Job Title: Program Manager
Type of Company: My company is a large financial services company that sells financial products (mutual funds, stocks, bonds, life insurance) to companies and individuals. Other financial companies use our computer systems to trade their stocks, bonds, et cetera.
Education: MBA, Babson College MS in Library and Information Science, Simmons College BA, UC Santa Cruz
Previous Experience: I worked as a technical research librarian for a large financial services company before moving into project management. Then I was hired to oversee a portfolio of technology projects on behalf of some of the company's line of businesses.
Job Tasks: In my job, one of my key responsibilities is the oversight of a collection of technology projects on behalf of one of our financial lines of business. This line of business sells our trading system to other financial service companies like hedge funds, and other large companies. The business pays for technology projects to make the trading system better for their customers. My job is to make sure that the people who are running the technology projects get their jobs done on time and on budget. If the project team is having trouble getting along, then I will have a meeting with all of them to understand what the problem is and what can be done to solve it.
Another one of my responsibilities is to manage the business' budget for technology. This budget is the amount of money that the business can spend on new technical projects. I keep track of how much each project costs and how much money is left for the business to invest on their products and services. If a project is too expensive, then I help the business decide what to reduce their spending on in other areas.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is that I get to work with a lot of different people and be involved in many different projects. I enjoy working with people and helping them to solve problems and make decisions. The worst parts of my job are that sometimes the people I am trying to work with don't get along very well and sometimes I have to do things that are kind of boring.
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