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DRIVE Project Lead

Job type Permanent
Schedule Full time
Brand BNP Paribas Corporate & Institutional Banking
Level of experience 3 to 5 years
Apply REF: 1909GMFOS3471


BNP Paribas is a leading European bank with an international reach. It has a presence in 72 countries, with more than 202,000 Employees – including more than 154,000 in Europe and over 5,000 in Portugal alone. 


BNP Paribas is present in Portugal since 1985, having been one of the first foreign banks to operate in the country. Today, BNP Paribas has several entities operating directly in this territory, offering a wide range of integrated financial solutions to support its clients and their businesses.


Worldwide, the Group has key positions in its three main activities: Domestic Markets and International Financial Services (whose retail-banking networks and financial services are covered by Retail Banking & Services) and Corporate & Institutional Banking, which serves two client franchises: corporate clients and institutional investors. The Group helps all its clients (individuals, community associations, entrepreneurs, SMEs, corporate and institutional clients) to realise their projects through solutions spanning financing, investment, savings and protection insurance.


Global Markets – IT & Operations (GM ITO) is part of the value proposition of the business. DRIVE is at the heart of Global Markets (GM) and Asset/Liability Mgt & Treasury (ALMT), contributing to alignment between Front Office and Functions, playing the role of the end-to-end change lead for the GM / ALMT value chains. Within DRIVE, the Project Implementation practice hosts the Project Leads for vertical (Front-Office to accounting) or transversal (across several FO business lines or users groups or locations/entities) projects, covering both the study and implementation phases.


The DRIVE Project Implementation (DRIVE PI) covers GM and ALMT business lines globally.  




Project Leads are project managers of the study and/or implementation phase of the projects allocated to DRIVE PI, which encompasses to:


  • frame the project upfront, define the most adequate governance to lead the project to success and get signoff,

  • when relevant, consolidate the design the solution that the project is to deliver, with proper sign-off from clients & IT architecture & relevant contributors,

  • build/consolidate and maintain the project plan, effectively manage unplanned events, manage dependencies and critical path,

  • drive the project team to completion in close interaction with the Project Sponsor, ensure effective communication, continuous alignment of all contributors and timely running of governance routines,

  • take responsibility for – when appropriate – some of the actions and analysis related to the project, without losing focus on the roadmap,

  • secure the staffing of the project team, with the support of line managers and/or relevant governance body in charge of allocating resources,

  • perform project retrospective to leverage on experience and learn lessons for improvement for the future. The key interactions are with the project sponsor, front-office teams, operations teams, IT and Finance. Depending on the nature of the project, liaison with Compliance, Legal and Tax is required too.  


Preliminary step: project framing


  • Clarify the objective, the scope, the dependencies, the major risks & issues.

  • Confirm the sponsorship.

  • Ensure a clear business rationale is associated to the contemplated project (incl. high level ROI), identify benefits.

  • Size roughly the effort required to design the solution & execute the projects.

  • Identify contributors to be on-boarded for the study.  


Study / Design phase:


  • Clearly state the business requirements, cost and time-frame of the project.

  • Coordinate & challenge experts to put together a solution meeting the business requirements.

  • Identify risk and dependencies that could jeopardize project execution.

  • Establish the full financial of the project (cost, associated revenues or savings).

  • Design the project governance (roles & responsibilities, governance bodies, stakeholders identification).

  • Design project roadmap (i.e. the overall execution plan).

  • Secure the resource plan (skills, capacity) and prioritization / funding for those resources. 


Execution phase:

  • Drive the execution of the roadmap.
  • Ensure aligned project status/progress is shared amongst the project community.

  • Identify risk & issues and propose a mitigation action plan.

  • Raise alerts / escalate issues / review the roadmap if required.

  • Monitor the budget consumption.

  • Monitor the feedback from contributors on project management and adjust when required.

  • Prepare and chair governance bodies, produce adequate reporting, communicate. 


Completion phase:

  • Collect feedback from project participants.
  • Identify good practices/factors of success and fields of improvement.

  • Update project management toolkit with lessons learnt. The Project Lead is also accountable to ensure that solutions designed for the project fit with the principles and are validated by the relevant validation bodies:

  • Overall sound IT architecture.

  • Target Operating Model with clear mandate for each team.

  • Strong controls framework.

  • Simple and efficient working.

  • Future evolution of the regulatory framework or anticipated business transformation. 

  • In-depth knowledge of Front Office to Finance processing chains logics.
  • Good technical understanding of capital markets products.

  • Experience in a project manager role.

  • Strong track record in successful interactions with peers in a non-hierarchical framework.

  • Strong analytical skills.

  • Strong communication and reporting skills.

  • Capacity to interact with senior members of the organization.

  • Strong interpersonal skills.

  • Strong problem-solving and negotiation skills.

  • Proven coaching capabilities.

  • Organized and delivery-focused, with attention to detail.

  • Comfortable operating with a strong level of autonomy, self-driven.

  • Proactive, proposing or taking own initiative to prevent risks / issues.

  • Ability to work well under pressure and to take the initiative.

  • Solid work ethic, high level of motivation and resilience. 

BNP Paribas is an equal opportunity employer and proud to provide equal employment opportunity to all job seekers. We are actively committed to ensuring that no individual is discriminated against on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. Equity and diversity are at the core of our recruitment policy because we believe that they foster creativity and efficiency which in turn increase performance and productivity. We strive to reflect the society we live in, while keeping with the image of our clients.

Please note that only applications submitted in English will be considered.

In case you are selected for this role, further documentation will be requested to support your hiring process.

Primary Location: PT-11-LisbonJob Type: Standard / PermanentJob: FINANCIAL AND TECHNICAL EXPERTISEEducation Level: Master Degree or equivalent (> 4 years)Experience Level: At least 3 yearsSchedule: Full-time Behavioural competency: Attention to detail / rigorTransversal competency: Ability to understand, explain and support change