Project Manager, Lead Consultant

Northbrook, Illinois
Not Specified
Apr 12, 2018
Jun 11, 2018
Job Type
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Job Description

Job Family Summary
The Protection Finance Project Management job family is accountable for improved business results by providing enhanced decision-making support and execution excellence. This job family includes roles responsible for implementing projects, designing and enhancing processes, reporting automation, plan and developing and executing key major programs. Individuals in this job family work closely with finance leaders and process owners, as well as, business partners, and other SMEs to deliver all aspects of the project on time and within budget. Responsibilities include interfacing with analysts and leaders within Protection Finance as well as key stakeholders in different areas of the company including corporate finance to develop detailed project plans and drive execution of results.

Job Summary
The Project Manager Lead Consultant is responsible for managing and contributing to a wide range of projects and programs that include, but are not limited to: planning and monthly forecasting, report automation, expansion of analytic capabilities, external earnings release. This individual may also manage small to moderate programs and provide implementation options for leadership to meet business needs. The Project Manager Lead Consultant is also responsible for managing and providing regular reporting on the project status, key milestones and obstacles serving as the main liaison with project members and leads. Exhibits broader influence on peers, broader team and outside stakeholders and contributes heavily to the implementation strategy of initiatives.

Key Responsibilities

  • Act as project manager for medium to large scale projects within Protection Finance
  • Manage assigned programs from end-to-end, including oversight and tracking of budget and issues for related projects and recommendations for program-level risk management
  • Work with technology and operations partners to resolve execution issues, analyzing the long-term impact of new or anticipated strategies
  • Lead discussions with project leads, SMEs and team members and provide recommendations for resolution of business issues that impact project scope, cost or quality
  • Directs implementation of new programs and/or initiatives, including implementation scheduling and sequencing, budget and resource oversight.
  • Participate as a member of functional senior leadership teams, demonstrating deep subject matter expertise in project/program design principles and business strategy
  • Adhere to established project management standards for issue and risk management, project status communication and project close-out activities
  • Determine key stakeholders and determine appropriate communication plan based on project need and stakeholder requests; develop and communicate project details re: cost, scope, quality to all impacted areas (i.e. regions, agencies, customers).
  • Provide regular reporting on project activities, progress against timeline and budget
  • Responsible for on-boarding and training specific leaders on project management best practices.
  • Recommend and implement enhancements to best practices for requirements gathering and documentation in an effort to improve overall project quality
  • Analyze implementation options to meet business needs, including pros/cons of each option and provide recommendations to leadership and implement selection option in easily understood, non-technical terms, with consideration for impacts to related initiatives
  • Integration with broader project management community in Allstate to ensure knowledge sharing and best practices

Job Qualifications


  • Education: Bachelors degree or equivalent experience; project management certification preferred
  • Experience: 5+ years of experience; prior insurance industry experience preferred
  • Working knowledge of financial and accounting concepts
  • Experience in planning, forecasting and expense budgeting
  • Knowledge of contemporary project management tools is required
  • Intermediate proficiency in Microsoft Office suite
  • Advanced problem-solving skills
  • Intermediate process management skills
  • Advanced decision-making skills
  • Strong communication skills (written/verbal)
  • Advanced time and project management skills
  • Intermediate Negotiation skills
  • Intermediate Change Management skills
  • Basic Strategic Thinking skills
  • Strong attention to detail

The candidate(s) offered this position will be required to submit to a background investigation, which includes a drug screen.

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