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The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) Senior IT Project Manager in Rockville, Maryland


Summary of the Position

The Project Delivery Lead is a hands-on, professional position that partners with all Information Technology (IT) Project Management Office (PMO) stakeholders to drive adoption of standards, practices and facilitate successful project management execution and service delivery. The Project Delivery Lead will provide delivery guidance to other PMs to execute IT PMO standards as well as drive continuous IT PMO improvement through mentorship, coaching, stakeholder engagement and building a PM community-of-practice. The Project Delivery Lead will plan and manage complex IT projects and collect and report status for projects not managed by the IT PMO. They are accountable for the on time, on budget, on scope delivery of the intended business outcomes.

Roles and Responsibilities

Project Delivery Leadership

  • Creates and executes outreach plan to establish stakeholder relationships and set expectations for non-IT PMO project reporting

  • Collects and reports status for projects not managed by IT PMO

  • Acts as a liaison between the IT PMO and business-led projects to support IT PMO project management standards and processes

  • Provides leadership for project managers by coaching and motivating them to adhere to project milestones and achieve project goals and service delivery outcomes.

  • Proposes recommendations, identifies and leads continuous project management improvement activities

  • Compiles requirements for updates to existing project standards and standard operating procedures

  • Updates existing project standards including project charter templates, stakeholder reports, status reports, schedule templates, and risk and issues logs

  • Leads the activation of improved standards, track and measure IT PMO wide implementation

  • Creates and maintains prioritized backlog of improvement activities including standards, process updates, reporting

  • Partners with IT PMO leadership to determine at risk project activities that need Project Delivery Lead support to expedite adoption of standards

  • Partners with Project Managers to co-develop project materials based on prioritized artifacts and determination of at-risk project activities.

  • Collaborates and maintains effective rapport with senior management and business leaders

Project Management

  • Primary accountable party for defining, planning, orchestrating and delivering a given project.

  • Leads and manages projects involving multiple internal and external constituents and matrix partners.

  • Rigorously manages scope and risk to ensure commitments are achieved within agreed upon time, cost, and quality parameters.

  • Manages project spend and validate financial forecasts throughout the project lifecycle.

  • Provides on-going reconciliation of resources and other related project expenditures.

  • Develops communication plans and interfaces to actively engage business partners.

  • Represents the project in briefings to sponsors, key stakeholders, governance, and inter-department forums.

  • Defines and tracks project milestones while developing, maintaining and reporting on an overall integrated delivery plan.

  • Develops the project charter, integrated project plan, resource plan, risk plan, and related project management artifacts; publishes periodic project status reports.

  • Proposes recommendations and adjustments for continuous improvement.

  • Assesses and resolves all high priority project risks.

  • Manages all aspects of the project life cycle, and partners with team members to oversee all phases of project completion.

  • Facilitates all operational checkpoint activities throughout the project lifecycle.

Strategy and Governance

  • Ensures project results have an articulated scope with quantifiable business benefit.

  • Connects project messaging and reporting to business outcomes.

  • Aligns projects to the appropriate project methodology for maximum team effectiveness.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Business or related field.

  • Eight (8) years demonstrated experience and success in managing complex IT projects

  • Eight (8) years demonstrated experience in delivering measurable outcomes across different types of high-value, complex projects or equivalent experience; may come from one of several backgrounds in IT management, business unit management, or consulting

  • Demonstrates a high degree of customer service and teamwork by collaborating with IT team members, vendors, business users to build relationships and achieve project objectives.

  • PMP Certification (or enrollment/pursuit of)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Excellent problem-solving, analytical and critical-thinking skills.

  • Strong team leadership, coaching and mentoring skills

  • Ability to influence, motivate and mobilize teams and business partners.

  • Comfort with ambiguity, frequent change, and unpredictability.

  • Excellent task management, organization, detailed oriented, and team collaboration skills.

  • Ability to anticipate risks and devise solutions in the moment.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong presentation skills.

  • Excellent stakeholder management.

  • Sound business and technology acumen.

  • Proficient with Project and Management Tools. (Visio, MS Project, PPM software, etc.)

  • Knowledge and expertise in the use of project management and SDLC methodologies and tools (i.e. Agile, SCRUM, Waterfall, Iterative)

Supervisory Responsibilities


USP offers an impressive benefits package, including:

  • Generous paid time off – 15 paid holidays, 10 sick days and 15 vacation days per year to start

  • An annual 401(k) contribution, beginning after 1 year of service, of 10% of pay (base and bonus) every pay period that vests immediately

  • Comprehensive individual and family healthcare plans with affordable premiums and low annual deductibles.

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) USP is an independent scientific organization that collaborates with the world's top experts in health and science to develop quality standards for medicines, dietary supplements, and food ingredients. USP brings together more than 1,100 talented professionals across five global locations to deliver its mission to strengthen the supply of safe quality medicines and supplements worldwide.

USP is proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer (EEOE) and affirmative action employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected class. We are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities.

USP does not accept unsolicited resumes from 3rd party recruitment agencies and is not responsible for fees from recruiters or other agencies except under specific written agreement with USP.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

Job Category Information Technology

Job Type Full-Time