IT Project Manager

Confidential Company  •  Union, NJ

11 - 15 years experience  •  Business Services

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 08/11/17 by Tiffany Emerson
Union, NJ
11 - 15 years experience
Business Services
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 08/11/17 by Tiffany Emerson

CMK Select is seeking to hire a IT Project Manager with prior Pharmaceutical or Biotech experience.  The candidate should have experience working in the medical space.  The IT Project Manager will be supporting the Portfolio Manager and the Business Partners, and work closely with project stakeholders.The Project Manager will have primary responsibility for managing and driving effective and efficient execution of selected projects, assigned by the Portfolio Manager, in collaboration with all members of the project teams.     The IT Project Manager role is highly customer-service focused, serving the Business Partners, their businesses, as well as IT.

We are seeking a candidate with the following background:

  • 10+ years of experience in Information Technology, with progressively increasing responsibilities in project management 
  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, business administration, engineering or a related discipline
  • Experience with PPM tools and BI management reporting
  • Expertise in MS Projects

The Project Manager will be required to:

  • Learn the project objectives and detailed business requirements to provide continuity of vision and understanding across the team throughout the full lifecycle of the project or program
  • Become knowledgeable about the solution architecture, data and services to be used to effectively.
  • Identify, track and actively manage dependencies, working closely with the Portfolio Manager on any cross-team dependencies
  • Proactively anticipate, track and mitigate project-related issues and risks
  • Build and update project charters, which should be considered living documents to be updated as plans, budgets, resources and scope change
  • Develop Communication Plan/Operating Cadence to ensure appropriate team engagement
  • Conduct planning meetings, workshops with project core and extended team members and develop a project schedule to ensure complete delivery schedule; obtain team buy-in and baseline
  • Develop a RACI to establish clear roles and responsibilities
  • Communicate baseline schedule and important milestones to each stakeholder, set expectations as to their responsibilities and provide reminders as appropriate to ensure project progress per the baseline schedule
  • Follow SDLC processes, gates and procedures and PMO best practices for managing projects (which include the change control process needed to capture data around reasons for change)
  • Unblock or escalate issues to the Portfolio Manager in a timely manner; then drive and own mitigation
  • Proactively review the health of projects from various perspectives (feedback from key team members, past trends, project retrospectives, etc.) and take corrective measures to ensure successful project delivery
  • Anticipate and manage risks, issues and dependencies
  • Communicate with the Portfolio Manager and associated Business Partner frequently regarding changes in project status and ensure that data is kept up to date in the EPM system.  Provide transparency into project status, accomplishments, issues and risks, and next steps on a regular cadence set by the Portfolio Manager, with event-driven updates as needed
  • Make Project Retrospectives a routine, periodic activity during the project lifecycle; capture and communicate to the team and to the larger community using the Lessons Learned process and database 
  • Work closely with the Portfolio Manager and solution architects to give the IT build and run teams in GPT and GDS early visibility into upcoming demand related to the projects managed
  • Ensure the quality and on time delivery of SDLC artifacts and documents related to projects managed, as well as timely execution of SDLC gate check processes
  • Actively participate in pre-UAT activities and observe UAT execution for all projects
  • Actively use PMO compliance reports to ensure project data is accurate and timely, updated weekly (at a minimum) and on an event-driven basis as changes occur
  • Establish and manage the project team sites for projects managed
  • Lead project team meetings and ensure that team meeting minutes are taken, accurate and available for team review.  Action items from these meetings are the responsibility of the Project Manger to assign to the appropriate owners, and to ensure actions are closed in a timely manner.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Experience in Project Management Office, SDLC and governance best practices
  • Understanding of software development and configuration processes, including requirements gathering, analysis/design, planning, development tools/technologies, testing methodologies, release/version control, deployment management, disaster recovery planning and testing, post-production hardening, and transition to run operations
  • A track record of high quality, successful, on time and on budget delivery of projects
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience with Waterfall and understanding of Agile and hybrid development methodologies
  • Proven track record working with and managing external vendors
  • Business Partner and business client-facing presence
  • Build strong relationships and gain trust
  • Understand business requirements and the value proposition for projects
  • Work closely and collaboratively with members of the PMO and project teams
  • Communicate status, risks, dependencies and issues effectively
  • Escalate issues in a manner that is effective, collaborative and respectful


  • PMP or Prince2 certification
  • Experience with MS Project Server PPM system
  • Training and experience with Agile development practices
  • Agile CSM or PSM Certification
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