• Project Head/Manager - Research & Strategy/Operations & Planning - Consulting Firm Jobs in Mumbai,India - 23808094

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Job Description:

Our Client is an independent, nonprofit institute that provides research, development, and technical services to governments, foundations and commercial clients worldwide With 5,000+ staff across countries and its clients include likes of USAID, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, World Bank, US EPA, NASA, it is providing professional consulting and advisory, sustainable social development, implementation, evaluations, scientific research and lab to market translation and commercialization

The research domains include - Health, WASH, Energy, Cities, Water Resources Management and Innovation and Commercialization

Project Description

For an upcoming project with a leading corporate sector client, this consulting assignment covers strategy formulation and project implementation of a greenfield project - a pioneering initiative in India, drawing heavily from collaboration with global leaders in the field, and yet, conceptualizing the monumental effort with India-context in mind The project lies at the intersection of higher education and innovation ecosystem, aiming to create a confluence higher technical education on the one hand, and applied research & commercialization on the other

Project Mangers (PMs) - Manager Research & Strategy and Manager Operations & Planning - will be responsible for the entire project delivery

A pool of Expert resources from across India and US shall be available on a need basis; these Experts shall available on part-time basis, either remotely, or mix of on-site/remote PMs shall proactively identify the upcoming needs for Experts- services, and work with PD to avail their services

A pool of Support Staff (SS) shall be deployed full time on-site at the disposal of the two PMs

- PMs shall form the fulcrum who will be fully and directly responsible for the delivery of the project up to clients satisfaction, while taking guidance from PD, inputs from the Experts, and support from SS PMs shall penetrate client relationship network wider and deeper into the client organization, given their conglomerate nature

- PMs will work closely with Project Director to develop, submit and iterate versions of all deliverable throughout project duration, as per time and budget committed in the proposal/contract plus any scope-creep that is mutually accepted between Director and Client from time to time

- Each PM shall take primary responsibility for certain thematic areas, and additionally manage a set of Team Leaders (TLs) and pool of Support Staff reporting unto him/her The TLs will be supported by a common pool of Support Staff (SS), aligned to their areas of focus In consultation with the PD, the PM will need to ensure that TLs and SS are appropriately deployed, and their time/ level of effort optimized to ensure adequate utilization towards the delivery of project objectives

- It will be PMs- responsibility to ensure that any issues are identified proactively and flagged early,

Role Summary

- We are looking to hire a seasoned professional to serve a (one of the two) Project Manager (PM) on this new project, scheduled to commence in the month of July/ August 2019, in Mumbai

- PM will be expected to drive, support and manage a variety of project related activities and work closely with the Director and subject matter experts to produce tangible results by way of project deliverable PM will play an instrumental role in supporting the Director in identifying, building and managing key activities/ research areas/ approaches etc to ensure the final deliverable (comprising recommendations, concrete action plans, outputs/ learning from on-ground delivery etc) are generated in robust, defensible and evidence-based manner

- To this end, PMs role will be work under PDs guidance, taking a holistic view of the projects core objectives, conduct in-depth market analysis and work closely with the clients senior management, and his/her project team to create project deliverable A key requirement will be to interact closely with the client personnel to understand their perspective, objectives and long-term outcome and co-create solutions that will ultimately help them achieve their vision

- PM will play a crucial role in delivery ie contribute significantly to crafting solutions, recommendations and implementing certain aspects of the project PM will be closely involved in identifying and engaging with key stakeholders; and managing existing and originating new opportunities and partnerships that align with the project deliverable, sub-activities and ongoing workflow

- A key aspect of the PMs role will be to continually demonstrate thought leadership and value-addition to the client through frequent interactions, targeted engagements, establishing a collaborative feedback loop, adoption and synthesis of the same and subsequent adaptation with respect to project delivery

PM shall ensure that overall project delivery is done within time and budget and with top quality

Essential Duties

- Develop an in-depth understanding of the overall project - vision, activities, inter dependencies, positioning and existing select global and in-country landscape/ benchmarks/ relevance Utilize this knowledge in combination with in-house know-how to craft relevant solutions and communicate these effectively to the client at regular intervals to guide consistency in thought process and build credibility

- Responsible for mapping specific requirements in support of the requisite capabilities and tactical planning that will be required for effective implementation of the project to meet client expectations The project requires indepth understanding of people, processes and technology Demonstrating the benefits of and project teams use of agile methodologies, business collaboration and a consistency with respect to approach and execution (whilst demonstrating deep business knowledge) will be critical to the success of the project

