Project Manager, Innovation Center

  • Location:
    Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • Area of Interest
    Project or Program Management
  • Job Type
  • Technology Interest
    *None, Internet of Everything
  • Job Id

Project Manager, Innovation Centers


What You’ll Do


Cisco’s Corporate Strategy Office (CSO) is on the cutting-edge of innovation, fostering and capturing new opportunities at a lightning pace. The office is all about pioneering the future to lead market transitions, increase shareholder value, and help our customers succeed.


Cisco’s Corporate Strategic Innovation Group (CSIG), part of CSO, is a high-energy, motivated team that shares a passion for all-things innovation. This includes our Innovation Centers, located around the world.


At the Centers, disruptive talent comes together to explore, discover and develop ground breaking solutions to solve customers’ toughest challenges. The Centers are fast-paced, high-energy hotspots, where the spirit of entrepreneurship is alive and well - in fact, thriving.


Who You’ll Work With


CSIG is seeking a Project Manager for Sydney and Perth Innovation Centers, who is truly into the detail and can keep a master project plan of activities across all of CSIG.  In this role, you will work across the globe with all CSIG members, influencing progress and connecting dots whilst building relationships, working across teams. 


Who You Are


The Project Manager’s responsibilities will include (but not be limited to):


  • Coordinate all aspects of the CSIG Project/Initiative deliverables for achievement of CSIG Goals.
  • Perform project planning to establish overall global project plan, including key milestones, and drive progress to achieve project plan within time restraints.
  • Understand and assesses critical paths and cross functional dependencies for delivering projects and facilitates discussions between project teams and individuals.
  • Performs risk assessment across the projects and teams.  Eliminate obstacles with project/initiatives lead to Increase probability of positive events.
  • Understands and coordinates sequencing of projects to accomplish progress.
  • Aggregate, organize and synthesize program and project information in order to communicate with extended team and management.
  • Assist Program Managers with project methodology, tools, processes and templates for deliverables.
  • Leverage as Project Manager expert in group and mentor others.


Minimum Qualifications


  • 10+ years in Business Operations & Project Management experience.
  • Have a deep understanding of program/project lifecycle.
  • Experience delivering complex cross-functional programs.
  • Confident in charting a path and making decisions with ambiguity and limited information, while managing risk.
  • Experience with key verticals e.g. Banking, Resources, Agriculture.
  • Versed in agile methodologies and tools.
  • Experience in applying Agile/DevOps approach to projects.
  • Exceptional people, stakeholder and change management skills. The ability to influence multiple functions (Engineering, Finance, HR, Marketing, WPR) at all levels, to close gaps in conflicting priorities and to align a core and broader virtual team to achieve a common goal.
  • Responsible for Co-Innovation identifying customer needs and working with ecosystem to develop solutions and implement.
  • Experience working in an innovative environment.


Desired Skills


  • Strong communication skills - written, verbal and presentation
  • Ability to quickly pivot and execute on required outcomes.
  • Executive presence, proven success providing targeted analytics for exec communications
  • High energy and sense of urgency. Self-starter and self-motivated.
  • Thrive in a pressured environment. Exhibit drive and tenacity.


Why Cisco


We connect everything: people, processes, data, and things. We innovate everywhere, taking bold risks to shape the technologies that give us smart cities, connected cars, and handheld hospitals. And we do it in style with unique personalities who aren’t afraid to change the way the world works, lives, plays and learns.

We are thought leaders, tech geeks, pop culture aficionados, and we even have a few purple haired rock stars. We celebrate the creativity and diversity that fuels our innovation. We are dreamers and we are doers.

We Are Cisco.


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