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IT Solutions Project Manager

Date: 16-Oct-2021

Location: London, GB

Company: ABP

We’re the UK's largest ports operator with a network of 21 ports around Britain. We handle around one quarter of the UK's seaborne trade and contribute £7.5 billion to our economy every year.

It’s a story we’re proud of but it doesn’t end there. We’re transforming our business and embracing the future.

We offer a vast range of roles spanning the UK, all rooted in a culture that welcomes diversity, fosters talent, encourages internal movement and progression, and places safety as our number one priority.




Here at Associated British Ports we are recruiting for IT Solutions Project Manager. We are currently undergoing an IT transformation evolution and this is an exciting time as we build an IT function that will drive technological change within Associated British Ports. This vacancy can be based anywhere in the UK, however there will be regular travel to our ports.


As an IT Solutions Project Manager within ABP you will be responsible for driving forward the delivery of projects to achieve an effective business outcome, ensuring successful delivery within the agreed time, cost and quality constraints as well as assisting with the preparation of business cases with our Business Partnering Team to develop business requirements into a deliverable project of work.


You will be an experienced IT Project Manager, ideally with experience in logistics or supply chain projects and can tailor and apply best practise delivery methods to meet the needs of both the project and the project environment. Our people are our most important asset, so the ability to engage, lead and motivate the project team, stakeholders and business representatives alike is key to maintaining high energy and collaboration throughout all of our initiatives.


We offer a competitive salary and great benefits including 27 days holiday (plus bank holidays), private healthcare, discretionary annual bonus, holiday purchase scheme, excellent pension and lots of employee discount offers.



  • Follow & enforce the IT Operating Framework adhering to all documentation standards & reporting requirements
  • Deliver assigned projects to agreed time, cost and quality in a flexible and appropriate manner
  • Contribute to business case development, working with Business leads in the planning and cost elements of the business case
  • Agree the project team structure and define responsibilities and reporting lines for each role.
  • Establish and maintain an appropriate governance model for internal and external stakeholders and project teams.
  • Prepare and maintain Project Plans (level 1, 2 & 3 as appropriate) to include milestones, phase gates etc.
  • Work with & guide the business teams to prepare (where applicable) a detailed cut-over plan into hyper-care then into business-as-usual operations
  • Identify the appropriate mix of expertise, knowledge, and capabilities required to achieve the project purpose
  • Maintain project / programme RAID including the setting of due dates. Pro-actively gain status updates, escalating where necessary for both internal project teams and 3rd parties
  • Engage in appropriate project task level meetings to understand project team(s) progress, monitor slippages and instigate appropriate remedial actions where required
  • Ensure sure project team members understand & comply with relevant policies & procedures
  • Encourage and promote team building and collaboration within each assigned project.
  • Effectively manage local and virtual team structures as required.
  • Discuss quality expectations with stakeholders and agree acceptance criteria
  • Engage in the negotiation and liaison with project specific 3rd parties including the review / preparation of Statements of Work.
  • Change control management inclusive of cost changes and impact to both plan overall cost to complete




Skills, experiences, qualifications and competencies



  • Broad project management experience and a deep understanding and ability to apply available project management standards, tools and techniques in order to achieve this.
  • Track record of delivering complex technology projects to scope, time and budget.
  • Experience of team leadership, including motivation and direction of project team members
  • The ability to cope with uncertainty, conflict and change. You are flexible, persistent and have well developed creative problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively at all levels, varying your approach to meet the needs of different stakeholders and situations.
  • Foster a culture of collaborative working and transparency both within the team and with external stakeholders, especially the customer
  • Track record of the production of accurate and concise project deliverables, structured in an appropriate business format. 
  • Track record of use and promotion of formal methodology and tools within project teams
  • Ability to manage remote teams and 3rd party delivery
  • Supplier management skills with a strong commercial acumen
  • Possess a firm belief in the values of customer service and ABP’s core values of openness and honesty, teamwork and respect, along with the ambition to make a difference and exceed expectations



  • Experience of working in any one of the functional areas used within ABP
  • Possess a degree in an IT related subject relevant to this post
  • Recognised Project Management qualification e.g. PMP, PRINCE2, PRINCE2Agile, AgilePM
  • Managing projects in an SAP landscape


Additional Information:

When joining ABP you will find an environment that is both welcoming and challenging. We reward our employees well and offer a generous remuneration package, employer pension, private health insurance and a range of other benefits.
Please note that ABP undertake random screening for substance abuse and operate a zero-tolerance policy. A medical will be required before starting this position also.

We are an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their background, which helps us to provide a diverse and inclusive working environment.