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Project Manager

Location: Madison, WI
Date Posted: 09-13-2018
Madison based client has immediate need for Project Manager for longer term contracting position.  They are seeking a highly motivated and capable Project Manager who will assist the Project Management Office (PMO) in evaluating customer needs and managing various projects including:
  • Data Management project specifically implementation of Microsoft’s SQL Server Integrations Services (SSIS).
  • Implementation of Microsoft’s Azure Enterprise Service Bus (ESB)
  • Various Student Services projects
These initiatives require a candidate to operate independently, critically think and provide leadership, quality assurance, alignment to vision/mission and follow-through on solutions to completion.  The ideal candidate can work effectively with demanding end-users, solicit key requirements (must-haves) and formulate feasible/cost-effective solutions to meet the needs.
This assignments minimally requires:
  1. An in-depth ability and knowledge of Project Management methodology.
  2. Knowledge of Business Analysis responsibilities.
  3. An in-depth knowledge of Quality Assurance principles.
  4. Willing to commit to the project timeline up to 12 months or longer.
  5. Collaboration, team building and communications/follow-through skills.
Basic Qualifications (Must-Haves to be successful):
  1. Strong knowledge of Project Management methodologies
  2. Strong knowledge of Software Development Life Cycle.
  3. Strong Business Analysis abilities.
  4. Ability to manage resources in a matrix environment.
  5. Strong Leadership abilities.
  6. Experience in managing Integrations and Application Development projects.
  7. Outstanding verbal and written communication skills are essential.
  8. Well-developed skills with Visio, MS-Project, Excel, PowerPoint and Word.
  9. Experienced working in a deadline-driven environment, handling and prioritizing multiple tasks.
  10. Demonstrated track record of successful project delivery.
  11. Excellent conceptual, problem solving, and analytical skills.
  12. Ability to work independently or as a member of a team on complex tasks.
  13. Demonstrated competency in documenting solutions for both technical and functional audiences.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Work with stakeholders on assignments to define the scope and magnitude of desired initiatives.
  • Work with technical leads to understand technical specifications, impact on existing environment/work and perform Business Case development and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) analysis to guide decision-making.
  • Gather key, understandable requirements to meet project activities.
  • Secure appropriate resources and establish a feasible timeframe/schedule to complete the work.
  • Monitor, manage and maintain day-to-day project activities and resource plans in Project Portfolio Management tool.
  • Follow existing and/or establish appropriate change control processes to ensure work goes from Development to Testing to Production.
  • Provide training or other support services to teams and project staff to assist them in effectively performing their duties e.g., requirements collection, design session facilitation, testing, etc.
  • Communicate with appropriate parties on project needs, progress, issues, risks and outcomes.
  • Successfully manage projects to completion.
  • Provide Business Analysis and Quality Assurance support as needed.
  • Provide Change Management support services to ensure adoption is at its utmost – communication, documentation and training to end-users.
Desired Proactive Behaviors 
  • Display energy and initiative in solving problems.
  • Follow all possible avenues to get the job done.
  • Adaptable - undertake a variety of tasks willingly.
  • Ability to switch from complex to routine tasks when required.
  • Work effectively with a variety of personalities and work styles. 
  • Quality - demonstrate appropriate quality and thoroughness in the work. 
  • Decisive - ability to make decisions quickly when faced with multiple options.
  • Ability to influence others in decided course of action. 
  • Integrity - act with personal integrity at all times. 
  • Professional - work within your team's processes.
  • Confront problems, propose solutions and take ownership through to resolution or ensure a clear hand-off.
  • Have a positive can-do approach to work. 
Education and Qualifications
  • 5 - 10 years of skills as a Project Manager.
  • Extensive requirement gathering experience.
  • 1 – 2 years of skills in Portfolio Management; desired Microsoft Project.
  • PMP preferred, but not required.
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