ABSA South Africa: Project Management Officer

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24 Aug, 2010

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Absa Group Limited (Absa), listed on the JSE Limited, is one of South Africa’s largest financial services groups offering a complete range of banking, assurance and wealth management products and services. Find out more information about our origins, brand and strategy. ABSA South Africa recruits Project Management Officer


To Responsible for the planning, mobilisation, management and execution of a business-change project, through the entire Business Change Lifestyle (BCL) by using approved project-management principles.


Work with business to define it’s requirements in order to meet it’s strategic objectives, including the development or assistance in the development of Stage 1 and Stage 2 business cases for the related projects.
Define scope and plan the project and agree structure and deliverables according to the Absa BCL methodology.
Obtain sign-off for the business case from the Project Sponsor and Steering Committee.
Prepare and agree detailed project/sub project responsibilities with the Project Sponsor and or Project Owner.
Ensure all such investment is well funded and that the senior management are aware of their responsibilities in achieving the successful delivery of the associated projects
Agree resource requirements for the Project with the Project Sponsor and or Project Owner and secure them from available project resources or by outsourcing contractors.
Complete all project/programme plans in a way that ensures compliance with Group Change policies, procedures, methodologies, standards, templates, etc.
Establish and maintain the correct structures to control and monitor the initiation, progress and delivery of the project or comply with the correct structures set up by the Programme Manager or Strategic Project Manager (SPM) to control and monitor the initiation, progress and delivery of the project.
Actively participate in all phases and activities of the project and provide specialist guidance to the project team, particularly in project definition, requirements analysis, business and technical design and change control activities.
Manage all elements of project execution namely timelines, actions, status reporting, status meetings, deliverables, risks and issues, expenditures, forecast of costs, cash flow, timescales and resource requirements etc. as detailed in the Absa BCL methodology and training
Manage the activities of the project-team members, as well as line role-players and subject-matter experts assigned to the project as detailed in the Absa BCL methodology and training.
Co-ordinate the work of the project team by allocating tasks, monitoring progress, ensuring awareness of responsibilities and securing commitment to successful project delivery.
Comply with the appropriate structures established and maintained by the Programme Manager, to ensure the delivery of projects.
Write presentations and reports for various stakeholders to keep them informed of progress and status of the project i.e., Steering Committee, Management Meetings, Monthly Status reporting to EPO; and present them to the relative audience as may be required.


Deciding and initiating action
Adhering to principles and values
Coping with pressure and setbacks
Adapting and responding to change
Planning and organising
Relating and networking


Equivalent NQF level 6 or higher qualification
Accreditation in Programme and or Project Management e.g. Prince2, Managing Successful Programmes (MSP), PMP, PMBOK certification)
2 – 5 years Banking /Financial Institution or Employee Benefit experience in project management
2-3 years direct experience in managing successful business change projects
Proficient in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) and the Internet
No criminal record


B Com or B-Tech or equivalent NQF level 6 qualification
Project Management experience gained in a complex Financial Service environment
Solid experience in business analysis & design
Preference will be given to South African Citizens and Permanent residents of South Africa in possession of proof of permanent resident status


The appointment will be made in line with the Divisional Employment Equity strategy

The ideal candidate will have the following competencies:


liaise with IT technical experts (analysts, designers, programmers, educators)
manage projects across different timelines
negotiate options with the client
plan and set up project deliverables, tasks and budgets
understand project costing
understand project implementation planning
understand project methodology and project lifecycle implementation
understand the risk factors in project implementation
use MS Project (advanced)
ensure projects conform to governance and risk management standards

budget planning and management
planning and setting up of project deliverables, tasks and budgets
resource scheduling with regard to time, location and required skills
PMP, Prince 2 or equivalent methodology

Good workshop and meeting facilitation skills
Exposure to governance, control and risk management
At Absa, we are committed to creating a workplace which provides an opportunity for all employees and potential employees to fully optimise their potential by working for an Employer of Choice. Absa is continually searching for talented individuals to join our team and would like to invite you to apply for vacancies listed on our site that match your skills, qualifications and ambitions.

Apply online before 28/08/2010.

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