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Lead Business Program Manager

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About the team

We provide the highest level of program/portfolio management expertise and consultation to the business in order to meet department, cross-department and enterprise wide goals. Plans, monitors and handles internal business programs from initiation through rollout and ongoing program management. Accountable for aligning one or more large, complex business programs consisting of multiple efforts and/or programs supporting strategic corporate initiatives.

Program Management includes running multiple different projects within a program / portfolio which incorporate multiple larger initiatives and overseeing programs / portfolios and initiatives which are ongoing.

What's this role?

  • Independently leads large, complex, and multi-faceted programs or portfolios. Responsible for managing scope, risk, business value, schedule and budget.

  • Defines, maintains, and revises program objectives and deliverables; accountable for defining the program structure and creating a single, unified plan to deliver on program objectives. Leads programs to ensure appropriate allocation of resources according to program objectives, specifications, deliverables, and changes.

  • Accountable for building and motivating team members and influencing them to take positive action and accountability for their assigned work. Accountable for identifying and resolving issues and conflicts within the team at a portfolio/program level.

  • Drives for clarity on program objectives, priorities, and measures. Develops solutions/recommendations to unique and complex problems and ensures program solutions are consistent with organizational objectives. Identifies, assess, and mitigates program risks and issues and removes impediments.

  • Develops strong relationships with business clients to manage program delivery expectations and implementation. Looks after the resources and vendors assigned to program by verifying progress and removing obstacles.

  • Makes connections across teams and workstreams to drive identification and facilitation of inter-dependencies.

  • Responsible for gathering and delivering metrics required by the program. Uses data to make successes and challenges visible, and to drive insights and action plans to continually adjust and pursue program goals. Using tools and techniques to enable end-to-end value delivery and the best ongoing rollout and continuing experience.

  • Applies extensive discernment in depth and breadth of industry, and company initiatives, products complexities, in order to incorporate knowledge into program objectives.

  • Uses extensive knowledge of program management and business requirements to understand the key business drivers as they relate to the programs. Conduct complex analysis to identify scope and nature of program deliverables; programs are intended to solve a department or business need.

Bring Your Best! What this role needs:

  • 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

  • Minimum 7 years of related experience; diverse project or program management experience to include analysis, design, documentation, project/support management.

  • Ability to work with general direction to scope, plan and handle with cross-department or multi-department programs

  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage large and highly complex assignments including those with enterprise-wide impact.

  • Ability to prioritize work and handle multiple tasks simultaneously, work with complexity and meet tight time limits.

  • Seen as a great teammate and is supportive 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.

  • Degree with a project management emphasis or PMI certification preferred

  • Experience with project methodology through project life cycle phases


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W e are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age or status as a protected veteran, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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