Smart Working Project Manager

Experience level Experienced Hire
Job details sector Information Technology
Apply before 05/12/2021

Up to £70K DOE

We have an exciting 6-month fixed term contract opportunity (with possible option to extend) as a Project Manager within our Smart Working Programme. In this role you will support the delivery of our UK Smart Working programme:  Notably:

  • Support the Programme Manager in the day-to-day management of actions and plans relating to Smart Working
  • Alignment of activities across all UK Business Units and ‘in-country’ companies to ensure consistent approach
  • Management of risks, issues and dependencies relating to delivery
  • Assist BU teams in building harmonised plans
  • Ensuring effective engagement with support functions
  • Assist in analysis and resolution of programme challenges, working with appropriate parties to analyse, document and recommend solutions as required


Your Key Accountabilities will be:

  • Management of Programme plans – own and deliver specific workstreams & actions to support the delivery of Smart Working programme, working with the wider IT & business teams to ensure plans are clear on outcomes, resources, tasks and owners.  This may involve the definition of specific solutions in collaboration with business, HR and IT teams
  • Action Management – develop and maintain personal action logs to ensure clear outcomes , owners and tasks are completed in line with programme needs
  • Progress Control & Reporting  – develop programme reports to appropriate standards required on quality and clarity.
  • Risk & Issue, Assumption & Dependency Management – Manage a register of risks and issues, assumptions and dependencies within personal delivery scope
  • Quality Management – ensure governance process is adhered to within the programme in line with AXA quality standards. 
  • Documentation  - ensure programme artefacts are developed to provide clear and concise explanations and recommendations as required on options, supported by demonstrable evidence.
  • Relationship Management – Build effective partnership relationships with Project delivery team within UK and wider business units, with a strong customer focus, and demonstrate an ongoing, practical understanding of the needs of internal and external customers.

The ideal candidate will be:

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Previous experience in a commercial environment specifically in a Project Office / Project Management role.  Preferably in an business role supporting teams in developing organisational transformation and/or delivery of new technology solutions
  • Have experience of working in large, federated organisations, operating ‘matrix management’ and agile delivery principles
  • Be an excellent communicator; both orally and written,  able to build and foster strong working relationships with key stakeholders, with strong influencing and persuasion skills
  • In depth understanding of Project and Programme Office best practice including budget control, resource management, scheduling, change control, risk, issue, assumption and dependency management, report development and delivery
  • Excellent working knowledge of Office products, particularly Excel with an ability to create and manage medium complexity spreadsheet solutions
  • Good understand of SharePoint Online and ability to create and manage collaborative contribution
  • Proven ability to drive standards and provide challenge and improvement recommendations to ensure controls and standards are achieved
  • Proven ability to analyse a broad range of management information, identify recommendation actions and develop reports that drive improvement
  • Commitment and tenacity to deliver programme objectives
  • Proactive and resilient, able to work flexibly and adjust personal scope as the programme demands evolve


  • ISEB Project & Programme Office Foundation
  • Prince 2 Foundation, APM, PMI, ISEB Project Management or equivalent
  • Agile environment experience
  • Business Organisational Development & Change experience

With a presence in over 60 countries, and 165,000 employees serving the needs of 107 million customers, AXA is big.


But never too big to care for every single person who works here.  So when you join us, we promise to put our collective might behind you and your career.


You’ll work in an open and supportive environment where you’ll be developed, challenged and encouraged to move around to achieve even bigger and better things – nationally and internationally. You’ll learn directly from senior leaders, from the best in our business. And you’ll enjoy real responsibility, really early on.


Every large company today talks about supporting diversity and inclusion. But at AXA UK, these values form an integral part of everything we do. For us, it’s about bringing together the best talent, helping people to realise their full potential by being 100% themselves at work and delivering outstanding service to everyone – regardless of difference. 

We’re proud to be part of the AXA Group, a global insurance brand and a worldwide leader in financial services, providing corporate support services to a whole range of AXA UK businesses. From how we use the latest technology to exploring new channels to market, our impact is far-reaching, wide-ranging and ever-evolving. We actively encourage our people to think differently. Because only by challenging the status quo will we push AXA onto even greater things.

When you join us, you’ll find an open and supportive environment, where everyone is encouraged to be true to themselves. We listen to one another and keep our minds open, so that we can challenge our perspective and grow our understanding. We’re always ready to improve our work environment, and we stand up for what we believe in, because we want to make a difference to the lives of our customers everywhere.

This is a full time role working 35 hours per week. Our benefits include:


  • Generous contribution-based pension scheme (company pays up to 12%)
  • Life assurance (10 x base salary pay-out)
  • Minimum 25 days annual leave plus public holidays
  • Opportunity to buy up to 5 extra days leave or sell up to 3 days leave
  • Special leave for emergencies, bereavements, family planning
  • 3 Days Volunteering/Charity Days
  • Free live online fitness classes (Yoga, HIIT, Thai Chi and more)
  • Up to 50% off PureGym membership
  • 24/7 mental wellbeing support (through Thrive app)
  • Dedicated financial support (through AXA-paid Nudge)
  • Discounted shopping vouchers scheme
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access
  • Professional Qualification support
  • Generous enhanced parental/adoption leave
  • Fabulous opportunities for secondments and sabbaticals
  • Excellent AXA discounts (car insurance, house insurance, private medical cover)


At AXA, we’re proud to be committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all backgrounds