National Grid Lead Program Manager, Portfolio Office in Waltham, Massachusetts

Job Purpose:

The Lead Program Manager is an integral member of the Gas Business Enablement Portfolio Management organization and is responsible for supporting the day-to-day activities of the Gas Business Enablement Portfolio Management Team. This team performs the planning, analysis and governance required to ensure that the overall Gas Business Enablement Program is delivering its value, scope and commitments in a timely and effective manner, within budget and in accordance with National Grid requirements and best practices for program delivery and compliance. This is a key role to ensure seamless execution of portfolio, program and project plans. Example responsibilities of the Lead Program Manager will include, but not be limited to, the following:

· Structure and maintain key portfolio/program management documents and perform planning and analysis activities

· Support the planning and execution of portfolio/program and quality assurance activities, including stage gates, deliverable definition and coordinate with internal and external audit teams

· Schedule planning, development, maintenance and reporting

· Evaluate schedule performance and conduct impact analysis for risks and change requests

· Be dynamic to handle multiple priorities while delivering excellent supportive analyses

Actively participate in portfolio management activities including integration, resource, reporting, risk and issue management, communications, document management, etc.

Key Accountabilities:

The Sr. Program Manager is accountable to perform a wide range of functions which will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Perform the collection and analyses of program/portfolio performance data and funnel into the development of status reports and the update of internal and external performance hubs

  • Develop program analytics relevant to Agile and Waterfall delivery methodologies, collect metrics and report results to measure program delivery performance and drive improvements

  • Support the implementation and administration of an enterprise Project Portfolio Management (PPM) solution to improve cross-functional data integrity and support: analytics, project, program and portfolio status and increase consistency, usability and agility

  • Support the analysis of options, contingencies and impacts of planned and unplanned changes to scope, schedule, budgets and resource plans

  • Define tasks to plan and monitor overall quality, control and confirm work products

  • Using Agile techniques, assess processes and standards for consistent usage efficacy

  • Establish best practice/standard operating procedures, workflows, templates and documentation to facilitate implementation across the team

  • Communicate portfolio requirements, phases and timelines to all stakeholders

  • Ensure portfolio deliverables and change managed documents are retained and appropriately protected.

  • Monitor portfolio/program risk and issues log and advise the Portfolio Management Team Leader and the Program Leadership team of new or potential issues and risks

  • Identify opportunities to improve portfolio management performance and capabilities. Communicate ideas for improving company processes with a positive and constructive attitude

Capability Requirements

The successful candidate(s) will have demonstrated capabilities to:

  • Work independently as well as in a team based environment

  • Organize and prioritize work effectively and efficiently

  • Have a ‘can-do’, high energy attitude and can effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment

  • Solve problems by providing timely and accurate interpretation of analyses

  • Remain flexible/adaptable as priorities change, be creative and resourceful

  • Communicate effectively

  • Prepare and conduct quality presentations to a wide audience, including senior leaders

  • Positively influence others and gain their cooperation

Qualifications Required:

Our ideal candidates for this position will possess:

  • A Bachelor's degree or higher, with at least 7 years of Project Management, Program Integration and Coordination experience

  • Knowledge of program management and collaboration tools and techniques, including but not limited to MS Project, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, Visio,, Sharepoint and demonstrated proficiency with the other MS Office Suite of products

  • 3 years of practical Lean/Agile experience is a must

  • Ability to quickly learn new technologies, ability to apply knowledge to design, recommend and implement process changes

  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills

  • Practical experience in Agile delivery methodologies is preferred

  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills to elicit cooperation from a wide variety of individuals and teams

  • Facilitating various workshops in a Program execution setting to elicit feedback

  • Experience in fact-finding, including knowledge and understanding of where to find and how to present relevant information.

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Job: *Gas Enablement

Organization: *Gas Enablement

Title: Lead Program Manager, Portfolio Office

Location: MA-Waltham

Requisition ID: 20181655