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Project Manager (12 Months Contract)

Cox Enterprises

This is a Contract position in Mississauga, ON posted December 26, 2020.

Dealertrack solutions enhance efficiency and profitability for all major segments of the automotive, marine, recreational vehicle, motorcycle and powersport retail industries. From robust desking tools that enrich the in-store experience, to the largest lender network in Canada, Dealertrack serves dealers, lenders, OEMs, third-party retailers, agents and aftermarket providers. Dealertrack’s products include Sales and F&I, market data for dealers, lenders and OEMs, and digital document services.  Dealertrack’s solutions and services are designed to make workflows more efficient, transparent and profitable.

The Project Manager role has two principal areas of responsibility:

1. Project Manager for specific Project(s):

 

The Project Manager role is equally responsible for independently leading all day to day activities of small to mid-sized project(s) within the overall portfolio of the assigned business or technology domain. The Project Manager works with the product owner(s), scrum team(s) and technology teams in translating the product vision into a workable project plan within the overall agile process. This Project Manager is then responsible for leading the planning, monitoring, execution, and successful completion of their projects- on scope, budget, and schedule and meeting all project metrics for quality. The Project Manager will manage the expectations of all stakeholders, including customer, through transparent and proactive communications. The Project Manager will be responsible leading the creation of project related deliverables, such as:

•               Plan of Record (update)

•               Project Proposals (create/co-author)

•               Project Management Plan (owner)

•               Resource Plans (update)

•               Project Status Reports (owner)

•               Issue / Risk / Assumptions / Action Item / Decisions Log (owner) (IRAAD)

•               Project Debriefs/Retrospective (owner)

This position is expected to apply industry best practices to drive initiative/project success.  The Project Manager will collaborate with all teams in developing project plans, gathering project status efficiently by “walking around” and will lead forward looking, action oriented status meetings.  The Project Manager will manage the expectations of internal and external stakeholders through transparent and proactive status reporting, ongoing planning, stakeholder meetings and Interlock discussions, and other communications.

2.  Facilitate and Assist in Release Train / Program Management team deliverables:

The Project Manager is responsible to assist and facilitate the deliverables for the Release Train or Program Management team(s), partnering and co-owning some of the duties of RTE (Release Train Engineer) such as:

  • Facilitate and Assist Release Train / Program Status updates
  • Assist in tracking features/projects within the assigned Release Train / Program
  • Facilitate and Assist Release Train / Program reporting and metrics
  • Facilitate and Assist Quarterly planning for the assigned Release Train / Program
  • Facilitate and Assist Escalations and Track impediments
  • Facilitate assist risk and dependency management
  • Facilitate workshops and training sessions to help with continuous improvements
  • Facilitate and Assist budget / cost planning and tracking

Essential Functions:

·        Program Management (10%)

o   Facilitates the ongoing creation of Business Cases and Project Proposals/Briefs for the program ensuring projects are evaluated, approved, queued and executed in priority order within the program.

o   Facilitates tracks and reports on key program metrics and details providing the visibility and transparency needed for proactively decision making by the Business Sponsor via aggregated information relating details like to delivery timelines, budgets and key risks.

o   Facilitates regular program status meetings to ensure business sponsors and other key stakeholders share a common short and longer-term program perspective.

·        Project Management (80%)

o   Works with Business Sponsor, Release Train management team and Technical Lead to initiate new projects/initiatives by creating briefs/business cases to be evaluated, approved and properly scheduled supporting the ongoing maintenance of quarterly plans.

o   Leads & Facilitate all aspects of the project management process e.g. quarterly planning, leading project status meetings and supporting scrum team, supporting backlog management, tracking team progress and ownership of Team Metrics.

o   Monitors and controls projects by managing project milestones, scope, budget, issues and risks ensuring appropriate corrective actions and interventions are enacted in a timely manner working collaboratively with the business sponsor, release trains and scrum teams.

o   Develops, facilitate and implements communication strategies and plans to ensure status, activities, accomplishments, issues, and risks are communicated.

·        Servant Leadership (10%)

o   Trains and mentors team members on the Dealertrack’s leading practice implementation and continuous improvement.

o   Provides process leadership, direction, and support to project/scrum teams by reviewing deliverables prepared by the team, identifying opportunities for improvement, contributing to the continuous improvement of best practices and providing thought leadership to the PPM processes.

Qualifications:

5-7 years of experience in project management capacity and PMP certification are required

The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Shareholder Partnership.  Elicits cooperation from a wide variety of sources, including upper management, clients, and other departments using expertise as a facilitator maintaining a 6 plus week focus and perspective for the Team.
  • Judgment.  Able to quickly assess what information is needed to make decisions including when escalation is required.  Often able to make decision on their own.
  • Risk Management. Good at identifying Risk and Opportunities as well as actively managing them to closure.
  • Team Leadership. Is an Agile evangelist acting as a role model for non-direct reporting Team Members able to determine when help is needed. 
  • Ownership and Commitment. Takes responsibility and accountability for project success criteria.  Valuable as a leader and as a team member completing tasks and/or providing key data for decision making. 
  • Learning Agility. Demonstrated ability to learn new skills including asking the right questions to gain understanding.  Has a high level of comfort dealing with ambiguous and new situations.
  • Process Adherence. Able to determine which project management processes are necessary to achieve optimal results. Produces an audit trail through their projects.
  • Business Knowledge. Good understanding of Agile standards. Easily aligns project/programs to stakeholder goals. Intermediate plus experience working with Microsoft Project, SharePoint, JIRA or similar.

Who We Are

About Cox Automotive

There’s nothing ordinary about Cox Automotive. We are people of every background driven by our passion for mobility, innovation, client success and community outreach. We make buying, selling and owning (or simply using) cars easier for everyone. Touching more than 40,000 clients across five continents, we bring together the best brands and the best teams to propel the automotive industry forward. Some of those team members work for our iconic consumer brands like Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book, while others are creating the future of automotive at industry-facing brands like Dealer.com, Manheim and vAuto.

 

About Cox 

We are the Cox family of businesses. We’ve been making our mark since 1898 by building and evolving world-class businesses, staying true to our values, and encouraging top talent to always look for growth and impact while building a career with us.  Our primary divisions – Cox Communications and Cox Automotive – are driving a new wave of innovation, powering smart cities with powerhouse broadband communications and pioneering greener, more progressive transportation alternatives for individuals and fleet operators.  We’re also expanding into new spaces like cleantech and healthcare to rev up our momentum toward building a better future for the next generation.  We’re looking for the talent today who will be our leaders tomorrow. Sound intriguing? Learn more about where we are today, where we hope you’ll be going with us, and the common purpose that unites us at coxenterprises.com.   

Cox is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer – All qualified applicants/employees will receive consideration for employment without regard to that individual’s age, race, color, religion or creed, national origin or ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic information, ethnicity, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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