Project Manager – R&D

Palatine, IL

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The Project Manager – R&D applies a proven yet developing project management skill set to successfully manage a broad range of new product development projects for the Weber-Stephen business.

Ideal candidates have a solid mechanical or industrial engineering background with relevant industry experience in the design of new products and between three to five years of experience managing projects as either a project engineer or project manager.

They are also highly organized and self-motivated individuals with the ability to apply critical thinking skills to solve complex problems. They have solid interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to manage a cross-functional team with competing priorities towards common project goals.

Additional requirements and expectations are defined in the remainder of this document.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the successful project management of all assigned projects
  • Defines the project plan and owns the execution of all project phases in accordance with the defined phase gate process.
  • Creates and manages timelines to ensure business goals are successfully achieved
  • Facilitates cross-functional team meetings to drive decisions, mitigate risks, resolve issues, and ensure adherence to program objectives; Clearly communicates decisions and required follow-up items
  • Provides direction to cross-functional teams to insure all activities are completed as needed
  • Clearly identifies and communicates project constraints, risks, issues, and mitigation plans
  • Insures that all project documentation is in place as required to insure that product and project requirements are clear to the teams
  • Prepares and presents updates for monthly project reviews and gate meetings

Education and/or Experience

  • 3 to 5 years of project management experience is required
  • Direct experience managing cross-functional teams through the design, development, and implementation of product development projects is strongly preferred
  • Engineering degree is required; BSME, BSEE, or BSIE strongly preferred
  • Candidates with a significant combination of equivalent of education and experience may be considered
  • Direct experience in the design and / or manufacturing of durable goods and / or consumer goods is preferred
  • Experience in the design of injection molded, cast, and sheet metal fabrications is preferred; Competence with at least one method is required

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