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CNO Financial Group Project Manager - Product in Chicago, Illinois

As a Project Manager, Product you will manage and supervise business-related tasks; and monitor and integrate IT tasks into the overall implementation plan.

Responsibilities include:

  • Develop detailed work plans, schedules, project estimates, and status reports.

  • Initiate and lead project-planning activities, including Scope Definition and Management (WBS, Project Change Control, Scope Document), Risk Management, and Communication Management.

  • Create and maintain a project schedule by identifying and monitoring overall project timeline, milestones, tasks, resources, ETAs, task dependencies, and critical paths.

  • Control and track project performance, time allocations, cost, and quality.

  • Serve as front line escalation to remove impediments and mitigate risks to team / project success.

  • Facilitate high level requirements and estimate gathering with Program Manager for planning future work.

  • Interface with internal and external parties throughout project development.

  • Prioritize, plan, and request resources, and assign tasks for multiple client teams.

  • Direct the analysis of issues and identify solutions.

  • Develop and manage project expectations to ensure all applicable functional areas are engaged within a project.

  • Conduct and coordinate implementation alongside IT and vendor project managers for testing and deployment activities.


  • Bachelor’s Degree.

  • 5+ years product management experience in a matrixed organization with distributed virtual teams.

  • 2+ Financial services experience including life, supplemental health and annuities.

  • D2C, agency and worksite distribution models experience.

  • Project management experience inclusive of integrating financial domain products with existing business solutions; managing scope and project objectives; maintaining and tracking schedule based on project estimates; publishing status reports; identifying and defining project risks, including schedule risks, effort risks, delivery quality risks, scope creep and resourcing risks; maintaining and tracking project budgets; and integrating business solutions.

  • Understands end-to-end product development lifecycle.

  • PMP certification preferred.

  • Ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced work environment and adhere to deadlines.

  • Strong analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills – ability to understand impacts of simple to complex concepts.

  • Collaborate as a team player with people at all levels in an organization.

  • Ability to foster working relationships with peers within and across organizational lines.

  • Ability to adapt and adjust to change.

  • PMP certification preferred.

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