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Aetna IT Project Manager in Amherst, New York

Req ID: 66293BR

Job Description

Manages the day-to-day activities of one complex project (cost of $1 million or more) or multiple business-sponsored IT projects (each with project cost of less than $1 million) to deliver tasks on time, within budget, and within scope. Responsible for the success of the project(s).

Fundamental Components included but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for managing, directing and planning one complex or multiple less complex projects.

  • Ability to communicate and effectively negotiate with immediate manager(s), peers, and Business with a high level of confidence and composure.

  • Provides coaching and team building to ensure that the project team members develop their skills and achieve their career goals.

  • Leads a matrixed project team in executing assigned tasks and coordinating the efforts of internal and external project team members.

  • Ensures that project team members complete tasks and deliverables on time and within budget, and that the project delivers promised business functionality.

  • Identifies and capitalizes on interdependencies within the project to ensure end-to-end synergy during all phases of the project life cycle.

  • Develops and manages all key project governance documents, such as but not limited to the Project Charter, Workplan, Communications Plan, and Risk Mitigation Strategy Manages the project budget, and reports project cost information in an accurate and timely manner.

  • Proactively identifies additional cost-savings to reduce overall project expenditures

  • Manages the effective utilization of resources assigned to the project team, and proactively communicates resource capacity and shortages to the respective organization leads.

  • Coordinates engagement of subject matter experts in the business segment to assist in the identification, validation, and resolution of business system needs.

  • Acts as the liaison between project team members and Program Management to ensure that expectations and objectives are clearly understood by all parties, and to communicate project information including the status of deliverables, scope changes, and issues.

  • Proactively evaluates project activities, builds contingency plans, executes corrective action, and monitors issue resolution to mitigate risks such as scope and/or budget variances.

  • Manages the scope of the project, and ensures that scope changes are reviewed and approved by the Finance and Business Sponsor where appropriate

  • Evaluates project activities utilizing quality measurements and monitoring mechanisms to ensure that deliverables meet or exceed expectations and integrate with overall project effort.

  • Monitors and reports tangible and intangible benefits.

  • Provides management with team and individual performance feedback.

  • Adheres to existing project management methodology by leveraging and promoting the use of existing tools, capturing best practices, identifying areas for process improvement, and the associated implementation.

  • Monitors and holds project resources accountable for meeting performance metrics.

  • Creates and maintains a highly collaborative PM community of practice that drives and implements continuous improvements which result in IT and Business Return on Investment.

  • Partners and collaborates with the Business in building a strong foundational knowledge of the Business processes to deliver the appropriate IT Business solution.

  • Prepares and delivers professional presentations to management and business.

Qualifications Requirements and Preferences:

  • At Minimum, Bachelor's Degree from accredited high education institution or proven IT project management experience.

  • Experience executing in a matrixed enterprise with a multi-function project team with team members including developers, business analysts, systems analysts, quality analysts, business owners and IT Owners

  • Strong interpersonal skills including collaborating and team building

  • Proven ability to lead IT development projects an ensure objectives, goals, and commitments are met

Functional Skills:

Information Technology - Project management

Technology Experience:

Desktop Tool - Microsoft PowerPoint, Desktop Tool - Microsoft Project, Desktop Tool - TE Microsoft Excel

Required Skills:

General Business - Demonstrating Business and Industry Acumen, Leadership - Collaborating for Results, Leadership - Developing and Executing Strategy

Desired Skills:

General Business - Communicating for Impact, General Business - Ensuring Project Discipline, Leadership - Creating Accountability

Benefit Eligibility

Benefit eligibility may vary by position.

Job Function: Information Technology

Aetna is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veterans status.