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Project Manager

Company: Sentry
Location: Madison
Posted on: January 17, 2020

Job Description:

OVERVIEW Sentry is seeking a motivated and self-directed leader to join our Project Management Office (PMO), based in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.  Sentry’s PMO has an impressive track record of delivery and is made up of a talented team of leaders who share knowledge and delivery techniques.  You will support the organization by providing leadership, demonstrating value and delivering results which improve the efficiency, effectiveness and alignment between business units and technology. This role is considered a foundational leadership role that gives you the opportunity to apply skills in critical thinking, communication and delivering solutions with minimal guidance.  This position can be filled as a Project Manager or Senior Project Manager based on the selected candidate’s related qualifications and experience. WHAT YOU'LL DO Delivery (Execution) Demonstrates knowledge of the insurance industry and how the business works Drives key project decisions, meeting outcomes, risks and issues Contributes deliverables consisting of project charters, scope documents and cost-benefit analysis Analyzes and solves problems that are of moderate complexity and presents options along with recommendations to others Reviews and provides feedback for individual work estimates, target dates and work output Helps others identify and escalate key risks and issues to the appropriate audience Motivates teams to deliver project work on time by providing clear milestones and clear expectations Receives minimal instruction on daily work tasks and minimal instruction on new assignments Planning and Schedule Management Effectively plans, organizes and monitors work backlogs against resource capacity for multiple teams to ensure alignment with the overall release schedule Develops work plans, determines project critical path and uses milestones to partition projects into manageable phases Works with other individuals to prepare and monitor product backlogs Develops contingency plans at a team level in anticipation of possible problems Reporting and Communication Facilitates brainstorming sessions to develop strategies, solve problems and drive efficiency.  Typically, at the team and manager levels. Facilitates project meetings to ensure the appropriate results are delivered Presents oral and written reports defining plans, problems, and resolutions to appropriate levels of management Prepares and maintains project documentation such as status reports, presentation materials, spreadsheets and project dashboards Provides transparency, accuracy and appropriate status including communicating any variances from proposed delivery dates. Demonstrates knowledge of when, how and to whom issues need to be escalated. Communicates critical items to the appropriate audience prior to publishing or presenting information to a broader group. Partnerships (Collaboration) Collaborates with IT management and directors to plan for and execute key initiatives Develops, fosters and maintains trust and credibility with project team members who are typically at management levels Resource and Capacity Planning Understands the interaction between capacity and schedule and applies the ability to develop and monitor comprehensive capacity plans Identifies resource needs and works with leads to assign individuals with the appropriate skillset Helps resolve project capacity conflicts and properly aligns the expectations of project team to achieve delivery Financial and Cost Responsibility Understands and assists with managing project financials in support of project objectives and cost-benefit analysis Vendor Management Manages contracts along with consulting policies and procedures Monitors and addresses vendor performance and adherence to the contract Facilitates vendor variance and issue resolution WHAT IT TAKES  •    Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Information Technology, Engineering or Business Analysis or equivalent work experience •    5+ years of related work experience in a fast paced, agile software development environment •    Previous experience in an IT organization and/or the Insurance industry preferred •    Project Management Professional (PMP) certification preferred •    SAFe experience and/or certifications such as the SPC, POPM or SSM preferred •    Demonstrates the ability to be a team player who establishes credibility and rapport with technical and non-technical team members.  Applies skills and knowledge of technical proficiencies to deliver value and improve efficiencies. •    Displays positive attitude, demonstrates commitment to established goals, demonstrates ability to manage multiple items and prioritize effectively WHAT YOU'LL RECEIVE There is a reason why Sentry made Forbes’ list of America’s Best Midsize Employers in 2017, 2018, and 2019. At Sentry, we recognize there are many factors that contribute to your overall satisfaction both at work, and in your personal life. So, we provide a perfect mixture of compensation, benefits, company culture, and resources to ensure your everyday happiness. Below are some benefits that you’ll receive. Competitive compensation to reward you for your hard work every day. Generous Paid-Time Off Plan for you to enjoy time out of the office. 401(K) plan with a dollar for dollar match on your first eight percent , plus immediate vesting to help fund your future. Group Medical, Dental, Vision and Life insurance to encourage a healthy lifestyle. Pretax Dependent Care and Health Expense Reimbursement Accounts to ease taxes on health spending. Extensive Work-Life Resources to lend a helping hand. Volunteer Time Off so you can dedicate time to the community. Sentry Foundation gift matching program to encourage charitable giving. HOW YOU’LL APPLY If you are interested in joining Sentry’s team, select the one position that you are most interested in being considered for and complete your online application details. If you have applied with us before, you will only need to provide your email address and password. If this is your first time applying, you’ll need to create an account. Please complete your application and upload your resume online. ABOUT SENTRY All of us at Sentry—more than 4,000 associates—have various talents, skills, and backgrounds. We work together to deliver on our promises to our policyholders every day. We’re proud to offer a full line of property, casualty, and life insurance products to help protect businesses, cars, homes, lives, and retirement income. Our headquarters is in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, with claims and service offices located throughout the United States. From sales to claims, and information technology to marketing, we enjoy a rewarding and challenging work environment with opportunities for ongoing professional development and growth. Our bright future is built on a long track record of success. We got our start in 1904 and have been helping businesses succeed and protect their futures ever since. Because of the trust placed in us, we’re one of the largest and financially strongest mutual insurance companies in the United States. We’re rated A+ by A.M. Best, the industry's leading rating authority. Get ready to own your future at Sentry. Opportunities await. EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY It is our policy that there be no discrimination in employment based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, marital status, or sexual orientation. TALENT ACQUISITION SPECIALIST Thank you for your interest in Sentry! Laura Kaczmarski LAURA.KACZMARSKI@SENTRY.COM

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