Project Manager

Information Technology Toronto, Ontario


Description

Purpose of role:

 

The Project Manager will provide and apply high quality project management methodologies and techniques to manage a wide range of projects.  Using high-level understanding of business and IT processes and strategy, the Project Manager will be involved in projects to enhance current operations and/or to develop new business solutions deploying technology within Foresters Financial or with 3rd party vendors/partners.

 

Key responsibilities/accountabilities

 

  • Plan, manage and successfully oversee the implementation of large, highly visible projects
  • Manage project schedules and budgets to ensure project completion is on time, on budget and within scope.  This includes the development and management of detailed project charters, plans, work breakdown structures and time budgets
  • Conduct post-project reviews to certify project success criteria have been met
  • Identify and assess risks, severity and impacts.  Determine and implement risk strategies and communicate risks to client and stakeholders as appropriate
  • Closely monitor project financials, follow-up on issues and provide regular status updates to management and stakeholders
  • Monitor implementation efforts and transition issues to ensure that business risks are identified and solutions are recommended
  • Lead and manage project teams to effectively utilize strengths of team members
  • Manage stakeholder expectations, including understanding their points of views and needs while keeping Foresters Financial strategic goals in mind and fostering a win/win relationship
  • Leverage knowledge of business through understanding, and applying rapidly changing technology and business process delivery trends
  • Apply influence and negotiation to gain support and achieve consensus

 

Key qualifications/competencies

 

  • Minimum 5 years experience in a Project Management role managing a variety of business and IT project sizes and types
  • University degree; an MBA would be an asset
  • Strong IT Infrastructure and or Application Development project experience
  • PMP or formal project management education is an asset
  • Experience implementing Life Insurance projects, products and IT systems and awareness of Life Insurance industry knowledge and systems features including New Business and In-Force administration
  • Experience with both Waterfall and Agile development methodologies
  • Must be well versed in project management methodology and have proven ability to lead projects to appropriately guide project requirements, identify technology issues and risks and direct investigation and analysis of technical alternatives
  • Ability to assess priority and severity of issues by understanding business objectives, technical costs and user needs as well as being able to weigh alternatives for resolution
  • Understand and manage to the critical path of the project
  • Proven track record of successfully delivering significant business projects
  • Understanding of finance issues, budgeting and cost-benefit analysis
  • Excellent planning and organization skills
  • Ability to provide solutions while managing tight deadlines and motivating in a fast-paced environment while maintaining a keen attention to detail
  • Excellent ability to multitask, to respond to constantly changing needs and schedules and to organize and prioritize workload
  • Strong interpersonal skills to interact with all levels of staff from CEO, SVP’s and VP’s to managers and other staff
  • Sound judgment and decision-making skills to act effectively in resolving issues as they arise.
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills and ability to negotiate
  • General knowledge/understanding of business processes and strategy
  • Strong technical and analytical skills
  • Risk and Control assessment skills
  • Proven ability to influence, lead and obtain agreement from cross-functional team

 

 

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