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Business Project Manager - Field Engagement

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What’s the Role?

There is not one American Dream - there are 300 million of them. At Northwestern Mutual, we’re changing the way people think about financial planning. We’re redefining and disrupting the industry and changing people’s financial lives with better experiences, better design, and better technology. We believe in and build inclusive workplaces, where every voice is heard, and diverse perspectives are welcomed. We are looking for someone like you!

As a Business Project Manager on the Digital Product Field Engagement team, you will manage all the day-to-day activities of one to several projects in the Digital Product Field Engagement division from initiation to completion. You will be accountable for producing project management deliverables including presentation materials, tracking spreadsheets and timelines. You will also control project scope and facilitate change management process, and coordinate field technology committee items with our field force, including financial advisors and field leadership. This individual will identify, handle and escalate issues and risks and develop risk mitigation strategies along with validating estimates, risks, assumptions, constraints and interdependencies for viable solution options.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Independently leads complex departmental project/support assignments and/or participates in cross-departmental projects with responsibility for managing scope, risk, business value and schedule.

  • At the direction of department management, develops presentations and communications which incorporate a clear understanding of corporate communications theory and practice.

  • With department management, defines the objectives to be accomplished by the project team. With the team, develops the project plan. Encourages team members to figure out the best methods to achieve the projects objectives.

  • Responsible for developing, maintaining and revising project deliverables. Responsible for gathering and delivering metrics as required by the project.

  • Identifies and solves a range of problems in straightforward situations. Analyzes possible solutions and assesses each using standard procedures, developing a recommended approach.

  • Identifies alternative options in the development and improvements for new policies and processes.

  • Responsible to handle project risk through the development, maintenance and revision of reports and tracking tools. Using approved methodologies uses all available tools to identify potential problems before they occur.

  • Understands the key business drivers as they relate to the projects. Adapts to the various internal procedures and forms close links with the business partner representatives, ensuring that the key issues of cost, time, scope and above all, client satisfaction, can be realized.

  • Explains information and persuades others in straightforward situations. Effectively interact, negotiate and influence project teams and business partners to provide acceptable solutions and results.

  • Conducts analysis to identify the scope and nature of a business and/or system problem. Responsible for accomplishing the stated project objectives through key project management responsibilities that include building the project requirements and managing the triple project constraints of cost, time, and scope.

  • Acts as a liaison to facilitate an understanding and partnership between business clients. Manages the resources and vendors assigned to their projects by verifying progress and removing obstacles.

  • Gathers and delivers day-to-day progress of a project as it relates to managing scope, schedule, cost and quality in order to support project management decisions and compliance with Company approved methodology and required deliverables.

  • Other responsibilities may be assigned as necessary.

Bring Your Best! What this role needs:

  • Minimum 2 years experience/knowledge in processes and project management to include analysis, documentation.

  • Ability to work with general direction to scope, plan and manage cross-department or multi-department projects.

  • Demonstrated ability to lead mid-complexity assignments.

  • Ability to prioritize work and balance multiple tasks simultaneously, work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.

  • Seen as a team player and is encouraging of group decisions and ideas.

  • Written and oral communications skills with the ability to build rapport within the company, field and /or outside vendors.

  • High degree of personal initiative and motivation.

  • Experience with project methodology through project life cycle phases preferred.

  • Bachelor's Degree with an emphasis in, Business, Project Management or related field preferred OR a significant amount of directly-related work experience beyond the minimum required for the position. Degree with a project management emphasis or PMI certification preferred.

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This job is not covered by the existing Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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