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Program Manager

Grande Cheese

Location Fond du Lac
Posted 48 days ago -
Type: Full-time Permanent
Reference ID: 681d8216-19fa-4ad1-aaec-8f8ad90e9ab9


 Job Duties & Responsibilities

1.  Project Portfolio Management 

  • Manage and direct multiple large-scale projects
  • Translate generalized customer business goals and objective into concrete strategy and tactical plans 
  • Works on complex problems where analysis of situation or data requires an in-depth evaluation of various factors to achieve the best results
  • Exercise judgement within broadly defined policies and practices to develop corporate methods and techniques  
  • Work effectively with internal and external customers, third-party vendors, and senior management in accomplishing project objectives
  • Evaluate complex situations accurately and identify viable solutions that create successful outcomes for the customer
  • Work closely with the Program/Project Sponsor to facilitate decisions necessary for program/project delivery 
  • Oversee effective project oversight and reviews to effect program/project success
  • Negotiate the performance of activities with team members and their functional managers 
  • Coach to clarify assignments and deliverables; mentor others in project management practices; review quality of work and manage integration of team members’ work
  • Co-create a project charter with the team and key stakeholders, including the definition of project success criteria
  • Obtain project charter approval from the sponsor and stakeholders in order to formalize authority, gain commitment, and define project acceptance 
  • Manage and communicate a clear vision of the project’s objectives, and motivate the project team to achieve them; create a project environment that enables peak performance by team members
  • Effectively coordinate the activities of the team to meet project milestones
  • Analyze risks, establish contingency plans, and identify trigger events and responsibility for initiating mitigation action 
  • Analyze the actual project performance against the plan and adjust consistent with project objectives
  • Manage change to preserve business plan commitments; initiate stakeholder review if objectives must change 
  • Develop and maintain “lessons-learned” inputs to the project repository for utilization in future programs/projects initiated by the enterprise
  • Resolve political, resource, budgeting, schedule, scope, and change request issues affecting the program/project
  • Serve as a mentor/advisor to other project managers for the program 
  • Oversee development of proposals and request for proposals associated with the program/project
  • Partner with Supply Chain on vendor relations and procurement related to the program/project
  • Oversee execution and delivery of projects related to successful program execution 
  • Ensure consistency with corporate vision, direction, policies, and guidelines
  • Aligns Business Unit's Annual/Strategic
  • Plans with program deliverables and Capital Plan to ensure the program/project is properly staffed with required resources; anticipates resourcing needs and issues
  • Negotiate with other department managers for the acquisition of required personnel from within the company
  • Key contributor in the development of the Business Unit's Annual/Strategic Plans
  • Present at all key cross-functional stake holder meetings to represent the program
  • Proactively brings forward creative ideas in the areas of New Products, COGS, Capacity Utilization, Product Quality & Regulation, and Customer Service

2.  Additional Responsibilities

  • The above list reflects the general details necessary to describe the principle and essential functions of the position and shall not be construed as the only duties that maybe assigned.
  • Qualifications & Requirements 4 Year / Bachelor’s Degree in Operations, Engineering, Business or other related field required.

Experience & Training

  • Demonstrated experience managing large-scale, multi-functional projects.
  • Dairy/food industry experience preferred.
  • Proficiency in relevant computer applications. 
  • Demonstrated experience leading cross-functional teams within formalized methodology.
  • Licenses & Certifications PMP or other project management certification required and active participation in the renewal process

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities 

  • Understanding of the strategic and operational issues of the program /project or business unit 
  • Ability to train, mentor, and develop project managers in project management methodologies and their application  
  • Liaison and consultative skills; negotiation skills within a context of high political sensitivity and conflicting interests  
  • Presentation and written communication skills
  • Ability to advise on complex matters to nonspecialists 
  • Demonstrated ability in managing internal customer expectations on program requirements and delivery 
  • Highly developed business acumen 
  • Skilled at requirement analysis and management 
  • Strong writing, mentoring, negotiation, communication, and meeting facilitation skills 
  • Strong integration skills; ability to coordinate all aspects of a project or program 
  • Strong leadership, organizational, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to manage in a matrix environment