NW Natural offers an ITProject Manager 3 opportunity to interested applicants. The following is a summary of the position specifics.
Purpose of Position:
Manages the development and implementation of IT projects by providing strategic direction to a team responsible for project development including design, analysis, feasibility studies, budget, and schedule.
Position Essential Functions:
Works with minimal supervision and direction to manage complex projects and programs.
Establishes project goals. Develops project plans, budgets, defines scope, timelines, outcomes, and deliverables. Coordinates involvement with key stakeholders.
Establishes processes, approves and oversees the implementation of process improvements.
Works with IT Business Analysts to ensure business requirements are gathered and analysis is completed to support project requirements.
Conducts analysis, financial modeling, feasibility studies, etc. in order to quantify costs and maintain budgets.
Negotiates timelines and schedules and defines resource requirements.
Negotiates outcomes, revises project deliverables or adjusts schedules when necessary. Accountable for project schedules and deliverables that are consistent with the project plan.
Assumes full accountability for project results for multiple projects or a single major project. Demonstrates ability to manage multiple projects.
Communicates project vision and provides guidance in executing project plan.
Works with vendor project management to develop detailed project plans by leading project teams through work breakdown sessions. Challenges assumptions and applies creativity to deliver attainable project schedules.
Performs Risk Analysis for the project, regularly follows up on action plans and evaluates risks together with the project team.
Resolves project issues and understand when to escalate unresolved project issues.
Utilizes appropriate documentation and follow defined project change control policies.
Facilitates cross-functional and cross-organizational team members in a matrixed-managed environment.
Identifies and mitigates cultural barriers that are critical to the success of a project by utilizing change management practices within project management.
Mentors other project managers.
Contributes to the project management body of knowledge.
Follows common project management methodologies as prescribed by the PMBOK.
Maintains the education commitments and requirements necessary to maintain PM certification.
Supports Company’s commitment to a culture of safe work practices.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Minimum 10 years of proven project management experience leading business focused IT projects or business projects with IT components.
Experience with telecom, SCADA and/or infrastructure projects preferred.
PMI certification or equivalent is a must.
Demonstrated experience applying project management concepts and techniques. Proven success in facilitating and coordinating multiple projects, resources and personnel.
Experience with project portfolio management strongly preferred.
Proven ability to prioritize work to meet tight schedules and demanding targets while delivering high quality products; effectively managing competing priorities and reconciling divergent expectations.
Demonstrated ability to be self-managed and apply skills in problem solving and decision-making.
Ability to function in a cohesive team environment to achieve company goals and act independently to accomplish personal responsibilities.
Strong communication and presentation skills for both individual and group presentation basis, including facilitation skills and techniques. Excellent writing and documentation skills.
Must have skill and experience in negotiating agreements and handling sensitive situations with confidentiality, tact, and discretion while providing clear and concise direction.
Ability to handle/diffuse difficult conversations with tact and diplomacy.
Demonstrated ability to collaborate with various stakeholders to ensure cooperation and timely project completion.
Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail.
Must have strong systemic and critical thinking skills and ability to use logic and analysis to identify the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches.
Ability to gain trust quickly and to maintain confidentiality and credibility with clients and partners at all levels within the organization.
Demonstrated problem solving and creative thinking skills. Ability to manage and track details while maintaining big picture concepts.
Demonstrated computer proficiency; including word processing, spreadsheet applications, and project management tools.
NW Natural – a legacy of service On Jan. 7, 2009, NW Natural celebrated its 150th birthday. The company that became NW Natural was a business before Oregon became a state.When the Portland Gas Light Co., the original gas company, first started delivering gas, it had 49 customers – all using gas for lighting. Today, NW Natural serves more than 670,000 customers for space and water heating and a var...iety of industrial processes. Over the years, the gas company has changed products and names to match the times. But three things have never changed: the company’s dedication to its customers; it’s commitment to the communities it serves; and its support for its employees. At NW Natural, we like to say, “We grew up here.” That’s because we have evolved and grown with the communities where we work, and because we’re dedicated to keeping them strong.