• Competitive
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Permanent, Full time
  • Moody's
  • 21 Mar 18

Associate Director – Project Manager

Location: New York, NY, USA

This role will serve as a project manager across various Moody's Analytics initiatives for the Business Systems team, working with internal clients and the technology team to improve business processes and the capability and stability of software. The role is also responsible for assisting in the communication and management of other team members.

  • Manage multiple complex projects that are important to the execution of corporate business strategies and achievements of company objectives. The projects/program are broad scope, interdependent, high risk, high impact, long implementation time frames, cross functional and of significant magnitude. The resources could be onsite or off shore.
  • Actively participate in process improvement initiatives related to operational processes
  • Actively manage Stakeholders expectations, resource alignment, and possible conflicting priorities across the projects. Lead scope definition and communication sessions. Utilize negotiation skill sets to drive project team and Executives to make decisions in a timely manner in order to deliver project as to agreed scope, schedule and within budget.
  • Partnering with technical architects to assure that technical models are aligned with business models.
  • Resolving any conflicts with requirements between business units or between business and technology
  • Obtaining signoffs and manage requirements change.
  • Actively managing Stakeholders of all levels by leading discussions of project scope and approach, and presenting business analysis findings/documentation and proposed solutions
  • Works collaboratively with Project Managers, Business Analysts, Data Management, Development/Application Managers, Technical Architects, Quality Assurance Managers and others to ensure effective cross-project communication and issue management.
  • Manage Moody's or vendor resources that are part of the application team to ensure delivery on the planned releases throughout the year
  • Partnering with Corporate Planning, track project/program budgets at a detail level. Whenever possible, identify and implement resource, development, and financial efficiencies within the project interdependencies.
  • Utilizing expertise, lead project sessions such as estimation, requirements, scheduling/planning within an iterative development (RUP, Agile) framework. Lend broad and deep credibility during discussions because of past experience. Serve as mentor/coach to others on the team in this capacity. Consult with appropriate SME's.
  • Lead and drive issue resolution, risk identification and mitigation, change and dependency management.
  • Encourage the active use of a strong risk management framework with the project teams and stakeholders.
  • Provide excellently crafted Governance communication vehicles on time and with completeness such as Resource Management reports, Watch List Status Reports, status, utilizing MS Office tools suite. Ensure all communications are based on audience and situation.
  • Actively demonstrate abilities as a 'Self Starter, 'In Charge' 'Thought Leader' & 'Mentor/Coach' who proactive in seeking opportunities to serve in leadership roles, even outside of their area of responsibility.
  • Consistently demonstrate MA values, especially in the area of Leadership within their project and Organizational team.
  • 'Lead by example'. Build a reputation as a positive problem solver who collaborates in a constructive manner to create iterative improvements for operational efficiencies within the position, and project team.
  • Proactively seek out to address ambiguity by providing clarity and by owning and executing solutions.
  • Provide a positive presence to Organizational team. Volunteer and own organizational deliverables through execution.
  • Drive through 'analysis paralysis' and make progress with minimal direction. Multi-task by managing the execution of ad hoc vs. planned deliverables within tight timeframes, among multiple managers with conflicting priorities.
  • Manages project team depending on the projects assigned.
  • Directly responsible to Organizational Manager. Will have responsibilities on the Organizational team outside of the assigned project.
  • Promotes interaction within the project team, including MA Stakeholders, Finance, MIT, Business Executives and End Users plus others MCO departments or organizations in order to deliver project.
  • Promotes interaction with members of the Organizational team.
  • Proactively engage in interaction with external vendors, consultants for project/program effectiveness (on and offshore).

This role is within our Moody's Analytics Administration Team.

  • Undergraduate/first-level degree (e.g., Bachelor's degree) in a related field required.
  • 7+ years of relevant experience required.
  • Strong requirements elicitation and modeling skills and experience with requirements management.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple projects with tight deadlines.
  • Must possess strong initiative and a get-it-done attitude.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills , and ability to communicate effectively with internal and external contacts
  • Ability to coordinate and assist large teams in resolving complex analytical and technical issues. The ability to take on leadership roles by managing and leading a large team of geographically distributed application development and support IT specialists.
  • Strong track record of leading conversations with senior leaders to identify and resolve issues
  • Excellent problem solver and independent thinker who has the ability to create innovative solutions
  • Strong analysis/quantitative skills and the ability to translate analysis into actionable tasks
  • Client focused, proactive and results oriented with ability to support clients across multiple location
  • Strong Access/Excel, and SQL skills
  • Knowledge of SFDC or other CRM
  • Fundamental understanding of software development lifecycle methodologies (including waterfall, RUP, and/or Agile) and industry best practices.
  • Proven track record of the ability to identify and interpret business requirements into application requirements and IT solutions.
  • Project management skills (managing risks, status reporting, etc) for multi-disciplinary, multi-phase IT development projects.
  • Excellent and purposefully demonstrated understanding of the Project Lifecycle and the inherent responsibilities as a PM utilizing an iterative development methodology. Ability to lead team sessions in scope, estimation, planning, scheduling, etc. lending deep knowledge to discussions because of past practical experience.
  • Ability to organize complementary projects into programs and manage accordingly.
  • Reputation as an "In Charge" and "Take Charge' project manager with the experience in leading projects/program which are broad scope, interdependent, high risk, high impact, long implementation time frames, cross functional and of significant magnitude. Resources could be onsite or off shore.
  • Excellent project financial skill sets.
  • Excellent ability to create, analyze and present written, verbal, and presentation communication skills to various audiences.
  • Commitment to leadership both and words and actions within the project and Organizational team.
  • Proactively and continually identify and execute operational efficiencies. Excellent 'change management' skills, with the ability to create clarity where ambiguity exists.
  • Excellent multi-Stakeholder management skills with strong negotiation competencies, providing positive interactions.
  • Ability to set direction and delegate, then follow up as necessary to ensure team meets project/program deliverables are being met.
  • Excellent proven ability leading the project team in processes, artifacts, and deliverables to ensure adherence to Enterprise Project Governance and Project Data Integrity.
  • Ability to follow and execute directives with the talent to anticipate needs of the manger. Own and execute the deliverables based on those needs.
  • Ability to proactively create clarity where ambiguity exits.
  • Excellent ability to multi-task in a multi-manager, complex environment. Deliver as an individual contributor and within a team context possessing a positive attitude with positive results. Excellent ability to deliver results with changing priorities and ad hoc deliverables within tight timeframes.
  • Highly dependable in supporting Management and influencing peers in cultural changes or deliverables.
  • Ability to serve as a trusted advisor.

Moody's is an essential component of the global capital markets, providing credit ratings, research, tools and analysis that contribute to transparent and integrated financial markets. Moody's Corporation (NYSE: MCO) is the parent company of Moody's Investors Service, which provides credit ratings and research covering debt instruments and securities, and Moody's Analytics, which offers leading-edge software, advisory services and research for credit and economic analysis and financial risk management. The Corporation, which reported revenue of $3.6 billion in 2016, employs approximately 10,700 people worldwide and maintains a presence in 36 countries. Further information is available at www.moodys.com.

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