IT Program Manager

Position Description

Reporting to the Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives for McKesson Life Sciences IT, this position is responsible for managing and coordinating technology projects across the entire IT organization. The projects consist of delivering technology solutions in support of the Life Sciences business priorities as well as internal IT transformation and operational excellence initiatives. The various initiatives build on each other and need to be delivered in a coordinated fashion. This position will need to work collaboratively with the project/ functional leads of each area as well as with senior executives to confirm goals and success metrics, resource availability, and remove roadblocks.

The Program Manager is responsible for understanding business goals and interdependencies of each business led and IT transformation initiative. Additional responsibilities include project management, team management, generating timelines and roadmaps, estimating costs and resource needs, identifying risks and proposing mitigation plans, and preparing communications to keep all stakeholders informed.

The successful candidate will be able to work with minimal direction in a fast-paced, continuously evolving environment and assist the Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives and the wider organization leadership team to implement optimal planning, decision-making, and project execution processes across key initiatives and cross-functional teams.

Day to day, the Senior program manager oversees and directs the activities of technical and other personnel, including vendors and consultants, to ensure the successful completion of multiple projects and adherence to quality standards, budgetary guidelines, and timelines. Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Helping cross-functional teams to define, prioritize, and execute key activities.
  • Following program management best practices, define and manage detailed project plans and associated risk management plans.
  • Documenting, archiving, and disseminating critical information regarding projects.
  • Overseeing and mentoring other program and project managers within the MLS Technology team

Key Responsibilities

Collaborates with senior leadership, technical managers and other subject matter experts to define, prioritize, track, and drive the progress of key initiatives Works with technical teams and leaders to continually clarify and refine project objectives, acceptance criteria, budget, and workplan and procure appropriate resources Manages and mentors a team of program and project managers to drive progress against the full range of related initiatives Plans and facilitates cross-functional team and client meetings/forums to drive collaboration, alignment, and decision making Maintains program/initiative level project plans and tracking logs as appropriate, identifies blockers/risks, and crafts recommendations for resolution or escalation Monitors budget and benefit realization against plan monthly and works with Portfolio Directors/Managers and Program Managers to conduct analysis if established thresholds are not met Curates/documents critical information regarding project deliverables and progress and proactively disseminates updates to stakeholders within and outside of those initiatives Helps define initiative/team specific policies and processes around use of shared accounts, tools, systems and serves as co-administrator

Minimum Requirements

5+ years experience in project management, requirements definition and/ or deployment of business requirements to information systems

Critical Skills

  • 3+ years experience managing large-scale, cross-functional programs/projects
  • Detailed understanding of and experience with Agile and waterfall project planning and management methodologies and when to use each.
  • Financial and statistical analysis skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication and customer/stakeholder management skills
  • Advanced skills with technology focused project management toolse.g., Atlassian, Trello, etc.and Microsoft Office Suite including MS PowerPoint, MS Excel, MS Project and MS Visio
  • Strong familiarity with the various technology functional areas including software development, infrastructure, architecture, customer support and ITIL
  • Strong communication skills

Additional Knowledge & Skills

  • Certification and practical experience in Agile, Lean/Six Sigma, and/or PMP, a plus
  • Previous consulting experience is a plus


4-year degree or related field or equivalent experience. B.S. or B.A. in Finance, Business, Technology, preferred.

Physical Requirements

General professional office environment.


PMI Certification a plus.


20% travel may be required

McKesson is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.Qualified applicants will not be disqualified from consideration for employment based upon criminal history.McKesson is committed to being an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers including job seekers with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, please contact us by sending an email to Disability_Accommodation@McKesson.com. Resumes or CVs submitted to this email box will not be accepted.Current employees must apply through internal career site.Join us at McKesson!

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