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Working As A Senior Manager, Program Management

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

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $130,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Manager, Program Management 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 Senior Manager, Program Management

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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Practice Director
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Manager Production Manager Processing Manager
Senior Process Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Manager Delivery Manager
Senior Delivery Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Director Director Of Project Management
Director Project Management Office
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Manager Service Manager Service Delivery Manager
Global Service Manager
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Director Of Implementation
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Senior Solutions Manager
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Consultant 4.8%
Owner 1.7%
Top Careers After Senior Manager, Program Management
Consultant 5.0%
Director 4.0%
Manager 4.0%

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Senior Manager, Program Management Demographics

Gender

Male

67.1%

Female

26.2%

Unknown

6.7%
Ethnicity

White

57.3%

Hispanic or Latino

13.6%

Asian

13.2%

Black or African American

11.4%

Unknown

4.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Carrier

23.1%

Chinese

15.4%

Japanese

15.4%

Spanish

15.4%

Portuguese

7.7%

French

7.7%

Korean

7.7%

Italian

7.7%
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Senior Manager, Program Management Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.7%

George Washington University

12.5%

San Jose State University

8.1%

University of Washington

5.1%

Georgia State University

5.1%

Stanford University

5.1%

Villanova University

4.4%

DePaul University

4.4%

Northwestern University

4.4%

Northeastern Illinois University

3.7%

Santa Clara University

3.7%

Georgetown University

3.7%

Golden Gate University-San Francisco

3.7%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.7%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.9%

Community College of Beaver County

2.9%

Arizona State University

2.9%

University of Florida

2.9%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

2.9%

New York University

2.9%
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Majors

Business

32.6%

Computer Science

9.8%

Management

9.8%

Project Management

7.5%

Electrical Engineering

6.4%

Finance

5.4%

Computer Information Systems

3.7%

Management Information Systems

3.3%

Marketing

2.9%

Mechanical Engineering

2.5%

Psychology

2.1%

Information Technology

2.1%

Accounting

2.1%

Information Systems

1.9%

International Business

1.7%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.5%

Communication

1.2%

Industrial Engineering

1.2%

Computer Engineering

1.2%

Supply Chain Management

1.2%
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Degrees

Masters

48.0%

Bachelors

35.5%

Other

8.4%

Certificate

4.4%

Doctorate

1.7%

Associate

1.2%

Diploma

0.8%
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How much does a Senior Manager, Program Management make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Manager, Program Management in the United States is $130,599 per year or $63 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $100,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $169,000.

Real Senior Manager, Program Management Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Manager, Program Management Becton, Dickinson and Company Franklin Lakes, NJ Jul 21, 2015 $187,000
Senior Manager, Program Management Office Shutterfly, Inc. Redwood City, CA Jun 23, 2014 $180,000
SR. Manager, Engineer Program Management Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 21, 2016 $176,797
Senior Manager, Program Management Office Shutterfly, Inc. Redwood City, CA Oct 09, 2014 $175,000
SR. Manager, Technical Program Management, Global Services EMC Corporation Seattle, WA Jul 26, 2016 $165,500 -
$224,500
SR. Manager, Technical Program Management, Global Services EMC Corporation Seattle, WA Jan 10, 2016 $165,500 -
$224,500
Program Management Senior Manager Lockheed Martin Corporation Orlando, FL Aug 01, 2011 $162,000
Senior Manager, Program Management Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Dec 12, 2016 $160,000
SR. Manager, Engineering Program Management RDIO, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 04, 2014 $160,000
Senior Manager Program Management Sapient Corporation Boston, MA Sep 30, 2016 $154,463
Senior Manager Program Management Sapient Corporation Santa Monica, CA May 01, 2015 $152,000
SR. Manager, Technical Program Management Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Apr 05, 2010 $148,360
Senior Manager Program Management Sapient Corporation Sugar Land, TX Sep 23, 2016 $147,298
Program Mgmt SR Manager-Proddev Oracle America, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Jan 20, 2015 $139,110 -
$170,020
SR. Manager Program Management Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Sep 05, 2012 $139,100
SR. Manager Program Management Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Nov 15, 2012 $139,100
Senior Program Manager/Technology Program Management Qualcomm Technologies Inc. San Diego, CA Nov 05, 2014 $137,904 -
$149,500
Senior Manager, Program Management Sapient Corporation New York, NY Oct 17, 2011 $137,800
Senior Manager, Program Management Sapient Corporation New York, NY Jul 12, 2012 $137,800
SR. Manager, Program Management Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Sep 27, 2013 $136,300
Senior Manager Program Management Sapient Corporation Boston, MA Sep 25, 2015 $135,188
Senior Manager Program Management Sapient Corporation Arlington, VA Jun 09, 2015 $128,141
Senior Manager Program Management Sapient Corporation New York, NY Jul 07, 2015 $128,141
Senior Manager Program Management Sapient Corporation Arlington, VA Jul 30, 2015 $128,141
Senior Manager Program Management Sapient Corporation Boston, MA Nov 20, 2015 $127,317
Program Management Senior Manager Lockheed Martin Corporation Orlando, FL Sep 03, 2014 $127,142 -
$211,904
Senior Manager Program Management Sapient Corporation Atlanta, GA Sep 08, 2013 $126,000
Senior Manager Program Management Sapient Corporation Boston, MA Jan 17, 2015 $125,777
Senior Manager Program Management Sapient Corporation Boston, MA Oct 24, 2014 $125,715

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  • Managed executive project portfolio reviews, improved and reported project metrics, and developed processes for project delivery.
  • Developed standard PMO tools and procedures, initiating utilization, productivity and financial reporting metrics.
  • Cultivated new business development opportunities with existing joint ventures & other companies.
  • Identify and propose new project management strategies to enable speed of project delivery, improve resource management and utilization transparency.

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