Heights Finance Corporation
  • Peoria IL
  • Peoria, IL, USA
  • Full Time

Offering a competitive benefits package to our team members is a top priority. Our team members are offered medical, dental, vision, flexible spending accounts and voluntary life benefits. We ensure long term success by offering a 401k plan with company match as well as company-paid short and long term disability, life insurance, paid time off, and wellness programs

Heights Finance Corporation is a leading consumer finance organization located in the Midwest with over 100 branches in six states. To support our continued growth, we are currently seeking a motivated, dependable, team orientated individual to join our team in the position of Project Manager in our Home office located in Peoria, IL. 

Heights Finance team members enjoy working in a growth-oriented company within an exciting industry, in a diverse work environment that offers great advancement opportunities, competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package. 

The Project Manager will be responsible for overall development, management and coordination of cross functional teams. The Project Manager will lead the team to meet deadlines, hold the team accountable for accomplishing objectives, and communicate to executive leadership. 

Some of the essential responsibilities are as follows:

Manage company projects of varying complexity by: 

  • Ensuring the appropriate standard project practices and procedures are establish and followed including approval procedures, development methodologies, deployed practices
  • Creating project schedule to enable the project team to realistically build project deliverables and within the imposed constraints of time and budget
  • Defining all activities, sequencing and estimating duration of project. 
  • Monitoring the progress of all project activities.
  • Monitoring the schedule and controlling changes to it
  • Creating communication plans and ensuring distribution of information per the plan
  • Holding regular status meetings ensuring status reporting information is captured
  • Reporting project status relating to productivity, risks, issues, and budget status at the end of each stage gate
  • Ensuring all required documentation is created throughout the project
  • Creating and maintaining documentation that is complete, reusable, accurate and auditable
  • Validating the completeness, usability, ease of use, integrity, and flow of solution with people having a vested interest in the product/service to be delivered
  • Identifying, evaluating and documenting "lessons learned" during the project.  Communicate best practices and lessons learned to project team members.

Utilize facilitation techniques ensuring productive and timely progress of projects by:

  • Defining and clearly communicating objectives and expectations of a meeting including desired outcomes, participant roles, behavioral norms, etc.
  • Using knowledge of the people attending a meeting to anticipate their contribution and potential biases
  • Keeping the group focused on the desired objective or specific topic of discussion by using various techniques such as parking lot, well-timed interjections, questions that refocus the conversation, breaks, etc.
  • Encouraging open and honest input of ideas and perspectives of all participants to identify issues that may not have otherwise been identified 
  • Structuring activities and using techniques that are most effective to meet the project objectives
  • Constantly monitoring the effectiveness of one's own approach to ensure that the objective is being achieved and makes any necessary modifications
  • Recognizing conflicts and negative dynamics; diffuses the situation and keeps the group moving towards achievement of its objective
  • At critical intervals, asking questions or paraphrases participants comments to confirm understanding and agreement of all parties
  • Achieving and maintaining a subject matter expertise regarding MCFC and Heights project management processes, procedures and documentation
  • Completing documentation requirements where possible to alleviate project time requirements for company executives and subject matter experts

Organize and plan assigned projects by:

  • Developing and maintaining a detailed plan that includes identification of most or all of the following:  tasks, timelines, resource requirements, dependencies, deliverables, milestones, budget required to deliver requirements
  • Identifying and engaging subject matter experts to validate that the plan is complete and accurate at the detailed level
  • Identifying and engaging the number and type of resources required to execute the planned activities using standard templates and tools, and input from other areas and following up to ensure completion
  • Utilizing reporting structure and mechanisms to identify variances between planned and actual and developing action plans to eliminate gaps
  • Designing the overall structure of the project, including status reporting, escalation process, issues management, communication plan, stakeholder engagement, budget, etc., to ensure the smooth execution of the plan to meet business objectives

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree in Finance, Business Administration or equivalent
  • Certifications - PMP preferred
  • 5-7 years of managing projects at various complexity levels; previous experience in the finance industry and/or working with technical solutions preferred

Will consider part-time or full-time availability.

Chosen candidate will be required to successfully complete drug, background and credit screenings.

Heights Finance Corporation is pleased to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value the diversity of our employees and the benefit it brings to our company.

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