July 25, 2021


Old Mutual Head of Projects & Performance Management Job

Head of Projects & Performance Management Job, Other Professions,

Job Description

This role is responsible for the coordinated management of multiple and/ or related projects. This role is tasked with setting up and managing programmes to support and align to the organisation’s strategic goals and long-term goals. The role incumbent may run a Programme Office and will work closely with project managers. A key component of this role is strategic stakeholder management, both internal and external to the organisation.


Project Conceptualisation and Scoping

  • Undertake strategic engagements with key stakeholders (sponsor/ business owners) to understand the business strategy, objectives and problem statement(s) driving the potential program/ projects that needs to be undertaken
  • Based on the conceptual solution, undertake preliminary high level program scoping 

Change request & Change control

• Manage scope and an integrated change control process by undertaking the following:

  • Manage scope creep of the program within the wider context of ensuring that benefits are delivered.  
  • Intervene and negotiate high level decisions with sponsor where projects/ programs deviate out of tolerance from plan in terms of timeline, costs/business case.  o Oversight and guidance of all supporting projects on how changes will impact the overall programme
  • Project planning, integration
  • and dependency management
  • • Lead and facilitate the overall program planning process and create an integrated programme plan including: o systemic and innovative integration of plans (project and program) to reach business objective  o sequencing and prioritising

Key Result Area


  • identify the programme level critical path o undertake resource levelling and constraints management.   o determine the skills requirements for the projects/ programme
  • scope and build the program resource plans o Quick wins and high impact strategic leverage points
  • Drive program dependency planning (both internal and external) and actively manage dependencies, especially on the critical path adjusting plans as required.
  • Undertake ongoing articulation, testing/ validation key program assumptions. Lead the change/ adjust scope if needed.
  • Monitor and track against project/ program plans with project managers over program life cycle
  • Monitor and track programme level tasks/ activities through the life of the programme o Drive and be overall accountable for quality delivery across all projects within the program

Quality Management

  • Determine the approach to achieving quality including quality standards, controls and governances, processes and measures and build these into the project plan.
  • Execute on quality components through duration of the project. Correct and/or escalate non-compliance to quality components timeously.  

Risk, Opportunity & Issue


  • Understand the organisation/ business unit’s risk appetite and align planning decisions, solutions and mitigations to this.
  • Evaluate and manage the accumulative and systemic effect of risks across all projects within the program by engaging in both a bottom up and top down risk identification process.
  • Manage programme risks or issues at a strategic level
  • Undertake effective opportunity management on the program by identifying, understanding and exploiting opportunities that arise which can save costs, realise efficiencies or benefits

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Develop and execute an overarching programme stakeholder engagement and communication plan which a strong focus on driving the following; o Facilitating a guiding coalition of engagement and consensus building
  • Getting alignment and co-operation across the business (functional and hierarchical) for program implementation o Resolving strategic and impactful conflicts or commitment breakdowns to clear the way for program progression.
  • Navigate and influence politically and organizationally sensitive decisions with key stakeholders
  • Provide thought leadership for pragmatic program execution
  • Develop and define governance structures ensuring compliance with the enterprise governance requirements and ensure adherence to all governance structures and approval protocols for programme decisions
  • Work closely with the Change Manager to drive the execution of the change management plan for the programme.  
  • Align the business change and integration within the context of what is happing within broader organisation.   o Guide the organisational readiness and business impact for timely change.  Communicate and create strategic
  • context for the business.  Understand what level of change management is needed
  • Undertake the role of ‘leading the change’ within the program and with business owners/sponsor


  • Bachelors Degree (B): Project Management (Required)
  • Closing Date: 2 July 2021

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