Business Program Management

Business Program Management

6-9 years
Not Specified

Job Description

Business Program Planning and Design
  • Performs program landscape research and analysis (e.g., internal and/or external market, sales, delivery), forecasting, and examines business trends (e.g., customer feedback and expectations) to identify audience and program scope, and stays current, agile, competitive, and contributes to programs impacting the broader unit. Demonstrates thought leadership in contributing to overall business goals, objectives, and strategies, as well as short- and long-term business priorities. Understands and identifies current program risks, impact, and develops mitigation plans impacting the broader unit.
  • Identifies and scopes opportunities to develop new programs and improve current ones impacting the broader unit. Leads the identification and resolution of root problems (e.g., root-cause analysis) and the definition of the program strategy. Gathers program requirements, identifies resource needs, creates the project plan and targets, and works across teams to align on the plan of record. Improves the operations of existing programs by applying industry methodology, defining highly complex program issues, assessing various scenarios, and selecting the optimal scenario to resolve issues. Drives clarity in highly complex program issues and strives for simplification.
  • Leads others who work with cross-functional (e.g., organizational, product, business) stakeholders (e.g., Engineering) to design highly complex programs from initiation to delivery, independently. Provides expertise to produce collateral (e.g., proposals, strategy walking deck, internal and external pitch content) to incorporate stakeholder needs and ensure the business objectives are met.
  • Leads the defining and tracking of success criteria and performance metrics (e.g., Objectives and Key Results [OKRs] and Key Performance Indicators [KPIs]), such as quality, adoption, usage, impact, and effectiveness for the program.

Buisness Program Excellence and Execution
  • Shares best practices to define and execute on landing and communication plans, such as the target audience(s) and communication strategy. Leads the rhythm of business (ROB) during plan execution to ensure participants and stakeholders are communicating and responding according to the necessary cadence. Leads others to work across teams (e.g., Landing, Design, Engineering, Supply Chain, Finance, Technical Program Management) to ensure all program requirements are understood and can be met.
  • Shares expertise to evangelize highly complex programs to stakeholders, partners, and customers to gain buy in. Leverages data and performance metrics (e.g., Objectives and Key Results [OKRs] and Key Performance Indicators [KPIs]) to demonstrate the value of the program and show business impact. Leads others to adapt communication style and storytelling strategy according to audience and business needs.

Business Program Management
  • Leads a portfolio of projects including the project plan, timelines, milestones, financial management, performance metrics, and/or resource needs for highly complex programs. Communicates the program status and risk to relevant stakeholders and holds them accountable for following the established schedule, risk mitigation plans, and processes. Establishes objectives and success criteria for the project in an inclusive, collaborative manner with all stakeholders.
  • Provides insight to lead others to understand mapping or how people, process, technology, and systems work and impact one another. Leads the collaboration including leveraging other teams (e.g., Supply Chain, Engineering, Sales) to ensure program processes are rigorous and executed efficiently. Develops processes around scope and scheduled changes for programs impacting the broader unit, and communicates them to stakeholders. Recognizes process gaps/inefficiencies and drives strategies for optimization.

Business Program Evaluation and Improvement
  • Provides insight to cost-benefit analyses to examine performance to value drivers (e.g., profit and loss [P&L], return on investment [ROI]). Leads monthly business review (MBR) and runs rhythms regularly to identify what is working and what is not, and makes improvements accordingly.
  • Provides insight to collect and evaluate success criteria and performance metrics (e.g., Objectives and Key Results [OKRs] and Key Indicators [KPIs]), such as acquisition, usage, impact, effectiveness, and customer feedback, and uses scorecards and dashboards to monitor highly complex programs and ensure all activities align with business and program objectives. Leads the synthesis of data analytics (e.g., scenario analyses) to derive insights and training that help identify current and future program risks and mitigation plans, as well as opportunities to streamline and optimize programs based on lessons learned that impact the broader unit.
  • Utilizes direction and strategy from leadership to advocate and influence sponsorship regarding business area of expertise in order to create and execute plans that shift current priorities to new organizational initiatives and objectives, and influences others to change behavior accordingly. Leads the definition of the vision and strategy for change, broad and specific impact, and the flow of communication to the organization. Ensures buy in and adoption of the new program or change by others in the organization. Leads others to develop the collateral required to enable key stakeholders and others to be on board. Leads the training, reskilling, and mapping of individuals in partnership with Human Resources (HR).

important areas of responsibility
  • digital sales activation and field alignment
  • stu operations
  • lead management
  • partners new business motions and alignment to solution plays
  • acquisitions

required/minimum qualifications
  • bachelor's degree in business, operations, finance or related field and 6+ years work experience in program management, process management, process improvement
  • or equivalent experience.

knowledge, skills, abilities
  • agility
  • big picture view
  • business acumen
  • business analysis
  • business intelligence (bi)
  • business relationship management
  • change management
  • conflict resolution
  • continuous improvement
  • creativity
  • cross-functional team leadership
  • customer research
  • data analysis
  • decision making
  • detail oriented
  • english language proficiency
  • financial analysis
  • influencing for impact
  • judgement
  • key performance indicators
  • negotiation
  • operational excellence
  • opportunity identification
  • oral communication
  • persuasion/storytelling
  • presentation skills
  • problem solving
  • process design
  • product knowledge
  • program management
  • project management
  • project visioning
  • quality assurance
  • risk analysis
  • strategic content development
  • value selling
  • written communication

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