Pearson Technical Project Manager in Bloomington, Minnesota

Technical Project Manager

Description

Pearson VUE (www.pearsonvue.com) is the global leader in computer-based testing for information technology, academic, government and professional testing programs around the world. Pearson VUE provides a full suite of services from test development to data management, and delivers exams through the world’s most comprehensive and secure network of test centers in more than 180 countries, where we validate the skills and knowledge of millions of individuals every year.

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

Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Technical Project Manager

Position

As a Technical Project Manager you will generally lead enhancements and small project teams (durations under 1 year, budgets under $500K, up to 15 team members) that are focused primarily on one product area.

Additionally, this role might support other Project Managers or Software Development Group Managers in larger project efforts or maintenance activities. In this role you will manage and control IT projects in all project-related interfaces: planning, directing, and coordinating project activities with the ownership for successful completion of all project deliverables to the business within established financial, schedule, and quality objectives.

Primary Work Location

Bloomington, MN

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

  • define, manage, and update resources

  • review requirements and specifications for work

  • participate in identifying and recruiting project personnel

  • identify and assign duties, responsibilities, and scope of authority to project team personnel

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

  • gather and review status reports prepared by project personnel and modify as necessary

  • 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

Qualifications

Required Education & Experience:

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

  • 3 or more years previous project management experience

  • 3 or more years software development project experience (in any role)

  • 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

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification preferred

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: Assessments VUE

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Nov 2, 2016