Sr. Project Manager (application PM, Agile)

Alpharetta, GA 30009 | Contract

Post Date: 06/07/2018 Job ID: 50131 Industry: Project Manager

Sr. Project Manager (web applications, Agile experience)


Senior project manager is responsible for delivering IT projects to schedule, budget and quality. The role requires mastery of the technical knowledge of project management and understanding of accounting and financial processes and technology. The project manager requires experience with and ability to execute projects using both traditional waterfall and Agile methods, including inter-related process stages i.e. initiate, plan, execute, monitor and control and close, and the supporting processes e.g. scope, cost, time, issue, risk, resource, communication, stakeholder management. Proficiency in related processes such as portfolio management, program management, methods and tools and quality assurance is also required. Senior project manager must have excellent stakeholder relationship management skills to successfully lead and manage the project team and project stakeholders, and have expertise recognized and requested by customers. This role will be primarily focused on the Payroll program, as such experience with Payroll and Accounting services is required.

  • Understand the big-picture & priorities and align the customers and technical staff to meet those objectives
  • Delivery of projects aligned to overall business and technology strategies and architectures
  • Appropriately challenge business & technical stakeholders to ensure objectives are aligned and risk is managed
  • Work with business to define the appropriate IT solutions fit for purpose to deliver Payroll services
  • Successfully execute projects to agreed schedule, budget and scope
  • Interface and communicate with project team, management and stakeholders
  • Perform the relevant project management processes - i.e. initiate, plan, execute, monitor and control and close, and the supporting processes
  • Plan the project based on a defined need – results in detailed scope/budget/schedule baseline
  • Monitor and control the work to ensure that the project remains on track and in control
  • Plan for and manage change in projects managed
  • Reports on variances to the approved project baseline
  • Close the project to formalize acceptance of the project result and release project resources
  • Performs gate reviews and quality assurance reviews
  • Work within defined governance processes & recommend governance where it is necessary
  • Manage external contracts and suppliers where required
  • Support development of business cases with the customer team including leading on the solutions estimate
  • Lead the development of the project charter and scope, and ensure delivery of the solution to schedule, budget and scope
  • Maintain a Risk Log, and ensure it is updated & managed for projects
  • Manage to the objectives and plan by thorough risk, issue and change management across both business and IT parts of the project
  • Ensures that quality project standards are met as prescribed by IT Services through the effective implementation or use of approved processes, methodologies and deliverables
  • Keep up to date on technical developments and industry practices
  • Understand key security issues and control mechanisms required to manage risk

Analytical/Decision Making Responsibilities:
  • Monitors and manages project baseline to ensure activities are occurring as planned - scope, budget and schedule – manages variances
  • Proactively identify risks and issues on projects - leading team to develop risk management and issues management plans
  • Identifies potential points of contention for missed deliverables; creates and implements strategy to mitigate shortfalls in timeline and budget
  • Anticipates problems before they occur; defines the problem or risk; identifies possible causes; works with team to identify solutions; selects and implements most appropriate solution
  • Develop and manage plans to address project strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats
  • Ability to balance both the " science" of how to perform project management and the " art" of project management, which is learned through experience and skill training/application
  • Analytical skills and problem-solving skills needed to manage multiple factors on a project simultaneously
  • Demonstrate business analytics to manage and meet sponsor and customer needs

Knowledge and Skills Requirements:
  • Experience of managing IT projects with personal accountability for delivering to time and cost for large, complex projects typically up to $5m in value and 12 to 18 months in duration
  • Mastery of project management methodology, tools and templates (includes project planning, schedule development, scope management and cost management) – including both waterfall and Agile methods.
  • Familiarity with payroll, tax, accounting and financial processes and technology
  • Familiarity with solutions based on Web & Mobile application technology & architecture concepts
  • Experience in leading projects customizing and implementing Packaged solutions in support of financial business & tax applications
  • Understanding of business analytics & data visualization
  • Track record of customer focus, based on openness, trust, and delivering on promises
  • Extensive experience of delivery that includes the use of supplier and off-shore resources
  • Experienced in managing to contract; ensuring clients and suppliers alike perform in accordance with original agreement
  • Experience across packaged and bespoke systems and infrastructure, ideally on an international basis
  • Management skills to manage one or more large, complex projects simultaneously
  • IT background with experience across the systems development life cycle with experience in all project phases – plan, initiate, elaborate, design, build, test, implement.
  • Knowledge and use of industry-standard project methods, tools and techniques e.g. RAIDS, budget, communication
  • Strong team working skills across matrixed client, supplier and geographically dispersed virtual teams
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills (includes negotiation)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills – must be able to communicate fluently in English both verbally and in writing
  • Leader in the use of IT methodologies, processes and standards for project management

  • 10 to 15 years in a corporate IT environment
  • 5 to 10 years’ experience in project management
  • Other relevant experience in a related technical field (application development, deployment/implementation and infrastructure)
  • Work experience in a professional services/consulting industry, preferred
  • Experience with payroll and /or accounting processes and systems preferred
  • Certification Requirements:
  • (Describe and explain any certifications and/or licenses needed or helpful to perform this job).
  • Project management certification is preferred (PMI/CAPM or PMP, PRINCE2, CSM)

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