Senior Technical Program Manager

Digital Washington D.C., District Of Columbia


Description

Position at Al Jazeera Media Network

Al Jazeera's Vision is to be fearless in the pursuit of truth and to be the voice for the voiceless.

Are you mission driven and want to help make media more accountable and objective? Do you want to be part of a team that is helping inform and empower people with accurate, in-depth and compelling content that upholds the value of truth and elevates the human spirit? If yes, we need your help at Al Jazeera Media Network (AJMN) - a global news organization dedicated to journalistic excellence, integrity and neutrality.

In the Digital Division, we are a dynamic, fast-paced, distributed technical team that is responsible for delivering all of AJMN's digital products worldwide and focused on making AJMN the most human-centric media company on the planet. Our team values technical competency, trust, and accountability. Perhaps most importantly, we value the quality of our daily team interactions and have a lot of fun doing what we do.

Job Summary:

The Senior Technical Program Manager is responsible for ensuring sustained success of the Al Jazeera Digital Platforms.

You will integrate consulting, product management, and engineering skill-sets to ensure the successful planning, execution, delivery, and adoption of Al Jazeera Digital Products.

You will bring best practice solutions, innovative ideas, and build out repeatable delivery capabilities through iterative project implementations within the Al Jazeera Digital Division.

Candidates must be eligible to work in United States.

In this role, you will:

  • Direct and monitor all activities for large, high risk, major technology-based projects from initiation to closing. Projects cross platforms, applications, and/or business lines.
  • Work with business partners to develop technology concepts, requirements, design alternatives, project schedules, and costs for new systems initiatives.
  • Plan and direct complex program schedules and budget, monitoring project status in comparison to cost/time projections.
  •  Provide consistent and comprehensive status reports, project updates, and ongoing cost analyses, significant issue management and resolution, communication with business lines and technology management, often at senior management levels.
  • May act as an internal consultant within technology and business groups to re-engineer technical processes for greater efficiency.
  • May serve as a lead by providing direction to less experienced program management staff while serving in a project leadership role.
  • Develop a trusted advisor relationship with executive sponsors and technical project leads such that all Al Jazeera Digital activities are closely aligned with the customer's business case, allowing the full potential of Al Jazeera Digital products and platforms to be realized.
  • Establish post-implementation adoption activities to closely monitor the success of our stakeholders’ initiatives
  • Serve as a customer advocate in driving industry best practices and the evolution of Al Jazeera Digital product and platform functionality
  • Ensure regular and accurate reporting of Program project progress, issues, and direction with business stakeholders and end-users
  • Become an expert on Al Jazeera Digital products, tools, and services
  • Identify and drive opportunities for platform innovation and growth


As an ideal candidate, you will have:

  • An exceptional work ethic and ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Exceptional project and people management skills
  • Comfortable advising business partners in best practices and promoting optimal technical solutions
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
  • Strong presentation skills and credibility with executives
  • Experience with User-Centered design principles, A/B Testing and MVP Framework concepts
  • Hands on experience working with databases and/or data warehouses
  • Experience working in media industry and/or digital space
  • Hands on experience with content and asset management solutions
  • Hands on experience using SCRUM/Agile and PMBOK methodologies to manage solution delivery
  • Experience with cloud / SaaS solutions and business models


Qualifications:

  • BA/BS degree required, ideally in CS, Mathematics or other quantitative fields from a top-tier university
  • 5+ years relevant work experience with demonstrated client-facing experience