Creating a Program Management Office

Quick Tip

Project success can always be traced back to the planning stage. If you don’t have time to do it right from the start, will you have time to do it over?

“Building a visionary company requires one percent vision and 99 percent alignment.”
-- Jim Collins and Jerry Porras, Built to Last
While each Program or Project Management Office (PMO) is unique, they all share the same goal: gain efficiencies. PMOs accomplish this by aligning projects to strategic goals, utilizing the right tools, and focusing on the management of people. A key challenge in creating a PMO is balancing the additional structure created with the need to get things done quickly and efficiently.

Acquis has partnered with clients, from mid-sized firms to the Fortune 50, to create PMOs that achieve the overall goals of the organization, while balancing each client’s unique culture and challenges. Our services span from setting up a temporary PMO office for a large strategic initiative to creating an enterprise-wide PMO structure that provides valuable services to business operations. Successful PMOs allow organizations to deliver results and realize a greater return on investment (ROI).
Our Approach

We view every one of our engagements as a partnership built on a strong foundation from the very start. We seek to understand first, so your challenges become our challenges, and in turn, opportunities for resolution.

We keep execution in view while helping you create strategies and design solutions. We think about sustainable solutions that fit your needs. We work with you to create the clear path to success. We continue to listen, but objectively challenge priorities and identify risks.

We roll up our sleeves to do the work. We help you establish the right pace and rhythm, while continually tracking and measuring status and progress. We will know when your team needs to adjust to changing business conditions.

We do more than deliver success. In transferring ownership of the solution, we work to elevate and empower your organization with a capacity and ambition for continuous improvement.

We put you and your people first. This is our approach.

Meet the Team

Program Management Specialists
Principal
Valerie
Leventhal
“If you work really hard and you're kind, amazing things will happen.”
Conan O'Brien
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Industry Experience

Life Sciences

Consumer Products

Education

Managing Director
Joanna
Sears
“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”
Albert Einstein
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Industry Experience

Consumer Products

Financial Services

Life Sciences

Travel

Impact Story

Providing Divestiture Support

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Client Profile
A leading pharmaceutical company
Industry
Life Sciences
Challenge
After the decision to simultaneously spin-off two major divisions, a leading pharmaceutical company was experiencing overwhelming divestiture activities. The client needed help developing an approach that would meet aggressive timelines for Day 1 for both divestitures. They needed help creating a support model that could leverage resources across divestitures to meet budget requirements. They needed to manage the complex priorities of internal and external stakeholders, and negotiate TSA agreements with buyers.
Approach: Think + Do
To prioritize and manage the multitude of divestment activities, we scoped the project and proposed a mix of resources from multiple organizations with the right skill sets to handle the aggressive timeline and avoid risks where possible. We designed a waved approach to proactively segregate conveyed colleagues from those remaining with the parent company. Once the divestment strategy was complete, we focused on developing strong relationships with application teams across global markets to manage a coordinated set of activities. We designed and supported the Project Management Office to ensure aggressive timelines were met. We managed cross-functional teams from multiple organizations, and we managed vendor relationships when appropriate to ensure that vendor resources were also working towards the pre-defined milestones.
Results
We helped successfully separate two divisions with over 5,000 employees in over 37 markets from the parent company within an eight-month timeline. We ensured all key milestones of the TSA for Day 1 readiness were met. The client experienced no operational problems during the divestiture process, which was successfully completed on time and on budget. The huge success of the project resulted in new sponsorship requests for our services from the divested company.
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