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Project Manager

Elk Grove Village, Illinois, 60007, United States
October 13, 2016

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Vinitta Garry-Hartfield

*** ***** *****, #***, *** Grove Village, IL 60007 248-***-****


I have over eighteen years of experience in the Project Management field in both IT and automotive industries. My experience includes leading multiple multi-million dollar project teams, tracking, reporting on and being accountable for performance metrics including budget and schedule and resources. I have created and managed many MS Project and Primavera schedules, coordinated change management as well as tracked project issues and risks. I also have experience in the role of SCRUM Master on agile projects.


RedMane Technology

Louisiana Child Support Enforcement System Project Manager Chicago, IL 2/2015 to Present

Manage a team of Natural Adabas and Java Developers that provide mainframe and web service maintenance and enhancements of the statewide Louisiana automated support enforcement system called LASES.

Collaborate daily with the Department of Children & Family Services program and system managers to provide estimates and prioritize and execute work order requests.

Perform quality assurance on user and technical documentation to ensure quality standards are being upheld.

Support the team through the complete SDLC by removing roadblocks, clarifying requirements and obtaining needed information so their tasks can be successfully completed within specified deadlines.

Produce weekly and monthly financial and status reports for the client and RedMane executive management.

Travel to the client site monthly to participate in JADs for upcoming LASES work orders.

Write Proposals for RFP requests for contract bids.

Facilitate various client and team meetings.

Louisiana Medicaid Eligibility Data System Project Manager Chicago, IL 11/2013 to 2/2015

Managed a team of Natural Adabas Developers that performed mainframe maintenance and enhancements for the Louisiana Medicaid System.

Received, distributed and tracked production fix and research requests from the LA Department of Health and Hospitals client.

Resolved issues and gathered clarification on requirements for the team.

Monitored and inspected quality documentation, facilitated team meetings and attended meetings with the client, her staff and my team related to specific work requests.

Gathered bi-weekly status and performed a rigorous monthly reporting process to produce various reports for the client and RedMane executive management.

State Farm Insurance

Systems Project Planner – Consultant via TEKsystems, Inc. Bloomington, IL 4/2011 to 10/2013

Educated and guided team members on agile projects as the SCRUM Master from inception to close down.

Facilitated agile and waterfall planning and re-planning sessions to gather activities, resources, estimated hours, cost, duration, dependencies, issues and risks for building IT project schedules.

Built, baselined and validated many project schedules to ensure they were on track to meet deliverable dates.

Analyzed, managed and forecasted budget and resource needs to keep projects within budget concerning dollars and hours.

Provided schedule performance metrics, including SPI, CPI, earned value, date and budget variance.

Created reports for the project dashboard, burn rate, actuals vs. planned for resources and budget analysis.

Gathered weekly project timeline status concerning requirements, design, development, integration test, system test, implementation test, deployment and transition to service activities.

Created, submitted and managed change request, issue and risk documentation in Lotus Notes.

Identified communication gaps and assisted the project team is being unified in their effort.

Created Product Breakdown structure for assigned projects.


Project Management Consultant – Consultant via Alipro Peoria, IL 11/2010 to 4/2011

Captured and scheduled, using Primavera, upcoming engine test activity details for the Structures, Dynamics and Noise Control Division and estimated resource needs with help from functional leads.

Created and managed diverse validation schedules for projects requiring more than 40 hours, $10,000 or 1 month in duration for the Validation Solutions Division.

Updated the Engine Development Division’s Large Engine and Specialty Test Cell ongoing project plans with newly required test cell work.

Resource loaded project plans (labor and non-labor) to support proactive resource management.

Provided schedule analysis and produced nine reports including resource assignments, resource allocation, histograms and heat maps.

Met with engineering resources to obtain project plan updates, recommend actions to resolve logic errors and compile a status memo.

Supported the Product Development and Global Technology PMO by participating in best practice discussions.

Assisted Primavera Timesheets users in obtaining access and getting their updates in on time.

