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The UW Finance Transformation Program (UWFT) is a $200M initiative to replace the University’s financial systems with an integrated system to manage the full suite of financial transactions and reporting needs in the UW system – to include academic, administrative, and healthcare. UWFT will fundamentally change the processes and tools that the University employs to track, spend, collect, manage, and report University finances in excess of $7B in annual revenues, resulting in more timely and actionable information for leadership. Among the UW’s highest administrative priorities, this multi-year initiative is one of the largest finance system projects in Washington State and the outcome of the program will be highly visible at all levels of the University and the state.
The UW Finance Readiness Program is one of several collaborative partner programs focused on ensuring operational readiness of the UW’s central finance division when the UW goes live with the new integrated financial system. The UW Finance Readiness Program has an excellent opportunity for a Lead Project Manager. Reporting to the Finance Readiness Program Director, the UWFT Lead Project Manager will coordinate with program leadership to maintain project plans, ensure timely completion of deliverables and support team communications and collaboration. More specifically, this role will manage planning, objective setting, and execution of deliverables. Additionally, the role will require strong analytical acumen, broad awareness of key organizational objectives and an ability to prioritize multiple timelines and competing goals. Competitive candidates will have excellent project management skills, written and oral communication skills and can work with minimal supervision, either independently or in a collaborative team environment.
The Finance Readiness Program has an outstanding opportunity for a Lead Program Manager. This position also supervises and leads a team of other Project Managers that provide the same level of support to a team of Business Analysts and Developers.
•Develop and manage detailed work plans for cross-functional end-to-end process work streams in support of program deliverables.
•Proactively identify potential risks, dependencies, and obstacles that may hinder successful completion of deliverables and achievement of project goals.
•Monitor and evaluate specific roadmaps, keeping stakeholders informed of schedule updates and framing associated decision points.
•Develop and deliver work stream status report.
•Scale Agile/Lean methods and processes across multiple development teams.
•Manage work stream sprint process including backlog prioritization, sprint ceremonies, JIRA tracking, and scrum meetings.
•Lead the development of user stories, assigning story points, and developing team burn down charts to measure capacity and speed.
•Actively work to ensure quick closure of risks and issues and communicating to program leadership
•Manage work stream RAID log, ensuring accurate statuses, owners, assignees, and priorities.
•Coordinate with Functional Leads to ensure priorities are aligned with project management goals.
•Coordinate day to day work of Business Analysts, and other resources on their team.
•Work closely with business analysts, SMEs, and Services analysts to ensure a clear understanding of the business requirements. Manage scope, identifying areas of confusion where priorities need to be set by program leadership.
•Organize and facilitate project planning, daily stand-up meetings, reviews, retrospectives, sprint and release planning, demos and other Scrum-related meetings.
•Identify, develop and evaluate alternative solutions.
•Collaborate with architects (across various disciplines), functional managers, business analysts, leads, directors and others on analysis, design, and development associated with the implementation of ERP and information system solutions.
•Create user stories, requirements, test cases and other documentation as necessary in support of agile development methodologies.
•Facilitate collection of work estimates as input into managing scope/schedule/budget, conducting capacity planning across contributed and vendor resources, and raising issues when boundaries are exceeded.
•Assist in developing a shared understanding of the UW Academy and UW Medicine Central/Unit Finance Business Processes.
•Facilitate discussions and ask prompting questions across a complex and diverse set of stakeholders to ensure alignment and move discussions toward decision-making
Project Team Leadership
•Supervise PMO staff to continuously design, deliver, and optimize internal program processes, procedures, metrics, infrastructure, and communications, enabling efficient program practices to support program tasks and milestones.
•Under the direction of the PMO Manager, Program Director, and Assistant Director, manage, delegate, and prioritize the workload for the staff of the Project Management team.
•Lead, organize and influence positively, effectively and maneuver through unstructured problems and create the necessary structure to drive for results.
•Partner with PMO Manager and Assistant Director of the program to build program timelines and strategies that meet the swiftly evolving needs of the program; ensure plans are built to be flexible and dynamic.
•Define, track and monitor the project scope, schedule and resource plans. Identify and implement non-technical process improvements as well as technical solutions
•Facilitate team development of project milestones, work breakdown structures, document handoffs and dependencies, critical paths, project statuses, project risks, and contingency plans.
•Foster responsive, consistent and agile program management processes and procedures in support of program management objectives.
•Collaborate with the program leadership team in defining and establishing priorities for the PMO, driving planning processes, including program road mapping and staging; ensure PMO Analysts working within the workstreams are coordinated in approach and outcomes
•Utilize techniques and tools for project planning, execution, project management, ongoing milestone/deliverable tracking, communication, and key performance metrics; develop unique approaches when needed for the program
•Build and maintain effective partnerships with key cross functional leaders.
•Ensure the program management activities are executed in accordance with the program leadership strategy to support the program management team. •Ability to have difficult conversations with leaders and peers to support program goals.
•Other duties as required.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
•Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Information Science, or related areas and five years’ experience as a project manager of complex technical projects including demonstrated ability to create, implement, and manage small and large projects within a team environment.
•Six or more years of project management experience, preferably in supporting large, complex IT transformations projects.
•Ability to lead multiple development teams using a standard software system lifecycle approach, applying project management methodologies and tools, such as agile/lean, project management systems, issue tracking, risk management, and requirements management systems; ability to develop efficient project procedures and quality control methods
•Demonstrated leadership experience, including direction of team and resources in a deadline-driven environment and cultivation of trust, leading strong collaboration and professional development on a high-performing team
•Experience communicating effectively with diverse stakeholders, including customers and key process stakeholders
•Proven use and understanding of PMI practices and familiarity with ITIL Service Management process.
•Ability to manage a diverse range of activities in a very visible and pressured environment, exercising independent judgment in resolving problems.
•Ability to speak and write about technical issues for both technical and non-technical audiences.
•Understanding of contemporary computing, networking and security technologies, and distributed systems architecture.
•Experience communicating with executive management during project charter development, priority setting, status and budget reporting at the Director, VP, and Executive level.
•Demonstrated excellent written/oral communication skills, technical documentation skills, user liaison skills, and personal interaction abilities.
•Demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.
•Scrum Master Certification
•Experience utilizing SharePoint, JIRA and agile work processes.
•Experience in a large university, medical center or other large enterprise.
•Experience participating in the implementation of a large enterprise resource planning (ERP) or similar software.
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