Criterion Systems, Inc.

Senior Project Manager

Job Locations US-DC
Information Technology
Regular Full-Time


At Criterion Systems, we developed a different kind of business—a company whose real value is a reputation for excellence built upon the collective skills, talents, perspectives, and backgrounds of its people. By accepting a position with Criterion Systems, you will join a group of professionals with a collaborative mindset where we share ideas and foster professional development to accomplish our goals. In addition to our great culture, we also offer competitive compensation and benefit packages, company-sponsored team building events, and advancement opportunities. To find out more about how Criterion can help you take your career to the next level please visit our website: www.criterion-sys.comCriterion Systems is a Military/Veteran Friendly Company, therefore we encourage Veterans to apply.



The Senior Project Manager is responsible for leading teams to deliver the project(s) across one or more business units. Manage resources, schedules, and financials and adhere to stage gate quality and SDLC control guidelines throughout the full systems development life cycle. The Senior Project Manager will also manage issues, risks, and project change requests to ensure successful and on-time project delivery and contribute to process improvement initiatives related to improving project delivery. In addition, the Senior Project Manager verifies that the project produces the required quality deliverables within the specified time and cost constraints and achieves the potential benefits defined in the business case. The Senior Project Manager is expected to know and follow the delivery methodology and be able to advise customers of project delivery and management best practices. The Senior Project Manager must be able to effectively interact with a wide variety of people, from consultants, software engineers, application end users, and senior leadership across the corporate and customer teams.

  • Manage all aspects of multiple related projects to ensure the overall project is aligned to and directly supports the achievement of strategic objectives.
  • Full project life cycle ownership: successful project delivery will include full implementation from initiation to deployment for one or more projects simultaneously.
  • Builds, supervises, and coordinates activities of the project team to assure the project meets the project sponsor and stakeholder expectations.
  • Report on project success criteria results, metrics, test, and deployment management activities.
  • Work creatively and analytically in a problem-solving environment demonstrating teamwork, innovation, and excellence.
  • Participate in establishing practices, templates, policies, tools, and partnerships to expand and mature these capabilities for the organization.
  • Prepare estimates and detailed project plans for all phases of the project.
  • Provide status reporting regarding project milestones, deliverables, dependencies, risks, and issues, communicating across leadership.
  • Understand interdependencies between technology, operations, and business needs.
  • Demonstrate a functional acumen to support how solutions will address client goals while maintaining alignment with industry best practices.
  • Manage ongoing quality control and participate in quality issue resolution.
  • Develop and deliver progress reports, proposals, requirements documentation, and presentations to various audiences.
  • Ensure that projects proceed according to scope, schedule, budget, and quality standards.
  • Manage project issues and risks to mitigate the impact on the baseline.
  • Continue professional development to keep abreast of emerging technologies, methods, and best practices.
  • Extensive understanding of project management principles, methods, and techniques.
  • Proven success in providing leadership for project teams by building and motivating team members to meet project goals, adhering to their responsibilities and project milestones.
  • Collaborate with project stakeholders to develop business requirements and user stories.


  • U.S. Citizenship (no dual-citizenship)
  • Bachelor's Degree in appropriate field of study or four years of equivalent work experience.
  • PMP Certification or obtain it within 6 months
  • Scrum Master Certification or obtain it within 6 months
  • Previous technical project management experience.
  • 10+ years of project management experience, including tracking and planning projects.
  • 10+ years of experience working with business stakeholders within a cross-functional matrix environment.
  • Previous technical project management experience.
  • Excellent experience in SDLC Methodologies, Agile, SCRUM, ITIL, SDLC / Waterfall.
  • Strong leadership, diplomatic and motivational skills, including leading up, across, and down multiple business and technology organizations.
  • Proven ability to work creatively and analytically in a problem-solving environment demonstrating teamwork, innovation, and excellence.
  • Build and maintain relationships by engaging customer leaders to establish credibility, solve problems, build consensus, and achieve objectives.
  • Excellent leadership, communication (written, verbal, and presentation), and interpersonal skills.
  • Self-motivated and decisive, with the ability to adapt to change and competing demands.
  • Must be assertive and confident.
  • Flexibility for travelling as some may be required.
  • Research best practices within and outside the organization to establish benchmark data and use continuous process improvement disciplines to achieve results.
  • Experience in successfully leading projects to on-time, on schedule, and within budget close.
  • Experience working both independently and, in a team, -oriented, collaborative environment.
  • Flexible with proven ability to conform to shifting priorities, demands, and timelines through analytical and problem-solving capabilities.
  • Technically competent with various software programs, including but not limited to Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio), Microsoft Projects, ServiceNow, and Smartsheet. 
  • Must be able to learn, understand and apply new technologies.
  • 8+ years of previous experience with gathering requirements from the client / business and documentation.
  • 8+ years of experience with full product lifecycle with understanding of development lifecycle and various technology methodologies that support that lifecycle.
  • Proven ability to demonstrate a drive for results and accountability of business needs.
  • Proven ability to work in an ambiguous environment and collaborate across multiple areas to achieve a common business objective.
  • Interpersonal skills to influence and spur change, facilitate, and enhance performance within a cross - functional environment.
  • Demonstrate decisiveness in resolving business problems, making decisions, and identifying priorities.
  • Department of Energy (DOE) “L” or “Q” Clearance or an active Secret or Top security clearance from Department of Defense (DOD), with the ability to transfer to DOE to achieve a Q clearance.

Criterion Systems, LLC. and its subsidiaries are committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination at all levels of our organization.  We believe in treating all applicants and employees fairly and make employment decisions without regard to any individual’s protected status:  race, ethnicity, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, creed, sex/gender, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, physical and mental disability, marital/parental status, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation, and related medical conditions), age, genetic information (including characteristics and testing), military and veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit



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