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technical project manager




Planet Technologies

Gaithersburg, MD

Scott Tucker

Unknown / Non-Applicable

Company - Private


Job Description

The Senior IT Project Manager is responsible for project management for major information technology projects. This position requires a higher level of experience with all phases of project planning and implementation, and assumes responsibilities over large-scale and multiple projects, actively collaborating with cross functional teams, and providing strategic direction across all project initiatives. Projects should be completed on schedule by the outlined deadline(s).

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    • Knowledge and understanding of Planet’s organization, goals and objectives, and policies and procedures.
    • Possess proven experience in end-to-end project management of large-scale information technology projects.
    • Knowledge of IT operation processes including risk management, change management, and incident management.
    • Has the ability to work well under pressure and has excellent problem-solving skills.
    • Has the knowledge to support the project team as required and motivate them to achieve required results for the customer and achieve project success.
    • Ability to identify and manage ambiguity and plan alternatives.
    • Develop project management what-if scenarios to facilitate decision making.
    • Ability to assess performance and recommend new measures to improve performance.
    • Professional with excellent communication skills, written and verbal.
    • Must have the ability to proactively respond to internal/external questions and collaborate across internal/external teams.
    • Will be able to problem solve efficiently within the specific area of expertise and suggest process improvement or standardization as requested and/or directed.
    • Knowledgeable in the specific area of expertise to demonstrate a proactive approach to help customers make basic decisions around features and capabilities with the option of identifying and referring additional products or services within the specific areas of technical competence if needed and/or required for the customer.
    • Advanced skills with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, Azure DevOps, and OnePlan.

Essential Duties

    • Planet project managers deliver a wide range of technical projects. Responsible for successful service delivery and contract execution of engagements for various customer verticals (state and local government agencies, higher education, commercial, and defense industrial base)
    • Office 365 implementations (email, Teams, OneDrive, and SharePoint) and migrations,
    • Modern Endpoint Management,
    • Azure deployments and migrations,
    • Data and AI deployments
    • Microsoft D365, PowerApps and, custom development work
    • Organizational Change Management
    • Security and Compliance
    • Leading a diverse IT project team comprised of engineers with expertise in different subject matter areas, architects, cloud strategists, and project managers from initiation to production implementation, tracking project details to ensure expected results are achieved.
    • Creating, managing, and controlling project schedules and all required activities to ensure alignment with multiple schedules and requirements across all workstreams.
    • Develops and implements risk assessment, change management, quality assurance, performance, and control measures to ensure completion of projects in accordance with established standards, schedules, and budget parameters.
    • Develop project artifacts: project plan, implementation plans with milestones, weekly status reports, agendas, and meeting minutes paying attention to detail.
    • Maintain and manage Program Level budgets for various workstreams and across multiple SOWs for a single customer.
    • Responsible for the effective communication of project status, issues, risks, and budgetary information to key stakeholders and leadership.
    • Regularly meet with internal and external stakeholders to gather, prioritize, and refine requirements to discuss ongoing work, discuss opportunities and address any challenges.
    • Prepare and present information related to project progress, vision, roadmap, status reports, and other topics to senior levels of leadership, taking into account the listeners and nature of the information being presented.
    • Manage project scope and identify and prepare necessary change orders.
    • Oversees budget and record keeping; personnel management; contract management; project schedule and meeting all applicable regulations, policies, and requirements.
    • Review customer invoices and assist the accounting department as needed with related questions.
    • Performs special projects and other duties as assigned.

Technical Abilities

    • Planning and forecasting
    • Risk Management
    • Budgeting
    • Tracking and monitoring
    • Waterfall and Agile project management methodologies
    • Meeting facilitation to drive decisions
    • Project management and information technology subject matter expertise
    • Quality Management
    • Ability to read and generally understand complex technical requirements.
    • Ability to present and lead customers through technical assessment and solution architecture
    • Awareness of current development trends and demonstration of continuous learning
    • Awareness of Microsoft offerings

Professional Licenses/Certifications, Experience and Education

    • Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification or other project management certification(s)
    • Preferred Technical Certifications - Microsoft Azure Fundamentals, Microsoft 365 Fundamentals, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Fundamentals, Microsoft Power Platform Fundamentals
    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
    • 7 to 10 years' experience as a project manager.
    • Experience with large, complex IT projects as well as simultaneously handling multiple projects.
Planet Technologies is the leading provider of Microsoft Consulting Services to public sector and commercial organizations. Planet has significant experience in deploying business intelligence, cloud services, unified communications, and systems management with an emphasis building, deploying, and managing custom solutions that transform the business operations of federal government agencies.

Planet Technologies does not discriminate in employment opportunities, terms and conditions of employment, or practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, age, gender, religious or political beliefs, national origin or heritage, disability, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law. Federal Agency Clearance Requirements may require up to a 10 year background investigation - US Citizenship (clearable) is required.

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