Senior Project Manager

Seattle, WA
Posted By:
Jessica Grenier

Job Description:

Our retail client is looking for a Senior Project Manager to join the team for a 6 month contract! This person will create comprehensive project plans; detailing project schedule, resource estimates, quality requirements and metrics, and organizational change management activities. Will ensure completion of all steps required to obtain project funding and resource acquisition approval. Define and document project work breakdowns, monitor task status, update work estimates and incorporate new tasks into plans as needed. This person will determine project governance and decision making structure; and establish project roles and responsibilities while providing team members with clear direction.

Leveraging Your Previous Experience, We Will Enable You To:
• Lead management of and reporting for US CPG portfolio of new product initiatives
• Coordinate across teams to manage list of all active US CPG initiatives, track status and prepare summaries as needed and lead project prioritization meetings with senior leadership every quarter
• Communicate outcome of project prioritization meeting to cross-functional teams and ensure appropriate funds and resources are allocated across the enterprise to support al projects in the pipeline
• Reconcile strategic business plan targets (revenue, profit) with current initiative pipeline, identify and communicate gaps along with gap-closing proposals
• Drive continuous improvement in portfolio reporting and senior leadership engagement
• Manage several, complex and highly technical new CPG product initiatives
• Manage assigned projects with a clear understanding of business and brand context, and develop an understanding of cross-program portfolio dependencies
• Lead cross-functional team to deliver these new product initiatives from concept to launch
• Manage Stage Gate Process through all key milestones ensuring timely completion of all deliverables
• Develop a project plan that includes a detailed budget, project timeline, detailed task-driven schedule, project RACI, resource plan, and communication plan
• Communicate with and influence business leaders to make sound business decisions and manage risks
• Translate business strategies into clear initiative action plans
• Oversee the initiative development (product/packaging/supply) end to end and communicate status to senior leadership, including adherence to specifications, schedule, budget, product compliance and testing requirements
• Demonstrate desire and passion to lead breakthrough efforts with willingness to learn and explore outside of normal boundaries to accelerate results
• Initiate and lead cross-functional meetings with key stakeholders to review project status, key deliverables, risks, issues, decisions and actions
• Develop strong partnerships at all levels across the commercial and technical communities
• Ensure that project status reports are relevant, transparent, and add value
• Work independently, with limited day-to-day guidance from leadership

What We Are Looking For:
• CPG and project management experience highly preferred
• Experience successfully leading cross functional/ multi-discipline teams across the organization while delivering outstanding results
• Proficiency in program stage gating with demonstrated performance in leading complex initiatives and programs from establishment through launch
• Ability to lead and drive results from a position of influence
• Ability to prioritize and execute tasks in a pressurized environment and work proactively to ensure project milestones are met
• Understanding of P&L, financial models and overall CPG revenue/cost structure
• Desire to drive continuous process improvement by challenging the way things are done and engaging all functions in the company
• Excellence in structuring complex tasks and possess strong coordination skills
• Highly motivated and self-driven professional: skillful, productive, efficient, creative
• Experience developing commercial and technical resources to meet and exceed base expectations and initiative deliverables
• Ability to work actively with the program functional leads to optimize the collaboration between the work streams, resolve issues and escalate when necessary to ensure timely course changes when required by circumstances
• Comfort with changing business requirements and flexibility in dealing with competing and changing priorities
• Experience coaching others through change management
• Team-builder with strong communications skills and problem-solving abilities
• Effectively motivate and collaborate within team and across peer and leadership groups
• Experience motivating others to work efficiently, ensuring process is followed with clear deliverables
• Demonstrated ability to think creatively and strategically
• Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and accommodate a rapid rate of change
• Highly organized and process oriented
• Experience with risk assessment, management, and contingency planning
• Synthesizing qualitative updates across various teams into clear and concise reports

We’d Love To Hear From People With:
• MBA highly preferred or background/degree in Project Management
• 10 years of professional experience working in a business environment
• 7+ years of experience leading and successfully managing multiple projects and programs
• Experience with Stage Gate Process (It is a project management technique, in which an initiative or project takes place, divided over several stages. These stages are separated by so-called 'gates'; the decision points for whether or not to proceed to the next stage. This model can be used when developing new products, process changes or improvements.)
• Adept with Microsoft Project, PowerPoint, Excel, and Word

1 CPG Background
2 Product and brand management background
3 PowerPoint, Excel, Smartsheet