Project Manager II

Company Name:
LAFarmer Search
Primary Duties and Responsibilities (details of the basic job functions):
Manages large complex/multiple projects in assigned department. Manages the plan, design, development, implementation and/or support of complex mainframe and/or distributed information systems or corporate projects. Develops business models, cost/benefit analysis, and recommends strategies. Coordinates project activities and resources with other company initiatives. Coordinates and defines technical/business requirements needed to complete project objectives and translates requirements to detailed specifications including budgetary projections. Ensures functional, business and/or technical design supports project/customer requirements and complies with technology plan and existing architecture and/or defined corporate business standards. Negotiates contracts with outside vendors and manages vendor relationships.
Provides guidance and training to team members and identifies opportunities to improve team performance and effectiveness. May provide guidance to project team leaders in defining measurements and measurement tools to track the achievement of project objectives. Assists Project/Program/Portfolio Directors and Managers in ensuring systems and/or business plans are developed and documented in accordance with quality control standards.
Prepares project status reports and variance analysis to ensure project remains on schedule and within budget. Evaluates project's success at completion of project based on achievement of benefits and value proposition assessment. Defines personnel in the development of project charters, value propositions, risk action plans, work plans and estimates for large complex projects and serves as a subject matter expert and consultant to mentor/coach team leaders in the use of project management concepts, tools and techniques.
Preferred Qualifications:
Technical experience in/with:
Mainframe, distributed system and/or Web based design, development and implementation
Programming languages
Operating systems
Enterprise wide technology planning issues
Systems operation practices
System development methodologies
Tools and products used in structured systems development
Knowledge of:
Mainframe, distributed system and/or Web based systems
Operating systems
Enterprise wide technology/business planning issues
Development of user requirements, testing and systems analysis
Managerial experience to include primary responsibilities for:
Staffing of professional and administrative staff
Personnel policy interpretation/administration
Experience In:
2+ years in the P & C Insurance Industry
Experience leading and developing a diverse technology team
Experience migrating legacy software systems to web-based software systems
Experience sun-setting legacy software systems
Experience in a multi-state sales distribution environment
Experience with regulatory compliance and audit mitigation
Experience with Java development
Work Environment
Works indoors in a temperature controlled office environment.
Required Qualifications (these are the minimum requirements to qualify):
Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Business Administration and a minimum of three years project leadership/management experience; or
Project Management Professional (PMP) Designation and a minimum of three years project leadership/management experience; or
Applicable professional certification or technology designation and a minimum of three years project management experience; or
Experience in/with:
Project planning and management (methods, tools and techniques)
Staffing, coordinating, and leading large technology and/or business project teams
Evaluating a complex system and/or business process and understanding the interdependencies between components
Evaluating state-of-the-art hardware and software products
Total quality processes and quality problem solving tools
Developing and negotiating contracts with vendors
Preparing business plans, value propositions/charters and proposals for long range strategic initiatives/strategic plans
Performing a variety of high level technology and/or management consulting activities
Cost/benefit analysis
Excellent presentation, persuasion and interpersonal skills (at the middle/senior management level) to include report/proposal preparation and presentation. (A writing sample will be required at time of interview.)
Our Client offers a competitive compensation and benefits packages including a base salary with performance based incentives; medical/dental/vision insurance, pension, 401(k), generous time off and much more!

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