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Project Manager
Ref No.: 17-02420
Location: East Aurora, New York
Project Manager
East Aurora, NY
5 Month Contract

Job Description
  • The Information Security Programme is seeking a Project Manager to join the small core programme team for an initial period of 5 months.
  • This may be extended to 9-12 months depending on performance and need.
  • The Project Manager will work alongside a number of other Project Managers, with guidance from the Programme Manager, delivering a range of projects designed to improve the Client's information security capability.
  • The expected duration of projects varies from 1 month to 6 months.
  • The projects include both applications projects and infrastructure projects.
  • The project teams will be built from a mix of full time Client staff and 3rd party staff.
  • A significant level of vendor management will be necessary.
  • While experience of information security projects is an advantage, it is not a necessity for this role.
  • To provide management and direction for projects and programs, ensuring that customer expectations and business value are delivered as per the business case.
  • A PM provides an advanced level of project management practices and acts as a subject matter expert to all stakeholders associated with a project, helping understanding of the benefits of those practices and how they can be achieved.
  • The delivery of large, complex projects in support of planned business value benefits.
  • The provision of advanced knowledge in the area of project and program management to Client management both within and outside IT, including development and application of the Client's standards for structured project and change management processes.
  • The management of customer expectations of projects, in areas of schedule, costs, quality, scope, risk and benefits.
  • The efficient utilization of the Ckient's resources in support of strategic business initiatives through planning and time management activities.
  • Applying learning and experience to all but the most difficult business and technical challenges requiring project management expertise, by use of advanced problem solving and people management skills.
  • Provision of effective liaison between the Client and external vendors.
  • Organizationally, a PM usually reports to a Department Manager, performing their role with general direction from their manager.
  • They may also have matrix reporting relationships to Senior Project Managers or Programme Managers for specific projects.
  • A PM generally does not have direct reports, although they lead project teams in a matrix reporting relationship and regularly provide technical guidance and leadership to team members.
  • ¿They have direct budgetary responsibilities for all aspects of their projects.
  • A PM has an operational role focus.
  • The PM has a job activity mix that is typically 10% strategic, 70% operational and 20% administrative.
  • The working time frame for tasks performed by a PM is usually measured in months.
  • A PM is in a position that has global locational/functional diversity, and the interactions are usually technical, business and operational in nature.
  • They must be excellent at listening, giving and receiving instructions, asking questions, and seeking clarification.
  • Outside of IT, the PM maintains relationships both giving and receiving information with key suppliers and customers, and has occasional interaction with users at all levels, including managers and executives.
  • Inside of IT, the PM has strong relationships across the entire organization, including managers, analysts, programmers, operators, and others.
  • Judgments made by a PM are a primary role responsibility.
  • These include escalation, prioritization, interdependency decisions, but generally don't include policy or other strategic decisions.
  • Their work has a high degree of both technical and abstract complexity.
  • The variety of their work usually requires the PM to focus on multiple work areas at once, both within and across projects.
  • ¿The PM has their work reviewed on a scheduled basis, usually as part of various phases of an IT project.
  • The IT environment at the Client is complex and the PM must be able to quickly assimilate necessary knowledge of a particular system or process with which they may not be familiar.
  • Many of the processes and systems within scope of the role are global and therefore the role must deal with global cultural, regulatory and process differences. Must have ability to work on virtual teams.
  • Typically a four year Bachelor of Science (BS) college degree and a Masters degree in either a technical or business discipline.
  • A PM will also typically have a formal project management certification from a professional body.
  • A PM will generally have a minimum of six (6) years of Progressive Experience in project management.
  • Must have an advanced level of business acumen.
  • Must have excellent written and oral communication skills coupled with the ability to listen, question and understand end users' needs.