The Senior IT Portfolio Manager manages the IT solutions for his/her designated area, in this case the Knowledge Management Portfolio. This portfolio consists of Knowledge Management (expertise/experience management, work product management, enterprise search, practice-specific tools and technologies), Research/Library, and Innovation. Working closely with the business stakeholders, the Senior IT Portfolio Manager has ownership and accountability for all aspects of their technology program – solution fit to business needs, prioritization of features, technical soundness and robustness, security, timely delivery, user acceptance and adoption, ROI/cost, etc., ROI/cost, . This role creates and executes the technology roadmap for the area, submits budget requests, manages budget and headcount for the needed projects to achieve the objectives for the area.
Work across departments to understand the business functions, users, technology, security, business problems and needs that can be addressed with technology solutions
Work with business function and IT colleagues to evaluate, select, configure, pilot, implement solutions that address problems/needs, delivering significant value and positive user experience
Stay current with trends in their assigned area – both business and technology trends that influence the area. Maintain awareness of best practices and competitive intelligence of what other organizations are doing in this area.
Based on the above, in collaboration with the business stakeholders, determine the short- and long-term roadmaps for their program – adjusting over time as priorities and technologies change. Manage all products for their area, in this case, the Firm’s Enterprise Search engine, Collaboration Spaces, Expertise Management, and approximately 50 smaller systems and tools.
Make key tradeoff, risk, and other critical decisions to do the “right” thing for the program, taking into account all perspectives.
Champion change and innovation in the area – socializing a forward-thinking program of projects and program roadmap.
Determine skills needed, roles needed, and create and organize project teams based on resource estimates from the resource owners (Business Analysts, Developers, Architects, Project Managers, etc.) Resolve resource, timing or other conflicts between projects and groups
Work with other Senior IT colleagues to create solutions for technology trends that span across programs (e.g. mobile, data/analytics, security, etc.)
Facilitate the annual IT project budgeting process with accounting and IT portfolio directors for their assigned area
Hire, train, and lead staff in this area for high levels of performance and results, professional development and impact
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the Duties and Responsibilities most effectively and meet the requirements below. The requirements listed below are representative of the minimum knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. If you need such an accommodation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org (current employees should contact Human Resources).
Education and/or Experience:
Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Computer Science, or Management Information Systems, related field or equivalent experience
A minimum of 10 years of experience owning and leading complex programs of projects balancing a variety of perspectives and interests
A minimum of 5 years of deep experience in the data field (warehouses, data management, analytics, visualization, data science, etc.)
Demonstrated experience in multiple IT-related functional disciplines (e.g. two or more of: Business Analysis, Project Management, Development, Infrastructure Architecture, Security, Quality Assurance, etc.)
Critical thinker with strong problem solving and people leadership skills
Executive presentation skills
Master’s Degree in Computer Science, Business, or Management Information Systems
Experience in current technology trends
Law firm experience
Experience with Knowledge Management and enterprise search technologies
Other Skills and Abilities:
The following will also be required of the successful candidate:
Strong organizational skills
Strong attention to detail
Strong interpersonal communication skills
Strong analytical and problem solving skills
Able to work harmoniously and effectively with others
Able to preserve confidentiality and exercise discretion
Able to work under pressure
Able to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines and priorities
A self-starter who desires to show ownership and commitment to the job
Sidley Austin LLP is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.