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Application Program Director 

We are Systematix and we are looking for anApplication Program Directorwith strong business transformationexperience executing on Agile and Waterfall to support a long-term engagementwith one of our key clients in Winnipeg, Manitoba.


The Program Director is responsible for ensuring program success by coordinating across extended delivery teams to identify, mitigate, and resolve cross project interdependencies, risks, issues, and resourcing challenges.

As Program Director, you will manage day-to-day roadblocks and issues at an early stage, as well as developing and recommending actions and plans to overcome issues which may result in potential delays or cost overruns.

You will oversee the daily activities of the extended delivery teams to ensure timely and quality outcomes within specified timeframes, budget, scope, and program objectives and help executive team work towards a major enterprise-level transformation initiative of modernizing in-house legacy applications and technology footprint, including leveraging cloud and next generational capabilities (SaaS, PaaS, AI, ML, Automation, Analytics, Big data) to help deliver the following key business objectives:

Stable Technology Platform– significantly lowering the downtime and technology risks to perform day-to-day service transactions by moving to modern technology and exploring customer online functionality to meet present and future business needs
Cost Effectiveness– bring down operating costs and IT risks of managing and supporting legacy systems by moving into new Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) applications
Standardization–leveragethe Microsoft Dynamics platform for digital and common services deliveryutilizing Mulesoft technology services as a corporate standard for all system integration related needs.
Automated Integrations–ensure that disparate systems have automated integration for cross pollination of data and operation
Secured Solution– improved infrastructure, processes, procedures and controls to protect customer information from security threats.
Online Services– expanding online service offerings for high customer value and volume with low complexity service transactions.

Project Delivery Leadership

    Working with the Project Management Office, ensures that the overall program structure and program management processes enable project teams to successfully complete their work. Ensures projects are planned and executed in a high-quality, consistent manner, and are executed using established standards and processes.

    Provides project management leadership across client projects (including system integrator led aspects), oversight of the compliance to the project charter, integration of project plans and schedules, and regular reporting to leadership

    Provides recommendations related to the program’s delivery approach

    Contributes to the development and management of project charters, project plans, budgets, issues, and risk management plans consistent with Project Management Office requirements.

    Works with Project Managers/Program Stream Leads to define the work that needs to be completed and coordinates outcomes with Operational Business Champions.

    Ensures Program Streams are staying on the critical path by forecasting and managing deviation.

    Ensures risk mitigations and contingency plans are in place and actions are happening as required. Works with Project Managers/Program Stream Leads to ensure risks are clearly identified. Follows up on issues, ensures actions are taken in a timely manner, tracked, and resolved or escalated as required to ensure that program timelines are met.

    Takes a program level view of all identified risks and issues, identifying cross dependencies among the various projects, and actions steps to mitigate, manage, and resolve risks and issues.

    Establishes and maintains a close working relationship with key stakeholders, obtaining commitment to the success of the program and its projects.

    Monitors and reports on the overall program status, including participation in Project Governance Vendor program reviews, interviews, and assessment exercises.

    Participates in procurement activities, in concert with Vendor Management team, to secure partner resources.

    Ensures transformation project is properly resourced by way of working with resource management to plan and secure required skills and expertise for the program, being mindful and ensuring internal resources are prioritized for knowledge transfer and cost management.

    Assists with onboarding of program resources and directs reassignments of resources as required.

General Leadership

    Responsible for all activities of a manager, including management of capital and operating budgets, participation in strategic planning, long-term human resource and succession planning, budgeting for special projects, as well as budgeting and implementing improvement initiatives.

    Fosters a high performance team culture that is consistent with corporate vision and values, and leading practices.

    Responsible for workload planning, hiring, performance management, and development planning of staff. Ensures technical expertise of the unit is maintained.

    Actively participates and engages others in decision-making, information sharing, and identifying opportunities for improvement, while encouraging others to do the same.

    Develops succession plans that may include cross-training and development opportunities.

    Ensures activities comply with Corporate Directives, policies and procedures.

    Supports the development of the program by identifying, leading and implementing continuous improvement through the team.



    Degree in Business Administration, Commerce, or Computer Science.

    Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, designation or equivalent.

    Supplementary courses related to Project Management i.e. Risk Management, Program Management, Agile Project Management, and Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) are an asset.


    Eight years’ experience leading complex projects at the director level, including implementation, business process re-engineering, systems integration, data migration and organizational change management including two years of management experience.

    Experience managing large-scale, high impact, multi-year projects via a hybrid agile, and agile system delivery lifecycle method. (The ideal candidate would have experience starting in Waterfallworld and then moving toAgilewith lots of hands on experience).

    Experience leading projects for financial system transformations is an asset.

Technical Knowledge and Skills:

    A proven track record of success with large project implementations.

    In-depth knowledge of information technology management, including hardware and software.

    Knowledge of and ability to execute a variety of program and project methodologies, including Agile delivery.

    Proven ability to apply the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) with respect to agile project delivery

    Proven capabilities in the area of project management with the ability to plan and manage all aspects of multiple complex projects simultaneously.

    Superior oral and written communication skills, with demonstrated ability to clearly convey complex information in a concise and straightforward manner.

    Excellent interpersonal skills, with successful experience in public speaking and making formal presentations.

    Proven ability to handle conflict and criticism in a positive and professional manner.

    Advanced knowledge of development and testing functions to align team activities with successful program outcomes.

    Proven ability to adapt to, and effectively contribute to, rapid business transformation.

    Proven ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.

    Demonstrate high level analytical skills and problem solving skills.

    Working knowledge of business computer applications and PC skills for basic document preparation and statistical/financial/cost benefit analysis.

    Results–oriented work ethic.

    Demonstrated experience in the application of technology in support of business needs.

    Mentoring and training skills and experience.

    Experience collaborating with or managing complex cross-departmental teams in a Lean-Agile environment is an asset.

This is a long-term engagement, in a hybrid role of remote and an estimated 1-2 weeks-a-month of onsite work at client's Winnipegoffices.


If you are interested in finding out more, please contact us or submit your resume, if you know someone who meets these qualifications, please forward this assignment opportunity to them.


Systematix is one of Canada’s largest privately-owned National Consulting and Resourcing firms. With offices across North America we provide the highest caliber consulting solutions to a diverse client base that includes all levels of Government and private industry sectors.

Systematix is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive environment and is proud to be anequal opportunity employer.

At Systematix, we bring people and projects together!


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