Project Manager IV

at UNUM in Portland, Maine, United States

Job Description

Job Posting End Date: October 12

When you join the team at Unum, you become part of an organization committed to helping you thrive.

Here, we work to provide the employee benefits and service solutions that enable employees at our client companies to thrive throughout life’s moments. And this starts with ensuring that every one of our team members enjoys opportunities to succeed both professionally and personally. To enable this, we provide:

+ Award-winning culture

+ Inclusion and diversity as a priority

+ Performance Based Incentive Plans

+ Competitive benefits package that includes: Health, Vision, Dental, Short & Long-Term Disability

+ Generous PTO (including paid time to volunteer!)

+ Up to 9.5% 401(k) employer contribution

+ Mental health support

+ Career advancement opportunities

+ Student loan repayment options

+ Tuition reimbursement

+ Flexible work environments

**_*All the benefits listed above are subject to the terms of their individual Plans_** .

And that’s just the beginning…

With 10,000 employees helping more than 39 million people worldwide, every role at Unum is meaningful and impacts the lives of our customers. Whether you’re directly supporting a growing family, or developing online tools to help navigate a difficult loss, customers are counting on the combined talents of our entire team. Help us help others, and join Team Unum today!

General Summary:

This is the fourth level in a four-level career path. This position is responsible for applying appropriate knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet large, complex, cross-functional project requirements involving business applications, either automated or non-automated. Project activities include, but are not limited to, establishing clear and achievable objectives, planning and directing people to reach the objectives while balancing competing demands for quality, scope, time, and cost, and adapting to different concerns and expectations of stakeholders. A professional project manager should be able to manage a project without extensive knowledge of the subject matter. This position is responsible for mentoring others and contributing to continual improvement of project management knowledge and skill at the company.

This Project Manager IV will play a pivotal role in driving key initiatives to support significant transformation within the Absence Management Center and Total Leave Operations. This individual will be responsible for managing large transformational projects related to talent and change management across both organizations. We are seeking a seasoned professional who thrives in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and demonstrates the ability to influence across a broad stakeholder group.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Project Management

+ Delivers results for large/complex/cross-functional project initiatives within established timeframes and quality measures.

+ Utilizes expert level project management skills and extensive knowledge of the corporate standard system development methodology (or other industry methodology) to manage assigned projects.

+ Consults with business leaders to translate a project idea into a defined project with goals, objectives and scope.

+ Identifies resources needed, negotiates with people managers as required to lead project team, ensuring clarity of project roles and responsibilities, so that all project plans are completed within defined timeframes, meeting objectives and strategic goals.

+ Drive plan execution for identification and movement of the workforce to a new service model ensuring a high level of engagement for internal teams with a focus on maintaining strong customer satisfaction for our clients through the transition.

+ Develops and implements communication and reporting mechanisms to manage issues, risks and timely delivery of initiative results. Translates project goals/objectives into a defined future state and project success measures that can be understood by project stakeholders, project team and others.

+ Ensures business needs and objectives are effectively captured in functional and non-functional business requirements for a system and/or process/workflow.

+ Oversees business requirements to meet expected business solutions and trace delivery of requirements through testing to final implementation. General understanding of business requirement management and quality management in order to meet expected business solutions.

+ Manages project quality through activities such as conducting appropriate reviews, obtaining approvals, and taking corrective action when necessary, with mentoring by a more experienced project manager, if applicable.

+ Ensures that project documentation is complete, current and Knowledge Managed (KM) appropriately.

+ Articulates project management best practices with peer group and others within Unum, as applicable.

+ Contribute to adjustments to the corporate system development methodology.

+ Proactively identifies barriers and resolves issues, determining contingency plans (executing as needed), while mitigating risk. Escalates issues to appropriate audiences for awareness and/or additional support.


+ Proactively establishes and maintains cooperative, productive cross-functional partnerships on current project/deliverables and to prepare for future project opportunities.

+ Promotes the benefits of change and act as a catalyst for change across the corporation and adapts to changes imposed by others

+ Organizes and directs the activities of cross-functional project teams. Prioritize tasks to meet deliverables and commitments on time. Ensures that project member’s time and experience is well utilized. Recommends alternatives/options to minimize any schedule delay.

+ Shares project experience/knowledge and mentor others across the corporation to help build project management skills

Job Specifications

+ Any combination of education or experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree with seven years of project management experience.

+ PMP designation preferred

+ Extensive knowledge/understanding of the corporate methodology and a broad understanding/awareness of other methodologies and approaches – e.g. Design Thinking, Six Sigma, ADKAR).

+ Extensive knowledge of logical data model/management.

+ Extensive knowledge of Unum’s products and businesses preferred.

+ Effectively uses technical project management tools

+ Exceptional ability to work effectively in a dynamic, rapidly changing business and technical environment.

+ Exceptional initiative and ability to set stretch goals.

+ Exceptional ability to negotiate effectively with business and IT partners on business requirements and timeframes on large initiatives.

+ Exceptional ability to rally support among peers and work effectively within challenging situations.

+ Exceptional analytical and problem solving skills and the ability to balance the need to gather detail with the need to solve the problem

+ Exceptional general management skills including:

+ Conflict resolution and negotiation skills

+ Facilitation and elicitation skills

+ Exceptional consultative advisory skills.

+ Exceptional ability to effectively articulate difficult ideas and concepts through clear and concise verbal and/or written communication.

+ Exceptional ability to identify and apply different communication mediums based on a content and audience at all levels (both internal and external to Unum) to achieve intended goal.

+ Advanced PC skills required (Excel, Power Point, Word, etc.).

Unum and Colonial Life are part of Unum Group, a Fortune 500 company and leading provider of employee benefits to companies worldwide. Headquartered in Chattanooga, TN, with international offices in Ireland, Poland and the UK, Unum also has significant operat

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Job Posting: JC248312410

Posted On: Sep 23, 2023

Updated On: Oct 16, 2023

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