Consultant Req096

  • Chicago, IL
  • Full-time

Company Description

KANA makes every customer experience a good experience. A global leader in customer service solutions delivered on-premise or in the cloud, KANA lets organizations take complete control over customer service interactions, so they can take care of customers, while managing costs and reinforcing brand. By unifying and maintaining context for customer journeys across agent, web, social and mobile experiences, KANA solutions have reduced handling time, increased resolution rates and improved net promoter score (NPS) at more than 900 enterprises, including half of the Global 100 and more than 250 government agencies. KANA is based in Silicon Valley, California and has offices worldwide.


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Job Description

Job Function:

In this role, the Project Manager (PM) oversees the implementation and deployment of complex enterprise software solutions. The PM will matrix-manage a team of consultants through the delivery of solutions across all phases and milestones of a project. Project Managers may be responsible for managing multiple projects simultaneously and will actively participate as a consultant on the team. The expertise and work effort primarily focuses on identifying and understanding key customer problems and requirements; creating functional and technical designs; and installing, configuring, customizing, and integrating enterprise software into existing customer environments.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide daily direction to project teams; create and manage overall project work plan and work effort; prepare status reports on all project activities
  • Achieve a high level of customer satisfaction through careful planning, creative problem solving, solid expectations management, and effective relationship development
  • Estimate work effort, timelines, skills, and quantity of resources required to successfully complete project deliverables; develops project plan incorporating all project variables
  • Establish project success criteria pertaining to quality, performance, ROI, timeline, and budget
  • Lead weekly status meetings with customers and team to assess progress against plan
  • Contribute to company growth through the creation and sharing of knowledge, lessons learned, and best practices based on project experiences
  • Perform activities associated with the management of the project team which may include: establishing goals, monitoring performance, and providing individual performance input to Practice Manager
  • In addition to working on billable client projects, the Project Manager may also assist as needed on pre-sales activities such as requirements gathering, preparing Statements of Work, and delivering proposals


Essential Criteria:

  • Requires solid functional and technical knowledge of enterprise software applications as well as SDLC methodologies
  • Ability to identify, understand, and analyze complex customer problems; ability translate customer needs into detailed requirements; ability to design and build solutions that address customer needs
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to drive multiple simultaneous projects to completion on-time and within budget and deal with delicate issues concerning budget, time, and quality
  • Must be able to engage in technical discussions with clients and internal team about project requirements and challenges and drive resolution; requires familiarity with:
    • Development languages including XML, HTML, XSL, JSP, Java, JavaScript
    • Operating systems including Windows, Unix, and Linux
    • Databases including SQL, Oracle and DB2


Required Experience:

Minimum of 5 years (8 years preferred) of Project Management experience through full SDLC of enterprise software applications


Preferred Experience: Previous client management, consulting, or systems integration experience is a strong plus; experience in matrix management; experience deploying or integrating with Siebel, Clarify, Kana, Talisma, or other CRM applications will be useful; experience with natural language products, enterprise search technologies, or knowledge management systems is a plus (Knova/Kanisa, ATG/Primus, InQuira, Verity, Endeca, RightNow, etc.)


Travel Requirements: Estimated at 50%, possibly more.


Required Education/Training: Bachelors degree(s) (or equivalent) desired; PMI certification is a strong plus

Additional Information


There is a degree of flexibility in the location of this role.  We are particularly interested in candidates based in the Kansas City area however we also welcome applications from candidates based in the Chicago area.  The successful candidate will work out of our Chicago office or own home depending on the candidates’ location. 


The successful candidate will be expected to spend periods working on customer sites depending on opportunities and partner requirements.  Customer sites can be anywhere we have client business to conduct however we expect this role to require travel mainly throughout North America.  This role typically involves between 50% - 55% travel but could require more depending on the client.


Duration and Salary:

This is a permanent full time position.  In addition to an excellent salary the remuneration package includes excellent company benefits.


KANA offers a highly competitive total rewards compensation and benefits package.


KANA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.