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Senior Program Director

MBR Partners
MBR Partners

Our client, world's biggest player in optical connectivity is seeking a Program Director/Program Manager for one of its divisions to develop extended capabilities of their leading automation platform for telecommunication service providers in the UK.
The Opportunity
This is an exciting opportunity based in Germany to be involved with our client’s Intelligent Automation Solution by extending SW capabilities through their orchestrator and inventory solutions using the platform’s APIs and SDK.
You will be a self-starter who takes ownership of any issues, works well independently and in teams, manages their time and meets the delivery schedule with quality. Your role will require you understand the customer requirements while working onsite or remotely as needed and collaborating with our distributed team to meet the delivery schedules.
Project Planning and Management
Define project scope and schedule while focusing on regular and timely delivery of value; organize and lead project status and working meetings; prepare and distribute progress reports; manage risks and issues; correct deviations from plans; and perform delivery planning for assigned projects
Team Management
Assist in team development while holding teams accountable for their commitments, removing roadblocks to their work; leveraging organizational resources to improve capacity for project work; and mentoring and developing team members
Product Owner Support
Support the Product Owner in managing customer expectations for project deliverables, managing stakeholder communications, and helping to implement an effective system of project governance
Process Management and Improvement
Define and manage a well-defined project management process and champion ongoing process improvement initiatives to implement best practices for Agile Project Management
Team Building
Promote empowerment of the team, ensure that each team member is fully engaged in the project and making a meaningful contribution, and encourage a sustainable pace with highlevels of quality for the team

Solid understanding of software development life cycle models as well as expert knowledge of both Agile and traditional project management principles and practices and the ability to blend them together in the right proportions to fit a project and business environment
A proven track record of successfully implementing software or web development projects using Agile methodologies including 8+ years of experience as a Project Manager managing large, complex projects in a high-tech development environment with multi-function teams. PMP preferred
Prior experience with SCRUM/Agile methodologies with enterprise-level application development projects. PMI-ACP, CSM, or equivalent preferred
Experience overseeing multi-function project teams with at least 10-15 team members including Developers, Business Analysts, and QA Personnel
Balanced business/technical background:

o Sufficient level of technical background to provide highly-credible leadership to development teams and to be able to accurately and objectively evaluate complex project risks and issues
o Ability to provide leadership to business analysts and collaborate with customers and develop strategies and solutions of high business value
Skills Required

BA or BS or equivalent experience is required; MA or MS is a plus
Very effective interpersonal skills including mentoring, coaching, collaborating, and team building
Strong analytical, planning, and organizational skills with an ability to manage competing demands • In-depth knowledge and understanding of business needs with the ability to establish/maintain high level of customer trust and confidence
Proven ability to lead software development projects and ensure objectives, goals, and commitments are met
Solid understanding of and demonstrated experience in using appropriate tools:

o Agile Project Management tools such as Jira/Greenhopper, Rally, VersionOne or equivalent
o Microsoft Project, Visio, and all Office Tools

Excellent oral and written communications skills and experience interacting with both business and IT individuals at all levels including the executive level
Creative approach to problem-solving with the ability to focus on details while maintaining the “big picture” view
Prior experience running complex transformation or OSS programs desired
Prior experience in a Telco service provider preferred, such as Deutsche Telecom, BT, Vodafone, Telefonica
Delivery Professional at a Director or Senior Director level who is independent, a relationship builder and a leader of high performing teams
Focus on the breadth and relevance of experience rather than the number of years of work experience
Understanding of or experience with Kubernetes, Virtual Network Function (VNF), Cloud Network Function (CNF) would be a plus but not mandatory

Please disregard any salary levels mentioned in the advert, the client will tailor the financials around the right candidate.

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