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Senior Project Manager

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Job ID 499241BR Job Location Bristol, Connecticut, United States Category Technology
Working at ESPN is unlike anything else. That’s because we’re always finding new ways to interact with fans – however and wherever they connect with sports. When you have the latest technology, game-changing ideas and world-class talent on your team, every day is extraordinary.

Within the Technology Organization the Senior Project Manager is responsible for managing large-scale, complex projects from initiation through closure. These initiatives will involve daily hands on management of technology activities utilizing Agile and Scrum based software development practices; with additional responsibilities to include non-technical tasks such as user training, business process reengineering and organizational change. This role requires a wide range of leadership competencies, technical (PM) experience and communications skills.

Responsible for managing projects using the ESPN Work Life Cycle and standard processes, tools and methodologies, which include the development of the scope of work and the management of time, cost, risk, and communications. The position operates in a matrix environment, developing multi-talented, cross-functional teams and guiding them through processes that most effectively deliver business solutions.
  • Manages all aspects of software development based projects from Initiation through Closure.
  • Plans, coordinates and directs all activities associated with developing project plans, communication plans, project schedules, etc. by adapting PM fundamentals to best support assigned projects
  • Leverage significant experience with Agile and SCRUM methodologies to lead project teams on a daily basis to the successful delivery of software development related projects
  • Responsible for team dynamics, morale and motivation
  • Builds a team where all members and points of view are respected
  • Develops and maintains project plans
  • Lead Project Teams through identifying and managing risk and the resolution of issues
  • Accountable for delivering ‘quality’ solutions that provide desired business benefits and/or solve business problems - ‘on-time’ & within budget
  • Able to quickly solve complex problems in a challenging, dynamic environment with minimal direction
  • Effectively communicates with business and technical senior management, project teams and stakeholders
  • Communicates to convince and influence key decision-makers / stakeholders in a manner that best serves ESPN
  • Facilitator – must be able to:
    • Facilitate meetings / workshops with large groups of people beyond the project team
    • Facilitate the project team through the resolution of complex issues
    • Ensure group participation
    • Drive workshop/meeting to conclusion and/or actionable outcome
  • Develop and deliver outcomes/results/notes in a manor appropriate to the level of the group
Basic Qualifications
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience working in a technology or media organization
  • Minimum 10 years of experience managing large and multiple concurrent projects
  • Minimum of 3 years of hands-on experience with Agile/Scrum methodologies developing software applications, playing the role of scrum master effectively
  • Excellent business and communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Should be highly skilled in time management to facilitate involvement in multiple project
  • Must have excellent leadership, team management, relationship building, and interpersonal skills
Preferred Qualifications
  • Minimum of 8 years of experience managing formal application software development projects and/or functional organizations
  • PMI Certification preferred with thorough understanding of Project Management Methodologies & Techniques
  • CSM / CSP Certification preferred with thorough understanding of Scrum Agile Methodologies
  • A passion for sports!
Required Education
  • Bachelor’s Degree in computer science, engineering or related field
Company Overview
At Disney, we‘re storytellers. We make the impossible, possible. We do this through utilizing and developing cutting-edge technology and pushing the envelope to bring stories to life through our movies, products, interactive games, parks and resorts, and media networks. Now is your chance to join our talented team that delivers unparalleled creative content to audiences around the world.

Additional Information
ESPN is an equal opportunity employer - Female/Minority/Veteran/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity. Our goal is to create an inclusive workplace for all.

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