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Senior Agile Project Manager

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Our client in the Financial Services industry is looking for a Senior Project Manager with Scrum/Agile expertise to be responsible for a broad range of product roadmap and release planning, program management, process definition and improvement, reporting and metrics, and facilitation support. He/she will also play a key role in further developing, socializing, and improving the Product Development Life Cycle (PDLC) and Agile planning and development framework and processes for the organization, including working directly with Scrum teams, Product Owners, and Development and QA leads to increase the effectiveness and shared understanding of our process.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
--Collaborate with Product and technology partners in leading, facilitating, and supporting product and technology planning at multiple levels, including planning at the strategic, roadmap, release, and sprint/iteration levels. This includes planning and facilitating release planning events and ceremonies, developing and maintaining an end-to-end release schedule for the program in partnership with Release Management.
--Provide Agile program leadership, strategic planning, and project management support to specific programs and market releases comprised of multiple, interrelated, highly-complex projects in a very fast paced, dynamic environment with a heavily matrixed, cross-organizational delivery team.
--Define, implement, facilitate, and continuously improve cross-Scrum team and program level forums (e.g., Scrum of Scrums), processes, and practices for planning, executing, tracking, and reporting to ensure release goals are achieved.
--Provide consultation, guidance, and support to teams in ensuring alignment and shared understanding of the Product Development Life Cycle (PDLC) and supporting portfolio management and execution processes, and the roles Product Owners, Scrum Masters, Developers and Testers play on each team. Serve as process consultant and coach to Scrum teams in understanding our Agile framework and processes, and how to be more effective and ensure continuous improvement and learning.
--Guide team members and stakeholders with understanding the capabilities Rally, our Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) tool provides in best meeting our portfolio management, execution, and reporting needs, as well as performing a wide variety of trouble-shooting and problem-solving activities.
--Ensure the right information and metrics are collected from the program's Product and technology leads, formatted and reported effectively, and provide transparency and visibility into the program's scope, progress and status. This requires ensuring that the right metrics are consistently captured and tracked in both our tools and in supporting reports and scorecards.
--Develop and deliver a wide variety of stakeholder and executive presentations representing the business and technical teams. Create, maintain, and publish a variety of tools, templates, schedules/timelines, and training materials.
--Build and maintain effective working relationships with counterparts in other business and technology organizations to ensure our program deliverables align with broader goals throughout the organization.


QUALIFICATIONS:
--8+ years’ progressively more responsible experience in directly relevant roles such as Program/Project Manager, Management Consultant, Product Developer/ Manager, Business Analyst and/or Strategist. This should include 2+ years prior experience as an Agile Program Manager or Scrum Master in an Agile/Scrum development environment, including strong preference for 1+ years hands-on experience as a user of Rally and/or comparable tools (e.g., VersionOne, JIRA/Greenhopper, or CA Clarity Agile).
--Strong program/project management skills, as demonstrated through experience leading and managing complex, large-scale, cross-organizational, multi-stakeholder projects with a successful track record of delivery.
--Solid understanding of the Software/Product Development Lifecycle (SDLC/PDLC) and program and project management techniques, methodologies and best practices, with a strong preference for candidates with a minimum of 2 years’ experience in an Agile/Scrum environment. Equally effective working with both engineering/technical team and product/business team members.
--3+ years of experience supporting development and management of products in the digital, online, ecommerce, payments technology and processing, and/or financial industry space.
--Outstanding written communication, analytical and problem-solving skills. Proven ability to create executive level reports, dashboards and presentations. Highly skilled in the creation of PowerPoint presentations, presenting text, diagrams, and metrics in visually compelling ways. Highest attention to detail with ability to synthesize information from multiple sources and distill it in crisp, clear language appropriate for executive audiences. Demonstrated ability to consistently produce top-quality deliverables appropriate for an executive audience.
--Strong verbal communication, presentation, collaboration and teamwork skills with demonstrated ability to gain trust, secure buy-in and influence change at all levels. Highly effective facilitation skills in both small and large-group settings.
--Strong process orientation and demonstrated ability to define and document new or improved product/program planning, development, and project management processes and workflows. Ability to diagram and document existing and proposed new business/technical processes using Visio and other tools.
--A highly collaborative, energetic team player with demonstrated ability to be flexible, diplomatic, persistent, and energetic. Comfortable with ambiguity, open to change, working in a fast-paced and fluid environment. Ability to navigate and be successful in both “start-up” and established, larger company environments.
--BA/BS required (or equivalent experience) with concentration in Computer Science, Engineering, or related fields preferred.
--Advanced proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, Project, SharePoint) required.

HIGHLY PREFERRED
--Working knowledge of Agile application lifecycle management and development tools (Rally, Confluence Wiki, JIRA)
--Project Management Professional (PMP®), Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), and/or Certified Product Owner (CPO) certifications
--Financial Services or Fortune 500 eCommerce background

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