September 26, 2022

PMO Project Manager – Senior Project Manager

Locations: Baton Rouge, LA; Lincoln, NE; Cedar Rapids, IA; Rosemont/Chicago, IL

Summary/Objectives

The role of Project Manager is responsible for planning and overseeing small to complex projects within the Kuvare organization across all companies from ideation through to completion. Project Managers coordinate people and processes to deliver projects on time, within budget and with desired outcomes aligned to objectives.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Define project scope, goals and deliverables that support business goals in collaboration with senior management and stakeholders.
  • Effectively communicate project expectations to team members and stakeholders in a timely and clear fashion.
  • Plan, schedule and track project timelines, deliverables and milestones using appropriate tools.
  • Proactively manage changes in project scope, identify potential crises, and devise contingency plans.
  • Develop and deliver progress reports, proposals, and presentations.
  • Work with internal resources and processes as well as multiple outside vendor resources and processes
  • Identify and resolve issues and conflicts within the project team.
  • Determine the frequency and content of status reports from the project team, analyze results, and troubleshoot problem areas.
  • Define project success criteria and disseminate to involved parties throughout project life cycle.
  • Estimate the resources and participants needed to achieve project goals. Draft and submit budget proposals and recommend subsequent budget changes where necessary.
  • Define and implement process improvements that will benefit the PMO and ultimately Kuvare
  • Coach, mentor and motivate project team members and contractors, and influence them to take positive action and accountability for their assigned work. Develop business relationships vital to the success of the project.
  • Conduct project lessons learned and create a recommendations report in order to identify successful and unsuccessful project elements.

Knowledge and Experience – Project Manager

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Five or more (5+) years of progressively responsible experience in an Enterprise PMO environment with exposure to planning, product development and vendor management.
  • PMP designation or progress toward preferred.
  • Experience in managing cross-platform projects and multiple vendors with moderate supervision
  • Third Party Administrator and Vendor Management experience a plus
  • Life insurance and financial service project management experience preferred

Knowledge and Experience – Senior Project Manager

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Ten or more years of progressively responsible experience in an Enterprise PMO environment with exposure to planning, product development and vendor management.
  • PMP designation or progress toward preferred.
  • Experience in managing large/complex cross-platform projects and multiple vendors with minimal supervision
  • Third Party Management and vendor Experience a plus
  • Life insurance and financial service project management experience preferred

Skills/Competencies

  • Experience working both independently and, in a team oriented, collaborative environment is essential.
  • Can conform to shifting priorities, demands and timelines through analytical and problem-solving capabilities. Reacts to project adjustments and alterations promptly and efficiently. Flexible during times of change.
  • Ability to read communication styles of team members and contractors who come from a broad spectrum of disciplines.
  • Ability to elicit cooperation from a wide variety of sources, including upper management, clients, and other departments; diffusing tension among project team, should it arise.
  • Exceptional negotiation, facilitation, and consensus building skills in addition to a strong ability to quantify impacts and synthesize data from multiple sources.
  • Must be able to learn, understand, and apply new technologies.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment is crucial.
  • Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks/projects at one time.
  • Positive and energetic. Strong communication skills, work ethic and high level of personal integrity and accountability. Tenacious, persuasive, encouraging, and motivating.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong business and collaboration skills
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Excel, Access, Word, PPT, Teams)
  • Proficiency in project management automated tools
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Flexible can-do attitude, willing to help with all types of tasks in an ever-changing environment
  • Passion to learn new things and design new solutions

Physical Demands

  • Normal office working environment
  • Ability to type / perform data entry
  • Ability to read from a computer screen and paper reports
  • Express ideas and otherwise communicate with the spoken word
  • Ability and willingness to travel as needed.
  • Overtime may be required to meet project deadlines.

Kuvare company is an equal opportunity employer that makes hiring decisions based on merit, qualifications, and the business need. We are dedicated to a policy of nondiscrimination in employment on any basis including age, sex, color, race, creed, national origin, religious persuasion, marital status, political belief, or disability that does not prohibit performance of essential job functions. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply.

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