Novus International is currently seeking a dynamic and results-oriented professional to serve as its Manager, Project Management (Global Product Development). This is a highly visible role accountable for establishing and deploying a project management office and capability within Novus International in order to execute the projects on time and within budget. Initial focus will be to support the execution of the Global Product Development (GPD) Process and the projects managed through it. This newly created role will partner with business leaders and individual contributors across the organization to support best practices, implement project management discipline and apply that discipline in managing product development projects. The position is reporting to Sr. Director – Global Product Development.
Collaborate with global stakeholders at all levels of the organization to develop, build and/or institutionalize Project Management Office capabilities, standards, structure, and processes at Novus International.
Clear ownership of the implementation and continuous improvement of the Global Product Development Marketing & Launch process, including scoping, planning, budgeting, reporting, training and handing off processes and templates to users.
Balance and be responsible for cost, schedule, and quality in project delivery while proactively managing project risks across the portfolio of Global Product Development (GPD) projects.
Evangelize the use of Novus’s project management approach and tools for delivery of Global Product Development initiatives, and support the change management effort to ensure use of these processes in the enterprise.
Stay closely connected with current best practices in project management and leverage those appropriate for Novus.
Create and implement the means for regular management reporting of key performance indicators related to the GPD process that will identify trends, compliance and recommend course correction as necessary.
Work closely with IT and Director of Innovation to support the development of tools and technology to track and manage the GPD process
Leads regular Coaching and training of Project Managers, including certification of Project Managers according to an agreed standard.
Clearly understands the GPD process and SOPs and executes the training of new hires on the GPD process(es) and organizes refresher programs as appropriate.
Provides project performance, compliance monitoring and reporting across the portfolio of Product Development Marketing & Launch (PDML) projects; remediates performance and compliance issues as necessary.
Supports the use and maintenance of the Innovatus tool in concert with IT and the Director of Innovation.
Acts as a temporary Project Manager in situations where immediate action and experience is required to bring the project back on track.
Work closely with R&D and Operations to assess resource availability for Product Development Marketing & Launch (PDML) and Product Maintenance & Resourcing (PMR) projects
Supports and coordinates allocation of project-related resources in order to best match skills/needs requirements to PDML and/or PMR projects.
CULTURAL FIT AND VALUES
The successful candidate will be willing to work within a fast-paced environment where flexibility, adaptability, and creativity are the keys to success. He/she will be collaborative, analytical, flexible and proactive. This candidate will have the potential to take a strategic “big picture” approach while being a “hands on” manager. This candidate will need to be mature and confident enough to communicate effectively with high-performing executives in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment. Flexibility, hard work and excellent communication, and relationship skills are all critical to success as the Manager Project Management and Global Product Development Deployment.
PROFESSIONAL CAPABILITIES AND BACKGROUND EXPERIENCE
2-4 years’ experience in managing an enterprise project management office, preferably in a complex global organization, including management of project managers handling a portfolio of projects.
10 + years’ experience in managing programs & projects, both large and small in scope.
Comprehensive knowledge and experience deploying current and key project management practices in a complex global organization.
Ability to balance ongoing management of existing projects with development of new project and resource management capabilities.
Experience with project portfolio management processes, including project prioritization & resource management, especially in identifying constraints and bottlenecks.
Strong competency with managing projects from inception to completion, and transitioning project results to operations.
Experience with Project Management technology solutions (e.g., Microsoft Project, CA Clarity).
Ability to influence, interact with, and positively influence all levels of employees and management while establishing and maintaining collaborative partnerships.
Experience working with senior executives. Ability to partner and influence at the most senior level within the company.
Excellent negotiating and influencing skills.
Demonstrated ability to work with vendors; RFPs, contract review, SLA management and reporting, etc.
Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Project and Outlook.
Domestic and/or international travel may be required.
Excellent written, verbal, and presentation skills.
CERTIFICATIONS & EDUCATION
· PMI certification required.
· BS/BA degree from an accredited university or college.
· Experience with Six Sigma techniques a plus.
· Prior experience with a science-based organization a plus.
Novus International, Inc. is a global leader in animal health and nutrition solutions for the poultry, pork, beef, dairy, aquaculture, and companion animal industries. Over 2,500 clients in more than 90 countries trust the Novus product family to be an integral part of their daily animal agricultural operations. Novus has more than 25 locations around the world. At Novus we believe in Performance... Through Innovation which is why we employ more than 50 Ph.D. Animal Nutritionists and Doctors of Veterinary Medicine who work continuously to create new products and programs for animal health and nutrition. Novus’s Mission is to “help feed the world affordable, wholesome food and achieve a higher quality of life." Connect with us at: www.facebook.com/Novusint www.twitter.com/novusint www.youtube.com/novusinternational