• Project Manager

    Job Locations US-TX-Corp - Westlake | US-MI-Ann Arbor | US-UT-South Jordan
    Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • Mission

    Project Manager

     

    Who We Are

    Founded and continuously led by inventor and entrepreneur Tony Aquila, Solera is a global leader in digital technologies that connect and secure life's most important assets: our cars, homes and identities. Since its inception in 2005 as a garage-based startup, Solera has grown aggressively with over 50 acquisitions across its platforms. The company's current product solutions include Audatex, Autodata, AutoPoint, CAP/HPI, Colimbra, Digidentity, Enservio, Explore Data, Hollander, Identifix, Inpart, LYNX and TitleTec, as well as the company's flagship Digital Garage application. Today, Solera processes over 300 million transactions annually for approximately 235,000 partners and customers in over 80 countries. Unified by a strong culture that values uncommon entrepreneurial thinking and continuous "do-it-different" innovation, Solera's global workforce of 6,700+ associates come from diverse forward-thinking industries that include automotive technology, artificial intelligence, software development, data sciences, cybersecurity, cognitive design, and digital identity protection. For more information, please visit solera.com.

     

    The Solera Way

    Solera’s uncommon culture is based on three simple principles: Think 80/20 (Focus), Act 30/30 (Efficiency), and Live 90/10 (Accountability).  We define our mindset using Our 3H’s: Humility, a Hunger to succeed, and a desire to Hunt for opportunities to win. We train our volunteers to engage with each other modulating between their intellect (IQ) and emotional intelligence (EQ) using our 3Fs: Facts, Finesse, and Force. Solera has become a global technology leader that is constantly growing in the double digits.  The principles, drills, and values associated with the Solera Way have been fundamental to Solera’s success and our ability to grow, continuously change, and innovate.

     

    Are You Uncommon?

    Our Global Information Technology team is on the hunt for an experienced Senior Project Manager (PMO) who ranks in the top quartile among their peers. Someone who has a highly competitive and entrepreneurial mindset that is wired with a team-first attitude, has no problem rolling up their sleeves to execute their missions, and can modulate between leading and following as needed.

     

     

    You will work across teams to apply your technical and project and program management expertise to some of today’s most complex and challenging technology problems. You will help us scope work, identify appropriate resources, set goals, track and report progress, develop schedules, and communicate to customers. You will also assess risks, anticipate bottlenecks, provide critical issue management, balance trade-offs, and encourage risk-taking to improve customer outcomes. We value critical thinking, self-motivation, and the ability to deal with ambiguity. You should bring a cool head, strong technical background, be detail oriented, have excellent problem-solving abilities, and be an exemplary communicator. Your technical expertise and operational excellence will influence your team’s decisions and help us drive secure and robust customer solutions. We love people who innovate, use data to make decisions, and can express themselves thoughtfully.

    Position 80s

     

    What You’ll Be Doing

     

    At Solera, we believe in providing clarity and focus to what our volunteers are responsible for – their mission. The 80’s, as we call them at Solera, are the employee’s priorities associated with their role or mission.

     

    The mission for this role is to support the Global IT Infrastructure team (e.g. networking, database, DevOps, telecommunications, information security, help-desk, etc.)  by leading the program/project team and applying a diverse knowledge of portfolio, program, and project management methods and tools to driving and delivering a wide variety of infrastructure-related projects (e.g. data center migrations, disaster recovery, ISO 27001/SOC/SOX compliance, server virtualization, application stabilization, application deployments, office moves, etc.) within the agreed business benefits, stakeholder expectations, scope, schedule, budget, quality, and to the highest customer satisfaction.

     

    The 80’s for this role are:

    • Planning and Execution -  Lead the proposal, planning, implementation and management of large-scale projects including: facilitating the definition of project scope, goals and deliverables; gather project tasks and resource requirements; track capital/expense labor hours, conduct procurement, monitor budget, risk mitigation, issue resolution and changes needed to achieve project success criteria
    • Team Leadership - Provide leadership, direction, and support to project teams. Tailors the project process, tools, and techniques to meet unique project needs. Identifies opportunities for improvement and contributes best practices and thought leadership to the PMO.
    • Communication and Collaboration- Develop and plan communication strategies to ensure status, risks, issues, changes, and escalations are communicated to senior management, project stakeholders, and IT teams proactively; collaborate across business functions (e.g. IT, development, QA, finance, legal, HR, etc.) to facilitate alignment and decision-making to successfully implement solution.

