It Project Manager

  • 30,000.00 - 35,000.00 per annum
  • Worthing, Sussex
  • World Of Books

The role:

The Purpose of this role is to continue the development and growth of our Software proposition and effectively deliver IT solutions.

As IT Project Manager, you will provide strategic and tactical management of eCommerce Development Projects. As part of the IT leadership team, you will assess the viability of new eCommerce developments and work with IT development teams to maximise opportunities and efficiencies driven by software.

This role is fundamental to the future success of the group, working alongside senior management from across the group and offering a high degree of autonomy. The role reports directly to a new position, the Head of Marketplace Development and Partnerships, but will involve working closely with the Commercial, Marketing and Customer Services teams.

On a day-to-day basis the role will focus on managing and delivering multiple agile eCommerce development projects simultaneously together with business as usual tasks – all while forging strong working relationships with key stakeholders and third parties. Cost management, team management and relationship building are also vital aspects of this role.

This role comes with plenty of variety and will suit an energetic candidate with 2+ years of eCommerce project management experience and relevant certifications, such as PRINCE2 and scrum master.

Person specification and prior experience:

The successful individual will have a strong academic record, prior to achieving a relevant professional qualification. They will demonstrate a high level of energy, strong interpersonal skills and an experienced project approach to the role. This will have been gained through having worked in a commercial environment for several years. They will also have strong IT technical knowledge and have successfully delivered eCommerce projects in previous roles.

Particularly relevant skills are:

IT Technical Knowledge:

Understand the principles of IT Software Development, in terms of coding languages, project methodologies and problem solving. Be able to conceptualise technical solutions for business problems and understand lead times for delivery and work with Development team in order to facilitate delivery of the product area Roadmap, using common development methodologies such as Agile and management tools such as JIRA. Clear understanding of the Software Development Lifecycle.

Good interpersonal and communication skills

Possess good communication and presentation skills in order to work effectively with external partners as well as with internal departments. Experienced manager who is proactive by nature, and able to work independently.

Strategic outlook:

Able to relate day to day activity and priorities with longer term strategies and goals.

Able to adjust priorities of self and direct reports, to identify and quickly respond when things change.


Working with partners, customers, marketplace providers and internal departments to achieve overall business benefit and positive, constructive relationships.


Able to remain objective and positive when faced with ambiguity, changes of priority or setbacks.

Organisation, Planning and Time Management:

Well-developed time management skills and a naturally well-organised approach, enabling the job holder to effectively plan, manage conflicting priorities and pressing deadlines.

Decision making and influencing:

Ability to influence stakeholders at all levels, both internally and externally. Commercial negotiations will be an important part of this role.

The candidate will be required to travel to external meetings with partners and suppliers in the UK on a regular basis, as well as regular attendance at both our Goring-by-Sea and Coventry sites. Some international travel is likely to be required too.

Closing date for applications – Friday 23rd October 2020

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