Oracle Consulting delivers very large and complex business and IT delivery projects based on the Oracle product set. These can be highly challenging and at the leading edge of cloud projects and are therefore strategically important to the Oracle business.
This can be across a wide variety of customers and industries. A need exists for highly talented senior program directors to deliver customer success against these challenging situations.
The Program Director has responsibility for the successful delivery of the Oracle Consulting engagement at the customer.
They are expected to operate at the senior stakeholder level typically a C-level executive but equally, they will need to manage their senior stakeholders in the Oracle organisation.
This is a senior level role and candidates will be expected to take high levels of responsibility for customer and Oracle success.
It is a very exciting time in Oracle Consulting with our strong focus on delivery of cloud solutions using our highly advanced methods and tools across the EMEA region.
Industry and IT experience is highly valuable to us. Existing Oracle application knowledge is desirable but not essential.
Scope of the Role
The Program Director is responsible for the successful and profitable delivery of our major business and IT programs. They will be expected to lead and drive all aspects of the program from staffing, budgetary control and stakeholder management both within the customer and Oracle :
To act as a trusted advisor to senior clients :
To drive successful outcomes for our major customers using the Oracle product set and Oracle Consulting methods and tools
To be commercially astute when delivering an engagement
To act as ambassadors for Oracle solutions throughout a customer engagement
Take full accountability for the successful delivery of a program or projects
Develop a practical program delivery plan and deliver closely against it
Manage the staff and resources to ensure optimum outcomes for the customer and Oracle Corporation
Manage and mitigate program and project risks
Both advise and challenge the customer throughout the program
Take full ownership to drive best practice in delivering a program
Develop strong relationships with the senior stakeholders within Oracle across our Licence and Consulting businesses
Manage the re-use and feedback into the Oracle delivery organisation to enable constant improvement of our program delivery
Build a strong personal community within Oracle by sharing and assisting colleagues from other regions and practices
Knowledge and Competency Requirements
Degree educated or equivalent
Qualified Program or Project Manager through a recognized institute
Preferably holds a professional qualification (eg accountancy)
Experience / Technical / Professional knowledge
10-15 years of relevant experience as a program director through full implementation lifecycles
10 years of experience with a consulting organisation
Strong and demonstrable awareness of different project management methods
Excellent facilitation and management skills of the most senior customer stakeholders within the business and IT
Ability to deliver results while under pressure
A strong understanding of the commercial aspects of a consulting organisation and the role a program director plays within it
Experience of delivering at least 4 major projects using packaged applications (Oracle, SAP, JDE, Microsoft etc)
A creative and agile problem-solver
Experience with interacting with third party resources, including offshore teams
Strong team building skills, with ability to build quick and effective work rapport with distributed team members
Must be self-motivated in learning new concepts and willing to share knowledge and skills with other team members
Outspoken and passionate about delivering successful programs that exceed business objectives and drive business success for our customers
Must have the highest level of leadership and communication skills, with the ability to explain complex solutions and ideas.
Excellent presentation skills
Can demonstrate a strong awareness of the differences between cloud and on-premise solutions and their benefits
Ability to present an argument : persuasive
Willing and able to travel for project work throughout the EMEA region for extended periods, and has a European work permit
Fluent in English, other European language an advantage