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Director, GRD Project Business Lead

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  • Job
    Junior & Mid Level
  • Business, Operations & Strategy
  • Arlington


  • Excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to coalesce and present material in a concise understandable form to various target audiences
  • Quick learner and self-starter with the ability and confidence to execute their responsibilities with limited oversight
  • A problem solver creative in finding solutions to issues or approaches to meet a need
  • A team player willing to take on additional responsibilities as needed and able to adapt to changing priorities
  • Flexible; able to adapt to changing priorities
  • Experience – Essential:
  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Business or related industry or at least 2 years’ experience with relationship checking in professional services firms
  • Experience in understanding business processes and data collection
  • Experience in leading discussions with diverse groups
  • Experience in working with a global, virtual team
  • Experience working with technology and technology providers
  • Familiarity with organizational change management and training practices
  • Familiarity with resource and budget planning
  • Experience – Desirable:
  • Familiarity with project management best practices


  • Lead Grant Thornton strategic network initiative to develop a foundational and scalable global data foundation with a specific focus on delivering a new Independence/Relationship Checking (IRC) application.​
  • Ownership of project scope, requirements, outcome and benefits​
  • Responsible for developing and managing the GRD/IRC system requirements to ensure we have a clearly defined goal/target state for the Project to deliver
  • Be able to define what success looks like, and what is the definition of done
  • Responsible for achieving the GRD/IRC business requirements and ensure alignment with GTIL, member firm, and third-party technology providers.​
  • Engage and communicate with key GTIL and network stakeholders on program vision, objectives, scope, schedule, quality, and cost.​
  • Partner with GTIL technical, project management, vendors, and business resources to deliver the project scope and benefits​
  • Communicate to the GLT (Global Leadership Team) and Global Relationship Data Steering Committee (GRDGC) via monthly updates and regular interaction with the GRDGC chair-person​
  • Accountable for the project deliverables meeting quality, schedule, and benefits; provides approval sign-off on requirements, priorities, test results, deliverables, and any decision or material requiring business approval
  • Provide overall leadership, coordination, and direction for knowledge management and training for solution rollout​
  • Oversees member firm committees (user group and associated working groups)


What is the overall purpose of this role as a Director, GRD Project Business Lead?

The overall purpose of this role is to lead the initiative to develop a foundational and scalable global data solution with a specific focus on delivering a new and improved Independence Relationship Checking process.

What are the main responsibilities of the Director, GRD Project Business Lead?

The main responsibilities include leading the strategic network initiative, owning the project scope and requirements, developing and managing the GRD/IRC system requirements, ensuring alignment with stakeholders, communicating with key stakeholders, providing overall leadership, overseeing member firm committees, and more.

What are the essential skills and qualities required for this role?

The essential skills and qualities include excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills, ability to present material concisely to various audiences, problem-solving skills, flexibility, adaptability, and experience in business processes, data collection, global team collaboration, technology, organizational change management, and training practices.

What are some desirable experiences for the Director, GRD Project Business Lead role?

Desirable experiences include familiarity with project management best practices.

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