Director of Project Management

Corporate Chicago, Illinois


How You Can Make An Impact


The Director of Project Management will work at the intersection of project management, communications, and knowledge management to drive cross-functional high-impact initiatives as well as continuous business improvement items.  They will be required to collaborate and communicate with cross-functional teams to provide firm-wide oversight on complex projects, ensure new process adoption, as well as hold key stakeholders accountable for their deliverables. 


The ideal candidate has prior experience with building out an enterprise-wide project management framework while successfully leading multiple interconnected projects, including enterprise-wide technology projects, from strategic planning to completion.


What You’ll Do


  • Evaluate current state and implement project management template and framework to support firm-wide adoption
  • Manage multiple projects concurrently, including creating accurate plans/forecasts, organizing timelines and deliverables in a clear, concise project plan, managing status reports, and ensuring milestones are tracked and escalated
  • Create and deliver accurate project reports (KPI’s, metrics, strategic initiatives) and presentations to management/leadership.
  • Improve the execution and reporting of existing interdepartmental projects, as well as increase transparency and accuracy to deliver current projects successfully. 
  • Collect all necessary project requirements and documentation, including maintaining project budgets and timelines and creating project reporting metrics.
  • Manage enterprise-wide product and project pipeline, including complex enterprise platforms and systems, from planning to completion using best practices in project management.
  • Actively participate in the annual strategic planning process and offer guidance on feasibility of initiatives to leadership team
  • Be the liaison between service departments to manage the budgets and timelines of strategic projects integral to our corporate function
  • Determine metrics and reporting to evaluate post-implementation impact of projects 
  • Act as a resource to other departments on project management best practices
  • Own all facets of critical strategic software migration projects, including migration of third-party systems to proprietary systems
  • Clearly outline responsibilities and expectations and accurately discern/challenge realities of project delays 


What You’ll Need


  • Bachelor’s degree highly preferred
  • 8+ years of experience in a PMO with an emphasis on leadership and change management.
  • Experience working within trading and financial services industry required.
  • Experience with business process management, workflow, and life cycle management
  • Experience with Atlassian Suite, knowledge of MS Project Suite of products preferred
  • Prior experience running highly complex, enterprise-wide software development projects, including knowledge of technology development lifecycles
  • Proven success in managing complex, enterprise platforms or systems  

Other Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, or Certifications


  • An excellent communicator that effectively conveys critical information to technical and non-technical staff across the organization in a clear, concise manner
  • A strategic thinker that translates vision into an actionable plan and aligns, initiates, and executes on opportunities
  • A tenacious problem-solver that keeps the holistic picture in mind when formulating solutions across multiple projects 
  • Prefers working in a fast-paced environment with a strong sense of urgency
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment 
  • Experience onboarding new trading teams and products
  • PMP nice to have