Project Management - Project Manager - IT (Expert) (72997-1)

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date Posted: 11-09-2018
The expert Project Manager is responsible for developing the deliverables and implementing them into an organized project plan. Will be the single point of contract for the project.
Must quickly learn the business objectives and project concepts and take the team and the deliverables through to successful completion. Develops the detailed work packages, schedules, budgets, identifies the necessary resources and provides regular updates and communications to stakeholders/sponsors. Oversees and manages each project deliverable including vendor related deliverables for quality and completion.

Effectively communicates status updates and project milestones to the sponsors and stakeholders. The Expert Project Manager must work with minimum supervision and full accountability, including people leadership, directing work efforts and finding timely solutions to technical problems and people management issues. Will direct the activities of others clarify timelines and quality requirements and will be responsible for effectively engaging team members on the achievement of superior results.

Key Accountabilities include:
•    Facilitate joint planning with multiple cross functional stakeholders in the early stages of project formation
•    Create a project plan with clear articulation of business outcomes including: desired business outcomes and service level agreements, the metrics to confirm success of those outcomes and the identification of key underlying assumptions, business and technology risks, necessary prerequisite initiatives, required supporting actions and intermediary outcomes
•    Manages project scope/requirements changes, multiple and competing demands and priorities determining and conveying impact on budget, time and risk using appropriate fact-based metrics/assumptions
•    Identify and manage project costs and budgets
•    Facilitate recommendations on project scope by assessing requirements changes, determining and conveying impact on budget, time and risk
•    Resolve issues and conflicts, remove barriers, and resolve minor project issues. Act as escalation point for potential conflicts between direction and project constraints
•    Execute project closure initiatives, such as lessons learned and closure analysis

Knowledge & Experience:
•    Bachelor degree
•    7+ years experience in managing large scale, high visibility projects
•    PMP Certification - would be an asset
•    Previous Financial Services experience - would be an asset
•    Experience working with marketing agencies and back office operational groups – would be an asset
•    Experience working with legal, fraud and compliance stakeholders – would be an asset
•    Proven leadership and experience leading large scale, high visibility projects is mandatory
•    Managing teams of 15+ people within a matrix environment
•    Experience managing several significant projects simultaneously
•    Solid experience mentoring and guiding teams with project methodology
•    Experience following project management best practices and methodologies within the financial or similar industry
Skills & Competencies:
•    Strong knowledge of Project Management methodology
•    Superior business acumen
•    Strong verbal and written communications skills required to manage communications to all stakeholders
•    Ability to identify issues and problems, generate solutions and choose appropriate alternatives using basic root cause analysis
•    Advanced ability to develop project plans, manage individual deadlines and goals 
•    Expert knowledge of risk assessment (including cost/benefit analysis) and quantification methodologies 
•    Advanced user proficiency with computer software, such as MS Office, MS Project and/or Visio
•    Advanced understanding of IT principals, including life cycle planning, estimating and architecture
•    High level of general management skills including, but not limited to, leading, negotiating, communicating and team building
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