Service and Problem Manager



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Reporting to: IT Service Manager
Benefits: 23 days paid holiday plus bank holidays, healthcare.

APSU Managed Services Team

APSU Manage Services team provides high availability, iSeries, Wintel, and network services to a large client base 24/7 x365.

The Role:

The primary purpose of the role is to assist the IT Service Manager with supplier and client relationship management and service improvement. This will be performed by conducting meetings, both on site with the client and remotely via telephone and video conference. In addition the Service and Problem Manager will ensure that all activities performed by APSU’s Managed Service Team are delivered within APSU’s service level agreements by auditing the service delivery and operational tasks performed by the technical teams within APSU’s Managed Services Department, based in Binley, Coventry and South Cerney, Cirencester. The successful candidate will become a member of APSU’s security management forum that’s responsible for managing security controls for APSU’s ISO27001 certification.
The secondary purpose of this role is problem management. The objective of Problem Management is to minimize the impact of problems on the organisation. Problem Management plays an important role in the detection and providing solutions to problems and prevents their reoccurrence.

Location:

The role is primarily based at the APSU South Cerney office with one day per week (where possible) based out of the Coventry office. Travel to client sites will be required for this on a weekly basis as defined by the IT Service Manager.

  • Liaise with customers for escalated support issues/outstanding problems or account management issues
  • Conduct Service Review Meetings in line with the customer contractual obligations
  • Produce Service Review Meeting minutes
  • Proactive involvement in defining service level agreements (SLAs) and ensuring clients’ expectations around service levels are met or ideally exceeded.
  • Monitor and report on outstanding incidents against SLA
  • Advise and support the IT Service Manager in all matters technical and operational
  • Ensure that the Service Management system is used correctly and incident updates are performed on a regular basis
  • Communicate effectively within both the Support team and across all other internal departments to ensure the effective escalation and resolution of customer problems
  • Contribute to the overall APSU Service Improvement Program
  • Work in accordance with established departmental procedures and guidelines
  • Work effectively within a team environment offering support to colleagues
  • Coordinating transition projects
  • Undertaking any other tasks as defined by the IT Service Manager in order to improve the performance of APSU
  • Establish a problem management system
  • Provide problem management control
  • Proactively manage problems arising from incidents
  • Conduct major problem reviews
  • Provide the management team regular problem management reports

The Person[br]

  • Natural ability to build professional client relationships
  • A keen Interest in developing in an IT management role
  • Possess excellent communication skills and a good telephone manner
  • Ability to accurately minute supplier and client review meetings
  • Analytical and able to think laterally
  • Has a considered and calm disposition
  • Has the ability to handle high volumes of work within a stressful environment
  • Can manage a number of tasks at a time whilst tracking the progress of customer issues
  • Capable of dealing with technical and non-technical questions and escalations
  • Current, full driving licence
  • “Can do” attitude to change
  • Experience:[br]

    • A proven track record of customer management is essential
    • A good knowledge of iSeries, WINTEL, Network and Virtual technologies is essential
    • Experience in a Service/Operational background essential
    • Proven experience of a Service Desk or remote customer support role
    • Good organisational skills and high level of service focus
    • In depth knowledge of incident, risk and problem management
    • ITIL Foundation Certificate desirable
    • A broad range of IT skills

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    Please submit your CV and covering letter detailing your relevant experience to recruitment@apsu.com.

    For more information about our available careers / positions, please contact the HR department on (+44) 01285 862 100 or alternatively please email recruitment@apsu.com. Please make sure you quote the reference number for the specific job when contacting us.

    APSU is committed to being an equal opportunities employer. Our employment policy aims to ensure that staff are employed on the basis of ability and the requirements of the job and that no job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment because of race, religion or religious belief, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or any other grounds which are unjustifiable in terms of equality.

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    APSU Increases Competitive Advantage Through Apprenticeship Schemes

    Due to the nature of their business, APSU South Cerney often require highly trained and technical applicants for their services and solutions, however, research and studies have proven the benefits of Apprenticeships within certain roles. APSU include these Trainee schemes within their Procurement, Support Desk, Accounts and HR Departments.

    Organisations like APSU are realising the added values of Apprenticeship programs. Many often say it makes their business more competitive, increases overall productivity, and helps reduce staff turnover and recruitment costs.

    In this current economic climate, more employers are opting for Apprenticeship/ Trainee schemes to help provide the skilled and motivated work force that they need for the future. APSU has a long and proven track record for successful Apprenticeships and continues to encourage the use of Trainees. Their most recent Apprenticeships were completed in HR and Procurement.

    HR

    Jodi Waldon joined APSU in February 2010 at the age of 17. Her role was based as an apprentice within the HR Dept, gaining her NVQ level 2 in IT and completing her Apprenticeship in November 2010. During this time Jodi was offered a full time role as the HR Administrator; where she went on to complete her NVQ level 3 in Business Administration in May 2011.

    In November 2011, a role within the Project Office became vacant which Jodi then successfully filled as Project Coordinator and has now also qualified as a First Aider. Jodi continues to be an integral part of the APSU team.

    Procurement

    Ash Lilliot is APSU’s most recent successful Apprentice, joining the firm in May 2011 at the age of 18. After completing a level 3 diploma in Business Administration & Finance at New College, Swindon, Ash took on the role of Trainee Procurement/Administrator at APSU. He then went on to complete his NVQ level 2 in Customer Services in November 2011 and was offered a full time role within the Procurement team.

    During his employment with APSU, he will be studying towards Level 3 certificate for The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply. His continued commitment to both APSU and the Apprenticeship scheme will see him hopefully complete this by the end of 2012.

    APSU proves that a little investment goes a long way and hopes to continue many more years of success within their Apprenticeship programs.