Project Manager III

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The Project Manager III manages, plans, and coordinates the full life cycle of projects for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), specifically for the Office of Priority Policy and Initiatives (OPPI) within the Office of Food Policy and Response (OFPR). This position helps to ensure that the goals and objectives are accomplished within the prescribed timeframe and funding parameters.


Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Assists OPPI/OFPR with managing the full life cycle of projects from early stages to completion. Activities include Collecting information, developing project plans / timelines, monitoring progress, determining resources, determining timeframes, milestones and agreed upon deadlines.

Develops and establishes project scopes and plans using project management software.

Responsible for scheduling, facilitating and leading meetings when necessary. Skillfully captures meeting minutes containing main ideas, scope, requirements, action items, responsible parties, outcomes and next steps. In a timely manner, conducts post-meeting follow-up activities concerning discussions and action items.

Provides meeting schedules and routine reports to the project team leaders and team members.

Tracks progress, and documents milestones / timeframes for deliverables. Develops project plans and timelines for each assigned deliverable using appropriate software.

Keeps Office Director, Deputy Director and Senior Leadership apprised of progress. Flags potential obstacles.

Gives updates on working group deliverables and other routine reports to management, the project team leaders and team members by requested deadlines.

Supports Project Working Group Leads by scheduling meetings and other group activities within the requested timeframe, and by ensuring that scheduled events take place.

Assists with compiling and completing data-call requests.

Manages administrative assignments for the director to ensure deadlines are met.

Gains knowledge and provides support for all FDA/OFBA initiatives with which the director is involved.

Provides the director and executive staff with administrative support.

Schedule various types of meetings/maintain calendars.

Prioritize emails/workload for director and compile documents for review/approval every day.

Ability to multi-task, prioritize, organize, coordinate, schedule work and manage details.

Plans daily activities within the guidelines of Office policy, job description and supervisor’s instruction in such a way as to maximize personal output.

Responsible for aiding in own self-development by being available and receptive to all training made available by the organization.


Responsible for the integration of CNI Core Competencies into daily functions, including commitment to integrity, knowledge/quality of work, supporting financial goals of the company, initiative/motivation, cooperation/relationships, problem analysis / discretion, accomplishing goals through organization, positive oral/written communication skills, leadership abilities, commitment to Affirmative Action, reliability/dependability, flexibility and ownership/accountability of actions taken.


Promotes and encourages a culture of compliance with all applicable rules (federal, state, local, Federal Acquisition Regulations, Code of Federal Regulations, Prime Contract requirements, etc.) both for themselves, their employees, and the company as a whole. Fosters an environment in which they and their employees will report any violations or reasonably suspected violation of CNI policy, FAR, and/or CFR and are comfortable discussing the myriad compliance, conflict, FAR, CFR, etc. issues that arise during the performance of a government contract.


Bachelor’s degree preferred and a minimum of seven (7) years relevant project management experience, or equivalent combination of education / experience.


A current Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification is a plus.


Critical: Exceptional organization skills with ability to effectively manage multiple projects and priorities.

Critical: Excellent verbal and written communications skills with ability to compose meaningful reports, present research / information with clarity, and create quality presentations.

Operational knowledge of federal regulations, guidelines, support technology and tools.

Operational knowledge and understanding of general business and management principles.

Ability to plan projects using project management best practices including requirements solicitation and analysis, development of project charters, work breakdown structures (WBS), project schedules and timelines.

Ability to execute projects through the use of project management software tools and methodologies including the development and communications of status reports and the ability to highlight risks and issues.

Solid business strategy skills with ability to assess operating practices and to recommend / initiate improvements. Ability to develop and apply comprehensive solutions to client requirements / issues and to work with a wide range of government departments having diverse business needs, interests, expectations and requirements.

Ability to effectively implement “best-in-class” concepts / principles within the areas of planning, scheduling, budgeting and operations for successful achievement of project goals and objectives.

Excellent leadership, project cost control, estimating and negotiating skills.

Excellent leadership and management skills with ability to resolve conflicts, grievances, confrontations, or disagreements in a constructive manner. Skilled in facilitating teamwork and coordinating efforts for the successful achievement of goals.

Exceptional customer service skills with ability to assess needs, resolve problems and satisfy expectations.

Adept analytical, critical thinking and project management skills.

Ability to schedule, plan and lead meetings.

Ability to implement a proactive approach to problem-solving.

Ability to take direction, interact professionally with team members and management.

Effectively interact with stakeholders of all levels.

Ability to work under pressure and to meet tight deadlines.

Ability to effectively work both independently and in a highly collaborative, team environment.

Skilled proficiency using Microsoft Office Suite (i.e., Word, Excel, Outlook, Project, etc.).

SharePoint skills should include creating and maintaining lists and libraries, managing file access and storage, uploading and sharing files.


Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.


Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions to practical situations.


Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job. Work is primarily performed in an office environment. Regularly required to sit. Regularly required use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms to handle objects and operate tools, computer, and/or controls. Required to speak and hear. Occasionally required to stand, walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Exposed to general office noise with computers printers and light traffic.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, or other legally protected status.

The pay range for this role is $107,400-$120,000/annually, with the final offer amount dependent on location, skillset, and experience.

CNI offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:
 Medical
 Dental
 Vision
 401(k)
 Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
 Paid Time Off (PTO)
 Training and Development Opportunities


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