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IBM Complex Program Manager in Chicago, Illinois


At IBM, our Project Managers excel by leading and coordinating a project team's overall performance, scope, cost, and deliverables. Our clients rely on timely and efficient status reports, and as Project Manager, you will drive the charge with project direction, metric definition, and performance management. If you are ready to help our clients and project teams succeed, we would love to meet you!

Your Role and Responsibilities

IBM considers a Complex Program one which exhibits a majority of these characteristics:

  • First-of-a-Kind Implementation of technology or service new to the local market

  • Complex Systems Integration with multiple applications, comprehensive data migration, interfaces

  • Cross-Brand delivery involving team members or technology owned by multiple business lines

  • Project Delivery in multiple countries, languages, vendors and teams exceeding 100 FTEs

  • Client Environment with challenging characteristics, history, difficulty in commitment

  • Client Transformation impacting critical-path functions and processes requiring a new level of change maturity

  • Contract Terms or Structure with combination T&M, fixed price, complex project change order processes, unique payment terms

  • Complexity introduced by other factors e.g. country-specific provisions, government -required security regulations, industry terms and conditions

As a Complex Program Manager you will manage end-to-end delivery of the schedule, scope and resources as defined in the contractual solution. Your role is to:

  • Create one team; Work as a trusted advisor to your client

  • Ensure all parties understand the contract creating a governance structure and processes

  • Deliver against contractual obligations; Understand and manage client expectations; Develop and implement communications plan

  • Execute flawlessly by managing profitability, financials and all parties to achieve milestones


Required Technical and Professional Expertise

  • PMP Certified

  • Successful management of at least two Complex programs in the last six years, demonstrated by meeting contractual obligations on schedule and within budget.

  • Advanced skills in Program and Project Management - excels across all Program and Project management domains. Demonstrate abilities to successfully:

  • Manage overall scope, schedule, budget, communications, risks, issues, dependencies, governance processes including deliverable management, milestones, risks, issues, dependencies, action items, status reports.

  • Enforce solution and commercial project change management to determine if a change is in scope or requires a project change request, coordinating change to comply with Legal and Finance requirements.

  • Collaborate with Architects, Technologists, Software Developers, Data Managers, Production support teams, Data Security & Privacy, Regulatory bodies, IBM Executive Stakeholders and corresponding client counterparts.

  • Demonstrate technical competence by:

  • Ability to combine Project Management expertise with an understanding of the technology supporting the program solution and goals

  • Experience working with technical leaders on the delivery team, understanding and facilitating technical discussions with the team, contribute to resolving technical issues impacting delivery

  • Ability to independently answer high level technical questions

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the client's environment and business - keen awareness of the client environment and change factors that may impact the delivery of the program.

  • Demonstrate Thought Leadership by breaking down a complex situation into more understandable and manageable pieces, negotiating solutions to complex and difficult situations while ensuring global teams understand delivery processes, procedures, disciplines, and tools to ensure delivery excellence.

  • Skilled Negotiator and Communicator - capable and comfortable operating at C-suite Level with client and supplier organizations. Develop creative solutions to address delivery and financial challenges while maintaining quality of delivery.

  • Demonstrate the extraordinary leadership and motivational strengths IBM believes are critical to leader success: Accountability, Adaptability, Authenticity, Critical Thinking, Grit, Influence, Innovation, Inspiration, People focus.

Preferred Technical and Professional Expertise

  • IBM certified as a Complex Program Manager, Executive Project Manager or Senior Project Manager

  • Certified in one or more Cloud technologies

  • Agile, Scrum Certified

  • Certifications in both Project Management and Cloud technologies

About Business UnitIBM Services is a team of business, strategy and technology consultants that design, build, and run foundational systems and services that is the backbone of the world's economy. IBM Services partners with the world's leading companies in over 170 countries to build smarter businesses by reimagining and reinventing through technology, with its outcome-focused methodologies, industry-leading portfolio and world class research and operations expertise leading to results-driven innovation and enduring excellence.

This job requires you to be fully COVID-19 vaccinated prior to your start date, where legally permissible. Proof of vaccination status will be required. If you are unable to be vaccinated due to medical, pregnancy or religious reasons, we offer accommodations in accordance with applicable law.

Your Life @ IBMAre you craving to learn more? Prepared to solve some of the world's most unique challenges? And ready to shape the future for millions of people? If so, then it's time to join us, express your individuality, unleash your curiosity and discover new possibilities.

Every IBMer, and potential ones like yourself, has a voice, carves their own path, and uses their expertise to help co-create and add to our story. Together, we have the power to make meaningful change - to alter the fabric of our clients, of society and IBM itself, to create a truly positive impact and make the world work better for everyone.

It's time to define your career.

About IBMIBM's greatest invention is the IBMer. We believe that through the application of intelligence, reason and science, we can improve business, society and the human condition, bringing the power of an open hybrid cloud and AI strategy to life for our clients and partners around the world.Restlessly reinventing since 1911, we are not only one of the largest corporate organizations in the world, we're also one of the biggest technology and consulting employers, with many of the Fortune 50 companies relying on the IBM Cloud to run their business. At IBM, we pride ourselves on being an early adopter of artificial intelligence, quantum computing and blockchain. Now it's time for you to join us on our journey to being a responsible technology innovator and a force for good in the world.

Location StatementIBM offers a wide range of resources for eligible IBMers to thrive both inside and outside of work. In addition to a competitive benefits program consisting of medical and life insurance, retirement plans, and time off, eligible employees may also have access to:

*12 weeks of paid parental bonding leave. Family care options are also available to support eligible employees during COVID-19.

*World-class training and educational resources on our personalized, AI-driven learning platform. IBM's learning culture supports your restless attitude to grow your skills and build the depth and scale of knowledge needed to achieve your career goals.

*Well-being programs to support mental and physical health.

*Financial programs that empower you to plan, save, and manage your money (including expert financial counseling, 401(k), IBM stock discount, etc.).

*Select educational reimbursement opportunities.

*Diverse and inclusive employee resource groups where you can network and connect with IBMers across the globe.

*Giving and volunteer programs to benefit charitable organizations and local communities.

*Discounts on retail products, services, and experiences.

This position is eligible for participation in an IBM sales incentive plan. Actual incentive opportunity will be based on performance and the eligible Target Incentive, as addressed in the applicable plan, all of which is subject to change.

We consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable law.

Being You @ IBMIBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, pregnancy, disability, age, veteran status, or other characteristics. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.