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Sr Project Manager

Apply NowApply Later NOTE: We have a new application system, please create a new account if you have not done so yet when applying. Job ID 10006892 Location Orlando, Florida, United States Business Parks, Experiences and Products Date posted Aug. 01, 2022 Flex Type Hybrid

- This role is considered hybrid, which means the employee will work a portion of their time on-site from a Company designated location and the remainder of their time remotely.

Job Summary:

Senior Project Manager, Portfolio Optimization, Reporting & Tools

The Portfolio Optimization, Reporting & Tools (PORT) is, in part, responsible for the applications necessary for Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products (DPEP) Tech & Digital to deliver quality projects in support of the various parks, experience and product organizations.  The successful candidate will be responsible for overall project management for all projects, processes and/or tools supported by the PORT team(s). The Sr. Project Manager will work closely with the end users, application teams, and key stakeholders to enhance the business processes and partner with the tools team to ensure capabilities are utilized to optimize business practices. 

Role Overview

Budget / Financials and Resource Management

  • Create/establish/maintain program and project financial and resource level forecasts for both labor and non-labor charges e.g. resource plans.
  • Demonstrate the ability to track actual charges both labor and non-labor.
  • Collaborate with project controller to analyze and manage funding weekly.
  • Can reconcile project financials and can articulate, with authority, the current state of budget and financials to team, delivery leads, and senior leaders.
  • Working with the project controller (or individual managing project financials) is able to clearly articulate project variances to forecast and outlines cause of change.
  • Has adopted Clarity Tomorrowland and provides feedback to improve the tool.

Scope and Change Management

  • Ensure that project scope is accurately defined and mapped.
  • Ensure that there are processes and/or tools in place to accurately manage defined scope throughout the project lifecycle (e.g. additions to and removal of scope + changes of scope) and the ability to report out on scope complete status using standard tools.
  • Manages change, works with the Product Owner and project team to prioritize the work, assess impact of change and communicates with leadership, and appropriate stakeholders for change approval and impacts.

Schedule, Dependency and Timeline

  • Creates program/project/sprint/release plans with clear dependencies across multiple swim lanes of work and manage those dependencies closely throughout the project lifecycle.
  • Ensures proactive scheduling of key deliverables, milestones and tasks.
  • Ensures that required tools (Clarity, Version One, ServiceNow, etc.) are up-to-date with your current project status each week.

Emotional Intelligence & Stakeholder Management

  • Is able to manage work stress effectively and has a professional demeanor.
  • Effectively mediates team conflicts and dynamics.
  • Delivers and receives feedback effectively.
  • Escalation management intelligence – to whom and when to engage leadership.

Risk and Issue Management

  • Collaborates with the delivery partners, product owners, stakeholders and teams to identify risks and mitigate them before they turn into issues.
  • Partners with all stakeholders to quantify risk likelihood and impacts.
  • Drives the identification and execution of mitigating plans.
  • Drive the team to address issues to ensure planning and re-planning with complete transparency and communication.
  • Escalates to leadership promptly to clear the path for the team.


  • Embraces an agile mindset, demonstrates hands on leadership helping teams to be agile.
  • Acts as champion to engage an Agile Coach, understands the value of that engagement and the signs of when to engage.
  • Is efficient and effective with Scrum ceremonies. Ensures initial planning and continuous planning is completed with transparency and uses agile team metrics (velocity, burn-down, etc.) to influence Product Owners and Team Members.


  • Fosters a team environment of self-organization, retrospect to learn with the goal of delivering the highest value to our delivery partners.
  • Sponsors process and practice improvements in the project management environment using the PPM Supers initiatives and serves as a catalyst for project management excellence by submitting and voting on ideas in the space.

Critical Thinking

  • Demonstrates an ability to employ critical thinking to deal with issues this individual routinely faces which can result in churn, conflict, group think or stalled progress.
  • Uses logical reasoning such as being able to distinguish fact from opinion and evaluate the relevance and accuracy of information.
  • Uses outcome-based thought process. How will we get to the identified goal.


  • If there is a need or desire to work earlier or later than stated work hours this individual is able to get work done and meet schedule commitments.
  • Team member is available during core working hours to support your team (e.g. 10-4 for east cost to attend meetings, etc.).
  • When working remotely, team member reviews with delivery partners and obtains permission from their PMO manager in advance of the required event, (Note: working remotely is not a standard practice with the PMO. With limited exception team members may not have regularly scheduled “remote days”).


  • Team member works closely with the PMO leadership to understand and shares them with delivery partner leaders.
  • Communicates swiftly and accurately to requests from the Management and Executive teams.

Project/Product Delivery

  • Confidently lead and drive cross-functional project teams through full delivery life-cycle, with a focus on our continued development of Agile delivery
  • Work with cross discipline delivery leads and team members to validate project assumptions, dependencies and review plans with senior leadership.
  • Serve as primary liaison among multiple teams, including project controllers, solutions engineering, application teams, infrastructure, planning, business partners, vendors and other key functional delivery teams.
  • Hands on leadership guiding teams to think Lean and be Agile.
  • Foster a team environment of self-organization, retrospect to learn and adapt with the goal of delivering the highest value to our guests and cast.
  • Sponsors process and practice improvements in the project management environment and serves as a catalyst for project management excellence.
  • Plays an active role in building our practice through the mentoring and development of talent.
  • Lead with an inclusive leadership style that embraces diversity, and will allow them to successfully operate in a highly matrix organizational system where partnership and influence are key drivers of success.

Basic Qualifications

  • Minimum of 5 years of Project Management experience,  in a cross-functional technical software delivery capacity with a focus on Agile delivery and Agile delivery tools such as VersionOne, Jira, etc..
  • Proven experience as a leader and decision maker with at least 4 years of experience in leading large, multidisciplinary efforts across a large scale matrix organization.
  • Proven facilitator that can lead project meetings and large workshops driving commitments, accountability, and deliverables.
  • Demonstrated exceptional critical thinking, strategic planning, and process management skills.
  • Demonstrated strong analytical and problem solving skills to achieve business results
  • Proven ability to deliver projects on time and on budget while communicating with key senior leaders.
  • Demonstrated inclusive leadership that embraces diversity.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Excellent organizational, communication and time management skills.

Required Education

  • Minimum college/undergraduate degree (e.g., B.S. /B.A.) and/or equivalent experience.

About Parks, Experiences and Products:

The Disney Parks, Experiences and Products segment includes Disney’s iconic travel and leisure businesses, which include six resort destinations in the United States, Europe and Asia, a top-rated cruise line, a popular vacation ownership program, and an award-winning guided family adventure business. Disney’s global consumer products operations include the world’s leading licensing business across toys, apparel, home goods, digital games and apps; the world’s largest children’s publisher; Disney store locations around the world; and the shopDisney e-commerce platform.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Walt Disney Attractions Technology LLC, which is part of a business we call Parks, Experiences and Products.

Walt Disney Attractions Technology LLC is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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