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Project Coordinator

Summary of This Job
This position gives the right candidate the chance to participate in significant software projects for Owl Creek's clients. The Project Coordinator position is for someone with 0-2 years of professional experience. It includes Project Management, Business Analysis, and General Administrative activities.

 

The Project Coordinator at Owl Creek will help define software projects, put together project plans, and track project progress. No experience in software development is required - however, organization, presentation, and communication skills are required, as is the ability to learn software development lifecycle (SDLC) concepts. Because this is a consulting position, the Project Coordinator must be able to work with teams of varying sizes, and to learn the roles and responsibilities involved in typical software development projects.

 

This is an entry-level position, and it is expected that the Project Coordinator will receive training from Owl Creek staff, and will also independently seek out information, in order to advance in competence.

 

Minimal skills for this position include:

 

Job Details
Project Coordinators at Owl Creek usually spend their time on these kinds of things. Since this is an entry-level position, it is not expected that candidates have prior experience that matches these activities.

 

Requirements Gathering:

  1. Meeting with clients to understand their problems or opportunities and to determine their requirements.
  2. Working with Owl Creek technical staff to create a conceptual design, i.e. an approach to build what the client needs.
  3. Taking the conceptual design and adding details to allow the client to understand how the software will look and feel. This can take many forms, from a simple mockup of a report, to a functional web page which the client can interact with.
  4. Writing of functional specification documents.

 

Project Management:

 

Other Activities:
Project Coordinators often take the lead on other software development project responsibilities, including:

  1. Preparing test plans.
  2. Scheduling and coordinating User Acceptance Testing with end-users.
  3. Preparing migration announcements, to communicate to affected parties when new versions of software will be deployed.
  4. Scheduling and conducting User Acceptance Testing with future end-users.
  5. Reviewing implementation plans prepared by software developers.
  6. Verifying compliance with change control and auditing requirements.
  7. Analysis and presentation using Excel and Powerpoint.

 

Necessary Qualifications

 

These are the minimal skills and background for this position:

  1. A bachelor's degree.
  2. Ability to understand general project goals, and to assemble a supporting project plan, composed of tasks, estimated durations, staff assignments, and dependencies.
  3. Good communication skills, both written and verbal.
  4. Good organizational skills, including the ability to manage documents and files pertaining to multiple concurrent projects.
  5. Ability to gain consensus from a group of professionals, even if viewpoints diverge.
  6. Ability to work with different personalities and types of professionals, including developers, end-users, department managers, other consultants, etc.
  7. The ability to interview clients and end-users to determine what their software requirements are, and to summarize their requirements in written and verbal form.
  8. Progress-tracking; the Project Coordinator must get regular status updates from project team members, and feed these back into the project plan to verify that the project is meeting the original schedule.
  9. Issue-tracking; the Project Coordinator must identify issues - things that threaten the project's scope, schedule, or quality - and manage them through to resolution.
  10. Medium-to-advanced skills with PCs, including file management, email, and the Microsoft Office suite.

 

Nice-to-Have Qualifications

 

Although not required, these skills and experience would be an asset to a Project Coordinator.

  1. Experience in the Consumer Packaged Goods, Pharmaceutical, Distribution, or Supply Chain areas.
  2. Experience in Finance or Accounting.
  3. Data analysis experience with MS Access and/or MS Excel.
  4. Hands-on software development experience of any sort.
  5. Experience with business analysis concepts, such as requirements-gathering, preparation of functional and technical specifications, test coordination, and documentation of program state and flow. Note that good organizational skills and an aptitude for learning can be substituted for some of this experience.

 

Hiring Process

 

Owl Creek has several steps that you need to go through in order to be hired, as required by our clients and by our policies.

  1. Aptitude test - Owl Creek has all employees go through a testing process to quantify your abilities in certain areas. These tests will usually include Critical Thinking, SQL, and technology-specific tests (based on the technologies you have experience in).
  2. Criminal background check.
  3. You must be legally able to work in the United States.
 

Compensation and Benefits

 

Owl Creek's package includes the usual consulting package (salary, bonus, a 10% PTO policy, and a flexible medical plan). In addition, Owl Creek offers access to interesting projects, and the chance to build your skills and gain exposure to new technologies.

 

How to Take the Next Step

 

Email a cover letter and résumé to .

 

Please be sure that your cover letter references the position you are applying for, and that you tell us why you feel that you would be a good fit with Owl Creek.

 

Thanks for your interest! We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Company Description

 

Owl Creek is a small database consulting firm with medium-to-large sized corporate clients. The culture is professional but informal. People who work at Owl Creek tend to be very motivated to create great software: "great" in this case can be defined as easy to use, reliable, and making complex business tasks much simpler and quicker to perform.

 

Find out more at www.owlcreekconsulting.com.