Project Management Lead

Arlington, VA

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Job Description

Octo Consulting Group is seeking a Project Management Lead in support of a future, large COOP initiative and other ancillary IT service contacts. This individual will be responsible for developing and presenting strategies with senior federal executives and leading the project management team. The Project Management Lead reports directly to the Senior Program Manager and interfaces with a Government PMO, contracting office, and other stakeholders, including EA and PM/PfM personnel.


  • Serves as the lead for the project management team responsible for managing team tasks and reporting to the client and Senior Program Manager
  • Develops and delivers all program management artifacts, including status reports, financial reports
  • Develops and presents potential courses of action and recommendations to leadership
  • Facilitates planning sessions within Federal functional groups that yield clear cost, schedule, and performance milestones
  • Creates integrated master schedules using shared project plans and enterprise resources
  • Balances resources across integrated project schedules, establishes deadlines, and maintains the project burn rate
  • Works collaboratively with the Senior Program Manager to develop business cases that analyze complex trade-offs of IT investment options to help Board-level decision-making
  • Works collaboratively with Enterprise Architecture (EA), Portfolio Management (PfM), and Capital Planning and Investment Control (CPIC) personnel
  • Maintains expert knowledge of PM and PfM processes, strategies, and approaches
  • Navigates complexities of the SDLC process to ensure project approval and success

Skills & Requirements

  • At least 10 years of post-collegiate professional experience
  • At least 5 years of experience leading a project team

Desired Skills

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification
  • Presents exceptionally well to senior executives
  • Influences decisions that support the organization's strategic plan
  • Excellent communicator (writing, speaking, listening) with experience leading discussions
  • Expert knowledge of the PMBOK and associated program management strategies
  • Expert knowledge and use of the MS Office suite (Word; Excel; PowerPoint; Project; Visio) to prepare documents, spreadsheets, and presentations
  • Experience with large, complex IT projects and organizations
  • Exposure to Federal Governance processes for SDLC gate controls and budget approval
  • Familiarity with the tenets of Agile adoption within Federal Environments
  • Demonstrated history of coordinating projects requiring full participation across the enterprise (functional groups)
  • Ability to work within highly-political environments
  • Ability to communicate effectively, encourage teamwork, engage stakeholders and influence decisions
  • Familiarity with an iterative SDLC framework such as the Rational Unified Process (RUP)


  • Bachelor’s Degree is required


  • Arlington, VA


About Octo Consulting Group, Inc.

Octo Consulting Group (Octo) is an industry-leading, award-winning provider of digital services for the federal government. Octo specializes in providing agile software engineering, user experience design, cloud services, and digital strategy services that address government’s most pressing missions. Octo delivers intelligent solutions and rapid results, yielding lower costs and measurable outcomes.

Our team is what makes Octo great. At Octo you'll work beside some of the smartest and most accomplished staff you'll find in your career.  Octo offers fantastic benefits and an amazing workplace culture where you will feel valued while you perform mission critical work for our government.  Voted one of the region’s best places to work multiple times, Octo is an employer of choice!

Octo Consulting Group is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to disability, protected veteran status, race, color, religious creed, national origin, citizenship, marital status, sex, sexual orientation/gender identity, age, or genetic information. Octo Consulting Group’s commitment to diversity and inclusive selection practices includes ensuring qualified long-term unemployed job seekers receive equal consideration for employment. 

Other Considerations: This position is W-2 only; no Corp-to-Corp or 1099 candidates. US citizenship is mandatory, per contract clearance requirements. Relocation will not be offered. Selected applicants will be subject to a background investigation. Individual’s primary workstation is located in an office area. The noise level in this environment is low to moderate. Regularly required to sit for extended periods up to 80% of time; frequently required to move about to access file cabinets and use office equipment such as PC, copier, fax, telephone, cell phone, etc. Occasionally required to reach overhead, bend, and lift objects of up to 10 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include use of computer monitor screens up to 80% of time.

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