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Senior Project Manager in Lansing, MI at AF Group

Date Posted: 4/11/2018

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    Lansing, MI
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Job Description

Primarily responsible for serving on a team of professionals dedicated to leading and managing significant, strategic, corporate projects for the Enterprise. Provides project management expertise, methodology, and coordination to more effectively identify, plan and implement business and information technology projects. Accountable for leading project teams and managing all aspects of project implementations including selection, planning, management, control, closeout, and the success of project implementation. Exercises broad discretion and judgment in ensuring successful implementation of corporate products and services.


  • Directly manages the core corporate projects that lead to the implementation of the corporate strategy. This includes managing people, budgets, and resources, planning, problem solving, risk and issue management, communications, reporting, vendor management, implementation, and project closeout.
  • Responsible for helping develop project or program cost benefit analysis.
  • Collaborates with Finance and Actuarial Services to build a Benefit Realization plan.
  • Manages the project through team collaboration and weekly core team meetings.
  • Publishes weekly status reports and updates the project dashboard on a periodic basis.
  • Presents the project updates as necessary to the executive team.
  • Prepares communication strategies that are clear, concise, and timely.
  • Responsible for leading and ensuring the successful completion of projects.
  • Actively participates in the maturity of PMO and its continuous improvement.
  • Maintains a high level of professionalism.
  • Leads programs and very large and complex projects.
  • Mentors intern Project Analysts, Project Managers and others who play the role of a Project Manager at the Enterprise in the aspects of the profession such as leadership, methodology, tools, people skills and navigating politics.
  • Evaluates performance of the team as a senior PM.
  • Identifies PM-related training needs; evaluates the readiness of a project team or organization and then recommends the related training required to ensure the effective application of project management and leadership principles.
  • Conducts training - a senior PM must be able to teach many of the skills, both hard and soft, that are required for the successful planning, execution, delivery and support of projects and their products or services.
  • Qualifies project management training vendors and monitors their delivery and effectiveness.
  • Performs project reviews by either individually assessing the health of a project or leading a small team in doing so. Reviews findings so that the most important problem areas, as well as most noteworthy areas of strength, are clearly identified.
  • Turns troubled projects of any size and complexity around.
  • Helps hire or place project managers onto specific projects for the enterprise.
  • Makes continuous improvement a priority.Ability to apply advanced project management principles.
  • Adopts agile project management methodology and risk-based approach to implement projects.
  • Helps with the selection, implementation, and administration of the Enterprise PPM solution.
  • Supports portfolio management and the intake and governance process.
  • Mentors corporate leadership in the utilization of best practices, as well as resource allocation, project prioritization, plan development and analysis, risk, scope and budget management.
  • Works directly with executive sponsors, corporate leaders, and project teams to ensure successful project completions.
  • Develops and maintains relevant procedures and directions. This includes, but is not limited to handbooks, manuals, tools, and templates.
  • Actively contributes to the management of the corporate portfolio of projects and solves complex resource management issues as necessary.
  • Participates in developing department goals, objectives and systems.
  • Serves as a member of various projects advisory groups providing project guidance.
  • Works with minimal supervision.
  • Maintains confidentiality.

    This position description identifies the responsibilities and tasks typically associated with the performance of the position. Other relevant essential functions may be required.



    Bachelor's degree in insurance, information technology, business administration, or related field required. Certification or progress towards Project Management Professional (PMP) designation required. Combinations of relevant education and experience may be considered in lieu of a degree. Continuous learning, as defined by AF Group's learning philosophy, is required.


    Ten years project management experience required which provides the necessary skills, knowledge and abilities. Three years relevant experience in an information technology or strategic planning environment required. One year leadership experience required. Experience within the insurance industry highly preferred.


  • Extensive knowledge of project management principles and practices, including leading, planning and coordination, with the ability to complete large projects involving multiple resources.
  • Excellent oral and written communications, as well as presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently in the planning, execution and closing of projects.
  • Ability to appropriately manage resources, budgets, issues, and risks for the successful completion of projects.
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of computer systems, software and Internet fundamentals.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills with the ability to successfully function in a team environment.
  • Ability to understand business needs and conceptualize and implement information systems that support those business strategies.
  • Ability to effectively exchange information clearly and concisely, and present ideas, reports facts and other information, and respond to questions as appropriate.
  • Ability to establish rapport and maintain customer satisfaction without compromising priorities.
  • Ability to interact with others to build consensus and get decisions implemented.
  • Ability to establish workflows, manages multiple projects, and meet necessary deadlines.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to perform other assignments at locations outside the office.


    Work is performed in an office setting with no unusual hazards. Travel is required.

    The qualifications listed above are intended to represent the minimum education, experience, skills, knowledge and ability levels associated with performing the duties and responsibilities contained in this job description.

    We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Diversity is valued and we will not tolerate discrimination or harassment in any form. Candidates for the position stated above are hired on an "at will" basis. Nothing herein is intended to create a contract.

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