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(Contract) Project Manager (MS Project)

(Contract) Project Manager (MS Project)

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This position will be onsite in Berlin, VT supporting IT initiatives. Qualfied candidate will have advanced to expert level skills using MS Project.


Project Manager will lead and direct high-priority projects, which often require considerable resources and high levels of functional integration.  Responsible for assembling project teams, assigning individual responsibilities, identifying appropriate resources needed, and developing schedule to ensure timely completion of projects and meeting deadlines of projects. Must be familiar with the systems scope and project objectives, as well as the role and function of each team member in order to effectively coordinate the activities of the team. Communicates with top Information Systems Executive, functional area manager and/or Consultant regarding status of specific projects


• Oversees/Develops business and vendor requirements for stakeholders, user groups and vendors
• Develops and maintains NASCO and Plan-specific project management documentation for assigned projects
• Documents and Communicates to NASCO and vendors about current and proposed process flows for business and vendor requirements in order to secure commitment in using these processes which will help reduce risk and ensure a successful outcome of the project
• Develops cost/benefit analyses (if applicable), benchmarking analyses and risk management plans for business, vendor and IT deliverables by using NASCO Project Management Methodology (PMM) to lessen amount of defects and mitigate risk of the project failing
• Verifies environmental readiness for client server and multiple vendors between NPS modules
• Evaluates technical log issues during All Phases of the Project
• Actively manages project risks throughout the development lifecycle
• Organizes and leads user group meetings
• Provides functional expertise in regard to product, application and services
• Coordinates business and vendor testing requirements for stakeholders by ensuring interviews, questionnaires and team meetings are taking place that are used to identify and mitigate risk
• Develops Plan readiness assessment criteria during User Acceptance Phases (includes knowledge transition to the Plan in order for the Plan to successfully provide ongoing production support)
• Provides information for Help Desk knowledge tree construction
• Creates project budgets and tracks project expenses to ensure project stays within budget
• Translates customers' business system design into scope, work break down structures and schedule using NASCO Project Management Methodology and tools to ensure all critical tasks required to complete activities are incorporated in the Project Plan
• Leads stake holders in testing, implementation, and issues resolution by monitoring and tracking test case completion reports to ensure tasks are being completed in accordance with the work plan
• Manages day to day customer and enterprise vendor relationship with all NASCO vendors via all available mediums to ensure effective communication across all delivery team for NASCO and the Plan
• Establishes and reviews unit and user test plans and schedules via all available mediums to ensure all data and input is accurate and complete prior to start of execution by NASCO and the Plan

• Develops and submits project status reports to Customer Relations management, and Plan customers and vendor partners via email to ensure proactive communication is being provided as associated with the Plan's project
• Manages evaluations and recommendations of technical and business solutions to meet NASCO and customer business and system strategies by collaborating with all areas indicated to ensure adherence to NASCO Architecture guidelines
• Conducts informal coaching activities with less experienced NASCO associates


Additional Roles and Responsibilities:
• Develops initial project-specific implementation strategies
• Directs the creation of test data
• Recommends scope and direction changes during all Phases of the project
• Provides support throughout implementation activities to Plan Business Readiness teams via all mediums to ensure all training and operational work flows are accurately documented
• Represents assigned business or system interests to various committees
• Recommend suggestions for implementing project delivery process improvements
• Performs other duties as assigned by your manager







• PMI principles or standard project management methodology


Success Factors:

• Demonstrated ability to work with remote teams and remote customers
• Work requires the ability to manage a small matrix team to coordinate tasks, keep them focused, address any concerns and ensure that the project is successful
• Must be a motivated self starter and aggressive worker
• Attention to detail
• Must have a level of discipline to work independently and remotely with the majority of interaction with others being over the phone
• Ability to communicate at all levels of the organization and the plan
• Must have excellent ability to communicate clearly and professionally over the phone


Required Experience and Skills: 

  • Minimum of Seven - Ten years of Project Management experience
  • PMP Certification
  • Proven expertise using Project Management Methods
  • Excellent workgroup management skills
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Must have good facilitation skills
  • Must have good relationship management skills
  • Good writing and verbal communication skills
  • Proficient computer skills with recent working experience in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Project or PlanView


 Training and Education:

 •  Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience