Project Manager in Chicago, IL at APEX Systems

Date Posted: 8/13/2019

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Job Description

Job #:  990205
Apex is looking for a Project Manager for one of our largest Business Services clients located in downtown Chicago. This is a long term contract. 
Please reach out to Monica Shay at if you are interested! 
Brief description of role:
Manages the end-to-end project lifecycle for small to large projects/programs in one or more of the Global Technology Services (GTS) project portfolios. The project/program manager leads and coordinates project/program team resources to ensure project/program milestones are met and the project/program is delivered on schedule and on budget with the highest standard of quality. The project/program manager also manages project/program risk identification and resolution to keep projects/programs on track and able to deliver planned outcomes. The project/program manager may have responsibility for managing day-to-day activities of other PMO team members as well as providing coaching and performance feedback.
  • Manages overall planning, execution and delivery of projects/programs following GTS project delivery guidelines and standards to meet technology and business requirements on time and within budget.
  • Drives program/project teams to meet project/program milestones according to planned schedule.
  • Tracks project/program progress and manages and escalates project/program issues and risks as appropriate; proactively identifies and manages the resolution of risks and issues that may negatively impact a project/program or project/program deliverables; seeks and implements innovative ways to remove project obstacles.
  • Delivers timely project/program reports and performance dashboards. Conducts regular project reviews and communicates the status of projects/programs in both formal and informal settings.
  • Manages and tracks project/program budget/variance.
  • Develops and executes project/program resource management plans.
  • Establishes and facilitates regular project/program team meetings.
  • Creates, manages and maintains all required project/program documentation.
  • Utilizes key project management tools.
  • Documents, shares, and leverages project/program lessons learned.
  • Builds relationships with stakeholders and project/program teams to effectively manage and deliver quality projects/programs.
  • Proposes changes to project methodologies, frameworks, and promotes best practices for continuous process improvement.
  • Builds, motivates and leads project/program teams; instills a mindset of collaboration and continuous process improvement. 
  • Promotes the effective teamwork and spirit of partnership.
  • Provides regular and timely feedback to team members and their respective managers.
  • Informally mentors other non-PMO team members on structured methodology and best practices.
  • Talent management:
    • Coaches/counsels direct reports.
    • Provides counseling related to career path to direct reports.
    • Guides direct reports in developing personal learning plans.
    • Supports skill development of direct reports.
    • Participates in performance review and feedback process.
    • Helps resolve performance issues for direct reports.

Desired experience:
  • 5+ years of experience managing large, complex, cross-functional IT projects utilizing a structured project management methodology and formal tools/approaches.
  • Proven expertise in project estimation, planning, tracking, scope control, risk and issues management as well as status reporting.
  • Advanced knowledge of project metrics, including gathering, reporting, trend analysis, and presentation of metrics.
  • Strong commitment to professional client service excellence.
  • Excellent communication skills (written, verbal and presentation).
  • Demonstrated ability to encourage, motivate and mentor team members.

Education & Certifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in Business/IT.
  • PMP/Prince 2 certification preferred.
  • Agile/Scrum master certification a plus.

Technical skills:
  • Strong knowledge of Project Management methodologies.
  • Good understanding of Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC).
  • Advanced skills in MS Project, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

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