Chicago, Illinois

Data Center Network Program- Senior Project Manager

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Service line

GWS Segment

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Areas of Interest

Project Management


Chicago - Illinois - United States of America

CBRE is looking for Data Center Network- IT Program Sr. Project Manager for a large Technology Client in the Chicago area.

This role is based in Chicago and the Data Center Network- IT Program Sr. Project Manager will need to be in and around Chicago on a regular basis. This is not a remote role.


The Data Center Network- IT Program Sr. Project Manager will support program-wide initiatives lead by program subject matter experts in the area of physical network infrastructure, and

provide program level support for all disciplines related to network and telecom

requirements. You will review technical designs from multiple stakeholders to consider

implementing within our Data Center Fleet. You will be responsible for identifying risks

and gaps that exist within the existing network infrastructure designs. You will be

responsible for effectively communicating to all program stakeholders, along with

network area tech leads. You will work with site level program managers to develop

project plans, provide status on individual projects, and develop reports to both

stakeholders and senior management for communication of status, risks and decisions

needed to continue driving active programs and projects. These tasks will include, but

are not limited to:

  • Drive routine project meetings (kickoffs, weekly program, status review), manage project resources, and manage multiple concurrent projects to completion per chartered target dates, take meeting minutes and distribute
  • Leads cross-functional project teams composed of R&D, Engineers, Operations, Quality and Safety.
  • Run multiple projects from inception through completion
  • Interface with stakeholders from different organizations within Client's organization to develop scope, technical requirements and execution plans for new projects (taking an ambiguous requirement and developing an executable plan)
  • Set and manage expectations with internal and external teams to deliver the intended project scope, on time and on budget per project goals
  • Collect, analyze, and manage data from individual sites to generate reports to stakeholders and management teams
  • Assist with the enhancement of documentation related to process, MOPs, schedule templates, reports, and communication plans
  • Assist with cost analysis for programs that require value engineering
  • Supports Business Reviews and any preliminary or interim reviews related to the project through the reporting Technical Program Manager.


Provides formal supervision to individual employees within single functional or operational area.

Approves subordinate's recommendations for staff recruitment, selection, promotion, advancement, corrective action and termination. Effectively recommends same for direct reports to next level management for review and approval. Plans and monitors appropriate staffing levels and utilization of labor, including overtime. Prepares and delivers performance appraisal for staff. Mentors and coaches team members to further develop competencies. Leads by example and models behaviors that are consistent with the company's values. Manages 3rd party project delivery resources/team (typically larger more experienced team). Responsible for identifying training needs, tracking performance, coaching, and motivating team members.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

An additional requirement for this role is the ability to comply with COVID-19 health and safety protocols, including COVID-19 vaccination proof and/or rigorous testing.


Bachelor's degree (BA/BS/BEng/BArch) from College or University in a technical area of study.

Minimum six years of related experience and/or training. Prior experience in a supervisory

position (direct report responsibilities) required if specific duties include direct report


Preferred Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Telecommunications Engineering, Telecommunications

Management, Network Engineering, or equivalent / similar practical experience

and education

Certified RCDD, PMP, or similar industry certifications.

Experience And Competencies:

  • Strong Program Management Capabilities
  • Experience with large scale retrofits in existing operational facilities.
  • Strong Knowledge Telecommunication Infrastructure
  • Data Center and or POP/COLO construction experience
  • Familiar with Data Center Infrastructure
    • Generator Plant, UPS, Power Distribution, AC & DC Power, Grounding
    • Common Inside/Outside Plant
    • Fiber Standards, Conveyance
    • Mechanical Systems
    • Knowledge of power calculations

Strong written and verbal communication skills

Strong knowledge of network engineering principles and technologies

Basic Knowledge of Physical Security Systems

Basic Knowledge of Fire Alarm and Controls Systems

Basic Knowledge of RF, WiFi, and Cellular DAS

Experience with an NPD phase-gate process

Demonstrated Leadership skills.

Excellent communication skills.


PMP (US and/or Canada) and LEED AP preferred.


Ability to comprehend, analyze, and interpret the most complex business documents. Ability to

respond effectively to the most sensitive issues. Ability to write reports, manuals, speeches and

articles using distinctive style. Ability to make effective and persuasive presentations on complex

topics to employees, clients, top management and/or public groups. Ability to motivate and

negotiate effectively with key employees, top management, and client groups to take desired



Requires in-depth knowledge of financial terms and principles. Ability to calculate complex

figures. Ability to forecast and prepare budgets. Conducts financial/business analysis including

the preparation of reports.


Ability to solve advanced problems and deal with a variety of options in complex situations.

Requires expert level analytical and quantitative skills with proven experience in developing

strategic solutions for a growing matrix-based multi-industry sales environment. Draws upon the

analysis of others and makes recommendations that have a direct impact on the company.


Intermediate skills with Microsoft Office Suite. Ability to read and understand architectural

drawings. Knowledge in MS Project, leases, contracts, and construction practices.


Decisions made with in-depth understanding and interpretation of procedures, company policies and business practices to achieve general results. Responsible for setting department deadlines. Errors in judgment may cause long-term impact to co-workers, supervisor, department and/or line of business.

CBRE is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a long-standing commitment to providing equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, veteran status, political belief, or any other basis protected by applicable law.

NOTE: An additional requirement for this role is the ability to comply with COVID-19 health and safety protocols, including COVID-19 vaccination proof and/or rigorous testing.

Chicago, Illinois

CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE: CBRE), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Dallas, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2020 revenue). The company has more than 100,000 employees serving clients in more than 100 countries. CBRE serves a diverse range of clients with an integrated suite of services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services. Please visit our website at .

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