Ford Motor Company

Order Fulfillment PMO Project Manager - Consultant via Advantage Dearborn, MI 7/2010 to 10/2010

Developed and maintained Smart Inventory Management (SIMS) MS Project plans for current and upcoming software releases using rolling wave and leveling resources.

Obtained and analyzed schedule status from Business Analysts and System Design Architects.

Actively monitored project issues and risks ensuring risk mitigation and contingency plans are current.

Coordinated creation and submission of change requests.

Created software release policy documentation and change control register.

Prepared deliverables for the Quality Review process.

Assisted in the development and roll-out of PMO processes.

Supported the Release Manager with executing standards and processes.

Used Clarity application for weekly and monthly status reports.

Treasury Operations IT Project Manager - Consultant via Advantage Dearborn, MI 10/2009 to 3/2010

Managed change management and security controls processes for Wall Street System, ATOM, ORD, Web Focus, FX ALL, SWIFT and SIDE applications at Ford Credit.

Ensured Thomson Reuter’s securities were correctly priced prior to month end to avoid manual pricing.

Performed Wall Street Systems IT helpdesk triage support and delegation to technical support team.

Created and maintained a PeopleSoft project schedule.

Assisted with Wall Street Systems upgrade planning and service level agreement revisions.

Prepared for and participated as evidence provider in Wall Street Systems and ATOM user access audits.

Produced monthly duty analyst support task calendars incorporating upcoming application launches.

Created and presented various reports for daily IT Support Team meetings.

Revised delegation of authority files, application desk procedures and user instruction documents.

Treasury Operations IT Project Manager - Consultant via Ajilon Consulting Dearborn, MI 5/2007 to 2/2009

Developed and managed multi-level project plans to support Treasury Operation's IT projects including Hub Bank Replacement, Industrial Bank, FAS 133 Accounting, Business Objects, Natural Gas Valuation, Counter-Party Re-Write, eTrade, ORD and ATOM at Ford Credit.

Created reports with project status, risks, mitigation plans, issues, resolutions and change requests.

Identified issues and risks to project deliverables and used project management tools to enable a rapid assessment for what-if analysis.

Performed weekly schedule quality checks and maintained status matrix for supervisor review.

Security Administrator the SIDE application and for ten proprietary bank systems in the United States and Europe including JP Morgan Chase and Citibank.

Managed Wall Street Systems change management log, ensuring requests, approvals and implementations were documented and archived appropriately.

Created various ad hoc reports as requested including resource allocation, milestone or critical path charts and populated the Wall Street System application user list.

Electronic Data Systems

LPMO Schedule Lead - Consultant via Zero Chaos Auburn Hills, MI 11/2005 to 3/2007

Developed and maintained a 2500 line Navy/Marine Intranet Asset Management integrated program schedule including 20 projects and a 650 line Operations Schedule with 15 projects.

Facilitated virtual schedule status meetings with Project Managers to obtain updates and resolve timing issues.

Created and maintained a weekly status matrix highlighting major project timing changes.

Published schedules and reports to the client facing and model office Asset Management intranet websites.

Performed website validation after adding new/updated content and correcting defects.

Managed timing risks and issues related to Governance Board constraints.

Participated in weekly checkpoint, implementation, and schedule management meetings.

Performed numerous schedule assessments and quality checks.

Sitel Corporation

IT Project Manager - Consultant via Sirco Associates, Inc. Detroit, MI 9/2005 to 11/2005

Managed IT Change Management Process for GM’s Customer Assistance Centers.

Processed and tracked GM legal, telephony, split-skills & outbound service requests.

Reported weekly IT status and metrics concerning Project Management, Web Services, Web Reporting, Split Skills, Telephony, and open Change Requests.

Interacted with GM’s Vendor Management Organization as the Technical Service Provider liaison.

Collaborated with MSX concerning white mail issues at GM’s Customer Assistance Centers.

