- Planning & Organising
The Project Management Office plays a crucial role within Asset Management and carries out projects at the request of the Management Team. By following best practices and through close involvement with the detailed implementation of each project, the team coordinates highly complex asset management-related projects. We are looking for a new (Associate) Project Manager to join the current team of six.
As a Project Manager, you coordinate, lead and plan various projects related to the launch and closing of investment funds and institutional client mandates, strategic organisational improvements and the implementation of new legislation and regulations.
Together with a team of specialised and highly motivated colleagues, including those in our commercial departments, investment specialists, operational staff, lawyers and external specialists, the Project Manager ensures that each project is brought to a successful conclusion.
A day in the life of a Project Manager
As a Project Manager no two days are the same. I often start the day by reading my email. Is there anything specific I need to attend to? Is immediate action required? This doesn’t appear to be the case today. At 10 a.m. I have a video conference with our colleagues in London. The company has won a new mandate in the UK, so we can welcome a new client! We discuss the timetables and services for the onboarding of this new client so we can prepare for the start of a new project. I then start working on the project documentation. This includes a project plan and an action list. I schedule the kick-off meeting with representatives of the various internal teams involved in onboarding.
Later that morning, we have a regular work group meeting for the onboarding of a Dutch Fiduciary Management mandate. At this fortnightly meeting we bring the client up to date. How are the preparations for the transition of the client's investment portfolio progressing? How are things going with the external managers? What is the transition plan? Is there anything specific that requires attention?
Time for lunch! Since, during this period, I work mostly from home, I try to go out for a walk of around 30 minutes twice each day. Fresh air and exercise are a nice way to break up the day between clients. After lunch, there is a project meeting. The company is about to launch a new fund. Those involved are updated on the status and outstanding issues are discussed. Throughout the day, I am in touch with various colleagues as we deal with outstanding issues on projects. The day ends with a video conference with a colleague in our Paris office, where some of the business processes are not yet operating as intended, so we discuss potential improvements. At 6 p.m. it's time for a boot camp session in the park.
You have an academic degree, demonstrable affinity with financial services and 3-5 years of relevant work experience.
The skills and competencies required for this position include:
- You are inquisitive and have a powerful sense of responsibility;
- You have strong analytical and organisational skills;
- You have excellent communication skills, are social and able to work under pressure;
- You are good at prioritising;
- You have affinity with identifying and realizing process improvements;
- You are fluent in English (Dutch is not a requirement).
Van Lanschot Kempen specialises in the future. And has done since 1737. Today, almost 300 years later, the story of the Netherlands’ oldest independent financial institution continues as we translate our history into today’s world, with labels such as Kempen (Merchant Bank & Asset Manager), Van Lanschot (Private Banking), and Evi (online investment). We do this with around 1,700 colleagues across our three labels and the holding company. We have now spent almost three centuries advancing our customers' interests, with great dedication and financial skill.
To work in a sustainable and future-oriented way, inclusion and diversity are essential. A highly inclusive and diverse workforce helps to drive business performance and innovation, workforce agility and resilience, as well as positive social and environmental impact. It is our ambition for the inflow of each department to be more diverse than the outflow. For example, if an employee leaves or more headcount becomes available, we aim to increase diversity by hiring someone who brings something new to the team. Whether that’s gender, age, nationality, background or anything else.
Turning talent into value. That’s what we do. The fact is, if you add value, you can obviously expect the same from us in return. Our employees are our most important asset, so they have countless opportunities to grow, both as individuals and in their professional fields. We offer you:
- A salary that matches your knowledge and experience;
- A flexible budget (consisting of holiday pay, a 13th month and 7 leave days in excess of the statutory entitlement) that you can use to tailor your working conditions to your wishes. This could include extra leave, discovering the world with a sabbatical, a gym membership or a new bike: it's all possible;
- The possibility to take a longer period like a sabbatical, or to spend a longer period at home with your children or, for example, to take care of a family member if necessary;
- We finance part of the childcare for working mothers;
- Do you want to exchange Good Friday, Easter Monday, Ascension Day and Whit Monday for another religious holiday? That is also possible!
- A training costs scheme for personal and professional training opportunities.
For more information about this position, please contact Sophie Koopman via email@example.com or +31 (0)6-12083845.