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Functional expertise

Functional expertise

The role of the consultant project manager

Consultant project managers help clients to define their needs, advise on functional criteria and draws up project specifications. Throughout the entire project, you will make sure that target costs, timeframes and quality are all being adhered to.

Your responsibilities

Your assignment is to act as an interface between the professional teams and the manager in charge of the technical aspects of the project.

You have three fields of responsibility:

  1. Analysing users’ needs
  • Collecting and analysing the professional teams’ needs for new projects (IS or organisation) or major changes
  • Anticipating resources (human, financial or technical) to implement
  • Prioritising projects
  • Preparing files by listing the issues, the context, and the impacts
  • Updating procedures for presentation to the project committee, the investment committee and the project manager in charge
  • Drawing up specifications and formalising needs for each specific activity.
  1. Carrying out preliminary studies and implementing the project
  • Analysing technical feasibility for each field of expertise
  • Preparing and leading preparatory workshops to define needs
  • Analysing organisational impacts
  • Drawing up the specifications together with detailed functional specifications
  • Carrying out the process mapping
  • Interfacing with the Project Manager (in-house or service providers)
  • Handling the project planning
  • Steering the functional acceptance (user trials)
  • Monitoring corrections resulting from incidents depending on their nature.
  1. Setting up change management
  • Monitoring the implementation of new applications with new users
  • Coordinating relationships with IT production teams
  • Providing functional support for users
  • Recommending and/or providing training for trainers
  • Carrying out project reports based on information from the project manager and directors of entities concerned by the project.

Your experience

You will have a university education (5 years with an MA in management, organisation, project management, IT, auditing, etc.), you have trained at an engineering school (IT, telecoms, generalist, etc.), a graduate business school or an Institute for Political Studies).

Ideally, consultant project managers should have a background in managing IT development projects. You should have good technical know-how which will help you fully understand the technical team’s constraints and users’ needs.

Added advantage: you will be familiar with the sector concerned and its specific aspects (e.g. insurance, banking, manufacturing, telecoms, health, energy, etc.).

Your expertise

Outgoing, dynamic, open-minded and an ability to adapt, you have excellent writing skills and are also a good listener. Furthermore, you have excellent relational and organisation skills as well as a good sense of planning. Stringent and with a sense of priorities, you can manage conflicts, make yourself available, be responsive and have an aptitude for summarising.

Your technical skills

  • General familiarity with the IT environment (system architecture, databases, development methodologies, etc.)
  • Considerable familiarity with functional domains
  • Good knowledge of the methodology and tools used for carrying out functional tests
  • Drafting skills and process mapping, as well as specific tools.

Tools used

  • SQL, HTML, PHP, Java, J2EE, CSS, C#, Python, Oracle, etc.
  • Jira, Mantis, Redmine, Testlink, HP ALM, HP UFT, SoapUI, Selenium
  • V cycle, agility, scrum, Kanban
  • ISTQB certification at foundation level if the position is for a tester/functional recorder.