Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company

  • DIRECTOR OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT

    Job Locations US-IA-Grinnell
    Posted Date 2 months ago(10/25/2018 2:14 PM)
    Job ID
    2018-1418
    # of Openings
    1
    Category
    Project Management
  • Overview

    The Director of Project Management guides the application of portfolio, program, and project management practices and principles to drive value delivery. This role leads project managers; managing daily operations, developing the skill sets of individual contributors, and engaging the team in the continuous improvement of Project Management Office (PMO) capabilities. This member of leadership staff will work closely with a variety of enterprise stakeholders to incorporate their needs in the tailoring of project intake and delivery.

    Responsibilities

    • Plans and allocates resources to effectively staff project managers on PMO program and projects as well as supports portfolio operations.

     

    • Manages the performance of and develops project manager using leadership skills that encourage employee contribution and include goal setting, feedback, and performance development planning.

     

    • Supports communities of practice across the PMO, primarily in the portfolio, program, and project skill sets but also in other professional skill sets involved in project delivery.

     

    • Provides thought leadership in Agile ways of working, partners with peers in leadership to ensure Agile/Scrum execution are strongly aligned with project delivery.

     

    • Ensures due diligence in project intake, giving Grinnell Mutual the ability to make investment decisions in the project portfolio.

     

    • Focuses PMO staff on the professional best practices that build collaborative schedules, manage risk, and tailor communications to all project stakeholders.

     

    • Supports the team in resolving issues and obstacles to incorporate the best solution in both strategic and day-to-day decisions to move projects and programs forward timely and within budget.

     

    • Develops and matures the resource capacity management capability to make data driven decisions on the number of projects the enterprise can effectively execute.

     

    • Guides the execution of approved transformation programs, with funded budgets, to improve business performance of the overall product portfolio.

     

    • Identifies and introduces appropriate tool sets and disciplines to support changes in environment and to support execution.Ensures tool sets are understood, incorporated efficiently, and modified to meet specific situations.

     

    • Effectively communicate with all levels of the enterprise and develop strong, effective working relationships with key stakeholders.

     

    • Serves as an example of leadership and professionalism while representing Grinnell Mutual. Attends and participates in meetings as a role model and makes decisions to support the mission and vision of Grinnell Mutual. 

     

    • All other duties as assigned.

     

     

    Supervisor responsibilities

     

    • Manages direct and indirect reports to guide the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of this unit. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems. Ensures staffing levels are appropriate to provide service and meet deadlines of position.

     

    • Develops, coaches and motivates staff to peak performance; addressing performance issues in a timely manner.

     

    • Oversees training new and existing staff and fosters teamwork to help them meet and/or exceed performance goals. Promotes employee growth and involvement.

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university or equivalent combination of education and related work experience.

     

    • Minimum of 5 years of experience managing projects, programs and/or portfolios.

     

    • Expertise in leadership with demonstrates proficiency in building and leading high-performance teams.

     

    • PMP, PfMP, CAL or equivalent professional certification preferred.

     

    • Intermediate to advanced MS Office skills with demonstrated proficiency in project management software.

     

    • Demonstrates ability to analyze and solve problems. Must be able to measure risks and identify high payoff strategies based on a broad range of internal and external factors to make decisions resulting in the best business outcome.   

     

    • Ability to make effective decisions and/or involve others in the decision-making process as needed to obtain information, generate alternatives, make the best decision, and ensure support and consensus when appropriate. Ability to use personal judgment, experience, and known facts and figures to make decisions and resolve problems. Incorporates strategic, creative solutions. 

     

    • Ability to remain flexible to business needs and changes.Ability to manage multiple priorities and projects while anticipating possible impacts and benefits of change. Adapts to modified priorities as business needs require.   

     

    • Ability to plan, direct, and coordinate efforts of self and team in both short and long-term time frames.

     

    • Ability to establish and maintain strong professional relationships with key stakeholders internally and externally. Ability to capitalize on the relationship to generate strategy, influence results, negotiate business solution and resolve conflict proactively. 

     

    • Demonstrates strong communication skills, both verbally and written, in interpersonal situations. Ability to relate to people at all levels of an organization and maintain a healthy working environment. 

     

    • Demonstrates high confidentiality and ethics when responding to sensitive inquiries or complaints. Follows corporate procedures and policies when applicable. 

     

    • Demonstrates ability to present information both verbal and written to audiences of various sizes, professional levels, and insurance background. Considered a reliable and credible resource with ability to support conclusions and analysis with additional information when requested.

     

    • Demonstrates competence in change management and leading others through change to ensure understanding and participation in gaining results.

     

     

    Working Conditions and Physical Effort

     

    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each job duty and responsibility satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform job duties and responsibilities.

     

    • Works under negotiated deadlines with unexpected and frequent interruptions making it challenging to anticipate the nature and volume of work to perform and meet established deadlines.

     

    • The position is physically located in the home office with a work environment of a typical office setting; noise level is relatively quiet and occasional stress is encountered as deadlines approach. The position requires an individual to sit for long periods of time, complete work with computer keyboard and monitor. Typically includes repetitive movement and occasional eyestrain.

     

    • Requires regular and predictable attendance to meet customer service demands.

     

    • Occasionally lifts up to 10 pounds with the ability to exert up to 20 pounds of force.

     

    This job description is not intended to describe, in detail, the multitude of tasks that may be assigned, but rather to give the employee a general sense of the responsibilities and expectations of his/her position.  As the nature of the business demands change, so too may the job duties and responsibilities.

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