R&D Project Manager

Job Locations US-NC-Cary HQ | US
Requisition ID
Research and Development
Visa Sponsorship
Travel Requirements

Are you a problem solver, explorer, and knowledge seeker – always asking, “What if?”


If so, you may be the new team member we’re looking for. Because at SAS, your curiosity matters – whether you’re developing algorithms, creating customer experiences, or answering critical questions. Curiosity is our code, and the opportunities here are endless.


What we do 

We’re the leader in analytics. Through our software and services, we inspire customers around the world to transform data into intelligence. Our curiosity fuels innovation, pushing boundaries, challenging the status quo and changing the way we live.


What you’ll do  

As an R&D Project Manager for the R&D Project and Program Management group at SAS, you will manage the development and implementation process of the company’s R&D products and services, involving departmental or cross-functional teams from inception through delivery of new or existing products. You will plan and direct schedules of interdepartmental activities ensuring completion of the project/product on schedule, meeting or exceeding project stakeholder expectations, including agreed-to scope and quality.


You will:

  • Complete deadline-driven, team-based projects. Being responsible for facilitating overall project objectives, goals and project requirements. Work with team and stakeholders to define project scope and goals.
  • Plan, prioritize, implement and adjust delivery schedule, scope, resourcing, and quality, based on individual project requirements per consultation with project stakeholders.
  • Negotiate resource needs and coordinate technical resources for assigned projects, including both domestic and international resources.
  • Maintain project documentation such as project plans, schedules, issue lists, risk registers, and status reports.
  • Coordinate, communicate, and facilitate activities between team members and stakeholders to keep projects on schedule and manage conflict. Coordinate risk mitigation activity and escalate as appropriate. Manage project scope and expectations. Identify and constructively negotiate conflicts or areas of high risk.
  • Leverage methodologies, processes, project tools, and best practices to accelerate project delivery.
  • Identify project dependencies and stakeholder influences, work jointly with other organizations who share responsibility for delivery of final product. Act as central point of contact and interface with interested parties across the Company, such as Legal, Marketing and to ensure project success.
  • Manage multiple large-scale complex projects.
  • Determine and evolve methods and procedures on new assignments.
  • Interact with senior and executive management as needed.


What we’re looking for

  • You’re curious, passionate, authentic, and accountable. These are our values and influence everything we do.
  • You have a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or a related quantitative field.
  • 4+ years of project management experience.


The nice to haves  

  • SAS software exposure/knowledge.
  • Experience with customer-facing projects.
  • Experience with software development projects with a particular focus on scope, quality, and on-time delivery aspects.
  • Exposure to the Risk domain.
  • Agile methodology and ability to direct/coach teams in the use of Agile methodology, with an emphasis on coaching teams in the adoption of best practices.



Other knowledge, skills, and abilities

  • Competence in project management for assigned functional area.
  • Excellent oral and written communication.
  • Negotiation and organizational skills.
  • Decision-making ability.
  • Risk management.
  • Strategic thinking.
  • Demonstrated leadership.
  • May serve as a coach to peers and project teams across a variety of methodologies and processes.
  • Sphere of influence will be departmental.



  • We love living the #SASlife and believe that happy, healthy people have a passion for life, and bring that energy to work. No matter what your specialty or where you are in the world, your unique contributions will make a difference.  
  • Our multi-dimensional culture blends our different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Here, it isn’t about fitting into our culture, it’s about adding to it - and we can’t wait to see what you’ll bring.


This position will be seated out of SAS Headquarters in Cary, North Carolina




SAS looks not only for the right skills, but also a fit to our core values. We seek colleagues who will contribute to the unique values that makes SAS such a great place to work. We look for the total candidate: technical skills, values fit, relationship skills, problem solvers, good communicators and, of course, innovators. Candidates must be ready to make an impact.


Additional Information:

To qualify, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States, and should not require, now or in the future, sponsorship for employment visa status. SAS is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. Read more: Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law. Also view the supplement EEO is the Law, and the notice Pay Transparency 


Equivalent combination of education, training and experience may be considered in place of the above qualifications. The level of this position will be determined based on the applicant's education, skills and experience. Resumes may be considered in the order they are received. SAS employees performing certain job functions may require access to technology or software subject to export or import regulations. To comply with these regulations, SAS may obtain nationality or citizenship information from applicants for employment. SAS collects this information solely for trade law compliance purposes and does not use it to discriminate unfairly in the hiring process.



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