Project Portfolio Specialist

Feb 17, 2018
Mar 01, 2018
Employer Type
Direct Employer
Employment Type
Full Time
Job Title: Project Portfolio Specialist
Job Duration: 10+ Months
Job Location: Wallingford, CT

( Location of position is unique, this candidate can sit in any Client office, this position will be Organized out of Wallingford, CT, but again does not need to work out of the Wallingford, CT office.)

The Project Portfolio Specialist will be responsible for helping with managing and monitoring a portfolio of diverse projects. The ideal candidate will possess a high degree of interest in project management and IT systems. Including the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and translate business data in Excel (Power BI is a plus), Access, and or SQL (QlikView is a plus) into digestible information that improves the project portfolio selection and communication processes.
The position involves requesting/receiving input from numerous structured and unstructured data sources as well as functional leads and portfolio & project managers; and presenting the output in a manner that streamlines and facilities portfolio objectives; and ultimately provide input to be integrated with or incorporated into Oracle Primavera Portfolio Management (OPPM), Oracle's Primavera Unifier, and Oracle's Primavera P6 software. The position also involves identifying and developing a metadata model of interrelationships among existing sources and determining data origination points. Other duties as assigned.
Provides thought leadership and contributes to expanding the knowledge base within the area of expertise which includes developing new methods, techniques and criteria across businesses, functions, and regions to align strategy and direction with corporate and divisional approaches, systems, information, and support.
Ability to use and communicate advanced problem-solving tools and techniques.
Lead efforts to promote and improve the effectiveness and consistency of internal portfolio practices, procedures, tools, and systems.
Develop training documentation and administer training on portfolio tools, processes, and procedures for the collection of the Request for Project Approval (RPA) and Estimate information and reporting requirements.
Communicate plans for changes/updates to the project portfolio (OPPM) system to end users and those otherwise impacted by system updates.
Champion for the annual budget cycle and within-year dynamic project requests within the Portfolio Management Team to provide sufficient rigor to justify the projects prior to submission.
Facilitate the prioritization/scenario planning sessions with the business for the annual budget cycle.
Collaborate project and portfolio management teams for creating and maintaining portfolio dashboards, cost reports, round meetings, and management deliverables.
Continuously improve the portfolio management process with best practices from external training and conferences, including resource management and prioritization model enhancement
Appropriate training will be provided based on the experience of the selected candidate. In the selection process, we will be looking for the drive and an intellectual interest in this cross-functional role.

Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems (MIS), Engineering, Project Management, Construction Management or related field or equivalent experience required. This position requires a minimum of 5 years' experience in portfolio management, project management, and/or project controls work on engineering and construction projects, including planning, estimating, forecasting, scheduling, cost control, schedule control, and project reporting within the construction and/or electric utility industry.

Strong organizational planning, and understanding of portfolio management concepts
Experience in developing and implementing capital project management portfolio strategies
Skilled at solving multi-dimensional problems with both quantitative and qualitative variables
Strong presentation skills and the ability to speak articulately across all levels of the company
Comfort operating on both strategic and tactical levels
Ability to lead and influence others in support of company objectives
Excellent analytical and problem-solving, decision making and cross-functional teams
Highly efficient with Oracle PPM, Unifier, BI Publisher, QlikView, SQL Developer, and MS Office applications a plus
Competence in Microsoft Office
Experience with Oracle Primavera Unifier is a plus
Experience with Oracle Primavera Portfolio Management (OPPM) is a plus
Experience with SQL Developer / Toad is a plus
Experience with JavaScript is a plus

Company Description:

TalentBurst is an award winning IT, Accounting & Finance staffing firm headquartered in Boston with offices in San Francisco, Miami, Milwaukee, Toronto, Bangalore, and Gurgaon. Our clients include the leading social media, technology, banks, utilities, pharmaceutical, and biotech companies.
We work with 75 of the Fortune 500 companies. Our recruiting team is one of the most successful in the industry and has a strong reputation for treating our employees well and helping you find your next dream project.
At TalentBurst, one of our founding principles has been to provide our employees with the best benefits available. Benefits we have available include:
• Health, Dental, and Vision Plan
• 401(k) Plan
• Life Insurance
• Immigration assistance
• Credit Union Membership
• Direct Deposit
• Vacation pay (only for FTEs)