Friday, January 10, 2014

HIRING: Senior Project Manager - Contract

To effectively manage and deliver projects 
in order to increase the operational performance 
of all Driscolls employees 

About Us:
Driscoll’s is the World’s leading provider of fresh berries with operations in 19 countries on 5 continents. For four generations and over 100 years, the Driscoll’s brand has been trusted and recognized for its superior quality. In the last 20 years Driscoll's has experienced significant operational and market growth doubling in size every five years. Headquartered on the beautiful Central Coast in Watsonville, California Driscoll's has operations in 18 countries on 5 continents. To fulfill their mission to continually delight berry consumers, Driscoll’s naturally breeds proprietary plant varieties that produce Only the Finest Berries® all over the world. .

About the Job:
The Senior IT Project Manager assumes responsibility for leading and managing IT-related projects and programs across the organization. This role will be part of the Driscoll’s Program Management Office (PMO) that supports the global enterprise in the planning & execution of the project portfolio. The Sr. IT Project Manager is accountable and responsible for developing & executing project plans for multiple, simultaneous mid to large scale projects during all phases of the project lifecycle and partnering with IT teams, Driscoll’s business units and vendors/partners to provide excellent service and deliver quality projects on-time and within budget.

• Require a minimum of 10 years progressive experience in a project/program management role, preferably in a PMO environment, with a proven track record of delivering complex, larger scale, global technology projects on time and within budget
• Bachelor’s Degree in business, computer science or comparable field of study required
• PMP Certification required
• Experience implementing ERP systems (MS Dynamics AX strongly preferred) with an emphasis on Finance, Order to Cash, Supply Chain and BI Business functions
• Experience managing remote and geographically distributed project teams
• Strong analytical and problem solving skills with the ability to deal with ambiguity and lead through change
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both written and verbal)
• Demonstrated ability to lead cross-functional teams to achieve project objectives and work collaboratively and cohesively in a team environment
• Ability to elicit cooperation from a wide variety of sources, including upper management, vendors, and other departments
• Ability to influence through a global, multi-site matrix organization is essential
• Extensive experience planning and managing projects within various SDLC methodologies i.e. Agile and Waterfall
• Extensive experience managing project budgets and managing and controlling project-related costs including budget variances. Knowledge of Earned Value Management a plus
• Experience in organizational change management and continuous process improvement
• Vendor Relationship Management experience, including the creation and execution of Requests for Proposal (RFP) and Statement of Work (SOW) agreements
• Extensive experience working with MS Project Professional and MS Enterprise Project Server (2010 preferred)
• Must be able to maintain a valid California Driver’s License with the ability to be insured under company-sponsored liability insurance plan
• A valid passport and the ability to travel internationally without restrictions is also required
• Domestic and international travel 15-20% of work time

1) Responsible for delivering projects and programs that adhere to defined PMO processes and industry standard best practices.
2) Develop and manage project management plans, schedules and budgets and provide consistent and comprehensive project updates, ongoing cost analysis, risk and issue management and resolution.
3) Effectively direct, manage and control all project activities and deliverables, through all phases of the project lifecycle ensuring a successful delivery that is on time and within budget on all assigned projects.
4) Escalate functional, quality and timeline issues appropriately to ensure successful achievement of project goals and objectives.
5) Develop and maintain productive working relationships with external vendors, business partners and internal IT teams.
6) Coach and mentor project team members and partner across the organization to share lessons learned and best practices.
7) Manage, monitor and track project-related costs, including budget variances.
8) Keep project owners and sponsors well informed of progress, challenges, risks and issues. Analyze and present updates regarding project performance, risks, issues, mitigation plans and change requests.
9) Ensure timely and accurate communication with management and project team members throughout the life cycle of the project.
10) Prepare and/or present documentation to PMO and business stakeholders.
11) Ensure the security of Driscoll’s confidential and proprietary information and materials
12) Follow Company policies and practices while representing Driscoll’s in an ethical and business-like manner in all interactions.
13) Other duties as assigned.
14) This job description is intended to describe the general nature of the work performed by employees in this job. It is not an exhaustive list of all the job's responsibilities. At Driscoll’s, all of our jobs include broad responsibilities for continually improving the processes we use to develop our products.

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Driscoll's Talent Acquisition