Project Manager

Abbott Laboratories - Columbus, OH (30+ days ago)4.1

At Abbott, we're committed to helping people live their best possible life through the power of health. For more than 125 years, we've brought new products and technologies to the world - in nutrition, diagnostics, medical devices and branded generic pharmaceuticals - that create more possibilities for more people at all stages of life. Today, 99,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 150 countries we serve.

Responsible for managing multiple projects, from beginning to end, with accountability for project execution.
Disciplined project management: deliver project excellence by incorporating best practices into project management to deliver and/or exceed customer needs across the PM process groups: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring/controlling, and closing (CJR – Core Job Responsibility)
Identify process issues and recommend improvements to senior leaders
Recommend and implement PM strategies and enhancements to improve efficiency
Provide clear and consistent communication, both oral and written, to all project stakeholders on key project elements such as scope, timeline, issues, etc. Act as point of contact for project reporting and updates to Business Unit and Senior Leadership (CJR)
Perform effective stakeholder management: perform stakeholder analysis, plan and manage stakeholder engagement, control stakeholder engagement, escalation (CJR)
Portfolio Management: Management of Area portfolio of new strategies and products. Provide guidance/structure to Area leadership on new strategies and product launch targets. Management of the portfolio through launch grids, project lists, prioritizations, project data, and resource allocations (in the project ERP) monthly to support AN’s innovation sales (CJR)
Assist in idea capture and cataloging activities of new ideas

Major Responsibilities:
Responsible for implementing and maintaining the effectiveness of the quality system.

Ensure project scope and success criteria are clearly established; develop and manage project plan to meet deliverables
Initiate, lead and communicate project assessments and lessons learned
Establish clear priorities
Ensure team is working within project scope and effectively coordinate the activities of the team to meet project milestones
Proactively identify changes in project scope and assure appropriate measures are taken to reassess and amend requirements, budget and timeline
Participate in the development and implementation of innovation plans
Ensure alignment with key planning processes, such as business planning, brand planning, customer planning, S&OP and corporate project reporting
Manage project plan in Project Management (PM) software through lifecycle and maintain resource and financial allocations. Maintain documentation, provide data management, and identify communication plans for knowledge sharing for project deliverables for management review. Oversee execution and delivery of all projects and programs within span of program control (CJR)
Provide support in compiling and reporting project requirements
Create and deliver project review presentations
Maintain documentation and provide data management for project deliverables; identify communication plans for knowledge sharing across functional areas and project teams
Document cross-functional project plan in PM software Develop estimates and manage resources to deliver project objectives
Manage cross-functional project timeline and follow-up with project team members to ensure timely completion of tasks
Track overall project budget and metrics, as required
Proactively identify, monitor & manage project opportunities/ issues/ risks
Resolve conflict within the project
Work directly with functional area managers to resolve issues that impact completion of project objectives: determine when to escalate issues to appropriate levels of management
Provide training/coaching on project management methodologies and processes to meet organizational needs

Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred, PMP (or equivalent) certification desirable

Knowledge of applicable regulatory standards and requirements for infant formula and nutritionals.

Extensive knowledge of and competency in project management methodology and processes, including planning tasks and allocating resources, risk management, working in teams, issues management, monitoring and reporting, and documentation.
3-5 yrs. experience in project leadership roles
Strategic, conceptual analytical thinking and decision making skills
Critical thinking/problem-solving skills method
Ability to plan and facilitate meetings
Demonstrated expertise in leading teams
Ability to negotiate consensus among diverse groups and influence the activities of others not in own reporting structure
Strong written and presentation skills; ability to communicate effectively with senior management
Technical background sufficient to understand issues involved with the project
Knowledge of the strategic and operational context of the projects
Personal integrity and courage to escalate issues about the project and to advocate for responsible solutions to management
Adaptability and flexibility including the ability to manage deadline pressure, ambiguity and change

Accountability / Scope/Budget:
Manage projects with representation from all key functional areas
Effective, efficient resource utilization to achieve growth of key brands and new spaces to deliver LRP to Abbott
Projects will include market and line extensions, reformulations, new products, new manufacturing processes and new packages
Responsible for identifying critical project issues and risks, and timely communication to senior management
Provide cross-functional forecasting, tracking, reporting and oversight on project budget and expenditures
Understand organizational impact of project issues and engage Sir Mgmt. as necessary
This position will work with limited supervision; is accountable for all project deliverables
Exercises judgment within generally defined processes, procedures and policies in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions
Erroneous decisions may result in critical delay(s) in schedules and/or operations