Project Manager

  • Location:
    RTP, North Carolina, US
  • Area of Interest
    Business Strategy and Operations
  • Job Type
  • Technology Interest
    Internet of Everything
  • Job Id

What You'll Do

As successful candidate for the Senior Strategic Project Manager, you will manage large, global complex strategic initiatives with high risk.

The degree of ambiguity and uncertainty of the strategic initiatives and activities requires that the senior strategic project manager quickly reduce ambiguity and focus on results. This requires clear communication to the organization, effective management of the projects to avoid the barriers of slowing down because stakeholders do not understand why the project is critical, and a change management/communications approach which keeps an organization of 3K+ informed of how the transformation of GVS&CS is evolving.

This is a senior level position and requires the candidate to have strong business acumen, clear communication styles, and an ability to build solid and ongoing relationships among global, cross-functional teams. There are often multiple inter-dependencies, and the solution impacts many cross functional teams and/or applications. You may manage a large group of project staff, possibly in multiple locations, including Cisco employees, vendors, customers and partners for the duration of the project. You will need to provide cross-functional leadership and collaborate with internal teams to determine project goals and objectives. The Senior Strategic Project Manager’s work is reviewed at critical project milestones.  

Who You'll Work With

You will work with multiple parts of the organization to ensure effective delivery of complex strategic initiatives, building relationships that support the overall vision of GVS&CS. You will work closely with project team members, including the business and other cross functional teams to identify the key activities and changes needed to effectively and efficiently execute the project plan and achieve the overall business objectives and success measures.  You will also work with internal and external stakeholders so that everyone understands the change GVS&CS is undergoing, the impact of change, and how this change will contribute to GVS&CS vision and desired business results.

Who You Are

  • ·         10+ years of experience as a project manager; demonstrated ability to manage multiple strategic initiatives simultaneously in a fast-paced, dynamic high tech and finance environment, with limited direction.
  • ·         5+ years of strategy development and implementation
  • ·         Experience with global strategic initiatives rolled out in multiple phases and involving different time zones and local norm
  • ·         Experience in developing a business case, project profile, business requirements, resources, milestone criteria, task dependencies, schedules and other project work products for large, complex, cross functional strategic projects
  • ·         Demonstrated business acumen to not only project manage key strategic initiatives, but also thought leadership to help solution
  • ·         Ability to view strategic initiatives as part of the GVS&CS integrated strategy
  • ·         Ability to track the scheduled tasks day-to-day, work directly with cross-functional team members to facilitate communication and provide status updates and manage risk.
  • ·         Demonstrates strong interpersonal, analytical, and problem-solving skills in working with people at all levels.
  • ·         Ability to build consensus and drive decision-making; proven ability to work cross-functionally to accomplish program objectives.
  • ·         Put a premium on strong working relationships and know how to use diplomacy to get things done.
  • ·         Ability to predict risk areas and create mitigation/contingency strategies 
  • ·         Strong software experience required: Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, Smart sheets, Outlook, WebEx conferencing
  • ·         Exceptional - verbal and written communication skills
  • ·         BA/BS – required.  MBA and/or Masters in Project/Program Management - highly desired
  • ·         PMP, CSM, Six Sigma certification - highly desired


Personal Characteristics (The right person)

  • ·         You are a big picture thinker who is able to quickly connect the dots
  • ·         You are able to view strategic initiatives as an integrated entity of GVS&CS rather than single ventures
  • ·         You are an analytical thinker with a positive, can-do attitude and flexibility to accommodate to evolving business needs
  • ·         You are able to deal with frequent changes and regroup the project team quickly
  • ·         You hold yourself accountable and influence others to be as well
  • ·         You have an ability to work independently, but also thrive in a team environment
  • ·         You are a catalyst for positive, well-organized change
  • You value your relationships