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Ally Strategic Initiatives Project Manager in Charlotte, North Carolina

Ally and Your Career Ally Financial only succeeds when its people do - and that’s more than some cliche people put on job postings. We live this stuff! We see our people as, well, people - with interests, families, friends, dreams and causes that are all important to them. Our focus is on the health and safety of our teammates as well as work-life balance and diversity and inclusion. From generous benefits to a variety of employee resource groups, we strive to build paths that encourage employees to stretch themselves professionally. We want to help you grow, develop, and learn new things. You’re constantly evolving, so shouldn’t your opportunities be, too? The Opportunity The Strategic Initiatives Project Manager role is accountable for leadership of strategic Line of Business (LOB) initiatives through all stages of the initiative lifecycle by effectively motivating cross-functional teams to deliver detailed end-to-end (E2E) solutions and achieve key business outcomes. The role crafts highly collaborative and effective approaches which bridge different working methods, including agile, hybrid and waterfall frameworks. The Work Itself * Establishes collaborative relationships with initiative partners, participants, and support partners * Engages with the product and portfolio management teams to guide initiatives through the LOB’s initiation (intake) and prioritization process * Engages with product and partners to define epic (initiative) scope, specify targeted outcomes, identify cross-functional impacts, and establish an approach for discovery (planning) * Facilitates the discovery stage, with key partners, to define requirements, finalize business case, determine Minimum Viable Product (MVP), and conceptualize E2E solutions. Liaises with product and engineering to rationalize preliminary feature estimates to key milestones and approximate MVP delivery timing * Facilitates external 3rd party selections, work definition and Statement of Work creation by collaborating with product, architecture, business relationship owners and supply chain partners * Leads expectations for MVP delivery timing by developing coordinated plans to establish, monitor, and report key achievements throughout discovery and execution * Leads prioritization of issues, contributes to issue resolution, facilitates risk management and elevates critical issues / risks for senior leadership resolution * Handles scope changes to stay within initiative guardrails, or elevates significant changes for partner approval or trade-off decisioning * Crafts decision frameworks and facilitates partner evaluation of decision options or alternative solutions * Monitors and communicates progress throughout the initiative lifecycle to partners, participants, support partners and senior leadership * Acts as the initiative’s liaison to project partners including Technology, Digital, Legal, Compliance, Corporate partners, and other business/IT partners as needed * Works with vendor management team(s) to supervise/develop vendor resources, including initiative-related new vendor assessments and onboarding when vendors are essential to delivery The Skills You Bring * Bachelor's degree or greater * 5 to 7 years' experience or equivalent in one or more: project or program management, agile delivery, technology implementation, or planning * Hands-on experience in FinTech organizations and/or banking industry (preferred) * Ability to manage initiatives that span from small to large scale in size and complexity, and to tailor approaches accordingly * Experience working in varied delivery methodologies or frameworks (e.g., waterfall, iterative, agile Scrum or scaled agile) * Ability to operate at varying levels of detail while maintaining an end-to-end solution perspective * Ability to handle issues and deliver initiatives within budget, scope (shared accountability with product) and schedule * Knowledge of financial estimation and initiative budgeting * Experience influencing/leading teams, including senior leadership, matrix partners, 3rd party vendor resources and cross-geographical teams * Ability to communicate across a multi-partner environment, in both written and verbal formats, at all levels and with senior leaders * Solid understanding of agile tools such as Jira, ADO or JIRA Align (preferred) * Highly skilled with MS Office Suite How We’ll Have Your Back Ally's compensation program offers market-competitive base pay and pay-for-performance incentives (bonuses) based on achieving personal and company goals. But Ally’s total compensation – or total rewards – extends beyond your paycheck and is designed to support and enrich your personal and professional life, including: * Time Away: competitive holiday and flexible paid-time-off, including time off for volunteering and voting. * Planning for the Future: plan for the near and long term with an industry-leading 401K retirement savings plan with matching and company contributions, student loan and 529 educational assistance programs, tuition reimbursement, and other financial well-being programs. * Supporting your Health & Well-being: flexible health and insurance options including dental and vision, pre-tax Health Savings Account with employer contributions and a total well-being program that helps you and your family stay on track physically, socially, emotionally and financially. * Building a Family: adoption, surrogacy, and fertility support as well as parental and caregiver leave, back-up child and adult/elder day care program and child care discounts. * Work-Life Integration: other benefits including LifeMatters® Employee Assistance Program, subsidized and discounted Weight Watchers® program and other employee discount programs. Who We Are Ally Financial is a customer-centric, leading digital financial services company with passionate customer service and innovative financial solutions. We are relentlessly focused on "Doing it Right" and being a trusted financial-services provider to our consumer, commercial, and corporate customers. For more information, visit www.ally.com. Ally is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy status, marital status, military or veteran status, genetic disposition or any other reason protected by law. We are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to applicants with physical or mental disabilities. For accommodation requests, email us at work@ally.com. Ally will not discriminate against any qualified individual who is capable of performing the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation. 2E Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled