Project Manager

Foresters Financial Services, Inc. - Toronto, ON (10 months ago)

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Role Title

Project Manager

Purpose of role

The Project Manager will provide and apply high quality project management methodologies and techniques to manage a wide range of projects. Using high-level understanding of business and IT processes and strategy, the Project Manager will be involved in projects to enhance current operations and/or to develop new business solutions deploying technology within Foresters Financial or with 3rd party vendors/partners

Job Description

Key responsibilities/accountabilities

Plan, manage and successfully oversee the implementation of large, highly visible projects
Manage project schedules and budgets to ensure project completion is on time, on budget and within scope. This includes the development and management of detailed project charters, plans, work breakdown structures and time budgets
Conduct post-project reviews to certify project success criteria have been met
Identify and assess risks, severity and impacts. Determine and implement risk strategies and communicate risks to client and stakeholders as appropriate
Closely monitor project financials, follow-up on issues and provide regular status updates to management and stakeholders
Monitor implementation efforts and transition issues to ensure that business risks are identified and solutions are recommended
Lead and manage project teams to effectively utilize strengths of team members
Manage stakeholder expectations, including understanding their points of views and needs while keeping Foresters Financial strategic goals in mind and fostering a win/win relationship
Leverage knowledge of business through understanding, and applying rapidly changing technology and business process delivery trends
Apply influence and negotiation to gain support and achieve consensus

Key qualifications/competencies

Minimum 5 years of experience in a Project Management role managing a variety of business and IT project sizes and types
University degree; an MBA would be an asset
Strong IT Infrastructure and or Application Development project experience
PMP or formal project management education is an asset
Experience implementing Life Insurance projects, products and IT systems and awareness of Life Insurance industry knowledge and systems features including New Business and In-Force administration
Experience with both Waterfall and Agile development methodologies
Must be well versed in project management methodology and have proven ability to lead projects to appropriately guide project requirements, identify technology issues and risks and direct investigation and analysis of technical alternatives
Ability to assess priority and severity of issues by understanding business objectives, technical costs and user needs as well as being able to weigh alternatives for resolution
Understand and manage to the critical path of the project
Proven track record of successfully delivering significant business projects
Understanding of finance issues, budgeting and cost-benefit analysis
Excellent planning and organization skills
Ability to provide solutions while managing tight deadlines and motivating in a fast-paced environment while maintaining a keen attention to detail
Excellent ability to multitask, to respond to constantly changing needs and schedules and to organize and prioritize workload
Strong interpersonal skills to interact with all levels of staff from CEO, SVP’s and VP’s to managers and other staff
Sound judgment and decision-making skills to act effectively in resolving issues as they arise.
Demonstrated oral and written communication skills and ability to negotiate
General knowledge/understanding of business processes and strategy
Strong technical and analytical skills
Risk and Control assessment skills
Proven ability to influence, lead and obtain agreement from cross-functional team

Only those candidates who will be selected for further consideration will be contacted by our Talent Acquisition Team. Foresters Financial is committed to supporting diversity and accessibility. If you require an accommodation throughout the recruitment process, we will work with you to meet your needs.