A Senior Project Manager is responsible for managing initiatives that increase in size and complexity, such as leading enterprise-wide initiatives, to accomplish organizational strategic priorities. Expectations of the role include facilitating cross-functional teams in the alignment and prioritization of project objectives that deliver value to Ascensus. The Senior Project Manager collaborates closely with business sponsors, product owners, other business and technology leaders, external parties, and teams of subject matter experts to ensure broad organizational readiness, effective risk management, and transparent and timely communications with stakeholders. The Senior also invests in others as a mentor and advocates for agile and lean project management to improve enterprise agility.
Section 2: Job Functions, Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Facilitate working agreement and commitment to shared objectives with team of subject matter experts, ensuring clarity of roles and responsibilities.
Facilitate planning and coordination of broad organizational readiness such as launch, communication and training strategies, while ensuring alignment with technology team deliverables, in support of driving incremental value.
Apply established best-practices while working lean (eliminating waste), using strategies best-suited to the situational need, and being resilient and adaptable.
Facilitate and support cross-functional teams in aligning to deliver on desired outcomes.
Support or create ways of working that enable the most effective, efficient and expeditious execution and resulting impact.
Facilitate effective risk and issue management, to ensure challenges are anticipated and appropriate actions are taken.
Detect both obstacles and opportunities and respond to them as quickly as possible to produce desired outcomes.
Build and maintain communication channels and methods to provide updates on progress to both internal and external stakeholders timely and succinctly.
Leverage data and other assessment mechanisms to facilitate enterprise level transparency and insights that are delivered in a consumable and meaningful format.
Manage project performance using appropriate tools and techniques.
Develop subject-matter knowledge to the extent necessary to drive key project activities.
Continually improve workflow and maximize efficiency by eliminating impediments to organizational readiness.
Guide, navigate and support teams if initiatives are forced to adjust due to resource or priority changes.
Advocate for agile and lean project management as well as process improvement across the enterprise; actively engage to implement change well.
Actively engage in approaches to enabling enterprise capabilities to deliver value incrementally, optimize throughput, and improve time to market.
Use and continually develop servant leadership skills and emotional intelligence.
Provide mentoring and leadership to less experienced team members.
Proactively invest in the training and learning opportunities to advance project team effectiveness.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Responsible for protecting, securing, and proper handling of all confidential data held by Ascensus to ensure against unauthorized access, improper transmission, and/or unapproved disclosure of information that could result in harm to Ascensus or our clients.
Our I-Client service philosophy and our Core Values of People Matter, Quality First and Integrity Always should be visible in your actions on a day to day basis showing your support of our organizational culture.
* Comply with company and unit policies and procedures and assists others in adhering. Responsible for protecting and securing all client data held by Ascensus to ensure against unauthorized access to and/or improper transmission of information that could result in harm to a client.
A minimum of 6 years of project management experience within the financial services, recordkeeping or similar field of work preferred. Knowledge and application of agile methodologies preferred.
Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office tools.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Excellent organizational skills including attention to detail and multitasking skills.
Strong interpersonal skills to lead complex initiatives through collaboration with internal & external clients and vendors.
Demonstrated critical thinking skills.
Demonstration of empathy, flexibility, curiosity, and willingness to learn.
Ability to work in a time sensitive environment while managing multiple, complex initiatives.
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Ascensus is a place to have a career, not just a job. As the largest US independent retirement and college savings services provider, we put our focus on people. Our culture is guided by sound principles, is committed to high standards, operates with transparency, and welcomes diversity. When you join our team, you get to go to work every day knowing that you help over 10 million Americans save for retirement and college.
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