Lean Agile Portfolio Manager in Lansing, MI at Fast Switch

Date Posted: 12/1/2019

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Job ID: 55050

Lean Agile Portfolio Manager - 55050

We encourage new ideas that will differentiate our company and improve the plans and services we provide.  We also encourage teamwork as an essential element of our shared success and provide a work environment in which all people, ideas and backgrounds are respected, supported and valued.

Job Description:
The Lean Agile Portfolio Manager will provide design and oversight to portfolio level value-driven governance for SAFe Agile product deliveries. The position will play a crucial role in ensuring that all Information Technology portfolio investments are aligned to the business strategy and meet short/long term business needs and value expectations. This person will also drive Portfolio-level Information Delivery and provide Value Risk Oversight by partnering with EPMO, Business and IT PMOs, Product Managers and Release Train Engineers to define, analyze, and report out on portfolio-level risks, metrics, and information related to value delivery.


  • Onsite in Lansing, MI
  • Work is performed in an office setting with no unusual hazards.


  • Portfolio Value Alignment & Agile Governance
  • Govern portfolio efforts in a Scaled Agile environment
  • Oversee the achievement and risk “blockers” related to IT product deliveries
  • Partner with PMOs and Product to align lean business cases, linking business benefits to IT investments for funding and allocation requests
  • Ensure Scaled Agile governance processes and decisions are applied consistently
  • Portfolio Transparency, Metrics, & Risk
  • Oversee the creation and review of key metrics, outcomes, and reporting related to milestones and objectives
  • Design and build dashboards based on stakeholder input at the Portfolio, Product and Team levels
  • Assess and Report the health of product deliveries with objectivity, accuracy, and transparency
  • Implement and monitor Agile KPIs to ensure benefits are being realized from the adoption of agile practices (increase time to market, increased productivity, higher quality, increased employee satisfaction.
  • Ensure that appropriate stakeholders are engaged in risk identification and mitigation
  • Predict and identify risks/opportunities from interdependencies of product deliveries
  • Team Leadership
  • Collaborate to gain consistency and value add reporting that is developed through automation.
  • Utilize an Agile approach to foster continue learning and a fast feedback loop; encourage experimentation

Desired Qualities:

  • Ability to build relationships and work collaboratively with diverse leaders
  • Proven experience managing effective governance in the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) and/or other agile methodology framework
  • Experience overseeing enterprise and large budget initiatives
  • Able to communicate ideas to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Strong ability to design and implement dashboards; ability to analyze data and present it in a way that tells a story
  • Comfortable with ambiguity, can handle the unexpected with flexibility
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Ability to work with a collaborative approach and build trust with others
  • Comfortable working in a matrixed organization


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or related field
  • Agile and/or Portfolio Certification or progress toward certification is highly preferred and encouraged. 
  • Evidence of continuous learning through certifications, classes, public speaking engagements, etc.

Skills Required:

  • 10+ years of experience in managing multiple information systems projects
  • 5+ years of experience in an agile / scrum environment with a demonstrated appreciation for large enterprise standards
  • Proven track record of managing a cross-functional process or delivery team in a large enterprise environment
  • Well versed with Scaled Agile Framework’s Portfolio Management methodology
  • Proficient knowledge of Agile/DevOps/Program Mgmt. Lifecycle methodologies and standards
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and analytical skills
  • Experience working in a geographically distributed and culturally diverse work-group
  • Knowledge and experience using PPM tools, Jira, Confluence, MS Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, and Visio

Skills Preferred:

  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification preferred
  • Experience working in a mature Agile environment and familiarity with SAFe concepts and metrics
  • Knowledge of Insurance and Financial industry is preferred

At Fast Switch, Our Purpose is Our People and Our Planet. We come to work each day and are reminded we are helping people find their success stories.  Isn’t that cool? Also, Doing the right thing is our mantra.  We act responsibly, give back to the communities we serve, and have a little fun along the way.

We at Fast Switch have been doing this for 22 years. We’re doing business in almost half the states in the union with offices in Detroit, MI, Columbus, OH, New York, Hartford, CT, Massachusetts, Minneapolis, MN, Los Angeles, CA, San Francisco, CA, and Tucson, AZ.

We're a financially strong, privately-held company that is 100% consultant and client focused.

We've differentiated ourselves by being fast, flexible, creative and honest. Throw out everything you've heard, seen, or felt about every other IT Consulting company. We do unique things, and we do them for Fortune 10 companies, Inc. 500 companies, and technology start-ups. We also have a strong belief in giving back to the communities we serve.

Our benefits are second to none and thanks to our flexible benefits options you can choose just the benefits that you need or want, options include:

• Medical and Dental (Fast Switch pays majority of the medical program)

• Vision

• Personal Time Off (PTO) Program

• Long Term Disability (100% paid)

• Life Insurance (100% paid)

• 401(k) with immediate vesting and 3% (of salary) dollar-for-dollar match

Plus, we have a lucrative employee referral program and an employee recognition culture.

In 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, Fast Switch was named one of the Top Work Places in Michigan by the Detroit Free Press and one of the Best Staffing Firms in 2016 and 2017. We have won the Columbus Business First “Fast 50” award 9 times in 12 years because of our strong growth which translates into more and better opportunities for our consulting staff members.

Ranked '#1' supplier by over 50% of our customers nationally.

Ranked 'Top 3' supplier by over 75% of our customers nationally.

 To view all of our open positions, please go to: www.fastswitch.com and at the bottom of the page click Job Portal, or get there directly at: https://www.jobs.net/jobs/fastswitch/en-us/all-jobs/

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