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Project Manager - New Product Development

Date: Jun 8, 2021

Location: Milwaukee, WI, US, 53224

Company: A. O. Smith Corporation

A.O. Smith/ Milwaukee, WI

Why A. O. Smith? 

Water technology is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world, and, as a leading global water technology company, A. O. Smith Corporation is at the center of the trend. We are a $3 billion company with 144-year history and employ more than 16,000 men and women. With manufacturing operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, India, and Europe, A. O. Smith has the global reach to serve customers worldwide. We have sales and distribution in more than 60 countries around the world. A. O. Smith is committed to continuous improvement, not just in its factories and its processes, but in its people.  We value people who are able to analyze problems and take rapid, decisive action. 


What is great about this opportunity?

  • You will be joining a stable, but growing organization committed to strong financial performance, strategic acquisitions, global expansion and the highest ethical standards of conduct.
  • You will be representing a company that makes products that improve quality of life and are considered top of the line.
  • You will be joining a cohesive team that supports each other in accomplishing shared goals

What You Will Do

As the Project Manager, you will lead strategic, complex, and important product projects for the business unit. You will work cross-functionally throughout the organization to ensure product development commercialization and rollout success, achieve team and corporate goals, and contribute to the growth of the enterprise.

What You Will Be Responsible For

  1. Provides project management for product development and technology projects that have increased risk based on established or urgent timeline and complex technology.
  2. Works with Product Managers, Product Owners and key stakeholders to develop a Project Charter which includes project scope, resource needs, specific milestones and tasks, associated effort estimates, project assumptions, expected risks and a communication plan for reporting progress.
  3. Works with the established project team to determine agreed-upon milestones and work effort to create a project schedule.
  4. Manages work activities of geographically dispersed cross-functional teams and interfaces with primary suppliers of priority projects including creating project charter to explore a market opportunity, create project plan, build cross-functional team, execute plan (monitor and adjust), manage project risks, accountable to leadership team and close project by delivering product that meet the value proposition and benefit the company
  5. Manages a communication plan to include a project team kickoff meeting, escalation plan and weekly progress reporting. Escalates quickly when issues cannot be resolved at the project team level.
  6. Ensures project deliverables are completed on time and are of high quality, including business requirements and approval, and reports status to stakeholders in a timely manner.
  7. Builds and maintains the project site (deliverables, status reports, presentations, project-related documentation) and the project tracking site.
  8. Identifies risks/issues, develops mitigation plans, manages risks/issues and communicates updates to the key stakeholders and team members.
  9. Actively participates in project with cross-functional team.

What You Will Bring

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Management or Related Field 
  • Minimum 5 years of Project Management experience
  • Project Management Professional Certification preferred
  • Strong leadership and coaching skills
  • Positive organization and communication skills with the ability to clearly articulate project information to the Project, Business and Executive Teams
  • Heavy knowledge of project management in a manufacturing environment
  • Ability to use critical thinking skills to solve problems.

What We Offer

Competitive base salary and comprehensive benefits plans which include medical and dental insurance, company-sponsored life insurance, retirement security savings plan, short- and long-term disability programs, and tuition assistance. Other perks include employee discounts on water filtration products and a business casual dress-code.

Nearest Major Market: Milwaukee

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