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Regulatory Program Manager

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Resp & Qualifications

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Program Management:
Serves as subject matter expert, providing regulatory, technical and analytical guidance to programs and projects resulting from Federal and/or State laws and regulations.  Manages the full project management life cycle and software development life cycle for the implementation of highly complex, large scale, strategic IT and Corporate Initiatives.  Works with Mandates and SBU leadership teams to ensure all regulatory and business requirements are captured, and implemented accordingly. Keeps the Mandates and SBU leadership teams apprised of any risks, issues and dependencies and works with them to mitigate and prioritize. Provides both verbal and written communications regarding project status, risks, issues, and makes recommendations on project decisions to Senior Management. 

Manages all aspects of the project/program management of a corporate initiative, which may include: determination of regulatory requirements, cost benefit analysis, work plans, functional and technical designs, construction, testing and implementation.  Ensures efficient and high quality installation of new software and/or systems, and monitors all technical aspects of implementing projects. Ensures associated business processes are documented and traceable back to the Project and Regulatory requirements.

Provides support to the IT Solutions Team in identifying the appropriate solutions required by the user areas; assists IT Leadership in performing a needs analysis of the relevant business areas and in matching user needs to system capabilities to ensure the new system is easily and quickly integrated into the client’s business environment.  Provides oversight to testing resources assigned to the program’s projects.  Works with Test Management to mitigate potential risks and project dependencies. Serves as a liaison between the testers and developers to ensure cohesiveness between the teams.

Supervises and leads the program and project staff to oversee the impacts and interdependencies between programs and works to ensure initiatives meet the CareFirst Goals and Objectives of the executive leadership team and ensure CareFirst achieves and maintains compliance against regulatory requirements .  Perceived by peers and staff as a leader.

Works with the Business areas in the Operational Readiness activities to provide support and coordination to ensure adoption of new systems and business processes in the CareFirst environment.  Ensures all regulatory requirements are specifically documented, associated to appropriate business/technical processes and appropriately understood by the receiving process owner.

2.  Project Management:
Manages and directs multiple medium to large-scale projects. Translates regulatory requirements and generalized customer business goals and objectives into concrete strategy and tactical plans. Works on complex problems where analysis of situation or data requires an in-depth evaluation of various factors to achieve best results. Evaluates complex situations accurately and identifies viable solutions that create successful outcomes for the customer.

Works effectively with internal and external clients, third party vendors, and Senior Management in accomplishing project objectives. Ensures all CareFirst project methodologies (Discovery documents, charters) are followed to successfully implement projects. Resolves political, resource, budgeting, change, and legal issues affecting the program.


3. Financial Management:
Manages the Program Budget across all projects included in the program, with overall budget accountability.  Works with the scheduler from the PMO to monitor spend against approved budget. 

Maintains current statements of work for all contractors; tracks and approves contractor invoices for projects under their program(s) in a timely manner.

Provides regular updates to management, project sponsor and stakeholders on the status of the budget. Documents reasons for budget excess or shortfall.

4. Staff Management:
Supervises matrixed project staff including Sr. Project Managers, Project Managers, Business Analysts and Technical Delivery Managers and provides performance feedback;

Assists in skills development and training assessments for the Program staff.  

Makes recommendations on hiring, firing, advancement, promotional or any other change of status of Matrixed reports. 

5. Risk Management:

Proactively identifies risks and opportunities of both business and technical plans with specific emphasis on regulatory compliance; identifies Risk Mitigation Strategies and Contingency Plans for all identified Risks.  Maintains the Program Level issue and risk matrix log.

Provides a detailed plan of how the risk will be managed or eliminated.  Provides a weekly Program status report with major risk factors when mitigation approach impacts the project timeline, budget, or objectives.  Coordinates the interdependencies and Risk Mitigation Strategy across all projects within the Program and manages the execution within the individual projects.
This position is subject to level 6C security requirements.


SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY:   

Supervises and leads a team of matrixed reports consisting of:

Indirect reports/matrixed resources:  10-100; Technical delivery managers, Business Analysts, and other program staff in a matrix model
Vendor/Contractors: 10-80 Contractors and Vendor Consultants based on project needs against a Contract and Statement of Work, against a set of deliverables and defined payment milestones.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

Required: Bachelors degree in Computer Science, Business, or equivalent work experience required.  8+ years of IT and business experience in strategic planning, development and implementation, preferably in health insurance or other regulated compliance environment.  Previous technical project management experience in a dynamic high-technology environment and an understanding of the regulatory environment affecting health insurance business is a key to success in this position. Must have Project Management certificate (PMP) from the Project Management Institute (PMI).
Out of the 8 years required, at least 5 years in a combination of the following:

  • Progressive broad-based information systems Project Management experience (which could include consulting) with state-of-the-art hardware and software systems is desirable; knowledge and implementation experience in new computing architectures and networked computing struc¬tures. 
  • Experience in Program Management and execution of multiple related development projects simultaneously, particularly as Project Manager on systems development, with working knowledge of  Systems Development Lifecycle and the Project Management Lifecycle


Preferred: 
Master’s degree in Business, Health Care, Public Policy or Technology related field.  Prior Health insurance industry exposure; specific experience with successful large-scale Program Management within a cross functional environment. 

Abilities/Skills:

  • Ability to lead dynamic, energized, and highly creative multidiscipline high-performance work teams in learning and  applying new skills/techniques to respond to business needs.
  • Ability to effectively adapt to rapidly changing regulatory environment and apply it to business and technical needs.
  • Considerable experience managing and delivering Business and IT centric projects using (where appropriate) leading-edge technology, and older legacy systems. 
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of the company’s business practices and direction, busi¬ness principles, and business processes, plus familiarity with the company’s products and resources.
  • Considerable experience and effectiveness in matrix management. 
  • Solid teamwork and interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate and persuade customers, employees, and management at all levels and thrive in a cross-functional environment. 
  • Excellent oral and written communications; an ability to present and discuss regulatory and technical information in a way that establishes rapport, persuades others, and gains understanding.
  • Strong management, business planning, and development skills.
  • Exceptional program management skills and project management skills, effectively arranging resources and managing multiple small to large projects in a cross-functional environment.
  • Ability to analyze project needs and determine resources needed to meet objectives.
  • Ability to create original concepts and take heuristic approaches to testing/refining existing theories and to develop new system approaches to solve problems and seize opportunities to sustain busi¬ness success. 
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and conceptual skills.
  •  Willingness to travel to multiple locations within greater Baltimore/Washington area for meetings and time limited project work.
  •  Willingness to work occasional night and weekends related to project releases and key deliverables
  • Competent in the Microsoft Suite of tools such as Project, Powerpoint , Excel, Word, etc.

Department

Department: Mandates Implementation - MD

 

Equal Employment Opportunity

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is an Equal Opportunity (EEO) employer.  It is the policy of the Company to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

Hire Range Disclaimer

Actual salary will be based on relevant job experience and work history.

Where To Apply

Please visit our website to apply: www.carefirst.com/careers

Closing Date

Please apply before: 4/22/2018

Federal Disc/Physical Demand

Note:  The incumbent is required to immediately disclose any debarment, exclusion, or other event that makes him/her ineligible to perform work directly or indirectly on Federal health care programs.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the position successfully.  Requirements may be modified to accommodate individuals with disabilities.

The employee is primarily seated while performing the duties of the position.  Occasional walking or standing is required.  The hands are regularly used to write, type, key and handle or feel small controls and objects.  The employee must frequently talk and hear.  Weights of up to 25 pounds are occasionally lifted.

Sponsorship in US

Must be eligible to work in the U.S. without Sponsorship

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