Chicago, IL

Program Manager at NielsenIQ

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Job Description

Our NielsenIQ Enterprise Platforms team ensures the strategy, design, delivery, deployment, maintenance, and support of our corporate technologies is best-in-class. More than 30,000 global employees rely on our team to support the systems and tools integral to NielsenIQ’s success. We therefore partner closely with all areas of the business, including HRIS, Finance, Recruitment, T&E, Procurement, and more. 

We are a forward-thinking organization targeting current technology that enables our employees to be efficient using best practices.

As a Program Manager you will manage large SAP business software projects including potential support of transformation, M&As ( Nielsen acquires and divests companies and in doing so a merging, setup or decoupling from HR, Payroll, Billing, and Finance systems have to occur), etc. The ability to manage these programs effectively and efficiently can create large savings for the company in synergy savings, cost, and risk avoidance, and by speeding up the ability for the affected entity to strictly focus on the products and delivery and not the back-office.

What you will do

  • Develop the program estimates, staffing requirements and ensure the program meets its stated objectives.
  • Manage one or more highly complex program(s) consisting of multiple projects and streams.
  • Develop the program strategy, supporting business cases (if necessary) and various enterprise-wide high-level project plans including Financials.
  • Ensure integration of projects and adjust project scope, timing, and budgets as needed, based on the needs of the business.
  • Ability to develop end-user communications to effectively communicate system and process changes to impacted stakeholders. 
  • Responsible for delivering all projects contained in the project portfolio on time, within budget, and meeting the strategic and business requirements.
  • Responsible for tracking key project milestones and recommending adjustments to Project Managers.
  • Ability to learn new technologies that will speed up implementation time, and work to create standard processes when necessary
  • Build strong relationships with business, operations, other IT groups, and potentially external partners
  • Experience in facilitation, training, and organizational change management.

We are looking for people who have

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or computer related discipline is required, or a minimum of 6 to 8 years of experience, plus 5+ years as a Project Manager, or equivalent combination of education, training, and/or experience
  • Solid Microsoft office skillsets esp. Powerpoint slides
  • Experience working with onshore and offshore teams, vendor/ partners
  • Prior management, supervisory, or team leader experience
  • Superior influencing, presentation, and communication skills
  • SAP Functional knowledge 3-5 years is highly Preferred)
  • Finance/Accounting / HR background is Preferred
  • Some travel may be required (Less than 30%)
  • PMI's Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification or equivalent is highly preferred
  • Knowledge of Project Management methodologies, specifically on Waterfall and Agile
  • Working knowledge of Lean/Six Sigma concepts

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

About NielsenIQ 

NielsenIQ is a global measurement and data analytics company that provides the most complete and trusted view available of consumers and markets worldwide. We provide consumer packaged goods manufacturers/fast-moving consumer goods and retailers with accurate, actionable information and insights and a complete picture of the complex and changing marketplace that companies need to innovate and grow. Our approach marries proprietary NielsenIQ data with other data sources to help clients around the world understand what’s happening now, what’s happening next, and how to best act on this knowledge. We like to be in the middle of the action. That’s why you can find us at work in over 90 countries, covering more than 90% of the world’s population. For more information, visit

NielsenIQ is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action-Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability status, age, marital status, protected veteran status or any other protected class.

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Where we are

Our office is located in the heart of the Loop, easily accessible to multiple Metra & 'L' stops (brown, orange, pink, purple, red, & blue lines!)

Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • C++Languages
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • ScalaLanguages
    • JenkinsLanguages
    • GitLibraries
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • HadoopFrameworks
    • SparkFrameworks
    • AirflowFrameworks
    • SonarQubeFrameworks
    • DockerFrameworks
    • KubernetesFrameworks
    • HiveFrameworks
    • PrometheusFrameworks

What are NielsenIQ Perks + Benefits

NielsenIQ Benefits Overview

As a global employer, we’re able to influence the health and wellness of our 30,000 associates and their families—that’s a big responsibility that we take very seriously. Our innovative “The Whole You” program is built around four pillars of well-being: physical, emotional, financial, and social & environmental.

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Game Room
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications
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