Service Introduction Lead

Job details
Posting date: 03 August 2021
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 02 September 2021
Location: Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6
Company: Whitbread
Job type: Permanent
Job reference: 703587-1629

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Service Introduction Lead | Permanent | Dunstable

The Service Introduction Lead is primarily accountable for the successful design and transition into live operations of new, or changes to existing, services provided by IT.
The Service Introduction Lead will be the primary representative from IT Service into Project Delivery. They will be leading and supporting the project team whilst ensuring engagement, alignment and readiness from the wider IT Service community. Influencing and guiding Project resources (PM's, BA's, Change, PMO etc) as well as other IT subject matter experts (Security, Architects, Infrastructure) to deliver projects/changes into normal business operations.
As part of the Service Design activities, they will be accountable for the definition, documentation and assurance for the new or changed service including support model, SLAs, support schedules, non-functional requirements and perform impact assessments and gap analysis between Whitbread standard support models and the requirements.
As part of Service Transition activities, they will also be responsible for assuring how and when the services will be handed over into live operation. This will include validating the new or changed service, service rehearsal testing, early life support plans and handover into live operations.
The Service Introduction Lead will also assess, create or contribute to the service schedules within all 3rd party supplier contracts and be responsible for ensuring that what is being implemented by the supplier meets the needs of the business.

What you'll be doing:

Assure that projects are delivered into live Service in a controlled and safe manner.
Service Impact Assessment of projects and their scope, capturing areas of risk or direct impacts to support planning the service design and introduction.
Reviewing IT Service requirements that underpin the service design, ensuring that functional and non-functional aspects are factored in
Document the design of the service
Ensure that transition plan aligns all stakeholders with the project and wider IT teams.
Assure implemented service components with identified teams or 3rd party suppliers.
Ensure service rehearsals prove service readiness to enter deployment.
Define early life support requirements and drive into project activities.
Responsible for the capture, tracking and sign-off of service acceptance criteria.
Work with procurement to onboard new suppliers through commercial negotiation and setting up the underpinning service contract/schedules to ensure it meets the needs of Whitbread.
Assure the production of service documentation (knowledge articles, recovery plans, service processes etc..).
Ensure all non-functional aspects, such as licensing, are handed over into IT operation.
Facilitate the transfer any agreed risks or issues into IT operation.
Develop a clear understanding of business owners and their areas and how IT services support them.
Establish, maintain and maximise working relationships with core internal and external service providers
Support the continuous improvement of the Service Introduction and project lifecycle process.
Maintain good relationships and promotes a culture of continuous improvement with business leaders and their teams, suppliers and internal IT colleagues.

What you'll need:

Experience gained from more than 3 years managing Service Design & Transition in an ITIL conformant Service environment
Experience of identifying and building service contracts with 3rd party suppliers

Demonstrable, strong working knowledge of ITIL Service Management framework and process areas
Knowledge of the IT infrastructure (hardware, databases, operating systems, local area networks etc) and the IT applications and service processes used within own organisation.
Excellent interpersonal skills to own the IT Service deliverables inside a project framework

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