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Data Science Sr Project Manager

Location : Columbia MD US
Job Type : Permanent @ BLEND360
Hours : Full Time
Required Years of Experience : 7
Required Education : BS
Travel : No
Relocation : No
Job Industry : Consulting
Job Category : Project/Program Management

Job Description :

BLEND360 is an award-winning, new breed Data Science Solutions Company focused on powering exceptional results to our Fortune 500 clients. We are a growing company—born at the intersection of advanced analytics, data and technology


Blend360 is seeking a Sr  Project Management expert for our marketing technology group to perform a combination of planning, execution, and relationship management duties. This person will be responsible for issue resolution and management efforts pertaining to Blend360's client projects centered around Data Science.


He/She will be responsible for working closely with business contacts and Blend360's internal teams. The ideal candidate will need to be flexible to shift priorities as business needs dictate. Also, this individual must not hesitate to insert their efforts where and when needed in areas such as prioritization, requirements development, process improvement and customer issue resolution. He/She will need to serve as a subject matter expert on platform capabilities and establish relationships and build support from key internal partners in business areas to execution on the platform strategy.


The successful candidate will work as integral part of a team responsible for delivering a best-in-class experience across the various touchpoints, and the infrastructure that supports them. To accomplish this, he/she will be focused on continuously delivering an industry-leading customer experience while managing operating costs. Additionally, Blend360's new Project Manager has the primary responsibility for client implementation, any significant addition or change to a client's existing infrastructure, or day to day management of large, active clients.


Essential Functions:


§  Manage the work stream roadmap, analysis tasks, work with the assigned DS resource to complete the task and manage overall timeline / stakeholder expectation


§  Provide timely / weekly leadership update


§  Coordinate with other workstream POCs on key analysis efforts


§  Drive key working sessions with data science resource, SMEs to define problem, manage analysis progress, report out findings


§  Prepare executive ready materials to summarize progress, finding, recommendation


§  Identify, communicate and actively work towards resolve risks / road blockers


 


 


 


Creates project plans from scratch, - and tracks and drives progress towards the delivery objectives established mutually with the client in the SOW, while ensuring delivery best practices are employed.


Manages the daily responsibilities associated with delivering world-class solutions for single or multiple clients.


Coordinates cross-functional teams through meetings and progress measurement activity which bring distinct, specific projects to completion both on time and within budget


Duties & Responsibilities


Manage project development and execution from initiation through closure; be accountable for the project along with the project sponsor


Build and maintain knowledge of clients' business, competition, and industry trends


Provide assistance & advice to aid in developing strategic approaches to the development of solutions


Work with the project sponsors and stakeholders to ensure projects are fully defined, and assist in developing any supporting documentation needed


Clearly communicate expectations to project stakeholders


Estimate project timeline's level of effort and cost


Create, update, and maintain project plans and schedules to keep project teams aligned & maintain accurate project forecasts and statuses


Manage team assignments and balance workload in a deadline driven environment


Track and report on project milestones and provide status reports to project sponsors and stakeholders


Effectively apply our methodology and enforce project standards & governance


Manage change control process; perform risk assessments and analysis to identify and document impact of any proposed changes


Ensure change requests are documented and stored appropriately


Monitor performance against quality goals and implement corrective action as needed


Ensure work product accuracy before delivery to client


May manage one or more direct reports


Could be travel to clients


 


Required Qualifications :
 

Requirements



  •  Comfortable interacting with senior leadership – being able to simplify technical concepts to a non-technical audience

  •  Organizational agility – comfortable navigate a complex / multi-functional project team

  •   Project management – be able to rally together a large group of SMEs from 3 business units, set expectation, manage timeline

  •  Strong problem solving skill

  •  Strongly preferred: ability to perform data analysis / have foundational understanding of DS techniques (  SQL, stats / exp design)

  •  Ideal: Understand Rx business              


 


Excellent understanding of project management principles, such as organization, documentation, and delegation


Prior experience with Python and R


Previous experience in Data Science and/or Advanced Marketing analytics


Excellent communication and negotiation skills


Able to interact with staff/colleagues of varying levels


Able to prioritize work and shift priorities as needed to meet aggressive deadlines and milestones


Able to identify and resolve issues


Able to complete successful projects that are on schedule and receive high satisfaction results


Able to function, and successfully manage, in a demanding and stressful environment


Able to negotiate, manage conflict, and manage customer concerns that cause disappointment, dissatisfaction, or frustration for the customer


Able to identify most effective and appropriate PM methodologies - based on project scope and complexity


Able to mentor other PMs


Able to deviate from standard/established PM methodologies to accomplish dynamic project completion


Experience


5-7 years of related experience - Data Science AND  Project Management experience preferred


 


Combination of education and experience to successfully perform the essential functions of the job


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