Director - Milwaukee Asia PMO

Job Snapshot

Employee Type: Full-time
Location: TBD
Teams: Operations
Date Posted: 7/20/2021

Job Description

The Director - Asia Project Management (PMO) leads development and deployment of key enterprise-wide, strategic initiatives within Asia Operations and Engineering. This position is based out of Dongguan, China.  The Director leads a team of Project leaders that direct cross-functional team members throughout the project(s) which typically have a 3-18mo. duration. This role is responsible for managing multiple, moderate to highly complex and potentially under-defined, projects in parallel with minimal direction.

This position is a fundamental part of our cross-functional team located in a fast-paced, operations and engineering environment of the Asia. The ideal candidate will be a strong leader with proven "big picture" vision, problem solving and change management experience, in various transactional processes including supply chain, marketing, finance, sales and IT; also able to cross-functionally lead through influence as well as build and maintain key relationships.

Duties, Responsibilities, & Objectives:

  • Develop and execute project plans using strong project management skills. Develop project charters and governance documents. Drive accountability for team to successfully complete tasks.
  • Capability to quickly establish credibility with different business units, influence project teams and persuade professionals at all levels.
  • Consistently visualizes entire scope of a project with very little guidance. At times, taking step back to evaluate against business and departmental big picture.
  • Leads a team of Project Leaders and acts as mentor and coach as well as key decision maker for key strategic and tactical decisions.
  • Schedules, develops agendas for, and facilitates project meetings. Documentation of discussion with action items effectively captured is shared shortly thereafter.
  • Track project schedules keeping visibility to team members and stakeholders, to ensure adherence to timelines.
  • Establish appropriate metrics and report on progress, achievements and results. This includes executive level reporting, management updates, and best practice sharing throughout the organization.
  • Provide multiple "what-if" scenarios to find best solution to achieve future state. Well-rounded understanding of financial impacts of these scenarios. Acts as voice of reason and change agent as required by business problem and required solution.
  • Determines appropriate level of stress testing to place on project improvement initiative to prove reliability of improvement or change. Works with business to develop these test plans and methodologies
  • Ensure changes are fully integrated through follow-up communication, perseverance and consistency.
  • Identify and escalate (when needed) key project hurdles or roadblocks
  • Develop and deliver project fundamental training to all levels of organization as needed (advocate of project management methodologies). Build the skills of all functional leaders and associates through hands-on interactions and personal mentoring.
  • Primary location: Dongguan, China. Asia regional travel required.

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Supply Chain, Operations Management, Industrial Engineering, or equivalent years of directly related experience in Lean/Continuous Improvement roles
  • Minimum 5-7 years related project management experience
  • Proven leader, coach, and mentor for medium size team (3-10 direct reports)
  • Previous facilitator and coaching experiences where problem solving, process development and/or behavior change methods and tools have been used
  • Advanced project management skills
  • Advanced data analysis or statistical skills in MS Excel, Minitab, Pareto, Control charts, PowerPivot, and/or VBA

Desired Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree pertinent to any cross functional business interactions
  • Six Sigma Certification or training
  • Success in managing multiple, complex projects and changing priorities, making sound decisions and working effectively in a matrix environment.
  • Must possess strong written and verbal communication and collaboration skills in an executive setting.
  • Track record of success with cross functional teams, driving change and implementing new processes that significantly improve sales effectiveness.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills, ability to establish rapport and credibility.
  • Innovative problem solver-resolve issues and challenges with strong sense of urgency.
  • PMP or PMI Certification
  • EDI, ERP, Distribution, and/or Inventory Management experience
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