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Senior Portfolio and Program Manager – Nielsen – Emeryville, CA

Company: Nielsen

Address: Emeryville, CA

  • Full Time



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Gracenote , a Nielsen (NLSN) company, provides music, video, and sports content and technologies to the world’s hottest entertainment products and brands. Gracenote is the standard for music and video recognition and is supported by the largest source of entertainment data, featuring descriptions of more than 200 million tracks, TV listings for 85+ countries and statistics from 4,500 sport leagues and competitions.

We are presently looking for a Senior Portfolio and Program Manager to focus on managing the product development efforts for Advanced Video Advertising (AVA) program, a strategic growth initiative for Nielsen. Advanced Video Advertising combines Gracenote’s market leading Automatic Content Recognition (ACR) technology and strong relationships with Smart TV OEMs with Nielsen’s core audience measurement expertise and assets to focus on data enablement, 1:1 addressable TV, and Linear Audience Based Buying. This role role should be a multiplier for the engineering resources working on AVA to ensure they are focused on the highest priority issues and help coordinate the dependencies across geographically dispersed teams and providing transparency to leadership.

In this role, the individual will work with multiple Engineering teams and Product Owners to manage the AVA product portfolio, successfully delivering solutions to our customers. Primary responsibilities include overseeing the management of projects from design and development to production and stabilization, revising as appropriate to meet changing business needs and requirements. Secondary responsibilities are to fulfill a business analyst role as needed by leadership in key efforts.

Responsibilities of role include but are not limited to:
Creates and executes detailed work plans from design and development to production, revising as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements

Creates strategies for risk mitigation and contingency planning

Plans and schedules project deliverables, goals, milestones

Works with Product Owners to manage the project backlog prioritization

Works with multiple Engineering teams and Product Owners simultaneously to manage projects

Tracks program / project progress against plan and provide regular communication on status, risks, and issues

Ensure data is collected to appropriately inform decision making for mitigating risks and resolving issues

Communicates effectively with internal clients to identify needs and evaluate alternative business solutions

Effectively utilizes each team member to his/her fullest potential, motivating team to work together

Effectively facilitates stakeholder and team meetings

Facilitates meetings, outside of normal working hours as needed, with co-located team members in different timezones

Utilize an agile mindset to create a collaborative environment that fosters autonomy, transparency, mastery, innovation, and learning; promotes continuous improvement.

Experience/Skills Required:
Bachelor’s degree or related work experience

5+ years of program and project management experience delivering software development and operations projects

Strong interpersonal skills to facilitate meetings where you will articulate complex concepts and assignments

Strong communication, negotiation, and relationship building skills

Ability to work well in a cross-functional, environment with a highly collaborative, team oriented approach to problem solving

Ability to prioritize tasks effectively with a high level of attention to detail

Knowledge and experience using common project management tools: e.g. spreadsheets, MS Project, Visio, PowerPoint, and shared on-line documents such as google docs

The ability to create forward-looking, value-prioritized project plans with flexible and creative use of tools

Experience with project management methodologies, such as agile (Scrum & Kanban), iterative plan-based, or process engineering

Experience/Skills Desired:
Hands-on experience as a project manager, business analyst, software developer, or operations support role

Strong presentation skills – ability to create and deliver engaging, informative, well-organized presentations

Knowledge and experience using Project Portfolio Management tools

PMI PMP or similar certification/training

Scrum Master certification


Gracenote, a Nielsen company, is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action-Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability status, age, marital status, protected veteran status or any other protected class.


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