Manager, Project Management

Blue Nile - Seattle, WA (30+ days ago)3.1


Blue Nile was created in 1999 by a man in love. He wanted to propose to his significant other and had the nervous excitement we all feel for that person who is just … right. But that excitement was met with frustration because of an outdated method for engagement ring shopping that only offered confusing information, limited choice, and commissioned salespeople. He knew there had to be a better way and founded Blue Nile based on a simple idea: Diamond engagement rings and fine jewelry should be fun, easy, and understandable. After all, they are meant for celebrating love.

This was a radical idea in the industry. That’s how we knew it was right. More than 500,000 couples have said “yes” to a better way to buy diamond engagement rings and fine jewelry gifts. And if you want to be part of a company that’s always blazed its own trail, we want to talk.

Blue Nile is a company of doers and everyone does their part to make the customer experience perfect. Far from a cog in a machine, the company’s structure can make you highly visible and offers the ability to learn, try new things, and see the impact of your work – regardless of level.

Blue Nile is seeking a Team Manager to join the Project Management team in our Technology department. This role will be responsible for managing and supporting a team of dedicated technical project managers. The ideal candidate should have extensive experience managing a team and multiple concurrent cross-team projects using agile methodologies. This role will work cross-functionally with engineering, marketing, and other departments to successfully help the team meet their commitments for product delivery. Identifying, analyzing and improving upon existing processes as well as the ability to cultivate relationships throughout the business is vital for success.

Our team PMs are certified as agile scrum masters, and use the Atlassian toolset extensively. Excellent communication, leadership, people and problem-solving skills are required; a strong sense of ownership is also critical. This role is expected to be a self-starter and motivator for not only their team but for the department and company as well.

Primary Responsibilities:
Manage, develop and retain an exceptional team of Project Managers
Lead and implement agile processes, release preparation, and project management tasks company-wide
Review current agile processes, drive process improvements and challenge the teams to innovate
Responsible for project outcomes through effective project planning, task definition, scope management, resource allocation, release planning and negotiation, risk mitigation, cost management and stakeholder communication
Proactively manage risks, assumptions, issues, and dependencies, ensuring that are identified, mitigated or escalated as necessary
Work with business and technology experts to define and document the project objectives, requirements, and estimates
Work closely with and build strong working relationships with cross-functional team members to develop a collaborative team environment
Communicate & present pre-release demos to people across the company, including senior-level executives
Demonstrate leadership through influence and consensus building
Work with team PMs providing guidance on process improvements, looking for ways we can be more efficient and scale across multiple, simultaneous projects
Provide weekly status updates and actively participate in cross-team planning meetings

Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree &/or comparable work experience
5+ years’ experience working with software development teams
5+ years’ experience as a Scrum Master, Project Manager or similar role
2+ years as an exceptional team leader, experienced in coaching and developing talent - able to set a vision and motivate a team to reach goals
Proficiency in Atlassian tools (Confluence and/or Jira), or similar workflow-management tools
The ability to work collaboratively with cross-functional stakeholders and company executives to gather input, refine assumptions, and drive alignment
Comfortable handling multiple initiatives simultaneously
Strong intellectual curiosity and love of problem-solving with a passion for getting involved to drive action for direct impact on business outcomes
A decisive project leader, with the ability to push a project forward, to draw key insights from analysis, and to determine recommendations and next steps
Not afraid to question existing processes and provide ideas for improvement
Knowledge of software development lifecycle

What we offer:
Medical, Dental, and Vision Healthcare Coverage
401(k) with Company Match
Paid Vacation
Competitive Salaries
Transportation Allowance
Employee Discount
Employee Referral Bonus
Fitness Center Discount