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Working As A Global Program Manager

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $103,758

    Average Salary

What Does A Global Program Manager Do

Computer and information systems managers, often called information technology (IT) managers or IT project managers, plan, coordinate, and direct computer-related activities in an organization. They help determine the information technology goals of an organization and are responsible for implementing computer systems to meet those goals.

Duties

Computer and information systems managers typically do the following:

  • Analyze their organization’s computer needs and recommend possible upgrades for top executives to consider
  • Plan and direct the installation and maintenance of computer hardware and software
  • Ensure the security of an organization’s network and electronic documents
  • Assess the costs and benefits of new projects and justify funding on projects to top executives
  • Learn about new technology and look for ways to upgrade their organization’s computer systems
  • Determine short- and long-term personnel needs for their department
  • Plan and direct the work of other IT professionals, including computer systems analysts, software developers, information security analysts, and computer support specialists
  • Negotiate with vendors to get the highest level of service for their organization’s technology

Few managers carry out all of these duties. There are various types of computer and information systems managers, and the specific duties of each are determined by the size and structure of the firm. Smaller firms may not employ every type of manager.

The following are examples of types of computer and information systems managers:

Chief information officers (CIOs) are responsible for the overall technology strategy of their organizations. They help determine the technology or information goals of an organization and then oversee implementation of technology to meet those goals.

CIOs may focus on a specific area, such as electronic data processing or information systems, but CIOs tend to focus more on long-term or big picture issues. At small organizations a CIO has more direct control over the IT department, and at larger organizations other managers under the CIO may handle the day-to-day activities of the IT department.

CIOs who do not have technical expertise and who focus solely on a company’s business aspects are included in a separate profile on top executives.

Chief technology officers (CTOs) evaluate new technology and determine how it can help their organization. When both CIOs and CTOs are present, the CTO usually has more technical expertise.

The CTO is responsible for designing and recommending the appropriate technology solutions to support the policies and directives issued by the CIO. CTOs also work with different departments to implement the organization’s technology plans.

The CTO usually reports directly to the CIO and may be responsible for overseeing the development of new technologies or other research and development activities. When a company does not have a CIO, the CTO determines the overall technology strategy for the firm and presents it to top executives.

IT directors, including management information systems (MIS) directors, are in charge of their organizations’ information technology (IT) departments, and they directly supervise other employees. IT directors help to determine the business requirements for IT systems, and they implement the policies that have been chosen by top executives. IT directors often have a direct role in hiring members of the IT department. It is their job to ensure the availability of data and network services by coordinating IT activities. IT directors also oversee the financial aspects of their department, such as budgeting.  

IT security managers oversee their organizations’ network and data security. They work with top executives to plan security policies and promote a culture of information security throughout the organization. They develop programs to keep employees aware of security threats. These managers must keep up to date on IT security measures. They also supervise investigations if there is a security violation.

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How To Become A Global Program Manager

Typically, a bachelor’s degree in computer or information science, plus related work experience, is required. Many computer and information systems managers also have a graduate degree.

Education

Computer and information systems managers normally must have a bachelor’s degree in a computer- or information science–related field. Such a degree usually takes 4 years to complete and includes courses in computer programming, software development, and mathematics. Management information systems (MIS) programs usually include business classes as well as computer-related ones.

Many organizations require their computer and information systems managers to have a graduate degree as well. A Master of Business Administration (MBA) is common and takes 2 years beyond the undergraduate level to complete. Many people pursuing an MBA take classes while working, an option that can increase the time required to complete that degree.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Most jobs for computer and information systems managers require several years of experience in a related information technology (IT) job. Lower level management positions may require only a few years of experience. Directors are more likely to need 5 to 10 years of related work experience. A chief technology officer (CTO), who oversees the technology plan for a large organization, may need more than 15 years of experience in the IT field before being considered for a job.

The number of years of experience required varies with the organization. Generally, smaller or newer companies do not require as much experience as larger or more established ones.

Computer systems are used throughout the economy, and IT employees may gain experience in a variety of industries. However, an applicant’s work experience should be in the same industry they are applying to work in. For example, an IT security manager should have previously worked in information security. A hospital IT director should have experience in the healthcare field.

Advancement

Most computer and information systems managers start out as lower level managers and advance to higher positions within the IT department. IT directors or project managers can advance to become CTOs. A CTO or other manager who is especially business minded can advance to become a chief information officer (CIO), the person in charge of all IT-related decisions in an organization. CIOs can advance to become top executives in an organization.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. IT managers must be able to analyze problems and consider and select the best ways to solve them.

Business skills. IT managers must develop and implement strategic plans to reach the goals of their organizations.

Communication skills. IT managers must be able to explain their work to top executives and give clear instructions to their subordinates.

Decisionmaking skills. Some IT managers must make important decisions about how to allocate resources in order to reach their organizations’ goals.

Leadership skills. IT managers must be able to lead and motivate IT teams or departments so that workers are efficient and effective.

Organizational skills. Some IT managers must coordinate the work of several different IT departments to make the organization run efficiently.

