Agile Project Manager

Delivery & Project Management Chisinau, Moldova (the Republic of)


Description

We’re looking for a Moldova-based candidate to join our global Delivery Management practice in a hands-on delivery role. An entrepreneurial, self motivated mindset and an appreciation of a start-up context are essential.
 
Our project managers are the planners in an organization primarily comprised of hands-on technologists.
They are the consultative peers of product owners and engineering managers at our clients. Project managers at Grid Dynamics have many years of experience managing the development and delivery of software. They can comfortably speak with anyone about any aspect of a software development project at any stage - and add value.
 
Responsibilities:
● Listen, learn and consult. This is a client-facing services role where you will interact directly and frequently with outside business and technical stakeholders.
● Lead a team of highly talented, senior, motivated and self-directed software professionals. This is not a job for a micro-manager; it’s a job for a problem avoider / problem solver.
● Conduct day-to-day client communications. Build credibility and trust. Promote transparency.
 
Manage expectations
● Represent the team effectively by keeping things realistic. Avoid slippage. Mitigate risk
● Manage and coordinate business analysts, developers and QA resources.
● Establish credibility by climbing the curve to understand anything - at any level of depth - related to your project.
● Raise red flags and facilitate dialogue that transforms “issues” into actionable plans
● Oversee the entire software development life cycle: Gather Requirements, Review requirements, Author specifications, Write user stories etc.
● Build task lists. Run status reviews. Prioritize. Manage scope. Track Velocity. Re-prioritize.
Update the user story backlog. Stay a step or two ahead.
 
Requirements:
● 2+ years managing software projects with at least 5 team members
● Experience managing projects delivering maintenance and enhancements to live complex multi-module enterprise platform
● Experience working with or in a product-led organization
● Superlative interpersonal and communication skills, including polished presentation skills: you will regularly present project status to all levels in client organizations
● Familiarity with Agile software development methodology. Experience taking proactive action to improve project velocity and code reliability
● A knack for coordinating business analysts, engineers, QA testers, and customers to make sure stuff gets done
● The experience and maturity to deliver bad news to customers and tackle problems head-on
● Past teammates ubiquitously agree that projects “never would have shipped without you” and that “your involvement makes everyone else more sane and productive”
● Clients see you as a trusted advisor, and exhibit the seven stages of grief when you roll off of their projects
 
Nice to Have:
● Several years working in the trenches of software development efforts before becoming a project manager
● Or previous experience working as a Business Analyst
● Experience project managing full end to end delivery of new complex enterprise commerce platforms
● Agile Scrum Master, SAFe Agile delivery experience and/or qualifications
● Experience working with SAAS, PAAS product vendors and implementations
● Experience working in a Continuous Delivery environment
● Experience working in the professional services arm of an enterprise software vendor or in a “services oriented” development organization inside a large enterprise
● Experience collaborating with remote development teams
● Experience working as a software engineer and / or QA tester
● Experience shipping and/or enhancing eCommerce systems or other high availability web-based applications
● Experience taking over distressed projects and turning them around
 
About us: 

Grid Dynamics is the engineering services company known for transformative, mission-critical cloud solutions for retail, finance and technology sectors. We architected some of the busiest e-commerce services on the Internet and have never had an outage during the peak season. Founded in 2006 and headquartered in San Ramon, California with offices throughout the US and Eastern Europe, we focus on big data analytics, scalable omnichannel services, DevOps, and cloud enablement.