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Constance Lepourry Wright
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Senior Strategic Project ManagerPwC
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Project Support Officer - temping for various companies

Supported project manager and project teams with progress reporting, meeting minutes, logging and monitoring actions, risks and issues, managing budget, project administrative tasks (meetings etc.)

Client facing project manager - PwC

Project management for clients going through complex transformation such as restructuring, shared service centres or implementing more efficient processes and new IT systems. My responsibilities included project planning, managing the project teams, reporting to the project sponsors, managing risks and issues, managing the budget, ensuring benefits realisation, managing project stakeholders.

Career break - PwC

I agreed with my employer PwC to take a 18 months career break to look after my two boys when they started primary school.

Internal Project Manager - PwC

Various cycles of experience within PwC's internal HR, People Engagement and L&D teams. Applying my project management experience to help PwC deliver its internal people strategy. Working for PwC internally, I found I had to up my game on stakeholder management and I'm learning a lot.

Senior Strategic Project Manager
PwC

I'm a senior manager in PwC's Talent & Development strategic projects team. I work with great colleagues managing various strategic projects focussing on developing PwC's employee for the future of work. I help senior management scope out their ambition and articulate it into a business case which can then become a project which I can manage and deliver for them.

I love strategic project management. I see it as helping someone with a vision making it become a reality. The scope is often blurry at the beginning and there are always lots of challenges on the way, but seeing your project go live is so rewarding. And then you do it all over again, you get to work with new people, and learn about something new every time.

I'm French and studied European Business in France and England. I started my working career by taking on temping jobs in London after graduating from University while applying for graduate placements. My last temping job was as a project support officer on an IT implementation for PwC and they offered me a permanent position as an experienced hire. Since then, I've had amazing experiences helping large clients manage complex transformation. I've built and expertise and passion for managing programmes. My projects have taken me around the world where I've experienced living and working in different cultures and with incredible colleagues from PwC, clients and other contractors.

After my two boys were born I considered leaving PwC as I couldn't travel as much. Fortunately, I asked around and found a role internally where I  could apply my project management skills and business experience to help the firm deliver its internal people strategy and help develop our people for the future of work. I feel privileged to work so close to the Board and see how people is at the heart of PwC's business strategy.

I've had different working patterns in the last ten years to fit with my personal life. I started by working 4 days a week, then I used annualised days (i.e. I was paid 80% of my full time salary and could take the time off whenever suited me and my projects), and I am currently working three days a week. In agreement with PwC, I also took an 18 months career break when my sons started primary school 5 years ago.

Outside work, we are a family of keen skiers and sailors, I try to fit as much running, gym and yoga as possible in my spare time, and, being French, I try to bring some of my culture into our family lifestyle. So we love food, entertaining and visiting friends, and having heated debates about things!

Spanish, French
Business, consulting and management

Don't think you need to be an expert in something to do a good job. Motivation to learn, being curious and open minded, and having good analytical and interpersonal skills is what you need. Nowadays we're lucky to have so many platforms to help us learn, make sure you use them and keep learning all the time.

My Education
Executive Education Open Programme - Human Resources Strategy in Transforming Organisations
London Business School
London, UK
BA (Hons) European Business Programme (EBP)
KEDGE Business School
France and UK
More about me

Planning
Analytical skills
Interpersonal skills
Communication skills
People management
Facilitation skills
Negotiation skills

I've developed my language skills by studying and living in foreign countries. This also helped me become more open minded, curious and develop interpersonal skills, especially with people who don't speak the same language. For people management skills, asking for feedback is invaluable and learning and practising coaching and listening skills.
I've developed my project management skills mainly on the job, learning from others and taking courses such as PRINCE II and PwC internal trainings.
Nowadays I also use our internal training platform for bitesize learning whenever I need it.

I had no idea what I wanted to do! I chose to do a European Business degree because I loved the idea of studying in two different countries with classmates coming from all around Europe.

I wouldn't change anything. I'm glad I took on tempting roles after university. I'm glad I joined PwC and travelled around Europe for work. I'm glad I then moved to an internal job to manage my work-life balance when I started my family. The only thing I would change is to not agonise so much about the decision of moving to an internal role and then taking a career break and whether it would affect my career prospects. It was one of the best thing I did for my family and I was able to go back to pick up my career with PwC where I left it when I was ready.

 
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