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Sr. Project Manager for Cloud Infrastructure (1400707-1)

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Company: Directv

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Date Posted: March 12, 2014

Source: DirecTV

Sr. Project Manager for Cloud Infrastructure

Location: Los Angeles, CA
Job Category: Information Technology Jobs
Date Posted: 03/12/2014
Job Reference Code : 1400707-1

Description

DIRECTV, Inc. is more than television; we are an innovative technology company. DIRECTV is one of the world's leading providers of digital television entertainment services delivering a premium video experience through state-of-the-art technology, unmatched programming, and industry leading customer service to more than 32 million customers in the U.S. and Latin America, on any device wherever you are.

Many of more than 16,000 employees deliver industry-leading service and value, operate broadcast centers on the ground and monitor DIRECTV satellites in space. As an all-digital platform, DIRECTV was the first to deliver an interactive on-screen program guide and Pay per View ordering by remote control. DIRECTV continued to lead the competition by being the first to offer more HD channels than anyone, introducing ...

Sr. Project Manager for Cloud Infrastructure

Location: Los Angeles, CA
Job Category: Information Technology Jobs
Date Posted: 03/12/2014
Job Reference Code : 1400707-1

Description

DIRECTV, Inc. is more than television; we are an innovative technology company. DIRECTV is one of the world's leading providers of digital television entertainment services delivering a premium video experience through state-of-the-art technology, unmatched programming, and industry leading customer service to more than 32 million customers in the U.S. and Latin America, on any device wherever you are.

Many of more than 16,000 employees deliver industry-leading service and value, operate broadcast centers on the ground and monitor DIRECTV satellites in space. As an all-digital platform, DIRECTV was the first to deliver an interactive on-screen program guide and Pay per View ordering by remote control. DIRECTV continued to lead the competition by being the first to offer more HD channels than anyone, introducing award winning new products such as DVR and as early as 2010, introduced whole-house, mobile and portable services.

We don’t operate like most companies our size – we just can’t! We need to have more innovation and more energy to keep up with the technological demands of our business. Our focus is on the customer and we do it with passion with every business decision we make. In this role, you would be reporting to the IT Program Manager and the main point of contact for technologies supporting the delivery of Cloud computing.

This is not your run-of-the mill project manager role. We need your expertise in delivering Cloud solutions. You will be viewed by IT and our business as the Cloud Subject Matter Expert and you will ensure that Cloud solutions are delivered as effectively as possible – when we receive requests related to possible Cloud solutions, we want to be able to look at the desired outcome and determine whether or not a Cloud solution makes sense for the business need. There are aspects of cloud solutions that are unique from on-premise solutions including contractual agreements, SLA’s and IT Support post go-live.

As a project manager, you will responsible for working with multiple teams and maintain, create and communicate project plans. This means operating in MS Project as a super-user and not just executing pre-existing project plans, but building them from scratch.

This is a newer space for DIRECTV and the appetite for cloud solutions is growing. You will have the opportunity, as a technologist to stay on top of the hotbed that is the cloud. We provide the structure and guidelines, but you are expected to be fairly autonomous in this role.

Responsibilities include:

* Responsible for managing the overall performance and delivery of large / cross-functional software development projects that range from $500K to $2M; including scope, schedule, risk, issues and budget
* Must be able to provide input for approach on analysis, and requirements gathering for project decisions and processes- In other words, not making the calls, but ensuring the calls are made
* Establish and sustain strong on-going relationships with IT and a variety of business partners including benefitting from Cloud solutions.
* Provide clear and consistent communication of project status both internally to IT and with Business Stakeholders
* Manage risk in a proactive manner – understand the risk and how to mitigate
* Develop and maintain standard project documentation - project plans, agendas, action items lists, deliverables and ensure adherence to company standards and SDLC
* Manage a pipeline of project requests, ensure the prioritization of those projects
* Manage multiple projects at various stages
* Provide ongoing and timely data for project plan status reports and work breakdown structure reports
* Organize and facilitate meetings in-person and remote – work with individual groups to identify timelines, issues, and milestones for broad cross-functional planning
* Provide input to executive level presentations for project stakeholders
* Manage projects according to Program objectives & key performance indicators

Success within the first 6 months will depend on your ability to build strong relationships with your business group and peers. You will also learn the DIRECTV SDLC and processes. We have a fairly mature methodology – there are lots to templates and definitions to aid in your success. You will be involved in monthly releases and interacting with the business on a frequent basis – some scheduled calls and some ad-hoc. The most important thing to us is that you learn the project timelines and ensure deadlines are met.

Qualifications

* Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience
* 8-10 years of experience managing complex, enterprise projects/programs in IT Application Development (PMP Preferred)
* Lead and direct work of matrix project teams of more than 5-20 resources (cross-functional – Business Groups, Development, SQA and Operations)
* Experience with working in an Enterprise Release based delivery structure with projects spanning multiple application areas
* Extensive IT project management experience leading Cloud implementation and on-going planning for support
* Demonstrated success managing large complex projects IT projects within formal WIP and SDLC processes and methodologies such as PMI Project Management Body of Knowledge
* Leadership qualities, including meeting facilitation, time management, organizational skills and ability to influence others
* Status reporting – may require multiple versions depending on the audience (ie, executive dashboard to granular/detailed)
* Expert in MS Project and other project & portfolio management applications
* Excellent communication (verbal and written) skills, including ability to tailor communication to audience to achieve desired results
* Demonstrated the ability to accommodate a high level of change and adapt accordingly
* Experience with analyzing complex issues and delivering appropriate solutions

Candidate must possess the following qualities and characteristics:

* High Energy
* Self-starter
* Versatile
* Personal responsibility and accountability
* Business political maturity
* Experience in leading and building capable subordinates
* This position is accountable for successful project delivery through disciplined project management processes and close collaboration with colleagues throughout the organization. Willingness to work occasional extended hours and weekends.

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