The Senior Project Manager is responsible for managing the planning and execution of large, complex, and or strategically significant projects supporting improvements and change across business processes, teams and functions. Under minimal direction, the Senior PM provides project direction, managing project team members and partnering with cross-functional teams to ensure projects deliver the expected scope and business value, complete on budget and on schedule, and deliver with quality. Develops strong, mutually respectful partnerships with stakeholders, manages expectations, and ensures effective communication for the audience, advocating for the project at all levels of the organization. Provides options analysis and decisioning frameworks to leadership for project-related choices and risk mitigation. The Senior PM uses well-developed judgment to understand the business environment and shares customer perspective with the project team. Provides coaching and mentoring to more junior level project managers.
Project and Change Management: Provide tactical and team leadership throughout project lifecycle
Oversees development of all project deliverables (charter, requirements, detailed design, test plan, etc.)
Ensures implementation of all activities to meet the defined scope, schedule, budget and resources
Coordinates with people managers, partners, vendors and project sponsorship to ensure project is appropriately resourced and resources and/or tools are effectively managed to achieve project goals
Enables sponsors to be effective change agents
Define change and change management approach, including identification of interdependencies with other planned work efforts
Anticipates project specific risks and minimizes impact of change on project delivery
Compares actual performance with planned performance and implement appropriate corrective action if needed
Responsible for ensuring project complies with established enterprise project portfolio management governance processes including intake, quarterly reviews, and annual planning
Project closeout: Conducts lessons learned and hands-off work for sustainability
Communication/Leadership: Ensures effective convening and communication with project team members, stakeholders and senior leadership. Includes status, solutioning, risk/issue management and key decisions.
Facilitates meetings and communications throughout the project lifecycle to build project momentum and ensure transparency of relevant project information to appropriate audiences.
Establishes and nurtures relationships with customers and project stakeholders/sponsors
Prepares and delivers executive level briefings and/or decision support as desired
Manages the efforts of other PM's and sub-team leads, contractors and support staff making assignments and monitoring progress
Consultation & Analysis:
Provide consulted direction and facilitation to the functional and business impact analysis of solution options and facilitates trade off analysis where desired to achieve project objectives and manage or mitigate risk
Demonstrates thought leadership in terms of approach and objectives and risk and issues management with personal contributions to identifying and strategizing on mitigation and devising solutions
Contributes to achievement of larger strategic goals for the function or program by highlighting critical issues and impacts
Project Management Practice: Leverage project methodologies and best practices (internal & external) to ensure quality, consistent, effective delivery (IE: PMI, Agile, Waterfall, etc.)
Provides coaching and mentoring to more junior-level project managers
Contribute to the continuous improvement of the PM practices and project management office (PMO): Defines/ communicates best practice recommendations for improvement & adoption.
Leadership and Culture
We believe that energized people, working well together, fueled by great guidance in an inclusive environment in which they thrive, will do phenomenal things.
Core Knowledge and Skills
Business Knowledge - Understands the business benefits of the project and the linkage between project/program goals and organizational strategy and drivers.
Excellent knowledge and expertise utilizing standard project management and change management frameworks (Agile, Waterfall, etc.) for effective project delivery across the full project lifecycle.
Oral and written communication techniques, channels and applications
Team Leadership - Demonstrated ability to mobilize and motivate teams; set direction and approach; resolve conflict; motivates performance; deliver tough messages with grace; follow through with limited information and ambiguity
Relationship Management - Demonstrated ability to quickly earn the trust of sponsors and key stakeholders; empathetic and creative manager able to listen to and understand partner interests and concerns and proactively plan to address them
Reports to: Deputy Director, IT PMO
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s or other advanced degree preferred or equivalent experience
Project Management Professional certification is desired but not required
7-10+ years of progressive PM experience with increasing levels of complexity
As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is dedicated to the belief that all lives have equal value. We’re committed to creating a workplace where employees thrive both personally and professionally. We also believe our employees should reflect the rich diversity of the global populations we aim to serve—in race, gender, age, cultures and beliefs—and we support this diversity through all of our employment practices.
All applicants and employees who are drawn to serve the mission of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will enjoy equality of opportunity and fair treatment without regard to:
From poverty to health, to education, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation focuses on improving the lives of billions of people worldwide. There are four problem areas the organization focuses on; the Global Development Division, Global Health Division, United States Division, and Global Policy & Advocacy Division. In developing countries the foundation focuses on improving the health and welln...ess of people as well as helping children and families escape from extreme hunger and poverty. In the United States, the foundation focuses on low-income families and makes sure that everyone has opportunities to receive an education that will help them succeed. The foundation works with numerous organizations around the world to tackle critical problems and addresses challenging inequalities. The headquarters of this organization is based in Seattle, Washington, one of the most proactive global health and non-profit cities in the world.