National Grid Program Manager/ Sr Program Manager, Portfolio Office in Waltham, Massachusetts

Job Purpose:


The (Sr.) Program Manageris 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 (Sr.) 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

  • Design and implement Portfolio Management to enable development to scale and lead large-scale, complex Agile based projects

  • Facilitate the Gas Business Enablement Portfolio Management Team to successfully execute portfolio, program and project plans. The primary enabler of alignment throughout all levels of the program

  • Create and contribute to key process improvement initiatives and conduct cross-functional initiatives designed to improve delivery effectiveness, visibility and metrics based reporting or critical strategic initiatives

  • Serves as the process expert and helps educate the team in SAFe framework and Agile process is being followed

  • Generate process reports indicating velocity, burn-up/burn-down, etc.

  • Facilitate and lead Agile ceremonies (Stand-up, Product Demonstration, Story Point Estimation, Retrospective, Iteration Planning, Backlog Grooming) and foster continuous improvement

  • Take a leadership role in preparing Program Increment Planning (PIP) sessions including supporting teams to update the team backlog, review and contribute to the vision Roadmap, content presentations and team’s specific objectives, and participate in story definition, estimates and sequencing

  • Responsible for managing the overall planning, execution, and delivery of all run, grow and transform work being performed by a stable team.

  • Facilitate the day-to-day coordination of work and removal of impediments while adhering to standards and program objectives

  • Responsible for leading high performing teams including building strong product owner, sponsor, solution lead, stakeholder, vendor, customer, and team relationships

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

Capability Requirements

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

  • 5 years project management experience

  • Knowledge of and the ability to apply the SAFe Framework

  • 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

  • Problem solve by providing timely and accurate interpretation of analyses

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

  • Prepare and conduct quality presentations to a wide audience

  • Positively influence others and gain their cooperation

  • Deep understanding of Agile practices and experience working to maximize predictability, efficiency and transparency

  • Strong communication and conflict resolution skills

  • Ability to define issues, business/technology needs, and implement solutions

  • Knowledge of project management, risk management, procurement management and change management

  • Ability to use problem solving, critical thinking skills, and independent thinking to overcome challenges

  • Certifications preferred: CSM, SA, PMP, CSPO or PMI-ACP

Qualifications Required:

Our ideal candidates for this position will possess:

  • A Bachelor's degree or higher, with at least 5 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, Box.com, Sharepoint and demonstrated proficiency with the other MS Office Suite of products

  • 2 years of practical Lean/Agile experience

  • 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.

/National Grid is an equal opportunity employer that values a broad diversity of talent, knowledge, experience and expertise. We foster a culture of inclusion that drives employee engagement to deliver superior performance to the communities we serve. National Grid is proud to be an affirmative action employer. We encourage minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans to join the National Grid team./

Job: *Gas Enablement

Organization: *Gas Enablement

Title: Program Manager/ Sr Program Manager, Portfolio Office

Location: MA-Waltham

Requisition ID: 20181702