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Sr. Portfolio Manager (Products & Technology)

| Chicago

Job Description Summary

Reporting directly to the Director of Portfolio and Program Management, this role is responsible for driving the business value and successful outcomes for one or more portfolio of projects in alignment with the company’s long term strategic goals. This includes managing portfolio governance, performing analysis of aggregate portfolio investment performance, enabling effective business decision making with clear insight into risks, commitments, benefits and resource allocation.
A key aspect of this role will be to create trust and credibility with cross functional Executives, Product Managers, Portfolio Technical Owners and Program Management resources. The ideal candidate will have proven history of program/portfolio management, strategic planning and financial analysis, be interested in and able to understand business strategy and technology, and be comfortable interacting with senior executives and peers alike.

 

Job Duties

Key Roles and Responsibilities

 

Strategic Planning & Investment Management

  • Lead Technology department in the Corporate Strategic Planning for investment selections for all markets and portfolios.
  • Partner with key stakeholders in Corporate Strategic Planning to understand the 5-year corporate strategy/direction required to prioritize initiatives; support evaluation of funding alternatives and trade-off options for proposed investment options.
  • Model trade-offs in constantly changing environments; optimize funding and resource allocation across all portfolios and cross-functional initiatives.

 

Portfolio Performance & Risk Management

  • Provide continuous monitoring of progress of aggregate performance, strategic changes, benefits and resource allocation through a set of key performance indicators.
  • Analyze portfolio and program performance for better decision making. Provide on-going portfolio governance and advice to management on portfolio progress, risks and issue resolution to ensure that the portfolio remains on target against the strategy.
  • Perform good financial stewardship through highlighting any risks/issues arising from the performance of individual program investments to assure the on-plan usage and consumption of resources and funding

 

Stakeholder Management and Alignment

  • Drive visibility and consistency of strategic initiatives in partnership with other CCC leaders
  • Provide executive transparency and analysis into the financial health and strategic alignment of the product and technology portfolio’s projects. Keep stakeholders informed and engaged with executive level reports, dashboards and interactive visualizations.
  • Implement effective communication plan and operating rhythm, including provision of regular and accurate reports.
  • Provide decision making support to Sponsors/Stakeholders, with clear insights of commitment, risks and issues and recommendations for action
  • Build trust and maintain relationships with multiple stakeholder groups, including Technology Product, Strategy, Markets and Executive Leadership.

 

Portfolio and Program Management Governance and Capabilities

  • Manage and mature interrelated processes by which CCC prioritizes, selects and monitors initiatives to best accomplish our strategy and objectives
  • Lead the development, execution, continuous improvement, and adoption of standards, method, tools, and best practices in portfolio and project management; exert influence and evolution of thought to continuous organizational improvements.
  • Communicate Portfolio Management value contribution to the business units and enterprise; cement the understanding that projects and programs are the mechanism by which strategy is realized and change is delivered.
  • Serves as a resource to senior executives by developing and leading internal consulting efforts around investment, demand, resource capacity, other executive ideas/initiatives
  • Continuously improving the use of tools to drive automated portfolio analysis and reporting, and adding a level of confidence and control across all portfolios.

 

Qualifications

  • 5 + years of experience and demonstrated success in portfolio management practices with emphasis on portfolio/program management support, reporting, process and governance
  • 5+ years of software project/program management experience
  • Proven experience in successfully leading and facilitating teams in portfolio management, portfolio planning and financial analysis; covering investment, product and technology portfolio
  • Prior experience in Strategy Planning including financial and resource analysis
  • Ability to build relationships and collaborate across functional and virtual teams with a mixture of direct and dotted-line reporting
  • Ability to define and manage to key performance indicators/metric
  • Proven ability to communicate with all levels of management and company personnel and influence internal and external key stakeholders and build consensus; prior experience with executives mandatory
  • Ability to effectively gather, research and present information to senior management, customers and vendors orally and in writing
  • Requires excellent analytical ability, strong judgment and the ability to work effectively with internal and external customers
  • Highly developed negotiation, facilitation, collaboration and consensus building skills
  • Solid grasp of financial concepts, such as depreciation schedules, dollar costing and total cost of ownership
  • Experience with PPM tools and processes
  • Bachelor's degree in a related business or technical discipline

 

Preferred

  • Managing large, global portfolios preferred.

 

Why Choose CCC

 

We promote a healthy work-life balance and offer generous benefit plans and resources designed with employee satisfaction in mind.
What we value is simple - customers, employee commitment, collaboration and clear communication.

We hire people who will embrace the company’s goals and productively contribute in ways that help us serve the customer, innovate, and stay strong.
We make it a priority to keep employees healthy, happy and enriched.

  • Healthy - Wellness programs and Perkspot/employee discount program
  • Happy – Recognition programs, a confidential employee assistance program, and flexible work arrangements such as staggered start times
  • Enriched – Tuition reimbursement, training and learning programs, and leadership development opportunities

 

Our corporate headquarters is located in downtown Chicago within the historic Merchandise Mart—a certified LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building.

CCC Information Services was ranked #17 in the Top 100 Digital Companies in Chicago in 2017 by Built In Chicago, an online community for digital technology entrepreneurs in Chicago.

CCC is a great place to work. Join us!

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • .NETLanguages
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • jQueryLibraries
    • jQuery UILibraries
    • Twitter BootstrapLibraries
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • DjangoFrameworks
    • SpringFrameworks
    • HadoopFrameworks
    • HBaseDatabases
    • Microsoft SQL ServerDatabases
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
    • OracleDatabases
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • NoSQLDatabases
    • SparkDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • PhotoshopDesign
    • JIRAManagement
    • WordpressCMS

Location

Two city blocks and twenty-five stories of innovation and culture. theMART is interwoven into the fabric of Chicago’s history as an innovator in tech
222 Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL 60654

An Insider's view of CCC

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

I've been here 5 years, and I learn something new everyday. I have the opportunity to grow my skill set, the flexibility to spend time with my family, and the support to accomplish my professional goals.

Prasanthi

Manager, Quality Assurance

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

There is a strong focus on learning and progressing from missteps, with the ultimate goal of making sure we meet
business needs. I have the flexibility to talk directly to people outside of my immediate team which speeds up the delivery process, and aids in responsiveness.

Jennifer

Services Delivery Manager - Austin, TX

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

When I started as an intern at CCC, I was trusted to work with extraordinary technology. Now, as an Architect, I get to work on those technologies and new ones with other pioneers - that type of innovation ignites my creativity.

Amin

Engineer, Architecture and DevOps

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

Our teams are technically adept and highly capable. Equally, if not more importantly, they have a passion and desire to learn. We're not satisfied just cranking out code, there is a strong desire to learn about our customers and be creative

John

Director, Product Development

How does the company support your career growth?

Employees get to learn about multiple products across our entire customer base. This allows employees to figure out what area aligns best with their strengths and interests, and where they are looking to grow.

Susanne

Manager, Operations

What are CCC Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
CCC's Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) help employees cover out-of-pocket expenses with pre-tax contributions for medical, dental, vision, prescription drug, and dependent care expenses.
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
CCC's wellness programs include Interactive Health, SmartDollar, and Naturally Slim. All of these are provided free of charge
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Happy Hours
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement

Additional Perks + Benefits

We know that investing in employee development is crucial. Employees have access to the CCC Learning Academy. The CCC Learning Academy was created as an internal platform for you as an employee. You come here to learn new skills such as time management, cooking, financing a home or career and business development. We empower our employees to learn within these four walls, but then go out and collaborate on these ideas with friends and family

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