Programme Manager

Job Locations United Kingdom-London


The Economist is a leading source of analysis on international business and world affairs, published weekly in print and tablet editions, and daily through our Espresso app and We deliver our information through a range of formats, from newspapers and magazines to conferences, films and digital editions. What ties us together is the objectivity of our opinion, the originality of our insight and our advocacy of economic and political freedom around the world.


We are seeking a Programme Manager to join The Economist Group’s Programme Management Office. The role will scope, plan and manage an exciting multi-year roadmap of strategic change and transformation initiatives, as well as provide line management to a small team of Project Managers.


How you will contribute:


  • Plan, design and deliver a transformation programme incorporating multiple projects, vendors and stakeholders
  • Proactively monitor progress, resolving issues and initiating appropriate corrective action
  • Execute on the PMO-defined governance framework including facilitation of key Programme forums e.g. Executive Steering Committees 
  • Ensure effective quality assurance and the overall integrity of the programme
  • Manage the programme's budget alongside finance partners, monitoring expenditure and costs against delivered and realised benefits as the programme progresses
  • Manage communications with a range of stakeholders including at an executive level
  • Provide risk, issue and dependency management across projects and at a programme level
  • Report the progress of the programme at regular intervals
  • Manage and mentor a small team of Project Managers

Experience, skills and professional attributes


Ideal skills and attributes for this role include:


  • 5 years+ experience of successfully managing and delivering multiple Sales and Marketing transformation programmes for global businesses
  • Extensive knowledge and exposure of Salesforce CRM ecosystem (Sales, Service, Marketing, Communities
  • Experience within the Publishing industry would be beneficial
  • Excellent knowledge and handling of project and program management methodology and techniques 
  • Pragmatic ways of working across multiple methodologies (Agile, Waterfall, Hybrid)
  • Exceptional leadership, time management, facilitation, and organisational skills
  • Good knowledge of budgeting and resource allocation procedures
  • Robust problem-solving skills, as well as verbal, written and presentation skills
  • Strong stakeholder management skills
  • Excellent coaching / mentoring skills
  • A highly collaborative work style and the ability to work in a team environment
  • Able to manage competing priorities
  • Advanced MS Office/Google Suite skills
  • Adaptable and comfortable working in areas of significant ambiguity
  • Experience of being able to challenge and influence decisions
  • Are pragmatic and flexible, with a willingness to take on different roles and responsibilities in order to help successfully deliver a project



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