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Senior Project Lead II

Date Posted: Jul 24, 2019

Location: Cary, NC, US, 60502

Company: MetLife

Job Location:     Cary, NC


Role Value Proposition: 

MetLife is the leading provider of Group Benefits to National Account clients.  The Group Benefits Solutions Delivery organization is a diverse team of Business Systems Analysts and Project Managers, all working towards the common goal of ensuring the customer is at the center of everything we do.  As a Senior Project Lead II in the Group Benefits Solutions Delivery organization in Cary NC, you will lead project teams in the planning and implementation, and you are accountable for delivery of medium to large size projects of Sales, Underwriting, or similar projects. This can be leading SDLC through traditional project management methods or may be through agile methods as MetLife evolves the agile maturity of project teams.


Key Responsibilities:  


  • Works independently, manages and oversees the full system development process to lead and manage IT program teams (virtual, matrix) for efforts medium to large in size, duration and complexity and applies program and project management processes (including managing stakeholder expectations, communications, status reporting, budget management, schedule management, performance reporting, etc.) to an IT program.  Owns Project / program issue resolution and risk management.
  • Develop and manage accurate, reliable, and realistic project plans and schedules, estimates, resource plans, recovery efforts, governance, project meetings, and status reporting. Manage budget and timelines to ensure critical projects are delivered on time and on budget. 
  • In an environment evolving in its agile maturity, may act as a Scrum Master responsible to leverage various agile frameworks, including Scrum, Kanban, and SAFe, depending upon team or program constraints, collaborating with Product Owners, and facilitating agile events as needed, such as planning, sprints, stand-ups, and retrospectives.  
  • Builds and maintains effective on-going communications and relationships between the IT project team and management to ensure that the IT project is completed in a manner that satisfies project objectives.
  • Can assist in developing vendor statements of work, deliverables and SLAs.   Ensures vendor performance and that deliverables meet contract specifications and SLAs.
  • Identifies and coordinates interdependencies to ensure timing and alignment of releases, hardware, and resources.
  • Follows MetLife’s approved SDLC and project management methodology, ensuring that all required steps are followed, all required deliverables are produced, all approvals are obtained, and projects are delivered on time and within established budget.



Essential Business Experience and Technical Skills:



  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Computer Science, or related field
  • 8+ years related work experience delivering IT solutions using Software Development Life Cycle methodologies (i.e.: Waterfall, Iterative, Agile, etc.)
  • 4-6+ years project / program management experience
  • Proficient with SDLC, Project Management and Agile practices, Communication, Interpersonal skills, Financial and Risk Management, Leading managing / distributed global teams and/or vendors
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, organizational skills and understands what it takes to deliver software with exposure to large-scale systems
  • Proficient with office automation tools (MS Office Suite of Products-Intermediate skills-Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, Project)




  • Experience working on infrastructure teams in Financial Services, Insurance and/or Banking experienceExperience working with Project Portfolio Management tools, preferably Clarity.
  • Master’s/MBA, Scrum Master and/or PMP certification
  • SAFE Agile experience, ITIL experience
  • Demonstrable experience leading technical teams through the change from Waterfall to Agile methodology



At MetLife, we’re leading the global transformation of an industry we’ve long defined. United in purpose, diverse in perspective, we’re dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our customers.” 



MetLife is a proud equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to attracting, retaining, and maximizing the performance of a diverse and inclusive workforce. It is MetLife's policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, marital or domestic/civil partnership status, genetic information, citizenship status, uniformed service member or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

MetLife maintains a drug-free workplace.

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