IT Project Manager in Houston, North Dakota, United States

The Role:
12 months contract
North Dakota

Position would assume the responsibility of overseeing projects for software deployments, hardware installations, network upgrades, security implantations and virtualization rollouts, business analytics and data management projects and coordinating ITcontract services. In addition to the normal problems that can cause a project to fail, factors that can negatively affect the success of an ITproject include advances in technology during the project's execution, infrastructure changes that impact security and data management and unknown dependent relationships among hardware, software, network infrastructure and data. ITprojects may also succumb to the first-time, first-use penalty which represents the total risk an organization assumes when implementing a new technology for the first time. Because the technology hasn’t been implemented or used before in the organization, there are likely to be complications that will affect the project’s likelihood of success.

Job Role - A ITproject manager focuses on the project management life cycle and are universal to all projects. The specific phases within a project, however, are unique to each project and represent the project life cycle. These five process groups comprise of the following.
1. Initiation – the project goal, need or problem is identified. The project manager is assigned to the project and the project charter is created.

2. Planning – the project manager and the project team work together to plan all of the needed steps to reach a successful project conclusion. The project planning processes are iterative in nature and it’s expected that planning will happen often throughout the project.

3. Execution – once the project plan has been created, the project team goes about executing the project plan to create the deliverables of the project. The project can shift to project planning as needed throughout project execution.

4. Monitoring and controlling – as the project is being executed by the project team, the project manager monitors and controls the work for time, cost, scope, quality, risk, and other factors of the project. Monitoring and controlling is also an ongoing process to ensure that the project addresses its targets for each project objective.

5. Closing – at the end of each phase and at the end of the entire project, project closure happens to ensure that all of the work has been completed, is approved, and ultimately transferred ownership from the project team successfully to operations.

Job Responsibilities:
1. Project scope management: the project scope is defined, documented, and approved. The project scope is protected from unauthorized changes, edited with approved changes, and validated by the project stakeholders for project acceptance.
2. Project schedule management: the project schedule is defined first by the working hours of the project, any project milestones, and ultimately a project deadline. The project team’s availability throughout the project is documented and planned accordingly. The project manager will work with the project team to identify the project tasks and task duration estimates in order to create a project timeline.
3. Project costs management: the costs of the project are estimated so that a budget for the project can be assigned. Project costs include materials, services, facilities, software licenses, and other expenses attributed directly to the project.
4. Project quality management: what constitutes quality in the project is defined in specific metrics and agreed upon among the stakeholders as early in the project as possible. Quality assurance programs and policies direct the project work, while quality control inspects the project work to confirm that quality has been ascertained in the work.
5. Project human resources management: the project manager works with the project team to verify that each team member is completing their assignments, working well with others, and that their participation and performance is reported to their respective managers.

6. Project communications management: stakeholders will need information from the project manager will need to provide information to the project manager throughout the project life cycle. This knowledge area creates a communications management plan that address who will need what information, when the information is needed, and the best modality for the communications.
7. Project risk management: risks are situations, events, conditions that can threaten, and sometimes benefit, the objectives of the ITproject. Risks must be identified, analyzed, and a response created for the risk event. The probability and impact of each risk event is evaluated to create a risk score to justify the costs needed to manage the risk event.
8. Project procurement management: should the project need to purchase goods or services, a formal process for procurement will need to be created. The plan should address the project’s selection of contract type, administration of the contract, purchasing audits, and contract closeout. Many project managers do nITmanage procurement, but defer to the organization’s centralized procurement or purchasing department and processes.
9. Project stakeholder management: stakeholders are anyone that has a vested interest in the project. Stakeholder management is the identification, inclusion, and communication with the groups of project stakeholders. It manages the anxieties and concerns the stakeholders may have about the project work.
10. Project integration management: this special knowledge area is the coordination of the events in all of the other knowledge areas. How well the project manager performs in one knowledge directly affects the performance of the other knowledge areas. Project integration management examines the interactions and contingencies among the knowledge areas to ensure that the project is adequately planned, executed, controlled and closed.
Current Project Examples:
1. Manage activities related to cyber security remediation efforts.
2. Manage network upgrades and installation to improve performance in field network.
3. Manage communications loss notifications resolutions and automation support.
4. Manage new facility installations or additions for construction activities.
5. Manage the gathering of information for new project or facilities design.

Positional Requirements:
1. Highly motivated self-starter willing to accept responsibility and accountability.
2. Be able to reco nize and solve problems.
3. Actively participates in safety programs and initiatives.
4. Excellent communication skills.
5. Work effectively with others to accomplish organizational goals.
6. Ability to interpret various documentation and drawings for electronic, electrical, and instrumentation. Including blueprints, schematics, Loop drawings, P&ID's
7. Understanding of SCADA and XSPOC systems.
8. Strong understanding of Industrial networking practices.
9. Knowledge of radio, fiber optic, wired or wireless Ethernet for SCADA systems.
10. Required knowledge of Layer 2 and Layer 3 networking.
11. Experience with installation and management of fiber optic systems or related devices.
12. Working knowledge of PLC systems, industry standard communication protocols, such as TCP/IP, Devicenet, Ethernet/IP, Modbus, and Hart
13. Familiar with network test equipment usage and best practice fundamentals
14. Must have attention to detail and provide quality workmanship.

About Fircroft:
Fircroft has been placing people in specialist technical industries for approaching half a century, focusing on mid to senior level engineers for contract and permanent roles worldwide. By applying for this job you give consent for Fircroft to contact you, via email & telephone, to discuss your application along with future positions and Fircroft's services.

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