    Additional Responsibilities:

    • Scope Management:  Work with primary stakeholders to define what is in and out of program/project scope.  Ensuring scope is documented and approved identifying the collective set of project deliverables.
    • Project Timing:  Define project activities, sequencing of those activities and estimating level of effort.
    • Budgeting & Cost Management:  Pull together the estimated cost for the project, identifying when expenditures will occur, overseeing the budget vs. spend throughout the projects life-cycle and incorporating controls to ensure the project stays within budget.
    • Gather Business requirements: lead the gathering of business requirements. Translate high level business requirements into functional specifications
    • Document Requirements: detailed and concise descriptions of business and technical requirements. This effort includes considerations for regulatory, business, user, functional and non-functional requirements.  The documentation should reflect “current state” and “future states” of the business function
    • Manage requirements: Assemble the project team, assign roles, prioritize tasks, analyze results and recommend appropriate solutions as necessary
    • Project Integration:  Establish the framework needed to ensure all elements of a project are planned, coordinated and monitored.  This may include development of a project plan, change control plan and an execution plan
    • Team leadership:  Identify the skills needed for project success and work with stakeholders to ensure team member skill sets align with project assignments 
    • Provide reporting to senior management and stakeholders 
    • Project portfolio, vendor, and financial management 
    • Ensure that cost, quality, plan, time, and benefits realization are achieved 
    • Maintaining risks, issues, assumptions, actions logs; resource forecasting 
    • Ensure alignment to Global IT and Business strategy 
    • Ensure project reporting is accurate and timely, working closely with the Business Relationship guild to facilitate reliable expectation management
    • Communicate risks to senior management and project stakeholders 
    • Track deliverables and benefit realization
    • All other related and/or additional responsibilities that may be assigned

    Qualifications

     

    Are You Qualified?

    • Bachelor degree in information systems, computer science or a related field is required. Masters in related field is preferred.
    • PMI PMP is required; additional certifications in ITIL v3 and other PMI certifications (e.g. PMI-ACP, PgMP, PfMP, RMP, SP) are preferred.
    • Minimum seven years of diverse and progressive infrastructure program and project management experience with proven track record of successful delivery.
    • Demonstrated expert knowledge of both agile and traditional project management principles and practices and the proven ability to blend them together in the right proportions to fit a project.
    • Solid understanding of and demonstrated experience in using appropriate tools: Microsoft Project, Visio, and Office 365 applications (e.g. SharePoint team sites, OneNote, PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Access, Microsoft Teams, PowerBI, OneDrive, Planner, etc.)
    • Strong analytical, planning, and organizational skills with an ability to manage competing demands and problem-solving skills
    • Excellent oral and written communications skills and experience interacting with both business and IT individuals at all levels; engaging and influencing senior executives; and ability to communicate technical concepts to non-technical audience.
    • High level of motivation and commitment to meet deadlines, gain stakeholder trust, obtain timely input before making decisions, minimize impact of change on project delivery, exercise good judgement regarding when and how to escalate issues, and anticipate risks
    • Strong analytical and quantitative skills with the ability to use data and metrics to back up assumptions, recommendations and drive actions
    • History of teamwork and willingness to roll up one’s sleeves to get the job done.
    • Experience of program and project level financial management
    • Experience of defining and delivering benefits realization 
    • Knowledgeable and experienced in efficient Organizational Change Management methods 
    • Personable, pro-active, professional and able to demonstrate full commitment to exceptional customer care and service

     

    Our Space

    We believe that offices should be destinations where people want to be… places where people want to work, play and, collaborate. That is why we spend a lot of time on enhancing our workspaces. Solera’s work environments are intersections of the old and the new… of the past, present, and future. They are spaces designed to stimulate creative thinking, innovation, and cross-functional collaboration.

     

    We also embrace wellness. Whether it is our onsite or offsite workout centers, nutritional meals and beverages, or endless snacks for focus and energy.  This wellness plan is our commitment to healthy living, which spans across our office environments.

     

     

               

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