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Our client, a national organization with offices located in the heart of Chicago, is seeking a Project Manager to join the team. In this role, you will be responsible for managing the ongoing projects to support planning and communication, including the strategic road-map of your assigned projects. The ideal candidate will have experience that includes driving schedule creation and tracking, issue/risk identification and mitigation, dependency management, resource/budget tracking, and executive-level communication.


  • Oversees complex projects often involving multiple internal and external constituents and matrix partners.
  • Responsible for overall coordination, transparency, and stability of project oriented work efforts.
  • Leads cross-functional meetings and fosters teamwork in matrixed teams; drives issue escalation and resolution.
  • Coordination of technology resources and collaboration with cross-functional teams from multiple business groups.
  • Defines and tracks project milestones while developing, maintaining, and reporting on an overall integrated delivery plan.
  • Assess and engage appropriate stakeholders to resolve all high priority cross-program risks and issues as they are encountered.
  • Supports resource allocation throughout the project.
  • Identifies, coordinates, and communicates project interdependencies and impact.
  • Drives achievement of projects/program success factors.
  • Ensure all projects adhere to project methodology compliance standards set by the company.
  • Reviews and manages program budget variance and scope change requests.
  • Validates financial forecasts and provides an on-going reconciliation of resources and other related project expenditures.


  • 4 year Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree preferred.
  • 10+ years of enterprise Project/Program Management experience.
  • PMP or other Project Management certification desired.
  • Experience working with numerous project managers across a single program.
  • Prior experience in software development processes (waterfall, Agile, Scrum), quality assurance, business analysis or network infrastructure is required.
  • Proficient in the Project and Portfolio Management Tools (Visio, MS Project, Clarity, etc.).
  • In-depth understanding of and application of project management concepts including documentation standards, risk identification and mitigation techniques, dependency management, and change controls process.
  • Excellent project management, organization, and team collaboration skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, communicating about complicated projects and issues in an easily understood simplified style to any audience.
  • Excellent facilitation, collaboration, negotiation, and presentation skills with proven ability to work effectively with all organizational levels.
  • Ability to manage and report progress of dependent and independent project initiatives.
  • Ability to anticipate risks and devise solutions at the moment.
  • Comfort with ambiguity, frequent change, or unpredictability.
  • Proven problem-solving, decision-making, and financial skills.
  • Has experience applying project management best practices in the absence of entrenched .project management standards.
  • Ability to navigate a high matrix organization effectively to remove roadblocks for the team, facilitate team operations and lead planning meetings.
  • Experience managing multiple projects simultaneously with vendor/contractor resources and relationships.
  • Manages moderately high complexity projects independently with minimal oversight and direction from others.
  • Ability to accurately forecast project costs and resource utilization.
  • Must be able to work as an integral part of the PMO Team and maintain excellent rapport with all departments.
  • Ability to accept change and be flexible; focusing on action and outcomes.

Does this sound like your skill set and experience? Apply today! 




  • The client is unable to support 1099 / Corp-to-Corp or Independent Contractor arrangements at this time. All freelancers will be paid as W2 employees.
  • In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.
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