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Principal Infrastructure Project Manager
Ref No.: 18-00403
Location: Bloomington, Minnesota
Position Type:Right to Hire
Start Date / End Date: 05/31/2018 to 11/30/2018
Contract to Hire Opportunity
6 Months +


Job Description:
The Principal Project Manager is responsible for coordinating and directing high profile, enterprise-wide technology initiatives. The person in this position is an accomplished program manager and is accountable for managing all aspects of an initiative; ensuring that the appropriate phases are defined and interdepartmental deliverables are coordinated. This position is a subject matter expert and utilizes his/her experiences to continually improve Project Methodology and the Program Office services.

Accountabilities:
  • Leads multiple concurrent technical projects, as part of a program having enterprise-wide, critical nature and high visibility across the organization.
  • Develops and maintains project documentation, charters, work plans, and deliverables utilizing Project Office Methodology and tools.
  • Integrates budgets between cost centers to collaborate on enterprise project budgeting and resource allocation.
  • Assesses, plans, and implements mitigation strategies for identified risks; proactively escalates issues and devises contingency plans to stakeholders.
  • Coordinates and manages resources; including vendor activities and relationships.
  • Partners with software architecture to conduct evaluations, select tools and middleware products employed.
  • Champions the implementation, usage, and improvements for the development process.
  • Analyzes project plans for dependencies; identifying critical path issues and other project dependencies.
  • Develops best practices and tools for project execution and management. Champions the incorporation of the tools into PM Methodology.
  • Coordinates and communicates project plans and activities across project participants and stakeholders as appropriate to ensure a coordinated work effort and team approach.
  • Conducts project post mortems and creates lessons learned documentation.
  • Plans, tracks, and schedules project timelines and milestones using appropriate tools. Tracks and communicates project milestones and deliverables.
  • Creates and maintains issue logs; coordinating and ensuring resolution of all outstanding project issues.
  • Creates and maintains risk logs; creates and maintains mitigation plans for risks.
  • Consults with Business sponsors, stakeholders, and subject matter experts to guide business analysis and requirements documentation.
  • Facilitates negotiations; ensuring issue resolution and effective cohesion across all project participants.
  • Addresses performance issues within the project team; escalating when project deadlines, budget or deliverables are jeopardized.
  • Participates with recruiting and development of project team resources.
  • Provides guidance and work direction to Project Coordinators and Project Managers across our company.
  • Initiates recommended changes to our company’s Project Management Methodology and Program Office Services.
  • Provides consultation regarding project issues and difficulties; leading project recovery or strategic initiatives.
  • May manage direct reports (or contracted resources) for projects or area of responsibility including hiring, assignment of projects/work, performance management, career development, compensation, training and development.
Competencies/Skills/Experience:
  • Represents Executives and the Organization in a manner well respected by the project team, leadership and organization.
  • Proven ability to organize, lead and influence the activity and performance of the entire organization.
  • Champions end users. Manages vendors during the project life cycle (in conjunction with the internal stakeholder responsible for the vendor relationship).
  • Communicates with end users at all levels. Can represent the project and demonstrated ability to guide the end users and leadership through the change cycle.
  • Ability to interpret obscure and complicated concepts and communicate at a level appropriate to the audience. Is seen as a communication role model for other PMs.
  • Recommends priority changes and justifies the recommendations.
  • Clearly communicates roles with executives and the organization.
  • Defines uncertainty. Provides vision to mitigate risks globally.
  • Identifies strategic changes for projects.
  • Analyzes and recognizes organizational needs and views. Creates plans to meet needs.
  • Identifies the direction and champions the effort to adapt the organization to the change.
  • Drives team to issue resolution by examining external approaches (where appropriate). Looks for opportunities to adapt; challenges to assess the strategy if needed. Adapts the project direction to meet organizational needs both inside and outside the project.
  • Escalates to stakeholders and Executive Management.
  • Successfully provides advice to priority-setting committees.
Required Qualifications:
  • 10+ years of broad practical experience across multiple functions within Information Systems and Technology.
  • Strong management skills for projects, teams, and resources.
  • Experience managing projects using different approaches (e.g. Waterfall, Agile, Blended, etc.)
  • Experience with arbitration and negotiation; Remediation is a critical skill set.
  • Proven problem management and issue resolution skills.
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.
  • Subject matter expert utilizing Project Management tools and techniques.
  • Proven presentation skills.
  • Strong Business Analyst, Quality Control or SDLC background.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Four-year college degree or equivalent experience.
  • 8+ years experience with information systems.
  • 35 hours of Project Management Education through an accredited educational provider.
  • PMP Certification from the Project Management Institute or similar accreditation required.