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Project Manager, Technology in London at HARPERCOLLINS

Date Posted: 9/11/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

HarperCollins is one of the UK's foremost, diverse and innovative multi-platform publishers. We publish a wide range of books, from cutting-edge contemporary fiction, to block-busting thrillers and from fantasy literature to children's literature and enduring classics. We also publish a great selection of non-fiction titles, including history, celebrity memoirs, biographies, popular science, dictionaries, maps, reference titles and education books, and our digital business is thriving. With nearly 200 years of history, we publish some of the world's foremost authors, from Nobel prize-winners to worldwide bestsellers. In addition, we also publish the works of Agatha Christie, JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis.

Our Technology team are looking for a Project Manager to join them. Reporting into the Project Management Office, the Project Manager will run and manage concurrent projects within HarperCollins Technology, using appropriate methodology. The project manager will be the main contact point for business stakeholders and will undertake business analysis for particular projects and wider company initiatives. The Project Manager will also ensure that business requirements are agreed, gathered and met within budget and agreed time frame.


  • Demonstrate proven experience in methods and techniques associated with planning, monitoring and managing projects
  • Gather and assess business requirements, ensuring that the needs of the business are being met by the project
  • Define scope of projects and maintain project plans
  • Work with MD's/Stakeholders to establish and manage expected benefits and keep updated on project status
  • Provide support and guidance on best practice and delivery
  • Monitor and respond to risks and issues that become apparent
  • Manage software delivery
  • Use good working knowledge and experience in conceptualising business processes and producing appropriate models to illustrate them
  • Gather and assess business information from disparate sources
  • Meet and interview staff members to capture current, and discuss future, business processes
  • Apply media knowledge to ensure analysis is meaningful and relevant to the business.

Key Skills/Experience

  • Proven experience in methods and techniques associated with planning, monitoring and managing projects
  • Good working knowledge of and experience in conceptualising business processes and producing appropriate models to illustrate them
  • Solid knowledge of MS packages including power point, Excel, Visio and Project
  • Excellent organizational and administrational skills
  • Excellent communication skills with strong orientation to providing outstanding customer service
  • Experience of team working communications channels such as Slack
  • Ability to manage expectations
  • Has high quality standards for work and a real attention to detail
  • Motivated by getting the job done and meeting high personal standards of quality
  • Enthusiastic and energetic project champion
  • Highly flexible but firm
  • High commitment to service provision and professional standards
  • Able to build relationships of mutual respect and trust with managers and colleagues
  • Proactive and energetic- must be able to seek out work and opportunities to get involved
  • Results focused and persistent - does not leave anything unfinished

We're based in the News Building which we share with our News UK and Dow Jones colleagues in the newly-established London Bridge Quarter, opposite the famous Borough Market. Our new open-plan office has amazing views across London, and includes a variety of break-out areas to aid inspiration and a collaborative approach, a multi-media suite, and a fabulous canteen floor and book shop.

Please apply via the link below with your CV, cover letter and salary expectations. Early applications may be prioritised.

Please note: We consider all applicants based on their skills, experience and ability to do the job. We do not unfairly discriminate on the basis of convictions or other personal information. We do require candidates to undergo employment screening in accordance with the relevant local legislation. This will only happen at the point an offer of employment is made.

Overview of HarperCollins

Our mission at HarperCollins is to harness the power of great publishing and to amplify it through world class marketing, global strength, and relentless innovation. We are all working towards the same goal, and we do it guided by what matters most to us. The culture at HarperCollins is defined by our six values, which inform our everyday actions and the way we behave. From Finance to Editorial, our values shape the way we work.

PUTTING OUR AUTHORS AT THE HEART OF EVERYTHING. Their success is our first concern.

WORKING TOGETHER. Sharing responsibility, helping colleagues, listening well, embracing difference, and enjoying what we do.

LEARNING & ADAPTING. Taking smart risks, learning from experience without blame and being both curious and willing to change.

LOOKING OUT AS WELL AS IN. Understanding the consumer, the marketplace and the competitive environment.

LEADING NOT FOLLOWING. Staying ahead, looking to the future, being bold and always aiming to be the best.

INTEGRITY IN ALL WE DO. Timely, open and honest communication, being fair, principled and respectful.