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Project Manager- (German speaking) Professional Services EMEA

at Guide Wire

Posted: 10/26/2017
Job Reference #: olGb6fw2
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Job Description

Project Manager, (German speaking) Professional Services EMEA

Team:
Professional Services, EMEA Region: DACH (Germany, Austria and German speaking Switzerland)

The Role:

As Project Manager you will be working on large implementation projects involving Guidewire core applications, including managing an Agile (IT) team, managing stakeholders, and collaborating with business staff.

Responsibilities:

  • Spend most of your day working with Software related Projects & Implementation of Software.
  • Manage the Project Lifecycle of a large scale project from start to completion.
  • Lead meetings, coach team to write specs, maintain project documentation, user stories.
  • Manage scope, time, budget, goals, scheduling, updates and strategy of projects.
  • Communicate project status to management verbally and/or written.
  • Utilize software such as Rally, JIRA, Confluence, etc.
  • Assist in planning & execution strategies of application configuration.
  • Assist in software development requests.
  • Maintain positive implementation experience for customer.
  • Manage Guidewire implementation project team in an Agile environment.
  • Implementation partner management, tracking of financials and costs, as well as issue/risk management.
  • Facilitate meetings, including identification of action items and follow up.
  • Manage stakeholders proactively to offset scope creep and maintain integrity of time budgets and schedules.
  • Identify, analyze, and prioritize project risk and develop response plans.
  • Prepare and maintain project schedules with all critical tasks and related milestones, using approved methodologies and templates.
  • Facilitate project governance and escalation process interactions between the business owners, key stakeholders, and leadership team.
  • Document project management best practices for the organization.


Customer Success through collaboration on-site. To accomplish that we employ a flexible travel schedule of traveling to the customer on Mondays to return on Thursday which has been called the 3-4-5 in the industry: 3 nights away, 4 days onsite, with the fifth day working from home. We have a Global Mobility team to ensure you have the right support.

Required skills/experience:

  • 5+ years of Project/Program Management experience; Must have project experience managing multi-million dollar project(s).
  • German language skills
  • Demonstrated skill in working with implementation partners, and managing large multi-functional projects including software package implementations and information architecture.
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Follows Agile and Waterfall project management methodologies to ensure complete, documented deliverables, controls, issue resolution, risk mitigation, etc.
  • Very strong communication skills (listening, written and verbal).
  • Demonstrated excellent negotiation skills within challenging situations.
  • Ability to get up to speed quickly in new situations.
  • Ability to function successfully within fast paced, high stress projects.
  • Ability to work effectively with all levels of the organization in both business and IT areas.
  • Experience working with onshore and offshore resources.
  • Technical knowledge.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a team with effective decision making.
  • Comfortable and confident in working with all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to effectively communicate complex issues to non-technical staff and executive level management.

Nice to have,

  • P&C Insurance experience nice to have.
  • Vendor management experience is a plus.
  • Excellent facilitation skills.
  • Knowledge in insurance business processes related to the Property and Casualty Insurance domain nice to have.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.
  • Has agile certifications.


Intermediate to Senior