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Project Manager team Lead at European insurance firm

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Job Description

Lead a team of PMs, improve existing Agile processes, and build the PM team for a Europe-based Fortune 500 firm.


  • Join an international team with an English-speaking Division Head, and drive successful project delivery from the PMO (Project Management Organization) team.
  • Upskill the PMO team and hire new employees, depending on needs.
  • Brush up on documentation and best practices, and fortify communications with overseas PMO teams.
  • As the projects will mainly be situated in the Digital Transformation team and Change Management team, you will collaborate with engineers, BAs (Business Analysts), and PMs (Project Managers) from the Japan office as well as abroad.
  • Manage issues and risks pertaining to ongoing projects.
  • Ensure prioritization of the company's project portfolio.

Required skills

  • 5-10 years of Project Management experience in IT/Engineering
  • Excellent communication skills with both technical and non-technical counterparts
  • Strong understanding of Waterfall and Agile methodologies
  • Experience working in highly regulated environments such as insurance or finance
  • Fluent in Japanese + business English or better

*Please note that you must have a valid visa to work in Japan to apply for this role.

Preferred skills

  • Ability to translate requirements from the business on applications and workflows, to technical (specs) requirements that are valid and reasonable for the technical teams.

Personal Attributes

  • Ability to work well in an environment with many different priorities and tight deadlines
  • Strong leadership skills

About our client

Our client is a globally active, Fortune-500 insurance firm, that has been active in Japan for a long time. The environment is friendly and open. Since the company is mid-size, it is easy to get in touch with senior management and actually make changes and improvements happen.
The company has gone through the first steps of an Agile transformation in Japan, and is in the midst of delivering on a number of technology projects that will allow them to use IT as a competitive advantage. Their engineering team is strong when compared to their competitors, which has been a reason for people with a technical background to join this company.
They have a good work-life balance, with a hybrid working style, and Superflex working time.

Morgan McKinley Asia Pac is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy.


Consultant Details

Consultant Details

Mieke Aarsman
Mieke Aarsman
  • Manager | IT Recruitment