Processed Sitel employee application ID requests.

General Motors Corporation

PMO Program Management Specialist - Consultant via PCI Group & Aerotek Pontiac, MI 5/2001 to 6/2005

Developed Powertrain engineering’s MS Project/Primavera schedules with over 200 Product Development deliverables for four Advanced Hybrid System II, 4 Inline Engine, 4 Belt Alternator Starter & 2 Parallel Hybrid programs for the Chevrolet Trailblazer and GMC Envoy.

Analyzed and tracked program timing issues and created Risk Assessments with detailed action plans.

Documented program assumptions & high-level program timing.

Coordinated timing workshops for new, minor or continuous improvement programs for various model years.

Provided what-if analysis to support schedule re-work and enhancements and provided alternative solutions.

Obtained deliverable status from functional owners, revised timing schedules and model year timing documents and reported out to the Program Execution Team within the monthly update cycle.

Maintained Master Planning war room wall with program & build timing, action plans and quality documents.

Prepared Gate Review documents including the program charter, contract and deliverable status.

Interacted with vehicle level counterparts to ensure Powertrain system timing aligned accordingly.

Visteon Corporation

Project Timing Coordinator - Consultant via TAC Automotive Dearborn, MI 1/2000 to 5/2001

Created & tracked detailed MS Project plans for the steering division’s product development of hydraulic distribution systems, power steering gears, pumps and columns from the prototype phase to start of production for GM, Ford & Volkswagen steering accounts.

Supported APQP as part of the engineering program team by advising requirements and tracking progress.

Facilitated Program and Design Reviews for chassis management and prepared necessary documentation.

Represented the engineering program team during QS Audits by maintaining Evidence Books and providing supporting documentation upon request.

Provided weekly program timing status at component level meetings.

Interfaced with Material Control, Purchasing & Finance personnel to acquire accurate project plan information.

Visited Indiana & Mexico steering assembly plants to ensure manufacturing deliverables were completed.

Worked with critical path component suppliers to ensure timing objectives were met as well as issuing timing alerts to executive management to advise if delivery date were in jeopardy of being missed.

Electronic Data Systems

Site Project Leader, GM Powertrain Divisional Deployment Troy, MI 5/1999 to 1/2000

Executed and managed a stringent MS Project plan to migrate GM Online clients in 3 states to a flexible standards-based messaging environment.

Lead and educated, in a virtual team setting, multiple Lotus Notes Restructured migration teams, establishing project scope, communicating plans to GM/EDS managers and gaining the necessary approvals to proceed.

Reviewed or established local problem tracking, resolution, and escalation procedures, change control processes and associated tools.

Determined EDS application and data repair needs for migration and captured lessons learned procedures.

Infrastructure Consolidation Project Leader, GM Service Delivery Troy, MI 11/1998 to 5/1999

Worked in a virtual team setting managing teams of subject matter experts during migration of GM domestic computer helpdesks to a single point of contact for standard EDS provided services.

Performed gap analysis for each site migrating identifying issues related to process, service level agreements, staffing, escalation, metrics and technology.

Acted as liaison between the Infrastructure Consolidation team and the GM site, documenting gap mitigation plans and given authority to make go/no go decision relative to site migration.

Defined, populated and drove the MS Project plan per each migration.


Bachelors of Science Degree in Public Administration, Minor in Human Resources 1995 Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI – General Studies 9/19/89 - 12/1991





MS Project Server

MS Project

PMP Prep

Lotus Notes Database



Strategic Project Leadership Design

Project Management Theory

Leadership for Project Managers

Managing Risk, Issues and Change

Collaborative Conflict Resolution

Managing Multiple Projects

Essential Project Mgt. Processes: Schedule, Cost, Resources and Reporting

Lean Six Sigma

Effective Project Teams

Client Interviewing Techniques

Engagement Standards

Internal Auditing

Successful Work Teams

Diversity Training

Outstanding Meetings


MS Office

Power of Effective Communication

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