*Position location to be determined by home country of successful candidate in California, USA; Manila, Philippines; San Jose, Costa Rica; London, UK or Accra, Ghana where WVI is registered to operate.
PURPOSE OF POSITION:
The Director, IT Project and Portfolio Management role is responsible for the management of one or more highly complex or enterprise-wide programs and Tier 4-5 project budgets. He / She facilitates the initiation of complex technical programs to ensure the development of detailed work plans, schedules, project estimates, resource plans, and status reports for each project within a program. He / She manages the tranches of work within a program, ensuring that the program remains aligned with and is coherent in achieving its objectives. In addition to directly supervising a team of project managers, He / She is also accountable for working with business and IT leaders in order to successfully deliver on the initiatives for OurPromise2030.
The IT Director II role is responsible for managing and maintaining global IT processes and standards relevant to their area. This position manages multiple IT processes within one functional area and provides IT services to one or more regions globally.
Individuals within the IT leadership job family have responsibility for activities that contribute to planning, creating and implementing an IT vision and strategy aligned with the company’s strategic business plan. They oversee the development of corporate standards, technology architecture, technology evaluation and transfer. They manage small to large teams of people responsible for developing and delivering IT solutions for the business and customers. Each role within this job family provides technical and business leadership to their organizations as well as to the business.
IT Leaders are also responsible for analyzing trends in technology, assessing the impact of emerging technologies on the business, providing solutions to address technology and business issues, and managing financial resources while ensuring the development of high-quality technology solutions. These solutions must be developed at the best possible cost and be aligned with customer and business needs while establishing relationships with employees and key internal and external stakeholders. They are also responsible for participating and leading the development of an IT governance framework that defines the working relationships and sharing of IT components among various IT groups within the organization.
To be successful, individuals must possess a combination of business, technical and leadership skills and competencies. This requires an understanding of client’s business needs, processes and functions. They also need a solid knowledge of IT infrastructure, architecture, applications development and support, networks, and computer operations. In addition, individuals working in this job family must have excellent communication skills and the ability to influence others.
Business and IT Strategy:
Develops the tactical components and strategies to achieve goals.
Works with business partners to understand business needs.
Manages the development and implementation of IT initiatives to support business strategy.
Is active and visible throughout the change process.
Provides frequent, communication to department/organization and clients about the change (i.e., rationale, expected outcomes, the "big” picture) and the impact of the change (individual and business).
Builds a coalition of sponsorship (managers, staff and clients) and manages resistance to the change.
Identifies and removes obstacles to change.
Participates in the initiation of, and manages the improvement processes that impact customer satisfaction and relationships.
Owns the designated processes and is accountable for ensuring that established processes are followed.
Participates in the development of IT budgets.
Tracks and takes appropriate steps to stay within budget.
Provides high-quality services at optimal cost to customers.
Measures service performance and implements improvements
IT Technology Development:
Service Level Agreements (SLAs):
Provides advice and counsel to the vendor relationship decision-making and contract development processes.
Assists to ensure contracts are in place
Reviews service provider performance.
Identifies and confirms performance problems and notifies contract managers.
Meets regularly with team to gather work statuses.
Discusses work progress and obstacles.
Provides advice, guidance, encouragement and constructive feedback.
Ensures work, information, ideas, and technology flow freely across teams.
Establishes measurable individual and team objectives that are aligned with business and organizational goals.
Documents and presents performance assessments.
Recognizes and rewards associates commensurate with performance.
Implements organizational practices for staffing, EEO, diversity, performance management, development, reward and recognition, and retention.
Identifies the roles, skills and knowledge required to achieve goals.
Ensures staff has the resources and skills needed to support all work initiatives within multiple COCs or functions.
Participates in IT workforce deployment activities.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Business Administration, or other related field. Or equivalent work experience.
Requires experience in managing teams and building relationships with people at a variety of levels.
Strong leadership skills, and experience in managing virtual teams.
Typically requires 10+ years of IT and business/industry work experience, with at least 3 years of leadership experience and 5 years in managing projects.
Willingness and ability to travel domestically and internationally, as necessary.
Effective in written and verbal communication in English.
Other languages and advantage.
Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:
Strong familiarity with project management software.
Strong familiarity with budgeting, estimating and assessing project risk.
Experience in developing and deploying project best practices, policies, procedures and processes.
PMP Certification or Prince2 Certification.
Experience working for a Big 5 Consulting firms with a focus on Portfolio Management and Outsourcing.
International Experience; managing projects in EMEA, APAC and Americas.