A Bit About Us
At AO, we’re in the business of better tomorrows for our customers, and we do whatever it takes to make sure they’re the happiest they can be. We may sell everything from washing machines to PlayStations, but putting smiles on our customers’ faces is at the heart of everything we do.
We’re big believers in making sure every job is done properly, which is why we do everything the AO way. Our award-winning teams work their magic behind the scenes to make sure every customer’s experience is totally effortless. We do our bit for the environment too, with our very own recycling plant to make sure we’re as green as we look. We’re always looking for ways to make our customers as happy as can be, wherever possible.
More About the Role
As Head of Delivery at AO, you have an eye across the entire AO Group. This gives you a great platform to understand where the team needs to focus their efforts, matching the projects/initiatives to the business objectives. You’ll work closely with the Exec, Senior Leadership Team and AO Tech team to build and communicate the Group Delivery plan which you will then cascade into the various programmes of work.
This role is not just about planning, you will have great team to support you consisting of Business Analysts, Project and Programme Managers who you will lead and shape into your own team. At AO we have two vibrant communities of practice for Business Analysis and Project Management that we are incredibly proud of. Your role will be to ensure they have the space to flourish whilst also providing clear team and personal objectives to the whole function.
Finally, if that’s not enough to get you excited, we are on a journey to incorporate a product development practice within AO Tech. You will be responsible for helping form this and then defining how it integrates with Group Plan priorities.
Here's What You Can Expect to be Doing
§ Accountable for planning, agreeing and delivering the AO Group Plan with the Exec and Senior Leadership Team across Retail, Logistics, Financial Services, IT Services, B2B, Mobile and Recycling in both the UK and Europe.
§ Engage and influence the Exec and Senior Leadership Team’s thinking towards project planning and delivery.
§ Responsible for communicating plan status to the Exec and Senior Leadership Team including delivered outcomes/benefits.
§ Work with Finance to allocate costs and budget for projects appropriately.
§ Responsible for identifying opportunities to support the business on initiatives that may not be on the Group Plan but would benefit from Project team involvement.
§ Work closely with the AO Tech Procurement team and the business to identify 3rd party products and services that may solve/accelerate initiatives on the Group Plan.
§ Be the eyes and ears of AO Tech to ensure any initiatives that may have a Tech impact are brought to the attention of the relevant people in the function.
§ Lead and drive key strategic initiatives from a discovery perspective before transitioning them into the wider team where appropriate.
§ Help AO establish a Product Development capability and lead on how Projects and Product co-exist.
§ Set the people strategy for the Projects team ensuring everyone is given the tools and framework to operate within.
§ Responsible for ensuring the Projects team is resourced appropriately, to deliver the Group Plan whilst maintaining an eye on your headcount and budget.
How your impact will be measured
§ Exec / Senior Leadership Team NPS
§ Successful delivery of plan in line with expectations
§ A highly engaged and motivated team who act autonomously to deliver the change required
Why Choose AO?
We’re in the business of better tomorrows, for both our customers and our people. A better tomorrow means finding a place that’ll reward your curiosity. A place that encourages you to ask ‘why’. Somewhere that feeds your imagination and gives you the support to bring those ideas to life.
If you’re the kind of person who wants to learn and help others achieve, who always sees the glass half-full with an appetite for what’s next, you’ll fit right in with us.
In return, you’ll be an integral part of an award-winning team who are forward-thinking and innovative. You can also take up to 5 days out of the business a year to use for development in your role and we’ll cover the cost.
We’re about looking at the bigger picture - the better tomorrow. And no matter what that looks like to you, we’ll make sure you’ve got everything you need to make it happen.
We believe that in order for you to do your best, we need to support your other commitments. This means working in a way that offers you flexibility, whilst getting the job done. Feel free to have a chat with us about our flexible ways of working.
At AO we believe diversity will help us find a better way. We want our workforce to be as diverse as our customers by celebrating, valuing and respecting every individual. We achieve this by nurturing a culture of inclusion where every voice matters. We welcome applications from everyone and we can make adjustments to our interview process according to your needs.
Great People Deserve Great Things
As an AO’er you can take full advantage of the benefits and perks we have to offer
- Feel free to have a chat with us about our flexible ways of working.
- You can take up to 5 days out of the business a year to use for development in your role and we’ll cover the cost.
- We have our own library, if you've seen something which interests you, we can order in a copy. Just add it to the library when you've done.
- 25 days holiday (Excluding Bank Holidays)
- At least 5% contribution pension scheme
- Dedicated wellness initiatives that support a healthy work / life balance, ranging from our 24hr employee assistance programme to subsidised gym membership.
To see all of our benefits and perks visit our AO Benefits page.