Project Manager Finance/Greenfield/Banking
Adaptive Financial Consulting
 London, KY

Project Manager

Role and Responsibilities


Want great work, interesting tech but no politics?

Want to work somewhere where productivity trumps presenteeism?

You've found the right place. We are Adaptive, where your team will use the latest technology to design, build and operate bespoke, real-time, front-to-back solutions for tier-one investment banks and commodity trading firms financial clients using the latest technology, in flat teams where innovation and collaboration are the backbones of our success. 

Description of the role:

The Project Manager is a strategic thinker whose excellent communication skills allow them to quickly build relationships with team members, clients and high-level decision makers. They can identify business/project problems then formulate and execute plans with the team to leverage their skills to resolve those issues.

The Project Manager needs to ensure that:

  • The project they are overseeing is executed as planned, on time and on budget

  • Clients feel engaged and informed, and ultimately satisfied

  • Staff have a clear understanding of the project goals and their place in the team, and are empowered to deliver on our commitments

A leader who sets an example for Adaptive’s culture and values, the Project Manager gives our staff the autonomy they require in their role to be motivated and grow professionally.


The Project Manager might delegate responsibilities around them, but they should know what goes into those different aspects of the job to be able to delegate efficiently.

  • Managing a project

    • Keenly understand the strengths and potential pitfalls that come with an Agile delivery philosophy based on personal experience

    • Tailor process to the team and circumstances (different engagement models such as T&M or fixed price, variable team size and engagement length…)

    • Work with our clients to manage scope of the delivery and build a delivery plan

    • Give visibility on estimated delivery timeline and track actual progress compared to plan

    • Actively monitor and mitigate project risk

  • Managing a product

    • Maintain a product roadmap, balancing requirements from multiple stakeholders

      • Coordinate with Adaptive teams using the product

      • Oversee production & maintenance of technical documentation and marketing materials

      • Share knowledge with the Adaptive Support team

  • Managing a team

      • In the Servant Leader mindset, empower highly-skilled team members to deliver their best and involve them in decision making

      • Identify and drive the resolution of problems affecting team harmony and performance

      • Understand various software concepts to discuss problems and orchestrate strategy with various talents in the team:

        • Developers: real-time programming, high availability

        • QA: TDD, BDD, acceptance criteria

        • UX

        • BA: backlog management, domain knowledge (exchanges, real-time trading, investment banking)

        • DevOps

        • Support

      • Work with distributed teams (London/Barcelona)

  • Managing people

      • Regularly lend an ear to your team members and listen to what they have to say about their job satisfaction, their aspirations... in the spirit of Adaptive’s staff management style: informal and collegiate

      • Liaise with directors/HR to report relevant information (ex: career plan development, a personal event requiring support from the team/company…)

      • Take part in the probation process for new members of staff

  • Managing resourcing

      • Own the resourcing plan for the engagement

      • Review proposed resourcing model with Delivery leadership, and maintain resource forecast in Kimble

      • Identify gaps in the team, and engage with HR team to recruit new hires accordingly

      • Participate in hiring of PM peers

  • Managing client & stakeholders

      • Report project status to client’s stakeholders, and communicate transparently with them

      • Actively manage the client’s expectations, make assumptions explicit and create an audit trail of important decisions throughout the engagement

      • Liaise with the account manager to define & implement the communication plan

  • Reporting to Adaptive

      • Report project status on a weekly basis

      • Escalate issues to account manager

  • Commercial & Legal

      • Understand the legal framework for the engagement

      • Ensure that both Adaptive and the client meet their contractual obligations

      • Escalate issues where breaches of obligations occur or are at a risk of occuring

  • Finance

      • Own delivery of the target revenue and margin for Adaptive

      • Control budget and actuals; forecast revenue & costs

      • Manage costs (resources, expenses, licenses, vendors)

      • Manage expenses in line with client agreement

  • Capturing and sharing knowledge

    • Identify IP to be captured for Adaptive (code, process, functional knowledge)

    • Liaise with CTO and head of Project Execution to agree on the plan to capture IP (how and when to capture it, how to share it)


  • No politics

  • No cumbersome hierarchy: our teams feel free to speak up, to make suggestions and raise concerns

  • Collaborative team environment: we all work together, respect each other and pitch in

  • Smart, welcoming and motivated colleagues

  • Good work/life balance


Our benefits are designed with you in mind. We aim to provide benefits that are meaningful and useful to you and that reflect our culture. Many of the benefits below are available to our staff after a probationary period. 

  • 25 days holiday per annum

  • Life and income protection cover

  • Season-ticket loan

  • Medical and dental cover

  • Subsidised gym membership

  • Cycle scheme

  • Childcare voucher

  • Pension scheme

Some of our success stories include:

An app store that allows users to browse available apps and install to their desktop without Administrator rights. The system provides an auto-update mechanism and also captures usage statistics

Adaptive brought our experience in large scale e-commerce platforms to quickly specify and agree an architecture with the client. The design enabled rapid development in the short term but also granted flexibility and agility in the long term.

Please note that the successful candidate will need to have a background check due to the kind of projects we work on.

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