Director of Program Delivery

| Chicago

Solstice is an innovation and emerging technology firm that helps Fortune 500 companies seize new opportunities through world-changing digital solutions. As strategists and consultants, we help organizations evolve their digital strategy to solve mission-critical problems. As designers and developers, we build incredible software and hardware solutions that transcend a standalone product and transform an organization’s relationship with its customers. As instructors and coaches, we help companies transform from the inside out by adopting a high-speed culture of innovation. We’re strategists, researchers, designers and engineers hell-bent on changing the way the world does business. We’re headquartered in Chicago and have delivery offices in New York, London, and Buenos Aires.

We are looking for a senior leader to join our Chicago team as a Program Delivery Lead, with experience in leading multi-team engagements. You may have previously held titles such as Director, Senior Manager, or Program Manager. As a vision setter and someone responsible for the overall success of the engagement, you’ll align the teams with our clients’ goals and outline a path to achieve them. Through your leadership, you’ll establish the proper structure, practices, tools, and support to achieve those goals. As someone that lives and loves Consulting, you strive to provide a best-in-class client experience by developing and cultivating stakeholder relationships, serving as their trusted advisor.

You are just as excited about driving change with digital solutions as we are, and meet the following requirements:

  • Led 5 - 10 Scrum teams simultaneously, in the spirit of Servant Leadership and readiness to be hands-on as needed
  • Managed annualized labor budgets of $5MM - $15MM, while delivering to team commitments within the approved budget
  • Mastered Agile Scrum roles, artifacts, ceremonies and best practices -- with the ability to communicate and teach processes effectively to teams and clients
  • Utilized application lifecycle management software platforms such as Rally and JIRA
  • Coached/mentored team members, helping them to unlock their potential
  • Expert in Enterprise software delivery, including the ability manage a client’s transition from Waterfall to Agile
  • Keen sense for predicting delivery issues and risks, accompanied by methodical remediation to remove blockers and driving continuous improvement
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, with a track record of applying your understanding of healthy team dynamics in order to develop high-performing teams
  • 10+ years of project delivery experience, in the role of Program Manager, Scrum Master, and/or Project Manager
  • 5+ years of Agile project delivery experience
  • Bachelor’s degree

You’ll be working next to industry experts to pave the future of digital transformation in the enterprise by:

  • Managing and growing client relationships at a strategic level
  • Facilitating all necessary meetings at the program level - scrum of scrums, program demos, and program governance / weekly status with clients
  • Facilitating Agile release planning and helping the PO manage the release backlog.
  • Coaching the teams in Agile relative estimation techniques, cross-functionality, and self-organization
  • Identifying, managing, and mitigating project issues and risks
  • Supporting and educating the Product Owner, especially concerning defining and prioritizing the product backlog
  • Ensuring transparency in the team’s work through the sprint backlog, burndown chart, and other Agile metrics
  • Leading by example - knowing when and how, to push for more results
  • Proactively identifying and removing impediments (i.e. blockers, risks, and issues) that interfere with the ability of the team to deliver the sprint commitments
  • Being the coach and all-around advocate for the Agile Scrum delivery methodology amongst project team and client stakeholders
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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • .NETLanguages
    • C#Languages
    • C++Languages
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • SwiftLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • SpringFrameworks
    • AngularFrameworks
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • IllustratorDesign
    • TrelloManagement
    • RallyManagement
    • HubSpotCRM
    • SalesforceCRM

Location

We're in a great tech-focused building right by Ogilvie and Union Station in the West Loop.

An Insider's view of Solstice

What are some social events your company does?

Solstice celebrates holidays with our office in Argentina - our US offices have introduced Argentina to Halloween, and the Buenos Aires office introduced the US to “Friends Day” in July. We also have a book club, a board game club, football and a Bachelor fantasy draft, co-rec sports, wine tastings and happy hours to celebrate new hires.

Andrea

Principal

What does your typical day look like?

No day is the same! The strategy team is the ideas hub within Solstice. We provide our clients with innovative digital approaches to their business challenges through hands-on ideation workshops as well as business, consumer and market insights. We partner closely with our cross-functional teams to drive and develop these recommendations.

Palak

Sr. Digital Strategist

What makes someone successful on your team?

Successful team members put their own needs behind the needs of their teammates. In practice, this often manifests as empowering, challenging and encouraging teammates to step outside their comfort zone. Team members who lead others to success are far more successful than those who work only to serve themselves.

Andrew

Technical Principal

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

As a digital innovation firm, creativity is in our DNA. We hold an annual 24-hour innovation blitz, to harness the creativity of our employees. We stop all client work and self-organize in teams centered around employee ideas for solving problems with emerging technologies.Many of these ideas have gone on to become tools that make our clients.

Kelly

CEO

What are Solstice Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
From sponsored 5Ks, Lunch & Learns, and a discounted gym membership, our Wellness Committee enables a workplace that encourages environmental and social support of a healthy lifestyle.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Some of our favorites include our New Hire Happy Hours, our company-wide holiday party, our annual volunteer event (Pay It FWD), and team outings!
Game Room
Solstice's game room is decked out with snacks, a ping pong table, Wii games, a shuffleboard, and board games for all employees to use when they need a break.
Stocked Kitchen
Our Office Management team helps to ensure that we always have fruit, coffee (brewed & a fancy espresso machine!), tea, snacks available, and all of the flavored LaCroix that we can handle.
Some Meals Provided
Solstice celebrates our employee's birthdays with a monthly breakfast or lunch that the whole company is able to attend.
Happy Hours
Company-wide happy hours, as well as team happy hours are common at Solstice. The themes and locations differ, but they are always a good time!
Recreational Clubs
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
We offer a wide range of training programs like LinkedIn Learning, Solstice University, and a mentor program. All full-time employees also receive $5,000 annually to pursue professional development.
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Solstice is committed to positively impact, promote, support, and raise awareness of diverse communities in the Technology industry with the leadership of our Diversity Committee.

Additional Perks + Benefits

We have a variety of fun perks at Solstice, but our favorites focus on employee development! We know that investing in employee development is crucial to our success as a growing and forward thinking firm. All full-time employees have an annual personal training budget and time off. Employees will use this to take classes, buy materials, and go to conferences. We also have our internal training program Solstice U, a mentorship program, and knowledge sharing through discipline circles and Lunch and Learns!

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