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  • Posted: Oct 8, 2020
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    Massmart, Africas second-largest retail group, comprises four divisions operating in 423 stores, across 13 sub- Saharan countries. Through our widelyrecognised, differentiated retail and wholesale formats, we have leading shares in the General Merchandise, Liquor, Home Improvement, and wholesale food markets. Our key foundations of high volume, low cost, ...
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    Group Strategic Project Office Co-ordinator

    Summary

    • This position will serve as the day-to-day contact point for project teams working on projects associated with the Catalyst office. This person will be a critical enabler for the project teams, focused on managing interdependencies, breaking down roadblocks, supporting tracking progress towards objectives and providing guidance on project management principles to enable execution rigour.

    Responsibilities:
    1. Support programme management

    Provide project specific input to inform the orchestration of the overall programme – 

    support the lead in driving the overall programme under the direction of Group Head with express purpose of ushering in alignment, clarity and prioritization

    Process setup

    • Input into the framework for program governance (weekly meeting cadence, SteerCo setup, etc.)
    • Partner with project leads support the establishment of project level decision rights
    • Onboard project teams, with support of executive sponsor and team leads

    Process management

    • Support project teams to align with program calendar and decision drumbeat
    • Work with project teams to implement methodology to identify, track, resolve, and    escalate interdependencies, prioritize and sequence moves of all associated project wor
    • Track major milestones and resource needs for assigned projects
    •  Manage interdependencies, prioritize and sequence project flow for assigned projects

    Communication & engagement

    • Develop and deploy coms plan for program engagement
    • Assist project teams in tracking results and their impact to the integrated financial model

    Change/Risk management

    • Implement risk identification process (population, survey, feedback loop, training, etc.) within assigned projects
    • Aid in identification of key stakeholders and identify and diagnose past change failures

    2. Leverage creation & performance measurement

    • Solution improvement – Support development, pressure test and finalize initiative charters of assigned teams
    • Drive leverage between and on behalf of project teams by serving as critical liaison between ExCo members and project team leads
    • Identify and resolve executional risks, breakdown roadblocks and elevate issues quickly
    • Financial/Goal tracking - Formalize project ambition via metrics, KPIs, and success factors and establish initial top-down plan

    3. Executive communication

    • Ensure key executives and stakeholders are kept informed and engaged
    • Communicate objectives across a range of stakeholders and articulate the rationale behind those goals
    • Influence and work effectively with key cross-functional stakeholders and senior leadership teams across the organization, including Walmart when applicable

    Requirements:
    Minimum Academic, Professional Qualifications & Experience required for this position

    • Relevant degree with 2+ years experience in project management
    • Previous experience: project management office background preferred. Consulting background also beneficial given project management focus

    Competencies & Skills

    • Ability to Influence: Ability to lead, sometime without direct authority, but rather an earned currency which comes about through business savvy, servant leadership, and value creation
    • Comfort with ambiguity: Self-starter, ability to develop initial hypotheses / solutions with limited certainty / input
    • Strategic/Critical Thinking with bias for Action: Ability to recognize and assess challenges and opportunities quickly and transition to action in short order
    • Strong communication skills and ability to influence cross functionally by tailoring messaging for various audiences and stakeholders. Excel at articulating relevant arguments, concisely and grounded in fact
    • Emotional intelligence: Ability to interact with a wide variety of stakeholders at all levels / functions of the organization and across diverse cultures
    • Collaboration and flexibility: Desire to work in an agile team and deliver "Executive ready" outputs under - sometimes - very tight deadlines
    • Grit: Spirit of perseverance, desire to achieve, standard of excellence

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Massmart on www.linkedin.com to apply

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