Pearson Senior Software Project Manager in Bloomington, Minnesota

Senior Software Project Manager


The Company

Pearson VUE ( ) is the global leaderin computer-based testing for information technology, academic, government andprofessional testing programs around the world. Pearson VUE provides a fullsuite of services from test development to data management, and delivers examsthrough the world’s most comprehensive and secure network of test centers inmore than 180 countries, where we validate the skills and knowledge of millionsof individuals every year.

Pearson VUE is abusiness of Pearson, the world's leading learning company with global-reach andmarket-leading businesses. Pearson is listed on both the London and New Yorkstock exchanges (UK: PSON; NYSE: PSO).

Pearson is an EqualOpportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-verify. Allqualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, andindividuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The Team

This position is ona team that develops and maintains client and candidate-facing web applicationsthat are mobile, accessible and internationalized for multiple locales. We have over 400 clients and 90% of our examregistrations flowing through the products we support, which providefunctionality for candidates to register for and schedule exams, view scorereports, launch exams, and more. We alsohave several client-specific applications that are tailored to one or twocustomers for their custom exam workflows. There is a continuous stream of complex and challenging work for ademanding set of clients with direct impact to the candidate experience.

We are looking forpassionate and driven technologists who flourish in a highly collaborativeenvironment where they can think outside the box, challenge the status quo, andinnovate both products and processes. Agile is at the core of everything we do, so we are constantlyinspecting and adapting and focused on making our teams better with everyiteration. Everyone on the team is afull-stack enterprise developer, working with a broad portfolio of cutting-edgetechnologies, so you will be surrounded with like-minded people who work hardand play hard.

The Position

As a Senior Technical Project Manager/Scrum Master you willgenerally lead enhancements and small project teams (durations under 1 year,budgets under $500K, up to 15 team members) that are focused primarily on oneproduct area.

This role might support other Project Managers or SoftwareDevelopment Group Managers in larger project efforts or maintenance activities.In this role you will manage IT projects in all project-related interfaces:planning, directing, and coordinating project activities with the ownership forsuccessful completion of all project deliverables to the business withinestablished financial, schedule, and quality objectives.

As a Scrum Master, you will guide the teamonhow to use agile practices and values using a servant leadership style,providing support and focusing on the health of the team.

Manage project initiation and planning phases

  • establish, document, and manage project scope

  • define and prioritize project tasks, establish project goals, requirements, and desired results

  • create, manage, and update project schedules and timeline

  • establish project charter, facilitate review with project steering committee, key stakeholders and project team, and gain charter sign-off

  • review requirements and specifications for work

Manage project execution, controlling, and closing phases

  • establish schedules and project parameters; develop procedures to accomplish project goals

  • identify and manage project risk

  • identify and manage project issues

  • coordinate the work across multiple projects with other project staff from various functional departments

  • track the execution process to ensure that project team adheres to reporting requirements

  • facilitate team meetings to discuss and review the work

  • act as focal point for project problem resolution and escalation

  • establish conditions for project closure and manage closure

Manage project quality delivery

  • ensure the software development quality provided and delivered meets that in the agreed plan

  • ensure that the team follows all formal and informal best practices in software development and other initiatives

Manage project change

  • identify changes from original project scope and conduct impact assessment

  • communicate with stakeholders and drive decision making process

  • obtain change request sign-offs, reset expectations as needed, and update plans and supporting project artifacts as needed

Manage project budget

  • Establish, track, report, and update as needed on project budget, actual expenses, and forecasts of remaining expenses

  • Work with software development group manager and accounting to assure project costs are allocated and reported properly

Reporting and Communication

  • prepare project reports for internal team members and stakeholders, management, clients or others

  • facilitate interactive sessions

  • deliver presentations as required

Relationship management

  • establish and maintain team member and project stakeholder relationships appropriately

  • establish and maintain client relationships appropriately

  • manage team member, stakeholder, and client expectations in software delivery


Required Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor Degree or equivalent work experience (Master degree or related technical training and management training education or experience preferred)

  • 5 or more years previous project management experience

  • 5 or more years previous Scrum Master experience

  • Strong Agile Scrum project management experience required

  • Experienced managing multiple projects simultaneously

  • Proven track record of successfully leading multiple projects teams through the full software development lifecycle to deliver business goals and requirements

Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills

  • Excellent organizational and coordination skills

  • Ability to deal effectively with change in a fast paced environment

  • Knowledge of software development life cycle (SDLC) processes

  • Knowledge of project management methods and tools

  • Excellent listening, oral, and written communications skills

  • Leadership and team building skills

  • Self-starter

  • Budgeting and forecasting skills

  • Negotiation and conflict resolution skills

  • Strong presentation skills

  • energetic motivator that excels at managing cross functional teams

License / Certifications:

  • Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) Certification preferred

Contactthe recruiter:


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Primary Location: US-MN-Bloomington

Work Locations: US-MN-Bloomington-5601 Green Valley 5601 Green Valley Drive Suite 220 Bloomington 55437

Job: Project/Programme Management

Organization: Professional VUE

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Nov 22, 2016