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Average Length of Employment
Global Manager 3.4 years
Program Manager 3.3 years
Top Employers Before
Manager 5.6%
Consultant 5.6%
Top Employers After
Consultant 5.6%
Director 4.0%
Manager 3.0%
Owner 2.1%
Principal 2.1%

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Global Program Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

59.8%

Female

38.0%

Unknown

2.2%
Ethnicity

White

56.7%

Hispanic or Latino

14.5%

Asian

13.7%

Black or African American

10.5%

Unknown

4.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

22.2%

French

12.7%

German

11.1%

Mandarin

7.9%

Chinese

6.3%

Japanese

6.3%

Hindi

4.8%

Portuguese

3.2%

Korean

3.2%

Carrier

3.2%

Bengali

3.2%

Urdu

3.2%

Italian

3.2%

Vietnamese

1.6%

Cantonese

1.6%

Greek

1.6%

Polish

1.6%

Arabic

1.6%

Thai

1.6%
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Global Program Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.7%

University of Texas at Austin

9.6%

San Jose State University

7.9%

New York University

6.2%

George Washington University

6.2%

Wayne State University

5.1%

Villanova University

4.0%

Arizona State University

4.0%

Pennsylvania State University

4.0%

Southern Methodist University

4.0%

Columbia University

4.0%

Colorado Technical University

4.0%

Northeastern University

4.0%

University of San Francisco

3.4%

Indiana University Bloomington

3.4%

Central Michigan University

3.4%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.4%

University of Chicago

3.4%

Michigan State University

2.8%

University of Pennsylvania

2.8%
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Majors

Business

35.7%

Project Management

7.5%

Management

7.3%

Finance

6.0%

Computer Science

4.8%

Electrical Engineering

4.2%

Marketing

4.2%

Communication

2.9%

Industrial Engineering

2.9%

Education

2.6%

Computer Information Systems

2.6%

Political Science

2.5%

Supply Chain Management

2.5%

Economics

2.3%

Accounting

2.3%

Mechanical Engineering

2.2%

International Business

2.0%

Information Technology

1.9%

Information Systems

1.9%

Human Resources Management

1.7%
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Degrees

Masters

40.7%

Bachelors

37.9%

Other

11.7%

Certificate

3.8%

Doctorate

3.1%

Associate

2.2%

Diploma

0.6%
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Real Global Program Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Global Program Manager Amgen Inc. Thousand Oaks, CA Nov 22, 2010 $180,000
Global Program Manager Amgen Inc. Thousand Oaks, CA Nov 23, 2009 $175,000
Global Program Manager Google Inc. New York, NY Aug 02, 2016 $136,920
Globalization Program Manager Vmware, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Sep 05, 2013 $132,979
Global Program Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA May 18, 2012 $131,254
Global Program Manager (R&D Department) Humax USA Inc. Greenwood Village, CO Jun 01, 2016 $129,834
Global Program Manager (R&D Department) Humax USA Inc. Greenwood Village, CO Jun 30, 2015 $129,834
Program Manager, Corporate Global Gas Solutions American Bureau of Shipping (Abs) Houston, TX Nov 03, 2014 $122,000
Program Manager, Corporate Global Gas Solutions American Bureau of Shipping (Abs) Houston, TX Oct 27, 2014 $122,000
Program Manager, Corporate Global Gas Solutions American Bureau of Shipping (Abs) Houston, TX Jul 21, 2015 $122,000
Global Program Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jan 05, 2014 $120,000
Smts Program Manager TD Global Engineering Support Globalfoundries U.S. Inc. Malta, NY Jul 07, 2014 $115,694 -
$175,000
Global Advocacy Program Manager Microsoft Corporation Issaquah, WA Jul 28, 2013 $112,512
Global Initiatives Program Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Apr 15, 2011 $110,250
Global Learning Program Manager Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc. New York, NY Jun 10, 2013 $106,500 -
$110,000
Global Program Manager Armstrong World Industries, Inc. Lancaster, PA Jan 21, 2015 $103,022
Global SH&E Program Manager Nalco Company Sugar Land, TX Sep 22, 2011 $103,000
Global Compensation Program Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jun 11, 2015 $102,500
Manager, Global Aftermarket Programs Paccar Inc. Renton, WA Oct 01, 2015 $101,650 -
$125,486
Global Program Manager Armstrong World Industries, Inc. Lancaster, PA Jun 16, 2014 $101,275
Malaria & Family Planning Program Manager, Global Markets T Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. New York, NY Sep 19, 2016 $92,500
Malaria Program Manager, Global Markets Team Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. Boston, MA Jan 05, 2015 $92,500
Global Program Manager Microsoft Corporation Issaquah, WA Feb 01, 2010 $90,501
Manager, Global Aftermarket Programs Paccar Inc. Renton, WA Oct 01, 2012 $86,000 -
$90,000
Global Program Manager Sanmina-Sci Corporation San Jose, CA Oct 04, 2012 $81,729
Program Manager, Global Cancer Prevention/Epidemiologist American Cancer Society, Inc. Atlanta, GA Jan 05, 2015 $80,000
Global Program Manager Sanmina-Sci Corporation San Jose, CA Oct 04, 2009 $77,320
Global Program Manager Regal-Beloit Corporation Beloit, WI May 23, 2011 $76,975

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  1. Delivery
  2. Global Strategy
  3. Project Management
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  • Turned around a dissatisfied client by implementing a standardized delivery process and optimizing our staffing for a better customer price model.
  • Prepared technical architectural and implementation design documents and worked with the Project Management to develop the Implementation plans.
  • Consult with client's management teams and end users to identify product/process improvement opportunities, resolve post implementation and operational defects.
  • Deliver real-time compliance capability supporting global, regional and U.S. compliance requirements.
  • Managed IB Equities Global Program for critical front-office application infrastructure and application enhancements.

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