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Senior Consultant, Project Management

Location : Chicago, IL
Job Type : Direct
Hours : Full Time
Required Years of Experience : 3+ years minimum
Required Education : Bachelor's Degree Required
Travel : No
Relocation : No

Job Description :

Senior Consultant, Project Management


Downtown Chicago (and travel within Chicago area and US = 50%)


 


Senior Consultant, Project Manager


We are seeking an experienced Senior Consultant for our growing Operations Excellence practice.  Our consultants work in a variety of capacities helping organizations plan for and execute one or more transformational initiatives.  As a growing practice, we also offer our consultants opportunities to participate in practice development and support sales and marketing efforts.  A critical component to successful business and IT transformations is effective program leadership, ensuring alignment with strategy and increasing project success rates, and improving business ROI.


 


Successful candidates will manage and/or participate in the following types of engagements for our clients:



  • Program management across multiple work streams in business and technology initiatives

  • Project and/or program health assessments with recommendations for recovery and course correction

  • Project and program governance, processes, procedures, and best practice planning and execution  


 


Required Qualifications :

Required Skills



  • Project and Program management – Encompassing initiation, planning, execution and benefits realization

    • Develops and balances project and program management deliverables for successful execution

    • Works with executive team to ensure alignment with transformation goals and objectives – including benefit realization, organization alignment (Target Operating Model), processes and skills

    • Actively participates and coordinates program-level interactions with sponsors to ensure proper implementation of programs and projects

    • Identifies and implements program management best practices

    • Acts as liaison to internal and external constituencies, vendors, sponsors, etc.

    • Leads business decisions regarding methods, techniques, and procedures for program design and completion

    • Manages resources, budgets, and deliverables

    • Proactively identifies and manages issues and risks



  • Experience with and a strong understanding of Agile and Waterfall principles and methodologies

  • Effective oversight and control of the program structure and processes (e.g., , resource/workload management)

  • A proven track record within industry (consulting experience a plus) that demonstrates abilities to work closely with executives (technical and operational) and line personnel

  • Strong skills in project/program management and PMO tools such as MS Project, Planview, Clarity

  • Strong communication and leadership skills

  • Ability to coach and mentor Project Managers and team members on project methodology and tools

  • Keep current on professional best practices through professional literature and training workshops.

  • Strong Business Analysis skills a plus

  • PMP certification a plus

  • Ability to travel 50-70%


 


Required Experience



  • 3-4 years of proven experience in various aspects of project/program management (e.g., project/program management, portfolio management, planning/governance, business analysis/process and application development)

  • Clear understanding and experience in project and portfolio governance approaches (including but not limited to PMI, waterfall, iterative, Agile, Scrum, and OPM3)

  • Experience with project /program/portfolio intake/alignment and funding models

  • Demonstrated ability to negotiate, persuade, influence others and manage conflict 


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