Project Manager

Location
Des Plaines IL
Description
The Project Manager is responsible for managing and facilitating activities across multiple groups working to deliver a project (the “Project Team”). The Project Manager, along with the Project Owner and Project Team, develops the Project Plan, tracks the team’s performance of project tasks and insures that the Wheels Stage Gate Framework is followed. The Project Manager is responsible for forecasting and securing project resources, developing and maintaining a project costs and schedule, communication, including status reporting, risk management, solving inter-group issues (such as changes in dates) and escalating issues to the Project Sponsor if they cannot be resolved in the project team.

A Project Manager, with direct accountability to the Project Sponsor, is responsible for effectively and efficiently operating within the three key aspects on the Project Management Triangle. Project Managers may be assigned from PMO, or a proxy may be identified from IT, Product Management or other places. The Project Manager should partner with and solicit input from IT, Product Management, operations, training, marketing and other stakeholders to identify key deliverables. Drive project within cost, scope, quality constraints.

REPORTING STRUCTURE
Reports to the Sr. Project Manager and is located in Des Plaines, IL.

RESPONSIBILITIES
• Serve as Project Manager on specific projects with the following responsibilities:
o Validate that a reasonable and effective project scope has been established
o Work with the team to establish a thoughtful project or master schedule
o Gain stakeholders’ approvals for the plan and deliverables
o Manage/oversee overall project and deliverables
o Ensure that project is adherent to Stage Gate requirements
o Ensure Project Team is completing work and deliverables
o Participate in Project Charter development as needed
o Drive the development, review and adherence of the Project Plan
o Monitor project costs/schedule report variances
o Manage benefit definition and realization
o Measure and report on project progress
o Risk and Issues Management
o Monitor, coordinate and communicate project changes
o Ensure transparency, escalate unresolved issues Manage the development of work instructions, process flow documents and training
o Acquire outside resources that might be required for success;
o Ensure delivery on any other items in the Project Plan
o Close out projects and generate closing report
o Facilitate and manage all project change requests including presentation to project Steering Committee, Key Driver Team and Project Prioritization Council
o Partner and coordinate with the project’s assigned Scrum Master and facilitate Scrum ceremonies as needed
• Support the Project Management Office
o Participate in the on-going development and maintenance of organizational Project Management Maturity model including tools and templates
o Work with, Human Resources and the Wheels organization to develop training materials relating to Project Management office topics and tools, periodically serve as instructor for internal project courses.
o Contribute to the PMO’s best practices knowledge base through continual learning
o Stay current on industry trends related to project, program and portfolio management. Incorporate learning into Wheels Project Management maturity
o Assist and coach project teams in the implementation and adherence to project management guidelines

REQUIREMENTS
• Thorough understanding of the PMBOK
• Thorough project management understanding and demonstrated experience directly managing projects using a Stage Gate framework
• Working knowledge and experience using project management software applications
• Managed projects from end to end thru the entire project lifecycle from initiation to closure and associated project governance requirements
• Working knowledge and previous experience with various application development methodologies, e.g., Structured / Waterfall, Agile (Scrum, FDD, XP, etc.), Iterative
• Experience managing projects requiring interaction with business users, analysts and application designers in the development of system requirements, business rules and functional designs
• Experience managing project deployments with the engagement of business users, product management and marketing in the launch of process improvements and technology solutions
• Familiarity with test perspectives (e.g., unit, integration, functional, UAT, performance and load, regression, etc.)
• Self-motivated, able to work independently and as team player, team focused
• Logical, objective, results oriented, organized
• Ability to resolve issues and constraints through collaborative negotiations
• Clear written and oral communication skills – report writing, business correspondence, procedural documentation, presentations
• Experience delivering project management communications to various organizational levels from developers, to business users & leaders to executives via presentations and written updates
• Excellent computer skills – proficient with MS Office Suite (Windows, Word, Excel, Visio, Project)
• Excellent analytical and trouble-shooting skills with proven ability to identify and address root cause
• Able to function in multi-task / multi-system environment with continuous focus on improvement and flexibility
• Must have a high level of reasoning ability and be able to analyze metrics, spot trends, and make changes in processes to improve quality
• Must demonstrate sound judgment in balancing project dimensions of quality and speed.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
• B.A./B.S.in IT/Engineering/Project Management, Masters a plus
• Minimum 8-10 years’ experience in increased levels of project responsibilities
• PMP and Agile Certified
• Experience reporting within or supporting Project Management Office
• Prior involvement in software implementation projects, especially interfacing with IT developers, analysts and/or architects
• Service industry experience preferred

POSITION BENEFITS
The compensation package for this position is commensurate with experience and includes an attractive base salary with annual bonus incentive and a competitive benefits package.
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