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Project/Program Manager IT - Expert
Ref No.: 18-08687
Location: San Francisco, California
Title: Project/Program Manager IT - Expert
Location-San Francisco, CA
Contract- 6+ months

Description/Comment:Summary
Client delivery team consists of many globally distributed Agile Scrum teams that support multiple business strategies, regions, and technology areas. This position serves a critical planning function to help us scale our Agile practice to meet the business needs. The successful candidate will drive our Quarterly Release Planning and Annual Planning on key strategic initiatives, ensure process adherence/consistency across global regionalized teams, construct/maintain our global delivery roadmap based on planning outcome, and provide effective and timely stakeholder communications.

Responsibilities
• Manage end-to-end planning – Quarterly Release Planning and Annual Planning process
• Drive cross-functional teams to reach planning readiness – such teams include executive leadership, business owners, legal/compliance, product management, project management, and engineering teams.
• Ensure planning is done based on business strategy and priority orders
• Produce committed quarterly roadmap for all tracks as output of release planning
• Exercise SAFe and Agile best practices throughout the planning cycles
• Analyze roadmap impact and recommend options on off-cycle requests and initiatives
• Resolve planning roadblocks and escalate issues where needed
• Provide timely executive level communications on planning outcome and regular status updates
• Manage and maintain planning artifacts and roadmap
• Produce metrics on resource, funding, planning, and delivery by area by team
• Ensure process consistency and adherence across globally distributed and regionalized teams
• Uncover process gaps, make process improvements, and drive adoption of improved process
• Update and improve tools for most efficient planning operations

Qualifications
• Project management experience (8+ years) in both traditional and Agile software development
• Portfolio management experience (3+ years) in financial technology company
• In-depth understanding in software development lifecycle for web, mobile, payments, and risk technologies
• Proven success in managing large-scale planning in a highly cross-functional organization with multiple dependencies and legal/compliance obligations
• Proven track record in collaborating with global cross-functional team (cross multiple location & time zones)
• Can perform scenario-play and impact analysis at portfolio, program, and project levels
• Extremely well organized
• Excellent communication skills – from executive level to development team level
• Fluent in JIRA, Confluence, SharePoint, and Microsoft Office productivity tools
• Can distill crisp communication from multiple inconsistent sources
• Proven track record in process governance and establishing/rolling out processes
• Bachelor's degree required
• PMP, Agile/Scrum certification, SAFe certification preferred
Top Qualifications:
1) Must have extensive Program AND Project Management experience in a traditional and Agile development. Should have fintec experience, or at minimum, a large company (Apple, etc.)
2) In-depth understanding in software development lifecycle for web, mobile, payments, and risk technologies
3)Can perform scenario-play and impact analysis at portfolio, program, and project levels
4) Fluent in JIRA
5) Someone who is good with change and a great people person