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Programme Manager, Supply Chain ( 12mths FTC) Technology

If you’re a Programme Manager with experience in successfully delivering Supply Chain process and technology change, this could be a great opportunity for you. We’re looking for someone to join our team to lead on the delivery of a key set of changes for Penguin Random House, within our Strategic Supply Chain programme. You will be instrumental in driving forward the Programme with best practice, bringing the wider teams – in Distribution and Technology in particular - on the journey with you to ensure projects are delivered on time, to scope and quality expectations, and within budget. 

As Programme Manager, you’ll provide an escalation route for Project Managers working within the Supply Chain portfolio of projects as well as supporting colleagues working directly alongside you. You will be an expert with prioritisation, decision-making and problem-solving. 


Reporting directly into the Strategic Projects Director, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with the wider Projects team, gaining insight to the wider Penguin Random House portfolio as you deliver. 


Core responsibilities:

  • Lead the day to day management governance, progress to plan, critical path,scope, risks and issues, working with the MD for Distribution and other key stakeholders

  • Status reporting and ownership of key programme documentation (e.g. RAIDs, Plans)

  • Ensure that our priorities and collective delivery reflect the full breadth of considerations, be they process change, business change, deployment approaches and activity, technical requirements, systems build or data-related change

  • Manage and support the team of project managers working on evolving transformational drivers regarding their priorities, delivery plans and escalations and support them to manage dependencies between their projects

  • Problem-solving and re-planning within the programme as is needed – for risk mitigations or changes as they arise

  • Balance priorities across the programme and support delivery of milestones and construction of contingency and mitigation plans when there are issues expected or encountered

  • Liaison with the technology Design Authority to ensure rapid reviews of requirements and their progress through to next stages in their lifecycle

  • Liaison with suppliers and external stakeholders as is needed for delivery of workload

  • Delivery of presentations about the programme to key stakeholders and business teams (e.g. Business Owners’ forum)

  • Facilitation of key workshops, meetings and liaison with Business Leads across departments involved

  • Working with the Comms lead and Business Change Manager for the programme to ensure their activities dovetail with the wider delivery plan

  • Working with colleagues in Finance for budget-monitoring and tracking

Experience we’re looking for:

  • Ability to lead a large-scale complex programme of work within a supply chain environment when process and technology change is prevalent

Experience in:

  • You will thrive in a fast-paced environment. 

  • Good at making decisions under tight timescales and solve complex problems

  • Familiar with standard Programme and Project Management concepts ( MSP and Prince 2 methodologies), processes and ability to flex these to best organisational use

  • Direct project & programme experience of large business-change, distribution, data and IT-focussed projects

  • Be able to demonstrate experience in project reporting, risks and issue reporting, dependency management, financial tracking and working with senior stakeholders to director level

  • Excellent organisational skills, with proven ability to prioritise and proactively manage workloads

  • Understanding of large technology and process change programmes and ability to build credible and robust relationships with colleagues working in that environment

  • Competent in use of other Microsoft office tools (Word and PowerPoint, Visio, Teams)

Salary: £75-80k dependent on how your skills and experience align to the role, plus bonus and benefits.


If you’d like to apply, please submit a CV and Cover Letter. All CV's will be considered on rolling basis.

What you can expect from us:
Our employees are the heart of our business. We have a range of benefits to reflect our commitment to our employees, some of which are:
•    25 days paid holiday entitlement in year one, plus bank holidays
•    Medical cover
•    Life assurance
•    Cycle to Work scheme
•    Discounted gym membership
•    Personal Learning Allowance
•    Generous pension scheme
•    Summer working hours (role dependent) 
•    Volunteering policy and charity matching
•    Employee Assistance programme
•    Mentoring programme
•    Extended Parental Leave policy 
•    60% Discount on Company books
•    Each site has trained mental health first aiders 
•    We plant a tree for every new employee to our business


Our creativity is inspired by different perspectives, so we want our culture to be one of belonging, where everyone feels welcome and where differences are celebrated.



As a Disability Confident Committed organisation, we’re part of the offer an interview scheme. This is where disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role can opt in to get to the next recruitment stage. There may be some situations where volume of applicants means we can’t take all eligible candidates to interview.

We want to make sure disabled applicants can be their best at each step of the recruitment journey. If you need adjustments during the application process, we encourage you to get in touch with us at Remember, you only need to share what you are comfortable to for us to support your adjustment request. Find out more about our approach here:

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Please note, we are not able to accept agency CVs for this role. Any CVs sent speculatively will not be eligible for a fee.


Company: The Random House Group Limited 

Country: United Kingdom 

State/Region: London 

City: London 

Postal Code: SW11 7BW 

Job ID: 168379

Date:  08-Sep-2021

London, LND, GB, SW11 7BW

Job Segment: Supply Chain Manager, Information Technology, IT Manager, Medical, Supply Chain, Operations, Technology, Healthcare

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