IT, Director of Estimation in Orlando Office Complex at Marriott Vacations Worldwide

Date Posted: 1/14/2022

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Are you ready to grow your dream career while making others' vacation dreams come true? Marriott Vacations Worldwide is a world premier organization for Vacation Ownership with resorts at destinations around the globe. Join our team and help deliver unforgettable experiences that make vacation dreams come true.

Specific Job Summary
Primary Objective:
Leads estimation of complex IT projects using a variety of estimation techniques, tailoring the approach based on the information available, the level of accuracy required, the timeframe in which the estimate must be completed and the availability of other subject matter experts to contribute to the estimate. Projects to be estimated will span multiple IT disciplines, business areas, vendor products and may be developed in concert with MVW and/or 3rd party resources. Estimates will include all phases of the project development life cycle.

Estimates Marriott Vacations Worldwide (MVW) corporate-wide and global IT initiatives of up to $10M
per project.
Supervises indirect reports to complete project estimates.
Provides expertise in IT project estimation tools and techniques.
Presents project estimates to senior executive management, explaining estimation accuracy, assumptions and makes recommendations based on a complete understanding of the business objectives.
Tracks actual project delivery costs relative to estimated costs and implements a continuous improvement process to refine MVW IT project estimates and metrics.

Specific Expected Contributions
Key Accountabilities:
• Provides reliable estimation with accuracy levels commensurate with the project phase through implementation of multiple project estimation techniques including but not limited to parametric estimation, estimation by analogy, and bottoms-up estimation using project decomposition.
• Prepares and presents project estimates at the funding gate checkpoints to executive management.
• Uses professional judgment in applying the appropriate techniques to each project and implements a continuous improvement process to refine project estimates.
• Recommends and implements estimation tools as needed to improve estimation efficiency and accuracy.
• Contributes to the creation of project requirements and design documentation standards to enable repeatable and predictable development processes and ensuring the creation of artifacts at each phase of development that will facilitate estimation accuracy.
• Leads enterprise architects, project managers and internal IT business area subject matter experts to develop estimates and track actual project costs relative to the estimates.
• Reviews vendor proposals and actual project performance relative to MVW project estimates.
• Provides estimation and funding approval training, continuous education and timelines for the various IT teams.
• Provides and maintains benchmarking metrics, internal and industry best practices, for historic projects to validate assumptions for proposed project estimates.

Major Decision-Making Impact:
• Requires building effective working relationships with the senior financial management of the corporation and other sponsoring executive management to ensure understanding and support for project estimates used as input to the funding gate checkpoint process.

Specific Candidate Profile
Core Competencies:
• Strong Communication and Presentation Skills
• Project Estimation
• Business Knowledge/Acumen
• Vendor Management
• Financial Analysis

Education – Requires BS/BA degree in relevant field with graduate level preferred or equivalent experience and training. PMP and ITIL Certifications are preferred.
Experience – 7-10 years’ experience with depth and breadth of experience including estimation of complex IT projects

Marriott Vacations Worldwide is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture