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Key Expectations

Araamis is looking for a Program Manager to join the Innovation & Design Group (IDG). The program manager is to lead the design and execution of innovation and transformation programs.We have the following key expectations from you (we have others as well but let’s keep that for later):

  • You have crafted and delivered quite few innovation/transformation programmes (on budget); basically you make innovation happen
  • You deploy agile programme management approach and tools to deliver proven and tangible results
  • You are a great communicator who is able to engage all stakeholders; your team as well as other teams..basically, your engagement strategy keeps stakeholders excited
  • Your team is always in a state of flow while you’re diligently taking care of the program/project and business aspects
  • We believe creativity happens when there is no fear or pressure…so You can motivate your team at times of both low and extreme pressure, i.e. you can take pressure away, so your team are always in their best creativity fit
  • You are pro at a collaboration with clients, non-clients, vendors; basically everyone required to make innovation happen.
  • You are so excited about creativity, innovation, lean, agile that you make others curious about it
  • Visionary: You are always looking at how innovation programmes could be improved and delivered better
  • Hands-on: You don’t mind getting your hands dirty to create things or doing actual project work
  • You have sufficient amount of knowledge and learnings gained from failures trying to achieve something new or do things differently

Your Responsibilities

You will specifically do the following (but not limited to):

  1. Diligently, craft program scope to ensure the proper expectations for client are met while leaving the room for the team to explore new frontiers
  2. Design innovation/transformation programmes to ensure delivery of early quick wins and well as long-term impact
  3. Ensure the delivery against the programme engagement and experience strategy
  4. Build your team from our existing pool of talent and recruit new talents, if required
  5. Ensure the productive engagement of all onboarded talents and personal brands
  6. Leading a great balance between the requirements of innovation as a creative process on one side, and the timeline constraints and project realities
  7. Lead the required stakeholder alignment and management activities to make sure the team’s work is well-received and that the team is not put under evitable pressures
  8. Orchestrate the execution; ensuring stakeholders and teams are engaged, it would be great if you could deploy enablers such as innovation/change labs, gamification etc.
  9. Build a innovation and transformation story after the programme is delivered and tell it to the world

Desired Skills and Experience

  1. 10 years of programme management experience, 5 of which should include Innovation and transformation programmes; preferably from the vendor side
  2. Expertise in all aspects of end to end agile programme planning; management and delivery
  3. Strong business acumen – can incorporate business rationale into the design of innovation and transformation
  4. Strong Leadership, communication, motivation and negotiation skills
  5. Strong consulting skills that include helping clients to understand their needs and problems; co-create with them to nurture good relationship
  6. Ability to inspire, engage and energise teams
  7. Ability to stay calm & composed in a highly dynamic environment
  8. Knowledge of innovation methods and process
  9. Experience in service design, design thinking and business process management is a plus
  10. You speak like an engaging public speaker and you write like a seasoned copywriter, both in Arabic and English.

Educational Qualifications:

  • Bachelor or higher degree in Business Management.
  • Masters Degree in Business/ Project Management is preferable
  • PgmP and PmP certification (or equivalent)
  • PMI – ACP certification (or equivalent)
  • Innovation, service design, design-thinking related education is a plus
If it sounds exciting and interesting, please email your resume and portfolio to servicedesign@araamis.com