ACT, Inc. Senior Manager, Research Project & Planning in Iowa City, Iowa
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Position objective:This position will advance ACT’s research activities primarily by providing project management support for selected research projects and initiative leadership and management of discrete interdepartmental or interdivisional research initiatives. The Manager is responsible for leading the Research Project & Planning team and accomplishing project objectives by planning and evaluating project activities on projects or small programs. The Manager will provide personnel management of the Research project management staff. Additionally, she/he will provide high-level subject matter expertise to Research project management team members on project management tasks including completing project schedules, cost budgeting, scope planning, managing project issues and risks, and resource and quality management. This position performs primary work responsibilities with minimal guidance.
ESSENTIAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
Typical work-related activities include:
Develop, implement and update a work plan for the project management team, including project assignment
Supervise and support project managers
Ensure development of all project managers including appropriate certifications and training as part of a comprehensive development plan
Review and recommend actions to continually improve performance of the team with regard to all project management tasks
Develop corrective actions with project managers where problems occur on projects
Provide project management on research projects to include:
Establishes project goals, scope, roles and responsibilities; proactively follows up with others to ensure commitments are on track and stay on track; works with project team resources to make sure the appropriate approval on deliverables is obtained.
Creates, tracks and manages project schedules; recognizes potential slippage and new dependencies; works with project team to make schedule corrections
Provides factual representations of project issues, next steps, remediation plans, specific support requests of leaders, and appropriate knowledge of the issue to be able to answer predicted questions (with minimal guidance)
Facilitates project meetings
Provide initiative, leadership and management, with minimal supervision, on interdepartmental or interdivisional programs to include assuming responsibility for timely deliverables as scheduled and budgeted; developing and maintaining initiative databases, reports, and artifacts; establishing and maintaining initiative schedules; compiling, reviewing, and reporting initiative metrics and status; planning and executing improvement plans for initiatives.
Lead, specific research activities between departments and outside parties to support projects or initiatives.
Communicate with external research clients or partners to support projects or initiatives.
Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in business administration
Or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired
A minimum of 5 years of project management related experience, utilizing relevant project management methodologies
A minimum of 3 years as a people manager required
Preference for experience with research project or program management in large-scale research settings
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
PMP certification preferred
Familiarity with common Agile practices
Knowledge of SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework) structure and theories
Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
Strong communication and writing skills
Ability to develop and maintain strong internal and external client-working relationships
Demonstrated ability to coordinate a variety of simultaneous responsibilities
Ability to work interdependently with minimal supervision in a matrixed environment
Demonstrated decision-making ability
Proven problem solving and prioritization skills
Process improvement experience and skills
Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information
Advanced proficiency in basic Office 365 applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Project)
Flexibility to learn and adapt to new technology
TravelUp to 25% Travel
ACT is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled.