Hi! I'm Cath Smith, PMP.

A creative, adaptable, pragmatic, and personable Project Management Professional offering nearly 10 years experience in both non-profit and for-profit environments.

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I take on challenging tasks.

Whether it's building a new team, managing complex project requirements, or redefining the way a service is provided, I enjoy the challenge that comes with breaking new ground and pushing beyond established processes.

Leadership

I believe great leaders are great communicators, problem-solvers, negotiators, and coaches. I've risen to the role of leader in every professional endeavour, whether as the manager of the Retail Partner Services Team at OverDrive, or Moderator of the Research forum at Absolute Write, Project Manager/Business Analyst at Cleveland's annual GiveCamp events, or as Chair of the Scottish Health Information Network.

Project Management

In addition to planning, scheduling, coordinating, and anticipating problems, Project Managers need to draw on a toolbox of soft and hard skills to successfully achieve the aims of the project. As Project Manager/Business Analyst at Cleveland GiveCamps (2011, 2012, and 2013), I worked with teams of developers to deliver new websites to charities using agile development techniques in less than three days.

Change Management

Change Managers use communication, collaboration, and consensus-building to bring about transformation. As the Local Library Services Coordinator for NHS Fife, I coordinated the integration of six disparate library services available only to select staff into one unified service for all NHS Fife staff. The new service reduced inefficiencies and allowed librarians to serve more staff and provide a wider range services with minimal additional investment.

Personal toolbox.

I bring a wide range of skills and experience to help your business succeed.

Technical

Advanced skills: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, AtTask, and Microsoft OS.
Experienced with: Salesforce, MS Project, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, MS Publisher, HTML, XML, CSS, Content Management Systems (e.g. Wordpress), and Linux, Macintosh, iPhone, Blackberry, and Android operating systems.
Basic skills: SharePoint, PHP, and SQL.

Project Management

Initiate: Cost benefit analysis, defining scope.
Plan: Scope and activity definition, estimating time, cost, and resources, planning quality, and risk.
Execute: project execution, quality assurance, team development.
Monitor & Control: controlling scope, cost, schedule, quality, and change.
Close: customer buyoff, project retrospectives.

Leadership

Problem-solving, time management, delegating, written and verbal communication, presentation, negotiation, building rapport. Performance reviews, hiring and firing, giving and receiving feedback, coaching, training, motivating staff, holding difficult conversations, managing up. Strategic planning, forecasting, managing budgets, analysing performance.

Career History.

Over the last 10 years, I've worked in two countries and held both paid and voluntary positions simultaneously.

Career Timeline


Career History

EU Compliance Services
Administrator (April 2014 - date)
OverDrive Inc
Project Manager (2007-2011)
Account Specialist II (2011-2012)
Manager (2012 - 2013)
NHS Fife
Public Health Information Officer/Local Library Coordinator (2003-2005)

Note: between 2005-2007 I was unable to work due to visa restrictions.

Volunteer History

Cleveland Give Camp
Project Manager/Business Analyst 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014
Absolute Write
Moderator (2007 - date)
Holden Arboretum
Library Assistant (2006-2007)
Scottish Health Information Network (SHINE)
Chair (2003- 2005)
Chair, Publications Committee (2002-2003)

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