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Senior Project Manager (R&D COO Office)



Colombo, Sri Lanka
Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2024

Company Description

IFS is a billion-dollar revenue company with 6000+ employees on all continents. Our leading AI technology is the backbone of our award-winning enterprise software solutions, enabling our customers to be their best when it really matters–at the Moment of Service™. Our commitment to internal AI adoption has allowed us to stay at the forefront of technological advancements, ensuring our colleagues can unlock their creativity and productivity, and our solutions are always cutting-edge.

At IFS, we’re flexible, we’re innovative, and we’re focused not only on how we can engage with our customers but on how we can make a real change and have a worldwide impact. We help solve some of society’s greatest challenges, fostering a better future through our agility, collaboration, and trust.

We celebrate diversity and understand our responsibility to reflect the diverse world we work in. We are committed to promoting an inclusive workforce that fully represents the many different cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints of our customers, our partners, and our communities. As a truly international company serving people from around the globe, we realize that our success is tantamount to the respect we have for those different points of view.

By joining our team, you will have the opportunity to be part of a global, diverse environment; you will be joining a winning team with a commitment to sustainability; and a company where we get things done so that you can make a positive impact on the world.

We’re looking for innovative and original thinkers to work in an environment where you can #MakeYourMoment so that we can help others make theirs. With the power of our AI-driven solutions, we empower our team to change the status quo and make a real difference.

If you want to change the status quo, we’ll help you make your moment. Join Team Purple. Join IFS.

Job Description

The R&D COO Office team is actively seeking a highly skilled and motivated Senior Project Manager to join our Project Management Office (PMO) Team. Our mission within the R&D COO Office is to empower the R&D organization to deliver high-quality products by meticulously planning and executing product releases, fostering aligned ways of working, and ensuring effective project management and communication in accordance with the Rhythm of the Business.

As a Senior Project Manager at R&D PMO, you will play a pivotal role within a team responsible for driving strategic programs, critical projects, and business transformation initiatives that are fundamental to the future success of our R&D endeavours. Your key responsibilities will include:

Project Leadership and Delivery: Lead cross-functional project teams to deliver strategic initiatives. Responsibilities include managing project charter & scope, resource allocation, schedule management, financial oversight, ensuring adherence to standards, and handling change requests. Assign responsibilities, track milestones, and foster a collaborative environment. Encourage innovation and excellence through inspiring project teams to deliver as one.

Stakeholder Engagement and Accountability: Actively engage with and oversee key stakeholders throughout the project’s life cycle. Cultivate positive relationships, ensuring individual requirements are comprehended and addressed. Set unambiguous expectations with stakeholders regarding project scope, timelines, and deliverables. Take responsibility for project outcomes and demonstrate accountability for results.

Project Execution: Strive for efficiency, ensuring the delivery of high-quality outcomes within the defined time and budget constraints. Align project results with the expected benefits outlined in the business case. Skilfully manage project scope and adeptly handle any arising changes. Proactively identify, analyse, and mitigate risks.

Process Improvement: Contribute to continuous process enhancements related to project delivery. Identify areas for improvement and implement best practices.

Reporting and Communication: Regularly report on project progress, success criteria, metrics, and deployment activities. Communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders, at all levels of the organization.


To excel as a Project Manager within our R&D team, possessing a positive attitude and a “can-do” mindset is crucial. We anticipate that you will think innovatively, challenging the status quo in your pursuit of continuous improvement. As a successful candidate, you should have the following:

  • A university degree or equivalent professional qualifications in project or program management.
  • Minimum five years of documented experience in project management, across multiple project contexts.
  • A working understanding of managing business cases, creating a project charter, and engaging with steering committees.
  • Exceptional organizational abilities, both verbal and written communication.
  • Demonstrable leadership and interpersonal skills, with a willingness to mentor junior team members and share knowledge.
  • Experience from relevant industries and markets and proficient with customers and partners interactions.
  • Proven ability to foster active participation and collaboration in both small and large groups.
  • Comfortable working in a global, matrix organization, with an understanding of how to navigate diverse cultures and time zones.
  • Operationally focused, and not afraid to roll up your sleeves and get hands-on when necessary to drive complex issues towards resolution.

Additional Information

Interviews and selections are being made continuously. If you are interested, apply as soon as possible.

As a step in our recruitment process, all final candidates will undergo a background check, to get us an understanding of our future employees.

IFS Fact
IFS develops and delivers enterprise software for customers around the world who manufacture and distribute goods, build and maintain assets, and manage service-focused operations. The industry expertise of our people and solutions, together with a commitment to delivering value to every one of our customers, has made IFS a recognized leader and the most recommended supplier in our sector. Our team of 6,000+ employees and growing ecosystem of partners support more than 10,000 customers around the world challenge the status quo and realize their competitive advantage. Learn more about how our enterprise software solutions can help your business today at ifs.com.