The Wills Group

  • IT Project Manager

    Job Locations US-MD-La Plata
    Job ID
    2018-1303
    # of Openings
    1
  • Overview

    The Information Technology Department of the Wills Group is a service department, responsible for all of the data processing needs for The Wills Group, Inc. The IT Department provides either directly or via outsourced arrangements, computer hardware, software, network and communications support.  In addition it produces and supports, again directly or indirectly, business applications serving the needs of internal departments, business partners and customers.

     

    We are currently in search of an IT Project Manager. The IT Project Manager reports directly to the Information Technology Director and works closely with other corporate staff to evaluate user requests for information.  Incumbent then applies knowledge of available technology to outline and scope requirements to fulfill such requests.  Once approved, incumbent manages the project, including determination and procurement of necessary resources, establishment and management of milestones and necessary tasks and schedules, change management, internal and external communications

     

    The Project Manager position, working in concert with other IT and corporate staff members, analyses user information and application needs and then documents and designs solutions within cost/time constraints.   The incumbent also ensures that all projects include complete documentation of user requirements and procedures, to include design schematic/layout and user instructions.  Providing guidance to the Software Developers is essential to support internally developed applications. 

     

    The position demands a full technical knowledge of Requirements and Design Methodologies, general knowledge of and experience with high level programming languages and the environment in which they run.  Complete understanding of the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK) and how to apply the concepts.  Familiarity with structured code design, security, and maintenance is needed. 

     

    As a member of the IT team, this position will also be required to cross train with other team members in order to attain a working knowledge of other positions within the department.  As a service department there will be times when the incumbent will be required to support requests from users other than managing specific projects. The incumbent will sometimes respond to inquiries and end user requests for assistance. 

     

    The incumbent handles special assignments on an as needed basis as directed by his/her superior. This may involve applying formal structure to activities involving software installations, troubleshooting hardware issues, software upgrades, and generations of reports, debugging of software and assisting in a variety of computer related areas.   

    Accountabilities

    • Develop project plans, including activities, resources, costs, roles, responsibilities and quality standards using a consistent, formal Project Delivery Methodology (PDM)
    • Manage project budgets, forecasts, tasks, schedules, risks, change management and status to support effective decisions and project reporting to stakeholders and steering committees
    • Identify/manage dependencies among projects or initiatives
    • Manage relationships with key business stakeholders to ensure the effective capture of business requirements and commitment to project objectives
    • Responsible for steering/stakeholder meetings, communication of status, issues, risks
    • Drive effective risk and issue management, ensuring processes are in place and effectively used; ensure problem resolution/escalation as appropriate
    • Build a cohesive project team and provide the leadership necessary to maximize the team’s success; provide individual coaching and development of team members as needed
    • Manage change to project scope; ensure that all impacts and changes are approved and appropriately communicated to stakeholders and steering committees
    • Ensure/develop service transition plans including controlled hand-over into support and maintenance
    • Ensure the project team adheres to all standards including PDM, quality and compliance as well as processes, defined technical capabilities and best practices; establish project governance and lead Decision Point reviews
    • Ensure expected benefits realization is consistent with project deliverables and clearly understood by stakeholders and project team
    • Support and reinforce adoption of project management best practices and PDM
    • Other duties as assigned by the Director appropriate for the technical level of the position.

    Required Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree at a minimum from an accredited U.S. university and 7 + years of professional work experience 3 of which has been spent in managing IT projects, with a track record of managing small to medium risk projects simultaneously, while meeting delivery, quality, and compliance standards.
    • PMP certification is very strongly desired for this role. 
    • Familiarity with web services, database query and data analysis are highly desirable.

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