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Corporate Vice President, Project Manager - Governance
Ref No.: 18-02896
Location: New York, New York
Position Type:Direct Placement
Start Date: 06/07/2018
A Program Management Office (PMO) within a flagship business organization with our client is seeking to hire a Project Manager with strong Governance and Agile experience.

As a member of the Program Management Office (PMO), the Project Manager will play a key role in driving projects from inception through completion. The successful Project Manager will lead project facilitation across the project portfolio of work using agile/scrum tactics as well as project management methods & tools in support of key project deliverables. The position reports into the PMO Manager and is based in New York City.

Key responsibilities include:
  • Responsible for governance forum including scheduling, communications, gathering, reviewing, consolidating, and distributing governance materials. Documents governance meetings' summaries and manages follow-ups. Has a strong sense of ownership and ensures all deadlines are met with high quality in accordance with the governance calendar for each governance forum.
  • Responsible for leading the delivery of multiple strategic initiatives using SDLC (Waterfall) and Agile/Scrum methodologies.
  • Responsible for providing project management facilitation by partnering with cross-functional teams to ensure all deliverables are produced on time and with quality results.
  • Development of the integrated master project plan including all interdependencies and overseeing the day-to-day activities for proper project tracking and reporting of all deliverables.
  • Manages and collaborates with the project core teams and key stakeholders in detecting and documenting possible risks and issues; all changes to scope and/or schedule; mitigates/escalates as needed to resolve and achieve commitments from all key stakeholders.
  • Ensures project status is proactively communicated to all key stakeholders via daily stand-ups, project meeting minutes and weekly project status reports that reflect the status of assigned projects and ensures project information is regularly shared, reviewed and discussed with all project core team members and key stakeholders.
  • Support and manage any ad hoc project requests as required.
  • The successful Project Manager will also support and/or champion process and tool improvement efforts to strengthen and build upon existing PMO capabilities by continuously improving project management functions and developing new capabilities as appropriate:
  • Define and enforce best practices.
  • Works with the key stakeholders assigned to the project to ensure the right work is being done at the right time, and that the work is ready for the team(s).
  • Responsible for coaching and leading multiple project teams to follow the core set of standard Agile/Scrum processes designed to deliver high quality and exceptional business value to our customers. At the same time, will be responsible for learning what is working and not working on the teams so that changes can be made to the standard processes and tools to accommodate more efficient and effective processes.
  • Collaborate with onsite and distributed teams to resource, define, and schedule activities required to develop and launch new products.
  • Educate, coach and mentor non-Agile/Scrum project managers and core team members on the use of standardized tools to improve project delivery.
  • Support the collaboration with other PMOs within the company to identify proven project management standards and opportunities for enterprise-wide adoption of the Agile/Scrum framework and methodology.

Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Project governance experience required
  • Project Management professional (PMP) certification preferred.
  • Certified Scrum Master (CSM) certification preferred.
  • 5+ years of relevant experience in Project Management within the Insurance/Finance Industry preferred.
  • Excellent analytical skills, independent thinking and ability to exercise prudent judgment.

Technical Expertise
  • Requires in-depth expertise in Project Management knowledge and competencies.
  • Skilled in project software: Sharepoint, MS Project, MS Office, Lotus and Visio.
  • Knowledge of Agile tools such as JIRA, TFS or Rally preferred.
  • Knowledge of Scaled Agile Frameworks (SAFe) is a plus.
  • Basic understanding of products sold within the life insurance/financial services industry in order to interpret business requirements.
  • Ability to build reports with appropriate details for varying audiences.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.