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Senior IT Project Manager, IT Digital Job

DATE: Nov 21, 2018

CITY: Columbus, OH, US, 43219

Company: DSW

Req #: 84030 
Location Name: Home Office, Columbus 
Department: Information Technology 


At DSW, we believe in the power of shoes. We understand shoes bring out something great from within, and since 1991 we've been helping everyone feel the rush of finding that perfect pair. So when you work for DSW, you become a part of all that. A family whose core values are comprised of passion, accountability, collaboration, and humility. You become one of us, You become a Shoe Lover!


The Senior IT Project Manager, IT Digital will manage & deliver highly-complex and cross-functional projects (IT & Non-IT), manage programs, manage change and achieve business results. This position reports to the Director, Digital Commerce Application Development and has no direct reports.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Plan, drive, track and report on delivery of full high-complexity individual projects, multiple projects and/or programs (tech, business, vendor, change, communications, measurement workstreams)
    • Create project management artifacts: scope, project plan, budget, risk/issue logs, status reports, etc.
    • Oversee project execution, track status, resolve and/or escalate issues, manage project team
    • Identify, analyze and manage stakeholders throughout the project and facilitate change adoption
  • Apply standard DSW project delivery process
  • Partner with PMO team to drive continuous improvements in PMO processes
  • Be an advocate for project management and the PMO across the organization
  • May provide day-to-day management of contract project managers, analysts or interns


Required Skills and Competencies:

  • Thorough knowledge and experience with project management processes and tools:
    • PMBOK, PM Methodologies (waterfall & Agile), best practices, PMP certification
    • Proficiency with IT and technology concepts including SDLC & QA, key DSW IT systems
    • Tools: MS Project, Clarity / CA PPM, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
  • Understanding of DSW business: strategies, financials, structure, organization, key stakeholders
  • Deep knowledge of business processes & practices within portfolio area
  • Expert-level understanding of DSW project delivery methodologies & processes
  • Must be able to translate project goals into detailed, actionable plans (scope, schedule, cost, team)
  • Must be able to gain alignment, approval, buy-in for project plans
  • Must be able to drive project execution to plan & continually evaluate project health / status
  • Must be able to manage project risks & issues and drive response planning, execution, escalation
  • Must be able to keep stakeholders informed, aligned, engaged and drive change management activities
  • Must be able to lead & motivate project team, drive focus & tempo, manage conflict, ensure success
  • Ability to collect, analyze and interpret data and to drive fact-based decisions
  • Ability to effectively solve problems, escalate and drive accountability
  • Ability to identify and manage dependencies within & across projects
  • Ability to organize and prioritize multiple projects / assignments simultaneously
  • Able to negotiate between internal stakeholders & external vendors to achieve optimal business results
  • Expert-level communicator & presenter, able to “tell the story” at all levels of the organization
  • Exceptional stakeholder identification/management, influence and change leadership abilities
  • Ability to build, direct, motivate and drive project teams
  • Able to drive tempo with self & others with a strong bias for action
  • Able to be the voice of reason, confidence, independence, positivity in stressful moments
  • Advanced financial and business acumen including capitalization rules / policies
  • Unwavering personal accountability for the success of the project
  • Ability to manage projects following multiple delivery methodologies (waterfall, Agile)
  • Ability to provide day-to-day management of consultants, analysts and interns




  • 4+ years of project coordination, management, leadership experience
  • Management of individual contributors and/or teams
  • Retail industry expertise
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Program Management Professional (PgMP) certification preferred
  • Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) certification preferred
  • Formal Change Management training & certification preferred



  • Bachelor's degree; MBA or advanced degree preferred




Nearest Major Market: Columbus

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