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Technical Project Manager


Job ID: 54523

Technical Project Manager
Our client is hiring a Project Manager for their team in Beaverton, Oregon. In this role, you will be responsible for bringing the point of view of the business and key user groups to help the technology team execute successful proofs of concept (POC). You will partner with product directors and engineering leads to help validate hypotheses and drive alignment on cross functional POCs. Once the team has aligned on a POC, you will be responsible for working across the business and technology organizations to bring that POC to life. A successful candidate in this role will bring new, tech-oriented thinking and capabilities to our team in a way that allows the new solutions to be embraced by our people-focused, story-focused, matrix-oriented, brand-driven culture.

Key Responsibilities:
User Advocate:
Become one of the team’s experts on the business need driving the POC.
Regularly engage with internal users, external consumers, and users not employed by the organization.  
Intimately aware of current and desired user behavior and be able to articulate why something is or is not important to the users.
Deeply understand users and impacted constituents’ beliefs, actions and fears related to the solutions proposed in the POC. 
Advocate for the users’ needs during the backlog grooming process.  
Make sure the product team has clarity of purpose/business understanding and does not get pulled in multiple directions between sprints.
Work with nervous constituents—help to understand their concerns and develop appropriate plans to address the concerns. 

Regularly engage with constituents on both the business and technology sides of the company—help core, cross functional team members and related teams understand what the team is attempting to do and why.  
Listen to colleagues’ and users’ ideas and concerns. 
Develop and execute communication plans appropriate for various types of audiences related to a POC—users, leadership, etc.

Execute & Enable:
Work closely with the Senior Director and the program teams inside the technology team to drive rapid solution prototyping and execute proof of concepts. 
Help to set up a process or criteria to measure the impact of projects.
Help to create a refined launch process to allow us to comfortably embrace potentially disruptive innovations without getting sidetracked by people who are invested in protecting the status quo.
Help the technology team to emphasize the impact they are having on the organization and celebrate the impacts that the team is having on the organization.
Create retrospectives and conversations about lessons learned among team members. 
Create a culture of support, healthy debate and connection between team members.
If we decides to scale a POC, you will help foster the adoption of the POC with the scaling team(s).

Integrate and Inspire:
Inspire colleagues and leaders to imagine a new way of using technology to better serve consumers, work with strategic, external partners and internal colleagues around the globe.
Help to create a culture of innovation throughout the organization.
Empower people to bring their best skills, talents and crazy ideas to work.

Required Skills:
Demonstrates strong organizational skill, along with follow-up and follow-through.
At least 5 years of experience working with and applying Agile, Design Thinking, and Lean innovation methodologies inside a large organization.
Proven ability to collaborate with and influence cross functional leaders and colleagues.
Meets deadlines and acts with urgency to deliver effective solutions that the business can use and leverage.
Strong emotional intelligence in a business setting with the compassion and ability help users and influencers understand why and how embrace a new solution or idea.
Demonstrated ability to simplify and personalize complicated ideas into compelling stories or understandable narratives that inform, persuade and inspire others.
Left brain and right brain thinker—a successful candidate will be comfortable creatively navigating through ambiguity while striving to methodically analyze and focus on the business need driving the innovation solution.

Benefits are available to eligible VanderHouwen contractors and include coverage for medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short and long term disability, and matching 401k.

About VanderHouwen
VanderHouwen is an award-winning, Women-Owned, WBENC certified professional staffing firm. Founded in 1987, VanderHouwen has been successfully placing experienced professionals throughout the Pacific Northwest and nationwide.  Our recruitment teams are highly specialized in either Technology and IT, Engineering, or Accounting and Finance career markets. Our recruiters value building meaningful, professional relationships with each candidate as well as developing honed knowledge of companies' staffing needs and workplaces. Partner with us to land your next exciting career.

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