Are you a Project Management (PM) leader with a passion for partnering with technology and business stakeholders to drive projects to completion and impact strategic change? Do you like working in a fast moving, collaborative and supportive organization that appreciates your entrepreneurial streak? Do you enjoy managing and mentoring other project managers? We’re looking for a PM Manager that can develop and mature Microsoft Philanthropies project management portfolio to help achieve its strategic goals.
This position manages the Project Management team in Microsoft Philanthropies, which has a critical function in partnering with company leadership and business stakeholders to plan, prioritize and oversee strategic initiatives. The PM Manager leads the intake process for project requests, works with project sponsors, business stakeholders, and IT managers to ensure that business cases and project charters are appropriately documented and meet project standards and practices. This role also leverages the project management framework to execute projects through the project lifecycle to deliver business impact. In addition, this role defines and executes on the continuous improvement roadmap for the PM capabilities for the organization.
If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, are passionate about building a strong project management team that directly unlocks business value, and are energized about solving problems with a great team - this is the role for you.
Major Responsibilities and Key Tasks
Accountable for managing the PM Portfolio processes including IT planning, portfolio governance, project methodology framework, and resource capacity management
Ensure project management standards are being executed across the project portfolio
Drive improvements into the PM program and ensure industry best practices are leveraged
Perform team member supervision including performance management, career growth and development
Create and maintain staffing plans. Ensures the team is properly trained and staffed to handle the projected workload, both from an internal staffing and external staffing support. Makes recommendations to management regarding long-term contractors and/or additions to staff.
Analyze project proposals to determine time frame, funding limitations and appropriate process for accomplishing projects.
Provide leadership and motivation to project team members throughout the project life cycle and confer with project staff to outline work plan.
Implement project communications including project steering committee meetings and status reports
Manage project risks and issues and implement mitigation plans.
Ensure that project goals are accomplished and in line with business objectives.
Direct and coordinate activities of project personnel to ensure project delivers on schedule and within budget.
Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Management Information Systems, Business or related field.
A minimum of 8+ years’ experience performing project management role on complex projects
Demonstrated proficiency with project management and SDLC concepts
Project Management Professional (PMP) certification preferred but not required
Experience in developing change management plans and applying change management principals in multiple projects
Experience in Business Analysis discipline
Experience with Lean concepts and applying them in a technology environment
Experience managing an IT Portfolio or Project Management Office.
Experience in a supervisory or management position.
Experience managing external partner relationships and contract staff
Excellent leadership, interpersonal skills and organization skills.
Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to speak and write about technical issues for both technical and non-technical audiences.
Demonstrated ability to set and meet goals, asses resource needs, develop schedules, monitor and communicate status, and develop processes and procedures.
Ability to manage ambiguity and clarify for self and others
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