IT Program Manager

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
Solutia Consulting is looking to fill a client opportunity for a long-term assignment with a major corporation. Our client is looking for a IT Program Manager. This is a great opportunity for a candidate 5+ years of Program Manager experience and 10 years of Project Management experience.

Job Summary:

The role of the IT Program Manager is to establish and maintain appropriate governance arrangements for the program that ensures the successful implementation of the outcomes derived through the change. This is achieved through effective:

  • Organization and Leadership•Business case and Benefits management
  • Stakeholder management andCommunications
  • Risk management and issue resolution
  • Planning and control
  • Program governance
  • Quality management

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Identify and manage program scope across several interrelated projects

    • Prepare impact analysis against scope, schedules, and budget
    • Identify, review and present all Change Requests to governance groups
    • Ensure quality of all program and project outcomes, deliverables, and products
    • Comply with all Corporate policies, Standards, Procedures, and Processes
    • Create, maintain and report Business Case and Benefits Realization Plan
    • Collaborates with finance to develop the ROI and manages the financial cost modeling.
  • Establish best practices for developing, implementing, and maintaining Global Quality System processes.
  • Directs initiatives to identify, prioritize, define, and implement improvements to the Global Commercialization Process to achieve best-in-class status.
  • Create, maintain and report against a cross project schedule and resource management plan

    • Liaise with key Stakeholders and implementation resource groups to ensure alignment of priorities
    • Provides partnership and feedback to the design control facilitators
  • Provide critical leadership to ensure overall quality of project planning and execution, while minimizing andmitigating project risks

    • Identify, mitigate and review Risk and Issue Logs
    • Assume ownership for all program level risks and issues
    • Assume ownership for all critical project level risks and issues
  • Ensures adequate project and team training to core teams.

    • Provide coaching and leadership to Program Leaders
    • Coaches team members to ensure process adherence and effective project management, utilizing bestpractice project management skills, as well as framing and resolving issues through best practices.
  • Establish and maintain EPMO standards in line with Business Owner and Project Sponsor needs

Core Competencies Required:

  • Drive For Results

    • Exerts unusual effort over time to complete a goal
    • Refuses to violate standards
    • Partners with others, as necessary, to get the job done
    • Sets aggressive goals
    • Models the effort and focus needed to achieve goals
    • Implement and manage tools to measure achievement of the project plan.
  • Demonstrates initiative; results oriented Creative Problem Solving

    • Identifies many possible causes for a problem
    • Generates new and unique ideas
    • Recognizes patters, trends or themes in situations, behaviors, or information
    • Approaches a complex task or problem by breaking it down into its component parts and considering eachpart in detail
    • Carefully considers alternatives and their possible consequences, when making a decision
    • Demonstrate capacity for strategic thinking, project planning and project management
  • Interpersonal Relationships

    • Relates well to people at varying levels and positions in the organization, both internally and externally
    • Builds constructive and effective relationships
    • Demonstrates integrity, honesty and openness when dealing with others
    • Shares expertise with others
    • Quickly finds common ground and resolves problems for the good of all
    • Encourages collaboration across teams, business unites, regions and/or functions
    • Fosters an open dialogue with individuals, teams, and work groups
    • Provides partnership and feedback to the design control facilitators.
  • Adaptability

    • Is able to handle risks and uncertainty
    • Maintains a strongly held position when presented with contrary evidence
    • Revises plans in order to respond to requirements or others’ preferences
    • Adjusts strategy when initial directions are unsuccessful
    • Is able to effectively manage under new or changing circumstances
    • Provides the communication link between the project team and the PRC.
    • Requires the ability to negotiate and manage competing priorities across multiple functional areas
  • Technical Core Competencies Required

    • Project/Program management
    • Stakeholder Management
    • Business Case Development
    • Risk Management
    • Scope Management
    • Planning (Microsoft Project Advanced)


GED/High School Graduate

18+ years of IT experience with a GED/High School Graduate
14+ years of IT experience with Associate Degree
10+ years of IT experience with a Bachelor’s Degree
8+ years of IT experience with a Master’s Degree


  • Project and Program Management Experience
  • Preferred

    • Bachelor’s Degree
    • Program Management Qualifications, e.g. Managing Successful Programs (MSP) or equivalent
    • Risk Management Qualifications, e.g. Management of Risk (MoR) or equivalent
  • More than 10 years’ experience in Project Management

    • Complex projects of more than $10M budget
    • Full project lifecycle and a minimum of 3 complex projects of more than 2 years duration
  • More than 5 years’ experience in Program Management

    • Medium to complex programs of more than $10M budget
    • Business Case Development and Measurement
  • Strategic Alignment

    • Proven knowledge of developing and implementing strategic goals
  • Line Management

    • Resource planning experience
    • Matrix team management responsibilities
  • Facilitation

    • Proven steering group management skills
  • Workshop development and delivery experience
  • PMP or Member of Project Management Institute/Association of Project Management
  • Advanced level of competency in report writing
  • Advanced level of competency in Microsoft Project, Project Server, and Office
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