly and equally, regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, marital status, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion, age, disability or union membership status.  

About Ocado Group...

When our journey started, we were all about changing the way people shop for groceries. 20 years later, we're a FTSE 100 business developing our own ground breaking technology, opening multiple sites at an accelerating rate and engaging in exciting new business partnerships around the world!

Transforming an industry means also transforming the way we do business. As we continually develop new technologies and customer propositions, we're looking for the brightest talents to lead us into the next stage of our evolution: enhancing our capabilities, inspiring our teams and developing new ways of working.

We are only a 20 minute commute from London King's Cross and provide a free shuttle bus from Hatfield Station to the office!


Ocado employee experience is very important to us. As well as keeping a smile on your face with weekly massages, a games room, coffee shop, weekly food samples and an amazing food hall to satisfy your daily breakfast and lunch taste buds.. all Ocado employees are offered a benefits package of - 25 days holiday + the option to buy an additional 3 via salary sacrifice, 15% discount on your weekly Ocado shop, pension, share options, discounts on gym memberships and much much more....

We are thrilled to welcome applicants from across the world. Please note that unfortunately we are unable to cover the cost of your visa at this time. We do cover the relevant company costs for visa sponsorship. For all employment offers made for UK roles, it is expected that you will be based in the UK in commutable distance, ready for your first day of work, so please keep this in mind. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

Our values: we're in it together, we are proud of what we do, we can be even better...