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IT Project Manager
Ref No.: 18-02754
Location: Norwalk, Connecticut
Position Type:Contract
Project Manager
Role/Department Description:
 
The Project Management Office (PMO) at is responsible for advancing to completion high priority, complex projects through planning, organization, communication, and coordination.
 
The Project Manager is responsible for stewarding critical enterprise investments and driving the delivery of transformational change by providing leadership and direction to assigned projects.
 
Responsibilities:
  • Effectively manage all aspects of a given project, from requirements gathering to implementation.
  • Provide steady leadership in the face of uncertainty, change, and aggressive deadlines common to a rapidly growing company with an evolving business model.
  • Lead cross-functional meetings and foster teamwork; drive escalation and resolution of issues.
  • Educate stakeholders, teams, and other employees on principles and best practices of project management.
  • Measure, monitor, and report progress to ensure that performance targets are met.
  • Review project budget variance and scope change requests.  Participate in the budget-resolution process.
  • Ensure that all projects meet the following requirements:
    • Project objectives and goals are clearly defined, periodically reassessed, and aligned with business priorities
    • Project stakeholders are identified
    • Project resources and roles are clearly defined
    • Requirements have been gathered
    • Product features are prioritized
    • Project risks have been analyzed and appropriately addressed
    • Specifications (e.g. functional, technical, design) exist as is appropriate for the project
    • Quality assurance is considered and addressed in the development process
    • There is a post release plan for maintaining the product
    • A communication plan exists and all project participants and stakeholders know how communication (internal and external) will be handled
 
Required Skills:
  • Bachelor's degree or master's degree desirable, or equivalent work experience
  • Basic understanding of business a plus
  • Adept at helping team members harness and develop strengths in pursuit of successful program outcomes
  • Ability to make decisions independently and to assume higher-level leadership responsibilities in critical situations
  •  Effective consultative and influencing approach
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate and work with cross-functional teams
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and proven ability to work effectively with all organizational levels
  • An ability to recognize change and adapt accordingly
  • Ability to manage complexity and build trust and credibility with senior leaders and key stakeholders
  • Ability to walk the fine line between assertiveness and diplomacy in challenging situations
 
Highly Desired:
  • 6-8 years of  project or program management experience
  • Strong soft skills / high emotional intelligence
  • Experience managing technology  projects
  • A commitment to transparency and developing a common understanding
  • A high comfort level with uncertainty and change
  • An aversion to dogma and rigid thinking
  • A propensity for asking "stupid" questions
  • A sense of humor