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Cengage Learning Sr. Strategic Project Manager in Boston, Massachusetts

Do you dare to reinvent the future of education?

At Cengage, we're harnessing the power of tech to build a future where all learners have the tools and confidence to achieve their goals. Cengage's Gale business provides libraries and educators around the world with a wide variety of research and content that enhance learning and improves outcomes. As a Cengage employee, you'll collaborate with the best of the best; feeling challenged to do breakthrough work. Together, there's no limit to what we can imagine, build and innovate!

Are we right for you?

We set the bar higher by bringing talents and points of view to the table every day. We're curious and comfortable with change and are willing to try new things to change education for the better. Most importantly, we put learning first with everything we do. We also offer a fun and exciting work environment, working with some of the best people in our industry.

What you'll do here:

As a Senior Strategic Manager, you'll be responsible for developing, overseeing and implementing strategic projects across multiple lines of business that support GTS vision and short and long-term plans.

This individual is specifically focused on maturing GTS performance in two critical areas; Project/Program Management, and Process Improvement. This individual proactively manages projects with a goal of meeting business commitments on time and on budget while minimizing risks and maximizing efficiencies.

Position Description (Essential Duties & Responsibilities):

Project/Program Management

  • Works across teams to build and manage project and program documentation, including planning, work estimates, schedules and budgets, and successfully deliver on commitments.

  • Provides leadership to project teams to ensure projects are delivered within standards, scope, budget and schedules as identified in the overall planning process.

  • Works with other team members to share learning, mitigate technical dependencies, and maximize practice consistency between teams.

  • Provides high transparency with respect to projects and teams by actively identifying the reporting/information needs and facilitating a communication plan.

  • Manages project teams consisting of a variety of technical and non-technical members both internal and external to the organization. Team members may include internal Cengage employees, external vendors and consultants, and/or offshore resources.

Process Improvement

  • Supports GTS management initiatives through research and investigation, consultation, management, support and implementation of improved processes that directly impact business outcomes.

  • Works directly with GTS leaders, business users, external providers and other specialists to deliver strategic programs from early discovery and pre-planning through implementation.

  • Provides leadership for continuous improvement by identifying challenges, conducting gap analyses, making recommendations and implementing effectively.

  • Consults with teams to understand business problems to be solved by technical solution.

  • Provides continuous leadership keeping momentum and focus in the team.

  • Identifies, tracks, and reports meaningful metrics and assists in achieving performance goals

  • Coordinates to elicit, document, and track a common and complete understanding of project/initiative requirements.

  • Supports all areas of the business by developing expertise and assisting through consultation, research and analysis.

Partner Management

Understand the business need for each project and make on-going decisions based on what’s best for the organization. Challenge senior stakeholders on critical success factors. Oversees the management of partner performance and metrics reporting (SLAs and SLOs)

Other

  • Works independently with minimal supervision and exercises independent judgment.

  • A results-oriented individual with a high degree of emotional intelligence and situational effectiveness.

  • Demonstrates solid interpersonal skills, a collaborative nature, and awareness of self and others.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge/Skills/Experience:

Basic (Required)

  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration or computer information systems, or applicable technology-related experience.

  • 8+ years of recent professional experience in the IT or software development industry.

  • 8+ years of experience working within organizations to manage change in a matrixed environment.

  • Manage multiple complex initiatives that span one or multiple parts of a business.

  • Experience managing partner resources to ensure critical business results are achieved.

  • Experience with structured project management practices including estimation, budgeting, resource allocation, scope management, managing change, risk management.

  • Demonstrable ability towards understanding and translating business drivers for technical solutions.

  • Proven, strong written and oral communication skills across all levels of an organization.

  • Ability to manage multiple demands without missing deadlines.

  • Analytical and problem-solving skills for addressing challenges that arise.

  • Ability to communicate and seek support for complex procedures or diverse information.

  • Ability to provide quality service by appropriate follow-through, urgency and persistence.

  • Strong teambuilding skills and teamwork orientation; able to coach, mentor and lead by example.

Preferred

  • 8+ years of experience within a software development team.

  • Past experience working in ambiguous environment and collaborating across multiple areas in order to achieve a common business objectives.

  • Turn around any-size troubled project.

  • Mentor less-senior personnel.

  • Demonstrate decisiveness in resolving business problems, making decisions and identifying priorities.

  • Experience managing vendor resources.

  • 3+ years of experience with Agile or Kanban project management tools, including Snow and Jira.

  • Experience with leading industry PPM and reporting tools – MS Project.

Cengage is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, marital status, parental status, cultural background, organizational level, work styles, tenure and life experiences. Or for any other reason. View Cengage’s EEO/Affirmative Action Policy signed by CEO Michael Hansen (https://p.widencdn.net/pdvq6j/EEO_Policy_Statement_January_2017) and Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law notice (http://embed.widencdn.net/pdf/plus/cengage/ybs5gt19ik/eeopost-merged.pdf) by visiting their corresponding links.

Cengage provides excellent benefits (health, vision, dental, 401(k), and three weeks vacation to start) and is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please contact us at accommodations.ta@cengage.com or you may call us at +1 (617) 289-7917.

Cengage, an education technology company serving millions of learners in 165 countries and territories, advances the way students learn through quality, digital experiences. We serve the K-12, higher education, professional, library, English language teaching, and workforce training markets worldwide. We believe that through the power and joy of learning, students can enrich their lives and achieve their dreams – no matter their age, experience, abilities, or environment. Our industry-leading products and services make education more accessible and affordable, including Cengage Unlimited, the first-of-its-kind all-access digital subscription service. Visit us at http://www.cengage.com/or find us on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/cengage-learning/mycompany/) , Facebook, or Twitter (https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/twitter.com/CengageLearning__;!!MXVguWEtGgZw!aJM6MqVIQGDoWSYaJ6CU3EZyn3SnQfIs5kCHxkrWiy4_XmXapqpMK0qgZUq02AuBC1E$) .

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