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Program Leader-Executive-(Application)
Minneapolis, Minnesota  |  Remote, Hybrid, Onsite
Contract Position
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Applied on January 28, 2022
Job Id #53275 Posted January 12, 2022

  • The purpose of this position is to actively manage the delivery of a portfolio of projects while ensuring the program has sufficient governance, infrastructure, financial management, resource management and planning to successfully deliver scope within schedule and cost.
  • Throughout the life cycle of the program, this role is expected to engage key stakeholders and leaders across the organization and to provide strategic leadership to individual project managers.
This role is responsible for: 
  • Assisting in the optimization, prioritization and execution of the portfolio by ensuring the business case is credible, facilitating the Investment Optimization (IO) planning process and providing thought leadership on the constraints, costs, and implementation strategies required to provide optimal execution and achievement of reengineering goals. 
  • Providing vision, leadership and innovation to project teams responsible for the delivery of the program's projects that are often complex, cross-organizational initiatives in support of strategic objectives. 
  • Ensuring goals, metrics and objectives of the program are clearly defined and agreed upon with the program sponsorship/steering committee and cascaded throughout the program team. 
  • Negotiating with organizational managers to initiate or continue programs and/or projects based on business performance and available organizational resources. 
  • Providing strategic management of the program to achieve the organizational objectives, including optimal resource allocation for both the implementation and ongoing maintenance of the program. 
  • Assessing and monitoring the program's performance and implementing corrective actions to keep program on track and within budget. 
  • Maintaining the financial gating process for the program, providing leadership and guidance to the project managers while holding them accountable to the established project plans. 
  • Developing and maintaining a roll-up work plan which indicates the program's key dependencies, resources, time-frame for completion, deliverables, risks, issues and progress against plan and providing an update to the Steering Committee while outlining key escalations and decisions required. 
  • Conducting periodic briefings and status updates to executive sponsors and program Steering Committee and facilitating discussions to resolve issues and obtain sign off. 
  • Building and sustaining key relationships with stakeholders to ensure that outcomes and goals are achieved. 
  • Providing leadership to ensure that all policies and procedures are adopted and successful in the PMO.
  • Proposing enhancements to the organization's Project Management Methodology / Framework. 
  • Ensuring adequate controls exist for underlying projects and that all projects are managed within the company's project delivery framework founded on the CMMi methods.
The ideal candidate for this position must possess: -
  • Self-directed leadership and drive
  • The ability to balance approach to political, economic, social, technological, and administrative factors 
  • Demonstrated experience leading multiple complex programs from design to delivery 
  • The ability to think strategically and effectively lead, influence, communicate and interact with people of all levels across the organization, including external partners as required 
  • Objective decision making ability, strong analytical and problem solving skills 
  • Solid understanding of Project, Program and Portfolio Management methodology, tools and techniques, including Capability Maturity Model integrated (CMMi) methods 
  • Outstanding presentation and facilitation skills 
  • The ability to adjust quickly to changing situations and to drive results through ambiguous environments or unexpected obstacles 
  • Demonstrated experience motivating/mentoring others and managing significant change management efforts

Horizontal is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We seek to provide employment opportunities to talented, qualified candidates regardless of race, color, sex/gender including gender identity and/or expression, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, citizen status, veteran status, or any other protected classification under federal, state or local law.

In addition, Horizontal will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. If you need to request a reasonable accommodation in order to complete the application or interview process, please contact

All applicants applying must be legally authorized to work in the country of employment.


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