Director of Program Management

| Chicago

We’re offering an opportunity to the right candidate to lead and manage a team overseeing the delivery of our web and digital projects as our Director of Program Management.  You will be instrumental in taking Adage to next level by driving operational efficiency, project success, and customer satisfaction. You will manage our team of Product Owners, who are each responsible for discovering and executing digital project roadmaps that drive results for our customers.  Your team will be expected to grow the value and utility of their projects in a dynamic, fast-moving IT services marketplace, with their success governed and measured by role and team-specific KPIs.

To succeed in this role, you must possess a unique blend of business and passion for technology, a big-picture vision, and the personal drive, charisma, and collaborative spirit to make that vision a reality, largely through the work of others. You’ll work closely with clients, senior executives, sales, strategy, design, development, and project ownership across all stages of the delivery process. The ideal candidate is a strategic thinker who is able to tactically execute, and values outcome over process.


What you’ll do:

  • Lead a team of Product Owners, defining metrics and processes to ensure high levels of utilization, efficiency, and quality.
  • Share ownership of the holistic view of our project portfolio; ensuring that our projects work in concert and are appropriately balanced against the needs of multiple customer types and stakeholders.
  • Hire, coach, and develop our team of Product Owners, setting goals and providing a path for career progression.
  • Identify and implement risk management for projects, working with teams to head off upcoming issues, contain project overruns, and establish practices to prevent future occurrences.
  • Define, create and publish reports and dashboards to inform and support company revenue, margin, and utilization goals.
  • Assist POs with the creation of clear and measurable KPIs, goals and objectives, each related to the creation and enhancement of timely, high-quality projects that support critical business objectives and multiple stakeholders.
  • Promote awareness of project teams’ plans, insights and accomplishments in order to facilitate cooperation across teams to build a highly performing, highly motivated organization.
  • Establish and implement practices while focusing on reducing process complexity and meeting overhead, both individually and in partnership with other Department leads.
  • Work with Sales to coordinate proposals, RFP responses, and estimation.


We want someone with:

  • BS in business, or like discipline, required. MS or MBA preferred.
  • A passion for all things web / digital and using it to help our consumers achieve success
  • 10+ years of experience working in a web development services or software consulting position.
  • A go-getter personality and the ability to collaborate internally and externally across all departments.
  • Experience with Program Management and Product Ownership in a scrum environment.
  • Expert level efficiency in Excel
  • Proficiency in business intelligence and analytics
  • A proven history or managing and developing a team.
  • Association or non-profit industry experience is highly valued.
  • PMI-ACP, PMP, CSM, CSPO, and other related certifications are a plus.
  • Experience scaling agile in LESS, SAFE, or similar is a plus.


What Adage Offers

Adage has consistently been recognized as one of Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, one of the Best Places to Work in Illinois, and on the Crain’s list of Best Places to Work in Chicago. We have a people first approach, and support our employees with the things that matter most. You’ll enjoy work life balance with flex schedules, work from home options, and 20+ days paid time off annually. Adage offers great benefits with 90% employer paid insurance, profit sharing bonuses, 401k, and FSA. We have monthly happy hours, quarterly social events, an annual retreat, and a great office environment with a stocked kitchen.

Adage Technologies is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a team that represents and respects diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skill sets. All qualified candidates that share Adage's core values are strongly encouraged to apply.

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An Insider's view of Adage Technologies

What’s the vibe like in the office?

I love that I can come to work and be myself, surrounded by a Scrum Team that supports each other and laughs at each other's jokes. All the while, is able to get it done!

Marissa Mare

Scrum Master

What does your typical day look like?

I come into work every day knowing that I am going to solve multiple problems. Brainstorming different approaches is a challenge but, rewarding at the same time. We are problem-solvers and build solutions in difference spaces ranging from branding, user experience, optimization, technology integration, and more.

Will Moran

Senior UI/UX Designer

How does the company support your career growth?

At Adage, we are given the opportunities to explore and implement new trending technologies. This makes a huge difference in our work and helps us continue to grow in our careers. This is part of what makes Adage such a great place to work.

Johnny Chin

System Admin

What's something quirky about your company?

Everyone shares a love for karaoke. After every company event, we always find ourselves headed to the nearest karaoke bar.

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Marketing Manager

What are Adage Technologies Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Adage offers Health FSA and Dependent Care FSA so that you can take care of those out-of-pocket costs with pre-tax dollars.
Disability Insurance
We cover 100% of cost for Short Term Disability for all full-time employees, which pays out 60% of your salary up to $1,500 per week
Dental Benefits
Adage uses MetLife dental and pays 90% of the premiums for employees, spouses, and dependents.
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
We participate in Blue Cross Blue Shield and offer HMO and PPO plan options. Adage pays 90% of the premiums for employees, spouses, and dependents.
Life Insurance
Adage provides life insurance at no cost to employees, with benefit up to $50,000
Pet Insurance
We understand family extends to the furry members too
Onsite Gym
Our in-building gym has machines, free weights, and a studio with on-demand fitness classes.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Adage offers a 401k plan that you can start contributing to immediately
401(K) Matching
After 1 year of service, Adage makes a 3% match of your compensation package into your 401k
Performance Bonus
Adage provides quarterly profit-sharing bonuses based on company and team performance
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Adage offers Dependent Care FSA so that you can pay for those out-of-pocket costs with pre-tax dollars.
Generous Parental Leave
We provide paid leave for all new parents. Bonding leave is for new parents and covers up to 2 weeks fully paid. Maternity leave is for birth moms and covers up to 6 weeks fully paid
Flexible Work Schedule
We offer flexible schedules outside of core hours (10am-4pm)
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Adage offers 20 days of PTO per year that covers vacation, sick and personal time. At 3 years that goes up to 23 days and at 5 years you accrue 25 days annually to use however you want.
Paid Holidays
We observe 8 paid holidays each year and include 1 additional floating holiday to use on any other holiday, including your birthday
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Some people like to wear dress shirts, some people like to wear jeans and sneakers
Commuter Benefits
Adage offers pre-tax commuter benefits for CTA and Metra
Company Outings
At Adage we "Enjoy the Journey" as much as possible, with quarterly outings, holiday parties and an annual employee retreat, APEX.
Stocked Kitchen
We've got the snacks and drinks to keep you going throughout the day. We're stocked with soda, LaCroix, a coffee machine that makes lattes and espressos, and a smorgasbord of brain food and treats.
Some Meals Provided
Between Lunch & Learns, Quarterly Update Presentations, Project Celebrations, holidays and employee appreciation events
Happy Hours
Adage hosts monthly Happy Hours so our employees have the chance to kick back and get to know one another outside of teams
Recreational Clubs
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
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