IT Project Manager for International R&D Projects

About the OGC

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is an international consortium of more than 500 businesses, government agencies, research organizations, and universities driven to make geospatial (location) information and services FAIR - Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable. OGC’s member-driven consensus process creates royalty free, publicly available geospatial standards. Working at the cutting edge of information technology, OGC actively anticipates emerging tech trends and the standards needed to realize them. Through an agile, collaborative Research and Development (R&D) center called the Innovation Program, OGC then prototypes innovative solutions according to member use cases. Learn more about the OGC Innovation Program on the OGC website

Position Description: 

OGC is seeking an IT Project Manager with a minimum of five (5+) or more years of experience in leading IT Research and Development projects. The position will be part of OGC’s technology exploration and research lab, the Innovation Program. The Innovation Program carries forward the agile exploration, prototype evaluation, and knowledge transfer of new ideas from their most speculative beginnings towards levels of technology maturity close to market readiness. 

The IT project manager (PM) is responsible for planning and leading research and development (R&D) projects on behalf of sponsoring organizations from North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and elsewhere. The projects themselves are generally carried out in collaboration with project participants from OGC member organizations around the globe. The PM fulfills two roles in this process. In the first role, the PM refines the goals, scope, and schedule of each R&D project in consultation with its sponsors; develops a call for participation; then manages project execution across up to 40 participating organizations. In the second role, the PM provides technical leadership in achieving project goals by sharing expertise, orchestrating collaborations, and coordinating with broader OGC initiatives. The ideal candidate has not only a record of successful project management, but also a solid technical background in distributed information systems design and engineering, including requirements analysis and high level architecture. The OGC mission focuses on improving the discovery, interchange, processing, and visualization of data that has geographic location as a critical component. The ideal candidate has a decent background and sincere interest in cutting-edge Web-based computing technologies that can be applied to this challenge.

Specific Duties:

  • Formulate and plan projects together with sponsoring organizations by translating innovation concepts and technical trends into concrete R&D programs, in close collaboration with the OGC CTO and business development team.
  • Manage and track projects with full responsibility for multinational project execution.
  • Lead and support international teams of participating organizations and sponsors to accomplish R&D project goals and objectives.
  • Organize, direct, and manage all contract support services related to R&D projects, with ultimate responsibility for contractor resource allocation, contract task completion, and overall contract performance
  • Manage, track, and report contract cost, schedule, and performance measures and targets.
  • Communicate project vision, results, and wider benefits both among OGC members and in broader communities.
  • Present at high-level scientific conferences, sponsor gatherings, and other events relevant to the OGC mission.
  • Support international OGC member or collaborator organizations in planning and carrying out their IT transformations towards the next generation of Web-API-based data discovery, exchange, processing, and visualization.
  • Conduct technology research, application domain investigation, literature review, software architecture refinement, and general geospatial technology analysis.
  • Travel as necessary and feasible to international project meetings and scientific conferences

Basic Qualifications (Required):

  • Minimum of five (5) or more years of experience with technical project management
  • Experience building solutions for cross-organizational data discovery, exchange, and processing
  • Experience in agile software development methodologies and product life cycles
  • Experience with current Web technologies such as HTTP, Web APIs, linked data, dynamic HTML, JSON, and so on
  • Excellent English written and oral communication skills.

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Background in geospatial IT
  • Experience with internationally distributed virtual innovation project teams
  • Experience with technical collaboration tools such Enterprise Architect, SwaggerHub, GitHub / GitLab, etc. 
  • Exceptional customer engagement and technical communication skills
  • Additional language skills, e.g. Spanish, welcome
  • U.S. Citizen with willingness and ability to obtain a TS/SCI clearance


Submission: Please submit all inquiries and applications to jobs [at] by November 1st 2020.