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Working As A Group 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

  • $134,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Group 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 Group 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
Group Manager 4.0 years
Delivery Manager 3.2 years
Top Careers Before Group Program Manager
Consultant 4.4%
Internship 2.6%
Top Careers After Group Program Manager
Director 4.8%
Consultant 4.1%
Principal 2.3%

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Average Yearly Salary
$134,000
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$88,000
Min 10%
$134,000
Median 50%
$134,000
Median 50%
$134,000
Median 50%
$134,000
Median 50%
$134,000
Median 50%
$134,000
Median 50%
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Median 50%
$206,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Google
Highest Paying City
San Bruno, CA
Highest Paying State
District of Columbia
Avg Experience Level
3.6 years
How much does a Group Program Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Group Program Manager in the United States is $135,001 per year or $65 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $88,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $206,000.

Real Group Program Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Program Function Group Head Citigroup Technology, Inc. New York, NY Jan 05, 2016 $400,000
Program Function Group Head Citigroup Technology, Inc. New York, NY Jan 08, 2016 $400,000
Principal Group Program Manager Microsoft Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Aug 20, 2014 $230,000
Principal Group Program Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Sep 29, 2012 $206,634
Principal Group Program Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Sep 08, 2014 $190,205
Group Program Manager Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA Nov 15, 2015 $179,435
Program Group Manager Citicorp Credit Services, Inc. (USA) Islandia, NY Aug 06, 2016 $175,700
Principal Group Program Manager Microsoft Corporation Bellevue, WA Feb 15, 2011 $168,534
Program Group Manager Citicorp Credit Services, Inc. Islandia, NY Sep 04, 2014 $168,200
Principal Group Program Manager Microsoft Corporation Bellevue, WA May 17, 2011 $163,538
Program Group Manager Citicorp Credit Services, Inc. Islandia, NY Jan 12, 2015 $162,500
Principal Group Program Manager Microsoft Corporation Bellevue, WA Oct 01, 2009 $162,052
Group Program Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Sep 29, 2010 $158,250
Program Group Manager Citicorp Credit Services, Inc. Islandia, NY Sep 27, 2014 $157,800
Program Group Manager Citibank, N.A. Miami, FL Jan 09, 2016 $154,500
Group Program Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Sep 08, 2011 $154,018
Program Group Manager Citicorp Credit Services, Inc. Islandia, NY Sep 27, 2014 $153,100
Principal Group Program Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Mar 04, 2012 $151,666
Principal Group Program Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Sep 17, 2011 $149,687
Group Program Manager Microsoft Corporation Bellevue, WA Aug 07, 2011 $139,624

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Top Skills for A Group Program Manager

  1. Project Management
  2. Windows Live
  3. Strategic Plan
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Included project management, financial analysis/budgeting, staffing, legal governance, vendor management and stakeholder updates.
  • Managed project portfolio within the Shared Services group of Windows Live.
  • Conducted Continuous Process Improvement Strategic Plan for Wing, Maintenance Group, and 5 squadrons.
  • Devised and distributed initial consumer feedback application for Windows Phone 8 allowing end-users to report and upload diagnostic logs to Microsoft.
  • Defined efforts to architect the future-state cloud billing technology platforms across all Microsoft commercial online services.

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  2. New York
  3. Washington
  4. District of Columbia
  5. Delaware
  6. Maryland
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  8. New Jersey
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Group Program Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

61.9%

Female

29.6%

Unknown

8.5%
Ethnicity

White

62.1%

Hispanic or Latino

12.5%

Asian

11.4%

Black or African American

9.2%

Unknown

4.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.0%

Japanese

7.7%

Italian

7.7%

French

5.1%

Mandarin

5.1%

Russian

5.1%

Arabic

5.1%

Serbian

2.6%

Chinese

2.6%

Hawaiian

2.6%

German

2.6%

Romanian

2.6%

Dutch

2.6%

Hindi

2.6%

Cantonese

2.6%

Tamil

2.6%
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Group Program Manager Education

Schools

University of Washington

20.5%

University of Phoenix

9.8%

San Jose State University

5.7%

Western Washington University

5.7%

Seattle Pacific University

5.7%

University of California - Los Angeles

4.1%

Pennsylvania State University

4.1%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.1%

George Washington University

4.1%

University of Connecticut

3.3%

Eastern Washington University

3.3%

Arizona State University

3.3%

New York University

3.3%

Webster University

3.3%

Brigham Young University

3.3%

Georgia State University

3.3%

University of Southern California

3.3%

University of Toledo

3.3%

Lawrence Technological University

3.3%

San Francisco State University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

30.0%

Computer Science

8.6%

Electrical Engineering

8.3%

Marketing

6.1%

Management

5.3%

Computer Information Systems

5.0%

Finance

4.7%

Project Management

4.2%

Education

3.3%

Psychology

2.8%

Economics

2.5%

Operations Management

2.5%

Accounting

2.5%

Communication

2.2%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.2%

Law

1.9%

Management Information Systems

1.9%

Computer Engineering

1.9%

Mechanical Engineering

1.9%

Health Care Administration

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.2%

Masters

33.8%

Other

14.7%

Certificate

3.9%

Doctorate

3.5%

Associate

2.8%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.3%
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