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    TDS Telecom
  • Overview

    If you enjoy leading strategic initatives in a cutting edge, established  technology industry, join the TDS team!


    TDS was voted one of 2017 Best Places to Work by Madison Magazine!!


    The Project Manager performs advanced professional project, process and change management work supporting the development, installation, and improvement of major products.  The position is the mid-level point for the project management job progression.  This position applies project management skills on moderately complex projects in the organization.


    The primary role of this position is to serve as the project manager on strategic initiatives impacting the ILEC, CLEC and cable markets with the primary focus on new product development projects.  The position manages the projects through the gated approval process and provides management and senior leadership with appropriate information and assurances required to accomplish projects of this significance.  This position directly manages the progress of these initiatives to ensure MSCO is satisfied with the quality of the delivered business functionality as well as time tables and cost to deliver.


    TDS operates in a functional model and thereby relies heavily on the ability of capable project managers to facilitate change across a multi-disciplinary organization.  A project manager must be able to lead team members from various other groups to participate in change management and balance that against the press of their day-to-day activities.


    TDS Telecom, headquartered in Madison, Wis., employs more than 2,800 people and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. In 2018, TDS was recognized in Forbes list of America's Best Employers for Diversity. The TDS family of companies, which includes TDS Telecom, is listed at 190 out of 250 top employers in the U.S.

    Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 1000® company, provides wireless; cable and wireline broadband, TV and voice; and hosted and managed services to more than six million connections nationwide through its businesses U.S. Cellular, TDS Telecom, OneNeck IT Solutions LLC, and TDS Broadband Service. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. employs more than 9,900 people. Visit tdsinc.com.


    Manage project deliverables:

    • Ensure that project activities and work products are in compliance with company development policies, procedures and standards.  Prepare work plans for product deliverables, manage human and fiscal resources, effectively negotiate timelines, scope and cost constraints with project sponsors to attain project goals, oversee completion of tasks.
    • Understand and facilitate complex process and system changes that are required for project completion.

    Development process:

    • Identify, capture, and monitor key project metrics that are appropriate for the chosen project path.  Proactively utilize development measurement systems and metrics to manage attainment of project sponsor’s expectations and deliverables.  Present revised plans and actions consistent with meeting these expectations founded in measurable facts and indices.
    • Engage with cross-functional business units to ensure the appropriate level of skills and staffing for the project (i.e., ensuring that the project team members have appropriate skills to complete the designated tasks).  Revise the project timeline and cost estimates whenever a discrepancy between required and available skillsetis noted. 
    • Ensure that an appropriate project quality plan is created and manage to that plan.
    • Ensure an appropriate level of system, operational and decision documentation is created as defined by the applicable process model.

    Accountable for risk and issue management:

    • Accountable for project risk management.  Assess risks to project and take corrective action as needed to mitigate risks and implement contingency plans for triggered risk events.
    • Accountable for issue management.

    Relationship Development:

    • Establish, grow, and maintain professional business relationships with internal sponsors and project stakeholders, other support teams within the company, and external product and service vendors.

    Communication & Documentation:

    • Lead project communication (e.g., written, verbal, social media, etc.) to appropriately engage and inform project sponsors and stakeholders on project performance and progress.

    Post project reviews:

    • Participate in and where appropriate, facilitate post project/phase reviews to cultivate a “learning organization” in accordance with the relevant process model.

    Product development:

    • Perform role of product development as needed for certain projects.  Will vary based on project load and priorities.



    Required Qualifications:

    • Bachelor degree (or higher) -OR- 4+ years professional work experience.
    • 5+ years continuous and progressive experience in marketing, finance, technical, product development, product management, or project management.
    • 2+ years practical experience in a project leader or project manager role with direct project accountability.

    Other Qualifications:

    • Ability to rapidly and thoroughly assess, understand and assimilate key business objectives of the business unit and project sponsor.
    • Willingness to accept responsibility for a project and commitment to meeting milestones, timelines and budgets.  This includes managing the project scope.  Able to take corrective action as needed to mitigate risks and implement contingency plans for triggered risk events.  This includes escalating matters as needed in a constructive manner.
    • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize and control multiple tasks and projects.  Attention to detail and ability to resource, organize and deploy an effective team.
    • Strong interpersonal skills including: team building, conflict resolution and motivation.  Ability to foster a spirit of team play.  Solid project leadership skills including an ability to accomplish objectives by working cooperatively with other resources who have daily responsibilities and for whom you have no direct control.
    • Effective oral and written communication skills as evidenced by ability to deliver effective messages at all levels including development and delivery of presentations to senior leadership.
    • Understanding of the gated product development process within MSCO and other TDS departments.
    • Understanding of process for vendor solicitation, evaluation and selection including legal and finance review requirements.
    • Working knowledge of appropriate project management tools and systems required, which may include: Clarity, Microsoft Project, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and SharePoint.


    As a part of your total compensation, #TDS provides a comprehensive, competitive benefit package. The benefit plans address both the immediate and long term needs that you and your family may have. For an overview of what we have to offer for full-time employees including vacation, health benefits and retirement options please click here.




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