- Establish a detailed baseline project plan understand the projects scope, timeline and deliverable; assist in identifying and acquiring resources if necessary and drive project execution which will involve but not be restricted to - tracking project activities on a daily/ weekly/ monthly basis, identifying potential hurdles and monitoring and managing change, conflicts and critical issues that may arise from time to time over the course of the project

- Act as the key nodal person for project management related activities, liaising with the PD, project team leads, other technical experts involved in the project, consultants etc along with the clients management team

- Prepare regular reporting templates with adequate supporting analysis and documentation, and communicate these effectively and in a timely manner to both the PD and the client to manage expectations

- Assist in creating, documenting and communicating the roadmap, tracking project activities and creating buy-in from all stakeholders involved Serve as the nodal person responsible for gathering, documenting and prioritizing project delivery requirements to support critical client deliverable/ requirements in close consultation with the director

- Work closely with the PD to design and structure the project appropriately, and course correct or pivot at regular intervals to ensure deliverable are met in a timely manner and the overall project remains on track

- Take a holistic approach towards the project and ensure all sub-activities are conducted in a way that can eventually be organized in a logical manner towards achieving the project outcomes

- Seamless stakeholder management - engage, manage expectations and build trust with both internal senior and mid-management client stakeholders as well as a large pool of relevant external stakeholders Please note there will be numerous subject matter experts by way of Team Leaders for several of these areas, whose activities and efforts will need to be streamlined and synthesized in a manner that clearly delivers to defined deliverable and client expectations

- Oversee tactical activities, employ best practice project planning and influence confidently across functional teams to ensure process and resource optimization Ensure compliance and development of approaches, processes, and procedures, including maintaining up to date Standard Operating Procedures and supporting records for successful implementation and replication as required

- Develop and build knowledge repositories and relevant reference materials, and regularly monitor their utilization/ effectiveness within teams

- Participate in solution analysis and design meetings/ discussions to document current state/ future state workflows as often as they may be needed

- Highlight and provide a clear description of medium to high complexity problems/ issues and always keep the Director in the loop and provide him with resolution centric inputs

- Work closely with all the technical teams at all times to ensure they are equipped with the right direction and guidance to execute the project within the agreed timelines

- The Manager - Operations & Planning will specifically work with the PD and the support staff/ external agencies to ensure that all deliverable are presented in a professional manner, on time, and to the satisfaction of the client

Minimum Required Education and Experience

- 10-15 years of relevant work experience at a top-tier strategy consultancy firm, preferably with India experience as well as global experience

- MBA from a top-tier national or international business school

- Certification in Project Management (PMP) is mandatory

- Deep experience in consultancy assignments, client engagement, project delivery

- Knowledge of project management and at least two of the following areas - higher education in science and technology, innovation, research parks/tech parks, entrepreneurship development, innovation-led economic growth

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

- Able to demonstrate thought leadership and a problem solver with a demonstrated enthusiasm for crafting solutions and delivering positive outcomes for the project and client

- A strong sense of ownership and accountability

- Exceptional client relationship skills, able to quickly build and maintain relationships at the most senior levels both externally and internally

- Ability to work seamlessly with a variety of stakeholders and build and inspire trust across senior client management relationships & work with tough and demanding stakeholders

- Must be able to demonstrate a high level of achievement in a client facing roles with experience in solutioning and converting opportunities

- Demonstrated ability to lead and manage teams, handle typical issues that arise in project settings and meet strict and aggressive deadlines

- Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment and meet client expectations

- Open to working in multi-cultural env & in small/large teams or IC role as required

- A natural leader with the ability and energy to inspire collaboration and performance

- Strong commercial outlook and understanding of the prevailing business realities in India

- Strong organizational and interpersonal skills - a proven track record of delivery on projects

- Proven ability in dealing with complexity and producing results with high accuracy and attention to detail

- Strong presentation skills & the ability to articulate complex concepts to cross-functional audiences in creative ways

- Critical thinking skills with the ability to identify and understand issues, root causes and opportunities from disparate sets of information and provide clear conclusions & guidance

- Excellent verbal & written English communication skills

- Excellent knowledge of MS Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel

Profile Summary:

Employment Type : Full Time
Salary : Not Mentioned
Deadline : 13th Apr 2020

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