Senior program managers (software applications) are responsible of managing the design, development, and implementation for computer software applications. They are in charge of overseeing a group of professional programmers, as well as monitor project expenses according to budget requirements. These managers also lead team meetings and offer effective solutions to development problems.
Senior program managers track projects' status, in addition to helping with code requirements and testing needs. They work with other teams within the organization to implement code changes and make software applications more appealing for consumers. They evaluate project needs on a regular basis, and make changes to deliver a working end product.
These managers also organize technological resources and distribute them among programmers as needed. They create strict schedules that must be followed their team. They assist and mentor developers throughout the project and advise changes as needed. They also assess risk and manage company expectations. They typically work in an office setting and report to the project lead director in their company.
A bachelor's degree in information technology is needed for this position. Several years of managerial experience in a similar position are required, and additional business certifications can be helpful. Senior program managers must possess strong communication skills and have experience managing a large group of people working toward same objectives. They have strong knowledge of networks, programming languages, and integration systems.
Sr. Program Manager, Software Applications Tasks
- Understand user conceptual requirements and needs.
- Translate user requirements into software specifications, resource estimates, and schedules.
- Plan, design, schedule and coordinate software development.
- Work with software developers and quality assurance testers to produce the software.