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Job Title: Project Manager

Job Type: Contract

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Description:

The role of the Project Manager is to plan, execute, and finalize projects according to strict deadlines and within scope and budget. This includes acquiring resources and coordinating the efforts of team members and third-party contractors or consultants in order to deliver projects according to plan. The Project Manager will also define the project’s objectives and oversee quality control throughout its life cycle.

Responsibilities

Direct and manage project development from beginning to end.

Define project scope, goals and deliverables that support business goals in collaboration with customers and stakeholders.

Develop full-scale project plans and associated project artifacts.

Effectively communicate project expectations to customers, team members and stakeholders in a timely and clear fashion.

Liaise with project stakeholders on an ongoing basis.

Estimate the resources and participants needed to achieve project goals.

Draft and submit budget proposals, and recommend subsequent budget changes where necessary.

Negotiate with other department managers for the acquisition of required personnel from within the company.

Determine and assess need for additional staff and/or consultants and make the appropriate recommendations for recruitment if necessary during project cycle.

Set and continually manage project expectations with team members and other stakeholders.

Delegate tasks and responsibilities to appropriate personnel

Identify and resolve issues and conflicts within the project team.

Identify and manage project dependencies and critical path.

Plan and schedule project timelines and milestones using appropriate tools.

Track project milestones and deliverables.

Develop and deliver progress reports, proposals, requirements documentation, and presentations.

Determine the frequency and content of status reports from the project team, analyze results, and troubleshoot problem areas.

Proactively manage changes in project scope, identify potential crises, and devise contingency plans.

Define project success criteria and disseminate them to involved parties throughout project life cycle.

Coach, mentor, motivate and supervise project team members and contractors, and influence them to take positive action and accountability for their assigned work.

Build, develop, and grow any business relationships vital to the success of the project.

Conduct project post mortems and create a recommendations report in order to identify successful and unsuccessful project elements.

Develop best practices and tools for project execution and management.

Requirements:

University degree in Software engineering or Information Systems

PMI Certification

10+years direct work experience in a project management capacity, including all aspects of process development and execution.
Strong familiarity with project management software, such as MS
Project/Server 2010

Competent and proficient understanding of Software Development Life
Cycles and Scrum

Demonstrated experience in personnel management and team leadership across multiple countries.

Technically competent with various software programs, such as MS Office and Pivot Tables

Experience at working both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment is essential.

Can conform to shifting priorities, demands and timelines through analytical and problem-solving capabilities

Reacts to project adjustments and alterations promptly and efficiently

Flexible during times of change

Ability to read communication styles of team members and contractors who come from a broad spectrum of disciplines and countries.

Persuasive, encouraging, and motivating

Ability to bring project to successful completion through political sensitivity

Strong written and oral communication skills

Strong interpersonal skills

Adept at conducting research into project-related issues and products

Must be able to learn, understand, and apply new SDLCs

Customer service skills an asset

Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment is crucial.

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