Project Manager III

Location US-IA-Des Moines
Job ID
Information Technology
Requires Non-Compete?

Job Summary

About the Career: In this role, you will deliver results by managing projects at the highest level of complexity. In addition, you will consult and guide Technology and Business stakeholders to achieve the stated objectives, measurable goals, and deliverables of these projects. You will also provide mentorship and guidance to Associate Project Managers and/or Project Managers I and II.


Our Ideal Candidate: You feel effective when you can apply your depth of experience and strong understanding of Project Management fundamentals and methodologies to your work. While you may not have experience in the health insurance industry, you are looking forward to learning Wellmark as a business. You are energized at the opportunity to interact with and build relationships with key stakeholders on your projects. 


Why Wellmark Technology? At a time when technology is creating new business models, disrupting industries and creating valuable experiences for consumers, our role as technology team members must elevate an organization through innovative transformation, modernized technology and delivery of new business strategies, including an aim to continuously evolve and enhance the customer experience. At Wellmark, our technology transformation program is called Ascend and is led by our empowered technology leaders and team members. Together, we are leaning into the future, owning the outcome and working together to transform how we work and what innovative solutions we deliver.



  • Bachelor's Degree in related field or direct and equivalent work experience
  • 5+ yrs. of proven experience managing multiple projects (medium/to highly complex)/executed in various methodologies/or phases, while managing scope, schedule and budget
    • Experience in project leadership, including managing technology related projects
  • Proven innovative critical thinking skills, including industry-wide knowledge and understanding of technology processing systems
  • Demonstrate the highest degree of ownership and commitment to assigned projects; drives projects toward successful completion in face of aggressive schedules and unforeseen issues, and provides a consultative approach while holding themselves and their teams accountable for project performance
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve project objectives of multiple complex projects
  • Comprehensive knowledge and application of various project management processes and system development life cycle methodologies
  • Proven skills in building relationships and influencing people across the organization to break down barriers and foster collaboration
  • Demonstrated group facilitation skills, negotiation  skills and presentation skills demonstrated through successful experience
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills including the ability to communicate well with all levels of the organization (to include VP and SVP level stakeholders)
  • Demonstrated ability to coach and mentor other project managers
  • Travel required up to 5%



  • Bachelor's Degree in related field
  • 7+ yrs. of demonstrated experience managing multiple projects/executed in various methodologies/or phases
  • Prior process improvement experience
  • Prior experience in the Healthcare industry
  • Professional Certification(s): Certified ScrumMaster (CSM),  Project Management Professional (PMP), Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)


a. Manage and lead multiple projects that are highly complex.Manage all efforts related to the initiative, including the oversight for large stakeholder groups for assigned projects. Influence and manage large stakeholder groups, while managing adherence to budget, schedule, and scope.

b. Utilize the portfolio operating procedures e.g. prioritization, funding, project management methodology, project tracking tools to ensure consistency and efficiency. Provide mentorship and guidance to Project Management team members.

c. Using Wellmark Project Management methodologies, lead crossfunctional project teams by taking projects from inception through completion facilitate timeliness and schedule for project completion.

d. Facilitate and evaluate the qualitative and quantitative analysis on complex business problems, and determine solutions and best practice to resolve both internal and customer issues. Collaborate with project teams to implement and propose solutions within the scope of own expertise while fully leveraging the expertise of all Technology team members serving the project. Identify, monitor and communicate critical business metrics to ensure project execution success.

e. Work in tandem with project managers and project leaders to perform project management duties to support the completion of the project through all phases of the project management process, using Wellmarks standard project management methodologies.

f. Demonstrate the key drivers of project management effectiveness meet deadlines, logically solve problems recognize and mitigate risks, align project priorities to organizational strategy, connect project priorities to organizational goals, leverage the talent and skills of right people and tasks, facilitate consensus among stakeholders, objectively evaluate team members, and understand project interdependencies.

g. Support and follow Technology software development lifecycle (SDLC), operational procedures and standards to achieve stated results of assigned projects. 

h. Manage vendor activities, including sourcing, contracting, and implementation, of identified vendor involvement through the close of the program. Oversee integration of multiple vendors and respective deliverables to ensure collaboration, quality, and timeliness. Ensure vendor management responsibilities are understood and accepted by the project business owner and Technology throughout the program and ensure appropriate turnover of vendor responsibilities at the close of the program.

i. Other duties as assigned.


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