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American Equity Project Manager II in West Des Moines, Iowa



The Project Manager II oversees the planning, implementation and tracking of specific projects; defining the beginning, end and specified deliverables.


  • Defines the scope of the project in collaboration with management.

  • Researches and acquires working knowledge of subject matter.

  • Creates a detailed work plan which identifies and sequences the activities needed to successfully complete the project.

  • Determines the resources (time, money, equipment, etc.) required to complete the project.

  • Develops a schedule and detailed timeline for project completion that effectively allocates the resources to the activities.

  • Reviews the project schedule with management and all other staff that will be affected by the project activities; revises the schedule as required.

  • Determines the objectives and measures upon which the project will be evaluated at its completion. Executes the project according to the project plan.

  • Develop forms and records to document project activities.

  • Sets up files to ensure that all project information is appropriately documented and secured.

  • Leads progression of the project and adjusts as necessary to ensure the successful completion of the project.

  • Establishes a communication schedule to update stakeholders including appropriate staff in the organization on the progress of the project.

  • Reviews the quality of the work completed with the project team on a regular basis to ensure that it meets the project standards.

  • Ensures that the project deliverables are on time, within budget and at the required level of quality.

  • Evaluates the outcomes of the project as established during the planning phase.

  • Assists in the definition of project scope and objectives, involving all relevant stakeholders.

  • Selects, negotiates with, and manages activities of external consultants or vendors.

  • Communicates with business users and development teams on project requests.

  • Supports current systems and any new systems that may be implemented.

  • Handles more complex issues and assists Project Manager I’s as needed.

  • Performs other related work as assigned.


Direct Reports: 0


  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration or related field of study; plus, a minimum of four (4) years of related experience; or equivalent combination of education and/or experience.

  • Experience overseeing the design, development, and implementation of software and hardware solutions, systems, or products.

  • Insurance industry experience a plus.

  • Experience working on financial and investments based projects


  • PMP certification is a plus.


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with ability to effectively present information to clients and respond to questions from groups.

  • Strong customer service orientation.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

  • Analytical skills with ability to think critically.

  • Strong problem-solving skills with ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

  • Mathematical skills with strong attention to detail.

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.

  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Ability to work cooperatively and successfully with employees, customers, and other outside third parties.

  • Ability to successfully handle pressure and meet deadlines in a fast-paced work environment.

  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, Visio, Microsoft Project and Outlook.

  • Minimal to no travel is required in this position.