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Director of Project Management

Project Management | Addison, TX | Full Time

Job Description

 

About Bottle Rocket:

Bottle Rocket is dedicated to creating high quality iPhone, iPad and Android applications. We believe exceptionally innovative technology not only enhances the way we do things—it redefines the way we live our lives. To us, iOS and Android are more than sophisticated mobile operating system—they are game-changing platforms uniting information, instant access and unlimited range to create entertainment and enterprise solutions.

About Working for Bottle Rocket:

We are a rapidly growing mobile development company at the forefront of the app revolution. We have developed and released over 60 high profile, premium brand experience apps for companies like NPR, PBS, Discovery Channel, Disney, American Express, AARP, Bravo, ESPN, SPIN Magazine, BET, A&E Television and the National Science Foundation, as well extremely popular games such as Doodle Bomb and Annoying Orange: Kitchen Carnage. Our apps are regularly featured in the press and have received critical acclaim. We estimate that over 15 million people use the apps we have built. These apps are just the tip of the iceberg. We continue to push the envelope of design and architecture and have literally dozens of new projects you may find very interesting.

Of course, such high visibility and growth comes with its own challenges. Our services are in such high demand that we need the most talented individuals, such as yourself, to continue to grow our brand, our organization, and our skill sets. We can offer you as much challenge as you can handle! We have been wildly successful because we work hard for our clients, our end users, and for each other. We have staffed our teams with "A" players that do not accept anything less than the best from themselves and each other. This allows us to continually improve our work, our processes, and our vision.

About This Position:

The Director of Project Management is the leader of Bottle Rocket’s Project Management discipline. As such, he or she is responsible for building and managing a team of project managers who can proactively manage projects and mitigate risks to ensure the successful delivery of services for our clients.  In addition to leading the project management discipline, the Director of Project Management is a member of Bottle Rocket’s Key Management group, actively contributing to development of company-wide strategic and tactical plans and policies. The Director of Project Management reports to the Vice President, Operations.

Responsibilities:

Services Delivery

  • Plan, direct, and coordinate all project management and resource allocation efforts of the company
  • Oversee and manage the company’s project managers in their work on client engagements
  • Review high-level deliverables for quality and consistency
  • Review projects regularly to ensure successful completion on time and on budget
  • Work collaboratively with leaders of other disciplines (strategy, creative, software development and quality assurance) to coordinate and ensure successful completion of projects
  • With the assistance of the Resource Manager, conduct regular resource forecasting, planning & work assignment allocation
  • Administer and evaluate the systems and tools used by the project management discipline

Practice Development

  • Develop, evaluate and refine an effective project delivery methodology, and ensure its consistent adoption and application by all project managers
  • Develop and implement an ongoing program to identify and mitigate internal and external risks to on-time, on-budget, high-quality services delivery
  • Identify industry best practices in project management and ways to increase client satisfaction and deepen client relationships, and communicate them both within and outside the project management discipline
  • Provide ongoing mentorship and training to project managers for professional skills development and implementation of best practices
  • Evaluate project results to continually improve team understanding and adoption of significant lessons learned

Financial Management

  • Analyze and forecast profitability, revenue, margins, bill rates and utilization across the Operations group
  • Ensure that billing milestones are met on a timely basis
  • Assist with addressing and resolving billing issues
  • Help to ensure that the Operations group meets or exceeds its planned financial objectives

Personnel Management and Leadership

  • Assess individual project manager growth and development needs; provide direction, coaching and mentoring as necessary; conduct formal and informal performance reviews
  • Hire and, when necessary, terminate project managers
  • Communicate and demonstrate by example Bottle Rocket’s core values to the project management discipline
  • Promote team building, teamwork and motivation
  • Advise the Key Management group on the status, progress and risk assessment of current projects
  • Develop and implement strategic objectives for the project management discipline that are aligned with the company’s strategic initiatives
  • Work with the company’s business development team to forecast availability of project resources and create statements of work
  • Represent the project management discipline to prospects and clients as needed

Requirements:

Experience

  • At least 10 years experience in project management, including at least 5 years developing and leading a successful project management office or practice group
  • At least 2 years experience working in an agency or similar environment in which the primary project stakeholders are external clients
  • At least 2 years experience working in an interactive or software development company
  • Demonstrated record of regularly delivering complex software projects on-time and on-budget
  • Experience working and managing teams in a Lean or Agile environment
  • Has previously managed 8+ direct reports
  • Has managed studio of a mix of 50+ designers and developers

Core Competencies

  • Outstanding, proven project management and leadership skills
  • Thorough knowledge of Lean and/or Agile software development methodologies
  • Detailed understanding of software development life cycle
  • In-depth knowledge of current project management best practices
  • Knowledge of project management tools and processes
  • Ability to proactively identify project delivery issues and create solutions to mitigate them successfully
  • Accuracy and attention to detail

Professional Qualities

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrable collaboration, negotiation, and influencing skills
  • Self-directed, works with minimal guidance, and recognizes when guidance needed
  • Ability to build relationships and consensus while still getting things done
  • Ability to identify and hire top performers, and to grow the skills of project managers through effective coaching and mentoring
  • Ability to influence and manage other leaders with potentially different goals, to successfully drive collaboration across business functions to ensure project success
  • Focus on creating workable solutions to problems, not just identifying them     

Educational Background

  • BA or BS degree (MBA or equivalent a plus)
  • PMP, CSM or similar industry-recognized certifications preferred    

Learn more about this position and other technical, creative, quality assurance and project management positions at http://www.bottlerocketapps.com.

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