We Are Seeking A Suitably Qualified Senior Project Manager

UCC Academy DAC is a not-for-profit Company which was set up to catalyse organisational change and growth within the University.
The Academy has three principal areas of activity: to support internationalisation and the operation of the university’s overseas offices; to provide project management and related services; and to procure highly specialised skills and talent, on a short or medium term basis, as required by the University.

The Position

The Senior Project Manager will work with the Corporate Secretary of UCC and the Office of Corporate and Legal Affairs to support the integration of the recently acquired Irish Management Institute (IMI).

The IMI is an educational institute in Dublin that offers Postgraduate Diplomas, Master’s Degrees, executive education programs and short courses in Business and Management. By merging two significant international brands, UCC and IMI can work together to create new opportunities for collaboration between the University and the Irish business sector, as well as develop new programmes that will greatly magnify the impact of UCC on national life, copper-fastening UCC’s role as a major national institution.

Job Responsibilities

Support the UCC Corporate Secretary in:

developing an integration project plan to support the merger of people, processes and systems in UCC and IMI in line with agreements between the organisations at completion of the merger transaction;
ensuring all aspects of the acquisition agreements are implemented in UCC and IMI as agreed;
supporting the review and planning of key academic and administrative areas for integration; for example, areas may include Finance, Governance, Planning, Estates, Communications, Programme Approvals and Academic Policies;
drafting policies & procedures to support the new ways of working at UCC and IMI, as guided by the Corporate Secretary;
ensuring successful and smooth integration by recommending and utilising best practice;
facilitating decision making groups by scheduling timely meetings with key stakeholders, outlining the key objectives and outputs required at each meeting, and documenting and following up on actions agreed;
supporting the design and implementation of a comprehensive change management plan, to engage with key stakeholders in UCC and IMI, and minimise disruption to UCC and IMI’s day-to-day business;
defining, measuring and monitoring the project KPIs; financial and non-financial;
Supporting key initial IMI events and initiatives in Cork and assisting with the establishment of IMI’s Cork presence once agreed;
facilitating regular updates to key stakeholders by writing up-to-date and relevant status reports.
Essential Criteria:

A qualified Project Manager or similar designation/experience level, with significant project management experience;
excellent skills and knowledge across key business functions and university departments;
A very strong communicator – able to work with multiple stakeholders including University academics and administrative staff and third party providers and stakeholders;
a dynamic influencer – able to drive positive change through influencing the business owners to prioritise and drive the business objectives;
resourceful and adaptable – able to re-calibrate plans and processes to ensure success as the integration evolves;
a strategic thinker – able to map the objectives of the project to the strategic aims of UCC and IMI;
a doer – a track record of delivering high-quality deliverables, including detailed strategy and plan documents, on-time and independently;
a team player – in formal and informal structures;
Able to build new processes and work in a way that is compliant with University and company governance structures – a process oriented mind-set;
Energetic, commercial; numerate and target oriented – a demonstrated ability to design and deliver partnerships within and between institutions and organisations
Desirable Criteria

Experience in a consulting or advisory firm;
Knowledge of the education / university sector
Experience in mergers and acquisitions
Conditions of Employment:

Salary: Depends on experience
Term: 2 year contract, starting immediately
Annual leave: 20 days
How to Apply

To apply, please click here and submit a one page CV and a short covering letter (no more than one A4 page) to Katelynn Butler, UCC Academy Ltd Business Operations Manager outlining why this role is of interest and how you meet the requirements. Your cover letter and CV should use a font size no smaller than size 11.

Closing date: 10 April 2017


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