Project Manager at Cisco Meraki (Chicago, IL)
**Must be US Permanent Resident or Citizen; no path to sponsorship**
Meraki is making IT easier, faster, and smarter. As a business unit of Cisco Systems, Meraki is the fastest growing cloud-managed networking team in the world with products and technology architecture that are changing the face of enterprise networking and making cloud-managed IT a reality. Headquartered in San Francisco, the team has a growing international footprint with offices in Europe, Australia, Singapore, Japan, and China.
We are looking for a Project Manager to join our Enterprise PMO team (part of Global Business Operations) with experience in leading technical and non-technical projects across multiple value streams. You will be tasked with managing initiatives within the Meraki Operations as well as coordinating work across teams and the broader Cisco. We are looking for a highly organized resource with solid experience in managing a variety of projects using standard waterfall/agile/hybrid agile project management methodologies and best practices. The ideal candidate will be able to quickly develop trusted relationships and dive into delivering existing projects as well as planning future ones. This is a great opportunity for you if you are motivated to grow in the technology project management space and make project planning and delivery more effective in an organization that is scaling for growth!
Meraki’s Operation team sits at the center of what we do at Meraki, with a mission to deliver services and solutions that enable Merakians around the world to do their best work. As part of our team, you will work closely with other teams throughout Meraki and Cisco to deliver work which enables productivity throughout our organization.
What you will do:
- Responsible for day to day program/project management oversight based on the portfolio governance structure used for agile value stream delivery targeting focus on Strategic Transformation and Operational Excellence initiatives
- Partner with value stream portfolio leads to complete initial discovery, analysis, and scoping during project intake and obtain concept commit decision from stakeholders
- Create baseline project plan by working with the functional delivery teams to understand the work breakdown structure for technical and non-technical deliverables (ie: User Story breakdown / Story Points) including determining level of resources (people, tools, funding) necessary to successfully meet project goals
- Use project collaboration tools (such as Jira Software) to capture and track project deliverable details (ie: User Stories)
- Prepare materials for and effectively facilitate project meetings such as Kick-Off, Weekly Status, and Portfolio Readouts at the project team and senior leadership level
- Proactively track key risk, action, issue, and decisions which have impacts on project outcomes
- Work closely with the scrum masters to ensure project work is flowing as planned through the delivery squads and support escalations
- Work with change management team to identify requirements and ensure appropriate level of support is provided throughout the project lifecycle
- Ensure transparency and accuracy of project status information flowing through to project teams and stakeholders at all levels
What Skills And Experience You Possess:
- 5+ years of experience working in a project management and delivery environment using standard project management lifecycle methodologies, tools, and best practices
- 3+ years of experience in supporting business process definition, requirements analysis and design, and technical solution design activities
- 2+ years of experience in a transformational PMO environment with enterprise level software application implementation or integration required
- Oracle implementation experience is a plus
- Salesforce certification and/or experience is a plus
- Strong interpersonal skills and proficient at communication in written and oral form
- Able to navigate project outcomes through change and ambiguity
- Effective stakeholder management & conflict resolution skills
- Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM), Project Management Professional (PMP), or related credentials preferred
- Certified Scrum Master (CSM) or Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) certification is a plus
- Bachelor’s degree preferred
Who You Are:
- Motivated self-starter that thrives in a dynamic environment and easily adapts to change
- Highly organized and detail-oriented
- Maintain a positive attitude and respectful behavior even under pressure
- Enjoy working collaboratively across multiple organizations and external parties
- Promote diversity and inclusive behavior
- Eager to learn and grow!
Cisco is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected basis. Cisco will consider for employment, on a case by case basis, qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.
At Cisco Meraki, we’re challenging the status quo with the power of diversity, inclusion, and collaboration. When we connect different perspectives, we can imagine new possibilities, inspire innovation, and release the full potential of our people. We’re building an employee experience that includes appreciation, belonging, growth, and purpose for everyone.
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