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Company Name:
ACT Consulting
We are conducting a targeted search for a 195230 - IT Project Manager to work for our Energy client in MA.
Length of W-2 Contract Assignment: 1 year
Locations: MA
Travel: see description
Pay Rate $70.00/Hour W-2 pay rate maximum (Straight W-2, no relocation assistance, no benefits, no paid holidays)
Corp-Corp Rate: No Corp-Corp, No Third Party, Client does not support H1B or EAD
Work Authorization Required: US Citizen, Green Card Holder, those Authorized to work in the US
Recruiter: Stephanie Leavitt - stephanie@act-info.com
Looking for an Application Readiness Team Lead for the Enterprise Computer Consolidation & Standardization Project for the End User (ECCSEU) - NSTAR Windows 7 / Office 2010 / AD Merge The goal of the Application Readiness Team is to manage, facilitate, track and report on the full scope of preparing all NSTAR applications (called Application Readiness) and Microsoft Office files for the NSTAR Windows 7 / Office 2010 / NU AD Merge deployment. The full scope of Application Readiness includes coordinating installing and testing applications on lab PCs, and coordinating either remediation (including packaging as required), or mitigation of applications. This candidate will be responsible for supervising the NSTAR Application Readiness Team (currently a team of four located in Westwood, MA, plus a shared Technical Lead located in Berlin, CT) in executing the following responsibilities:
Application Compatibility Testing
oCoordinating all application compatibility testing activities by working with IT application coordinators (for IT applications) and business client liaisons (for business applications), as well as directly with IT operations support personnel and business testers as needed
oManaging the Windows 7 test lab computers located in CT and MA to support the remainder of Application Compatibility Testing, for those applications that have not yet been tested or require additional rounds of testing
oUnderstanding and following the project's defined Test Strategy, and revising it as needed
oWorking with the enterprise QA Group to manage, status and progress all test activities in HP Quality Center
oEnsuring test plans and test cases are quality and are uploaded to HP Quality Center; Assisting testers with documenting their test results in HP Quality Center
oAssisting testers with installing applications on test lab PCs and locating installation discs or files
oManaging the test lab environments, including reimaging test machines as needed, assisting application owners to install applications, and preparing testers' user IDs and security access as required prior to their scheduled testing time
oScheduling testers to test; Guiding testers through the testing process to ensure adequate test cases of high quality are executed, and assisting testers with documenting test results in HP Quality Center Application Readiness Lifecycle Management (including Communications, Reporting, Information Gathering)
oUpdating, maintaining and analyzing the application inventory, NSTAR Deployment Tool and other related data to determine the following: applications left to test and scheduling testers to test; which applications need to be tested in second round testing (which includes multiple-application testing), and coordinating that testing; applications requiring packaging; applications requiring remediation vs. mitigation, etc. oCommunicating to IT resources (oral and written) as well as to business users (who may not be technical) about the status of the overall deployment project.
oReporting application readiness statuses on a weekly basis to internal and external team members. Such reporting includes publishing reports and presentations on Defect Management, Test Progress, Test Metrics, as well as Application Readiness Status (through the Remediation and Mitigation lifecycles).
oUpdating the NSTAR Deployment Tool with the current compatibility testing status for each application, documenting changes, and providing summary status
oResolving, escalating and coordinating technical issues encountered during testing due to the complexity of testing across the NU-NSTAR domain trust, as well as issues related to applications requiring ODBC connections, and applications residing on Citrix that need to communicate to impacted functions, such as Office 2010, and any other technical issues.
oCommunicating technical solutions to the resource(s) responsible for the remediation of applications
oComparing application portfolios between NU and NSTAR to identify opportunities for application consolidation and report back to application product centers
oProviding guidance and look for opportunities for automation and process improvement
oGathering and documenting applications' security requirements as needed from the application SMEs
oGathering and documenting relevant information regarding applications as needed
oAnalyzing the application inventory, NSTAR Deployment Tool and other data points to determine which applications need to be tested in second round testing (which includes multiple-application testing), and coordinating that testing.
oAnalyzing various data points to determine priorities for application readiness lifecycle activities, based on opening up deployments first to the largest user groups possible
oDocumenting installation procedures for applications and communicating such procedures to the Deployment Team Microsoft Office File Readiness
oDocumenting conversion issues that may be encountered during Office 2003-Office 2010 compatibility testing
oWorking with end users to help them remediate Microsoft Office files as required. These issues may range from low complexity (such as formatting) to high complexity (such as VBA code, macros, Excel formulae, Pivot tables, Access databases). Office files include Microsoft, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Project, Publisher and Visio. oDocumenting issues encountered and solutions implemented and storing documents in a knowledgebase for others to reference.
oTeaching end users how to remediate files themselves when they encounter similar issues. Position is Exempt. Looking for person with hands-on PM experience.
Comments What Experience/Skills MUST the candidate have (we will not forward candidates that do not match this exactly)? The successful candidate will be fully knowledgeable and proficient in all aspects of the project management Body of Knowledge. The candidate must have demonstrated experience successfully managing projects and be able to cite practical examples of this including example deliverables. Experience with Microsoft Project is required. The successful candidate must be a high energy, detail oriented individual who will demonstrate: high caliber communication, leadership and people skills; strong organizational skills; and the ability to successfully initiate, track, report and close projects. The successful candidate will demonstrate a proven ability to collaborate and coordinate activities with diverse groups, including stakeholders, sponsors, team leads, other project managers, and technical staff; a strong process orientation including producing high quality documentation artifacts; and a sound working understanding of IT concepts and the IT design & delivery life cycle. The successful candidate also will demonstrate the ability to interact effectively at all levels of the organization from administrative and technical staff to executive Steering Committees, and also the ability to plan and execute Organizational Change Management to ensure that the technical solution delivered is fully accepted and used, and provides solid business value.
What Experience/Skills would you like the candidate to have, but is not required?
Experience with prior Windows 7 deployment projects; Understanding application and desktop compatibility issues;
Understanding application security authentication (particularly Active Directory);
Experience with HP Quality Center; Analytical skills;
Ability to develop and manage to processes. Application Testing & Remediation Experience;
PMI (Project Management Institute) certification as a PMP (Project Management Professional) is preferred.
This project requires on-site presence in Westwood, MA, with some travel to Berlin, CT.
All Qualified Candidates must be willing to take and pass a drug/background test per our clients human resources policy.
If you are qualified with the requirements listed, and interested in being considered for this position send your resume to Stephanie Leavitt at stephanie@act-info.com.

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