Appen

Project Manager

Job Locations US-Remote
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(6/17/2022 12:16 PM)
ID
2022-6259
Category
Project Management

Overview

Project Manager

Remote

 

 

 

About Appen

 

 

Appen is a global leader in the development of high-quality, human-annotated datasets for machine learning and artificial intelligence. Appen brings over 20 years of experience capturing and enriching a wide variety of data types including speech, text, image and video. With deep expertise in more than 180 languages and access to a global crowd of over 1 million skilled contractors, Appen partners with technology, automotive and eCommerce companies — as well as governments worldwide — to help them develop, enhance and use products that rely on natural languages and machine learning.

 

 

 

Position Summary

 

 

Appen’s Project Manager (PM) is responsible for coordinating teams of specialists, linguists and project resources including independent contractors (ICs) towards customer project delivery while simultaneously handling key stakeholder relationships. The PM works collaboratively with an Appen team to meet all client and project requirements.

 

 

 

Responsibilities

 

 

The role includes but is not limited to the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Delivery to project objectives within project scope, timeline and budget
  • Develop and execute delivery and quality management plans to support a project end-to-end
  • Coordinate technical activities and aspects of the projects
  • Provide regular project status reporting and in-depth analysis when required
  • Build strong client relationships to increase client satisfaction and revenue opportunities
  • Drive continuous project improvements and efficiencies
  • Coordinate between project team members in a matrix environment
  • Communicate, with all stakeholders, in a timely, clear, and concise manner across multiple time zones
  • Manage risks and issues and undertake recovery actions as necessary
  • Prepare and implement project plans, prepare reports and project-related materials
  • Solicit and use input and feedback from client, Appen managers and ICs to help drive efficiencies and improve quality plans
  • Participate in the training and mentoring of new and existing Appen staff
  • Participate in program improvements, initiatives, and committee work as assigned
  • Actively participate in WBR, MBR & some QBR meetings to establish and grow client relationships

 

 

 

Minimum Qualifications and Experience

 

 

  • BS or BA degree from an accredited university or equivalent work experience preferred
  • 2 to 5 years of project management experience in a a technology-oriented or services organization
  • Client facing or relationship management experience
  • Proficient in English – excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Advanced Excel skills

 

 

 

Desired Qualifications and Experience

 

 

  • Degree in linguistics, computational linguistics or language studies or solid understanding of linguistic concepts and terminology
  • Exposure to speech technology, market research, or a machine-learning related field
  • Experience working with crowdsourcing platforms involving complex demographic requirements a bonus
  • Bi-lingual in a second language and familiarity with a range of Natural Language Processing technologies are a bonus

 

 

 

You will succeed in this role if you are

 

 

  • A motivated self-starter who can establish a course of action for self and others and drive initiatives to completion
  • Able to deal calmly and professionally with ambiguous data while leading in an environment of constant change
  • Able to establish productive, cooperative relationships and demonstrate excellent conflict resolution skills
  • Excellent at communication, including an ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing or verbally
  • Passionate about learning new skills and technologies. Takes personal responsibility for continuous learning
  • An analytical thinker with ability to proactively identify problems, gather information and set course of action

 

 

About Appen

 

Appen is the global leader in data for the AI Lifecycle. With over 25 years of experience in data sourcing, data annotation, and model evaluation by humans, we enable organizations to launch the world’s most innovative artificial intelligence systems. Our expertise includes a global crowd of over 1 million skilled contractors who speak over 235 languages, in over 70,000 locations and 170 countries, and the industry’s most advanced AI-assisted data annotation platform. Our products and services give leaders in technology, automotive, financial services, retail, healthcare, and governments the confidence to launch world-class AI products. Founded in 1996, Appen has customers and offices globally.

 

At Appen, we value performance, honesty, humility, and grit. We persevere and remain focused, whilst maintaining agility to achieve quality outcomes and exceed expectations. We’re truth tellers – respectfully of course. We take accountability for our actions and believe in giving and receiving direct feedback. We give credit where credit is due and show gratitude to others for their contributions. We seek diverse perspectives as we recognize the value in teamwork and collaboration. Through grit, we take ownership, and we do not give up.

 

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

 

 

 

Growth Strategy

 

 

High-quality training data necessarily includes human beings, to record and transcribe speech for example or recognize complex images. Appen uses a crowdsourced model to engage humans at scale, but this increases the cost, time, and complexity of providing data sets. The company relies on technology to accelerate and reduce the cost of training data. It has developed and acquired platform that manages and enables crowd workers.

 

Appen’s Growth Strategy is Built on Four Pillars

  • Grow in New Markets: Drive growth in target customer segments China, Government, Enterprise, and Global Product
  • Automate our annotation services: Leverage AI and ML in our labelling operations to improve the productivity and quality of our workforce
  • Expand our product offering: Add new products and capabilities to expand into the broader data and AI market
  • Evolve how we do business: Improve the scalability of our operations including sales, project delivery, and crowd management

 

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