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Program Manager

Looking for highly skilled Project/Program Managers with strong technical knowledge.  Trading industry experience is not required.


We are looking for a seasoned Program Manager whose experience illustrates a clear ability to drive large scale complex programs past the finish line.  You are self-driven, focused, assertive, and goal oriented individual with a unique history of project management, broad technology knowledge, and trading industry experience.  As a Program Manager, you will be asked to convert visions into concrete programs and projects.  You will be responsible for defining programs, working to fund them, and then leading the plans and running the resulting set of projects through to successful completion and business benefit.  This position is part of the Project Management Office whose primary function is delivery of high profile initiatives.  As such, you will have exposure to the technology that is needed to power the firm's trading and support systems while interacting with the firm’s senior leadership.


-Work with Sponsors to define business objectives, strategies and measurable outcomes for our most strategic initiatives.
-Work with Sponsors and Stakeholders to recommend and define programs and projects that meet the core business objectives.
-Estimate program efforts, costs, and risks so Sponsors and Stakeholders can make informed business decisions.
-Lead efforts in analyzing, collecting, and prioritizing Sponsor and Stakeholder requirements, negotiate and escalate as appropriate.
-Identifies resource requirements throughout the organization to make the project successful.
-Develop program strategy and a roadmap with input from teams, and sets expectations with Sponsors and Stakeholders on deliverables.
-Describe and evangelizes programs organization-wide to interested and affected groups at audience-appropriate level of detail.
-Monitors and manages plan effectively, facilitating communication and coordination between groups, removing roadblocks and setting expectations.
-Identify project inter-dependencies including risks and mitigation plans throughout the program, so issues can be avoided altogether or resolved expeditiously.
-Hold themselves as well as Sponsors and Stakeholders accountable for meeting measurable business outcomes by ensuring projects are structured to meet those goals.
-Maintain Sponsor and Stakeholder alignment throughout the program, ensuring the business objectives align to the program’s scope, resources, and time expectations and escalates appropriately to maintain balance.
-Mentor, coach, and guide project manager detailed work, providing direction to stay aligned with the program’s intent.
-Give advice to Project Managers that are executing projects of the program, provide a sounding board for approaches and ideas, act as preliminary test audience for project stakeholder updates and presentations.
-Establish and maintain relationship with program Sponsors and Stakeholders throughout programs to open communication channels that allow for feedback and rapid response.
-Communicate complex program status to Sponsors and Stakeholders, in a manner that enables them to have a common understanding of the program’s value and progress toward the outlined business objectives.
-Define standard methodologies in Program Management and Project Management.


-Bachelor’s degree in a technical field such as Computer Science.
-5+ years of experience in a software development or an equivalent technical role.
-10+ years of experience managing software projects (or managing software products) with 5+ years focused on program management.
-Solid understanding of Waterfall and Agile methodology.
-Solid working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite including Visio.
-Excellent verbal, visual, written and listening communication skills, both in planned and unplanned settings.
-Proactive and collaborative approach to problem solving.
-Ability to mediate business discussions in the context of providing technical solutions.
-Ability to build positive relationships that foster trust and motivation with both internal and external resources.
-Excellent business insight, giving you the ability to bridge the technical world with business goals.
-Demonstrable ability to multi-task and handle multiple projects in parallel while adjusting to changing priorities.
-Demonstrable ability to respond positively and productively to uncertainty, rapid change, ambiguity, and unexpected issues in the project process.
-Ability to thrive within a matrix organization.
-PMI certifications helpful.
-Financial services and/or trading industry experience a plus.

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