Technical Project Manager at KAR Global

| Chicago
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Job Summary:

 

The Technical Project Manager (PM) is responsible for planning, leading, and organizing agile Data Science, Dev Ops, and Data Engineering teams to achieve a high level of performance and quality in supporting the delivery of agile projects that provide exceptional business value to our internal and external customers. The PM will be responsible for managing several concurrent high visibility projects using agile methods in a fast-paced environment that may cross multiple business divisions. The PM will be responsible for interfacing with Technical and Product Management teams in collecting technical requirements and creating Epics and Stories to facilitate and execution of these projects.

 

Job Requirements:

 

  • Project Planning– Define project scope and schedule while focusing on regular and timely delivery of value; organize and lead project status and working meetings; prepare and distribute progress reports; manage risks and issues; correct deviations from plans; and perform delivery planning for assigned projects
  • Resource Planning – Assist Technical Managers with identifying team allocation and availability to help the SLT and Product Team’s prioritize and schedule future initiatives.
  • Team Management – Assist in team development while holding teams accountable for their commitments, removing roadblocks to their work; leveraging organizational resources to improve capacity for project work.
  • Product Manager Collaboration – Coordinate with the Product teams to determine their Data Science, Data Engineering, and Dev Ops needs and create and manage the corresponding Project Epics and Stories.
  • Process Management and Improvement – Define and manage a well-defined project management process and champion ongoing process improvement initiatives to implement best practices for Agile Project Management
  • Team building – promote empowerment of the team, ensure that each team member is fully engaged in the project and making a meaningful contribution, and encourage a sustainable pace with high-levels of quality for the team

     

     

     

    Qualifications:

  • Solid understanding of using Agile Project Methodology on Technical Projects as well as a basic understanding of traditional project management principles and practices.
  • A proven track record of successfully implementing technical projects using Agile methodologies including 3+ years of experience as a Project Manager managing small to medium, semi-complex projects in a high-tech environment with multi-function teams. PMP preferred.
  • Prior experience with SCRUM/Agile/Kanban methodologies with enterprise-level technical projects.
  • Experience overseeing multi-function project teams with at least 5+ team members.
  • Experience soliciting and documenting system requirements and drafting customer facing documentation. 
  • Balanced business/technical background:
    • Sufficient level of technical background to provide credible leadership to technical team teams and to be able to accurately and objectively evaluate project risks and issues.

 

Skills Required:

  • BA or BS or equivalent experience is required; MA or MS is a plus
  • Strong interpersonal skills including listening, collaborating, and team building
  • Strong analytical, planning, and organizational skills with an ability to manage competing demands
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of business needs with the ability to establish/maintain high level of customer trust and confidence
  • Proven ability to lead technical projects and ensure objectives, goals, and commitments are met
  • Solid understanding of and demonstrated experience in using appropriate tools:
    • Agile Project Management tools such as Jira, Trello, or equivalent
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills and experience interacting with both business and IT individuals at all levels including the executive level

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • DojoLibraries
    • FlaskFrameworks
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    • SparkFrameworks
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    • TorchFrameworks
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    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • SalesforceCRM

Location

Our Chicago office is located in River West on the North Branch of the Chicago River. We have free shuttles to major train stations and CTA lines.

An Insider's view of KAR Global

What's something quirky about your company?

Our culture is more like a family than colleagues. One of my favorite aspects about this office is our Parents-designated Slack channel—an online team collaboration site. It is a great reminder we aren’t just employees, but we can be moms and dads at work, shamelessly sharing fun stories about our personal lives.

April

Senior Product Manager

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

KAR Global’s DevOps teams are always solving unique problems, but tackling complexity is the real challenge. We’ve found that meaningful solutions come when we don’t focus on fighting fires reactively and instead work collaboratively on building proactive frameworks and implementing forward-thinking processes.

Brandon

Jr. DevOps Manager

What does your typical day look like?

We start the day with a 15-minute huddle to talk about progress from the day before, the day’s plan and barriers to success that need to be addressed. This gives us a clear understanding of our priorities for the day. Our teams are dynamic, so every member of our project team works together each day to discuss design approaches and share ideas.

Mo-Ting

Lead Backend Engineer

What are KAR Global Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
KAR Auction Services gives every full-time employee a day with pay to volunteer with your favorite cause.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
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)
401(K) Matching
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Our game room includes Pool Table, Foosball.
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Acme Co. offers employees professional development opportunities like Onsite training courses, The ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
Tuition Reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications
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