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National Grid Senior Project Manager IT Projects in Waltham, Massachusetts

About us

National Grid is hiring a Sr Project Manager - IT Projects for our IT group in Waltham, MA.

We’re an international team, and our work underpins the lives of millions of people. Feet forwards, head up, and eyes bright, we’re working hard to create value for people today – and shape the future of energy tomorrow.

In the US, we don’t generate or sell energy – we join the dots to get energy from A to B. From making a cup of tea in the morning, to keeping the lights on in hospitals, our electricity network puts power in the hands of people. Without it, the world as we know it would grind to a halt.

The world of energy is changing beyond recognition. Working at National Grid, you won’t just be touching the lives of people in the US – you’ll be shaping the way we use and consume energy for generations to come.

Job Purpose

National Grid is an international Utility Company and one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world. We are committed to being an innovative leader in energy management and to safeguarding our global environment.

We are currently looking for Rock Stars that want to be part of a growing IT Team. Our IT ambition is to transform National Grid into the leader of the digital energy future. This person must be a self-starter, energetic and have a passion for Project Management. Projects support US Gas business and NY jurisdiction. Projects can be under 1 MM to well over 10 MM. The role could transform into an Agile team role in the future.

The Senior Project Manager is accountable for working closely with the business and technology to ensure the success of all projects/programs under their supervision. Project manager’s work with the business partners to first align on the business case and then plans, executes, and delivers all projects/programs on time, on budget, and within scope in accordance with business priorities.

Key Accountabilities

  • Lead and drive internal cross functional teams to meet project/program deliverables

  • Manage technical issues, risks and priorities. Perform risk assessment and implement risk mitigation plans

  • Create project schedules to identify when each task will be done and by whom. Manage project schedules and lead enforcement of project deadlines in response to the client requirements. Proactively identifying resource constraints and working with personnel managers on creative solutions. Manage the unexpected gracefully and effectively

  • Lead weekly project meetings with technology team providing transparency to task status and identifying issues. Possibly build, lead, and coach multiple project teams throughout project lifecycles

  • Implementation of projects using the Software Development Lifecycle model

  • Serve as the conduit and act as liaison between the customers (internal and external), software development team and technical teams. Maintain key relationships with project sponsors to forecast resource needs and communicate those needs to management

  • Identify opportunities for improvement and make constructive suggestions for change, work beyond the IT department to further optimize and improve existing process

  • Manage software development release cycle; coordinating resources, creating documentation and running release events

  • Demonstrates the Valued Business Partner capabilities and behaviors in all interactions with IT colleagues, vendors and business stakeholders

  • Monitor project schedule and scope to ensure both remain on track. Initiate and implement appropriate actions. Proactively engage in both quality assurance and risk management activities to ensure project deliverables are met according to IT and client requirements

  • Meet financial performance targets for the assigned projects and proactively manage change control process both internally and externally

  • Accountable for budget across assigned project(s) including monthly forecasting and variance reporting. Collaborate with finance to initiate monthly invoicing and reconciliation. Contribute to development and management of Program Delivery metrics (On time and On Budget)

Supervisory/Interpersonal- Experience Required

  • Proven leadership, relationship, communication and presentation skills.

  • Good stakeholder management and influencing skills.

Qualifications

  • BS in a relevant discipline or, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience

  • 7-15 yrs of professional experience demonstrating responsibility for participating in and/or managing large scale software programs

  • 7+ yrs of project management or program leadership experience the ability to communicate and work effectively with internal and external customers at all organizational levels

  • 3-5 yrs experience in managing projects using agile methodology and also oversight to external vendors. Hands on agile and product management experience preferred

  • Relevant industry certification (e.g. PMP, SAFe, CSM) desirable.

  • Experience with Utility industry preferred and prior experience with National Grid beneficial

  • Experience building and managing a project schedule in Microsoft Project or similar project management tool utilizing data-based decision-making (GANTT charts, JIRA, Visio, Confluence etc.)

  • Ability to lead a large scale projects, including development of plans for scope, timeline, budget, issue management, and managing change.

  • Experience coordinating procurement events (RFP/RFI) and developing statements of work

  • Experience managing multiple vendors to deliver the full scope of projects/programs

  • Experience conducting and leading team meetings to manage the schedule, identify risks and review project deliverables. Comfortable with frequent changes or unpredictability. Excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to manage complex and varied interpersonal relationships to successfully complete projects

  • Experience with both waterfall and agile project management

  • IT experience should be mostly on the application development space and some infrastructure experience is also good

More Information

National Grid is an equal opportunity employer that values a broad diversity of talent, knowledge, experience and expertise. We foster a culture of inclusion that drives employee engagement to deliver superior performance to the communities we serve. National Grid is proud to be an affirmative action employer. We encourage minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans to join the National Grid team.

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