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IT Project Manager, Senior

Thales Canada
is a leading electronic solutions provider for the Transportation, Defence & Security, and Aerospace sectors. Thales Canada employs professionals across six main sites, located in Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver.

Position: Senior Project Manager, IT

Job Purpose

Responsible for managing the Business/IS/IT/Security projects of different size and complexity throughout full Project Life Cycle and according to Thales and IS PMO methodology and policies. Senior PM will work with Technical and Business resources from the annual initiatives planning stage and projects Intake throughout the completion of the assigned projects. He / She provide project management consulting to Business/IS/IT/Security for projects within the IS PMO portfolio. He / She will participate in improving the IS PMO governance and performance.

Key Job Functions

Deliverables and Expectations

The selected candidate will perform
with little or no guidance and in compliance with the established standards and practices, any or all of the following

  • Provide leadership and vision to the project’s team
  • Overall responsible for delivery of all project components/work-streams/deliverables
  • Produce all required Manage Demand and Manage Project documents, properly store and manage the project documents, ensuring access to authorized stakeholders
  • Produce and manage the project governance
  • Define and manage the project scope and change requests
  • Identify and manage the project dependencies
  • Develop, maintain and track the Integrated project WBS and schedule, including the baseline management and resources leveling
  • Create and manage the project budget
  • Track actuals and commitments vs budget; utilize the EV approach
  • Establish project’s organizational structure, including, but not limited to, responsibility matrix
  • Determine resource requirements, allocate required resources and manage their availability
  • Work, and negotiate, with functional managers the resources availability
  • Actively manage other project managers and work-package leads involved with the project
  • Facilitate the project’s steering committee
  • Communicate the project status (progress, issues, etc.) to stakeholders according to communication plan
  • Communicate effectively across diverse audiences and organizational levels
  • Function as focal point for any project related communication
  • Negotiate with stakeholders and functional managers competing priorities
  • Facilitate stakeholder interaction and participation; Secure stakeholder support for complex and unpopular decisions
  • Challenge assumptions, propose unpopular, but project beneficial ideas, think outside of the box
  • Deliver, or oversee the delivery, of project related strategies and plans (e.g. Migration strategy, OCM strategy, Test strategy, Go-Live strategy, etc.)
  • Resolve project conflicts/issues. If unable to resolve, escalate conflicts/issues according to escalation path
  • Work within challenging project environment, with changing priorities and demanding users
  • Manage day-to-day project activities on the assigned work-streams and track progress
  • Lead/participate in all project related meetings
  • Liaise with other project teams, functional areas, SMEs and stakeholders
  • Proactively manage project risks, including the mitigation plan for each and manage the plan implementation
  • Produce periodic and ad-hoc reports according to IST PMO guidelines
  • Approve project related documents and ensure their approval by other project stakeholders
  • Provide timely decisions on as-needed basis
  • Reassign/release project resources upon work completion
  • Oversee the project closure activities (e.g. lessons learned, transfer to Operations, etc.)
  • Participate in improvements of the IST PMO methodology and performance
  • Participate in the portfolio resources planning and projects prioritization
  • Mentor and coach stakeholders and team members
  • Able to travel within North America
  • Mandatory Requirements

    The candidate must meet and be able to prove the following hands-on mandatory experience:

  • 10+ years program/project management of any, or all: Applications, Infrastructure, Architecture, Information Security projects
  • 10+ years of experience managing simultaneously multiple projects of different complexity
  • 7 years managing remote teams in different time-zones
  • 7 years managing projects of 1 – 2 years duration and $2M+ budget
  • 7 years presenting and communicating with senior management, local and abroad
  • 5 years managing data migration and integration projects
  • 5 years managing Business Processes Redesign/Transformation projects
  • 3 years designing and delivering Organizational Change Management projects
  • 3 years of hands-on Primavera and MS-Project experience
  • 3 years minimum PMP certified
  • ITIL Foundation certified or in the process of obtaining it
  • Excellent verbal and written command of English language and presentation skills
  • Understand the SDLS, PDLS, ITIL
  • Desirable Requirements

  • Experience with Agile projects and environment
  • Technical or Functional experience with SAP
  • Understanding of IT infrastructure principles
  • Other Requirements

    This role requires a satisfactory Canadian Security Clearance Verification

    Thales thanks all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

    Thales is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applicants from the four designated groups (women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and aboriginals) to apply for employment.

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