Dentons Interim Global Finance Business Design Project Manager Jobs in South Africa

Dentons Interim Global Finance Business Design Project Manager Jobs in South Africa

About the role

  • This is a demanding and multi-faceted role, requiring strong people skills, thorough project management and organizational skills, a sense of humour and critically tenacity. Execution of the role with the business change impact bias is critical to assist in prioritization and to work with the Global Business design team to bring together the individual processes into a coherent global solution that can deliver the business benefits to Dentons in terms of Finance becoming a business partnering function, on time and within budget.

  • You will work with the global process leads to confirm and maintain those delivery timelines, escalating 'blockers' as appropriate, enabling cross-work stream dependencies to be identified and managed; all with the aim to increase the efficiency and velocity of project execution.

    Key Responsibilities

  • Create and maintain project management documentation and metrics with limited direction

  • Engage directly with stakeholders to ensure timely and accurate communications

  • Responsible for project execution strategy, to include meeting stage gate delivery deadlines and management of overall project timelines.

  • Support the Global Finance Transformation leadership team in driving the GFTP delivery plan for all regions.

  • Support the global process leads in managing relevant suppliers – to include assistance in concluding contracts, managing statements of work, reviewing and approving invoices.

  • Assists in the benefits tracking process as directed by GFT leadership

  • Liaise with leadership teams in the wider Dentons project portfolio to identify potential impacts to GFT program

  • Responsible for project reporting in line with the GFTP Project Management Office quality standards, to include maintenance of plans, RAID logs, stage gate compliance monitoring and status reporting.

  • Work with the global process leads to manage resource allocation,

  • Adopt collaborative, focussed management techniques, working with DevOps mentality to enable all team members to play to their strengths to deliver the required transformation to Dentons

  • Facilitate regular status meetings as required.

  • Work together with the change and training teams to coordinate meetings/materials/messaging during design and delivery.

  • To be proactive in seeking updates, liaising closely with technical counterparts as required across the Firm to identify risks presented by potential project slips and blockers, sharing best practice and enabling close and effective collaboration within the team.

    Planning / Project Management / Program Approach

  • Working with Global Process Leads and business architects to maintain workstream plans and ensure alignment with global program plan

  • Assist the leadership team in resource planning

  • Ensure that program resource levels / quality are appropriate to support delivery of the implementation plan

  • Track progress against plan, ensuring that the business design team provide timely updates to enable actionable status reporting to the GFT leadership

  • Ensure the global process team understand how to apply Global Program standards for RAID (Risks, Assumptions, Issues, Dependencies, Decisions) management and reporting

  • Work with Business Solutions Architects to identify critical path activities and maintain focus on their delivery, managing the potential scope creep through effective change management protocols.

  • Work with Global Change Management and Training Leads, to ensure the global business process team support all aspects of the implementation

  • Provide Global Business Process team visibility using One Step Ahead workshops etc. Arranging for additional communication / education about upcoming milestones as required

  • Working with and coaching the team members around project delivery methodologies to maximize program success.

  • Work with the Global Business Process Team to ensure go live requirements are well articulated for each region, to include the impact of customizations communicated and the associated priorities assigned to Functional Requirement Documentation review and communication.

  • Work with the Business
    Solutions Architects to manage the change process for GFT, managing the process for submission to TDA and BDA and outcomes from both authorities being passed to Program Board and Enterprise Steering Committee. This will include liaison with regions re status of requests, and escalations as required. Provide secretarial role to the Business Design Authority under the direction of the Global Business Solution Architect

  • Coordinate unit testing and the collation of regional business scenarios, working with the global testing team.

  • Ensure that all process documentation, policies and training material for the solution is created

  • Work with the Global Business Process Team and Global PMO to manage and execute the various Stage Gate ceremonies

  • Ensure the appropriate collateral is produced to evidence achievement of various stage gate criteria.


  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Management/Change or Behavioral Management or related field (or similar experience).

  • Significant experience in a Project Manager role for business/finance transformation .

  • Experience with large system implementations

  • Excellent problem-solving skills

  • Practical experience and knowledge of software development life cycle methodologies and concepts.

  • Strong waterfall and agile project management skills.

  • PRINCE2 certification preferred.

  • Proficiency in Project Management Software, MS Office, MS Teams, DevOps required.

  • Strong communication skills and ability to influence stakeholders at different levels.

  • Ability to navigate ambiguity.

  • Financial experience within a comparable professional services or management consulting environment, including familiarity with Swiss Verein or similar legal operating models.

  • Recognized project management experience including in-depth understanding of data analysis, financial planning and process improvement. Six Sigma or equivalent qualifications helpful.

    About You

  • Business international level of English – both written and oral;

  • Highly collaborative and able to work in a global environment, accommodating the different time zones. Only team players will be considered;

  • Ability to thrive in busy, fast moving environments and work with teams to bring out the best in them.

  • Impeccable attention to detail and ability to work with a wide variety of people and projects in a collective and collaborative manner.

  • Particularly strong written communication skills;

  • Particularly strong organizational skills;

  • Strong knowledge and experience in Finance/IT practices.

  • Experience in systems, including: TRE 3E, Tagetik, Elite Data Insights, PowerBi.

  • Experience of multinational finance operations;

  • Experience of working with layers of engagement and approval.

  • Experience of finance / business transformation programs;

  • Significant experience and a proven track record in/as:

  • Proven experience in delivery of enterprise-wide programs in complex organizations.

  • Demonstrable understanding of working within program governance frameworks and to documented delivery principles.

  • Strong background/knowledge of finance and technology.

  • Strong stakeholder management, across both business and technology.

  • Experience applying and delivering business transformation projects.

  • Experience delivering in an Agile environment.

    Essential Qualifications / Experience

  • Minimum of 8 years progressive experience with IT/Business Change Projects across a broad spectrum of technologies.

  • Experience of working on international projects.

  • Experience of working in a legal / professional services firm.

  • Management of at least two full end to end implementations.

  • Prince 2 / Agile (desirable).

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Dentons Interim Global Finance Business Design Project Manager Jobs in South Africa

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