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Project Manager

Rochester Hills, Michigan
 The Project Manager, with the support of project team, is responsible for successful execution/delivery of assigned project(s) on-time, within budget, as per the Contract Agreement, within the quality & safety framework.

Main Responsibilities and Accountability:

Project Planning and Scheduling:

Ø Plans, monitors and controls project activities, proactively to maximize cash flow.

Ø Understands critical path scheduling and assures a minimum, but sufficient project float.

Ø Actively strives to optimize overall resource planning and utilization considering resources within the local organization.

Ø Assures a valid Project Safety plan is in place.

Ø Considers close out activities and influences project for an early close out.

Ø Identifies and shares lessons learned.

Customer Satisfaction Management in Projects:

Ø Assures  commitments to customer are met, in accordance with contract.

Ø Assures and seeks to improve customer satisfaction and feedback through consistent customer interaction (e.g. Communication, phone, e-mail, etc.) and Customer meetings (kick off, review, etc.).

Ø Works proactively to set customer expectations to assure a smooth project including acceptance of project deliveries and timely payment, even under challenging circumstances.

Ø Encourages openness & respect, and builds trust, confidence & loyalty with customers and partners.

Ø Promotes a healthy work-life balance within the project team.

Ø Professional demeanor and interpersonal skills required.

Project Financial and Cost Management:

Ø Understands and utilizes Corporate Full Cost Calculation Model and different revenue recognition methods.

Ø Understands project exposure.

Ø Controls project cost and cash flow.

Ø Influences project expenditures to maximize cash flow.

Legal and Contract Management for Projects:

Ø Understands the  standard terms and conditions and the impact upon contracts of differing and/or additionally accepted terms and conditions.

Ø Understands project specific accepted terms and conditions and their application to project contracts, including awareness of risks of negative impact on margin, performance and risk factors.

Ø Utilizes contract terms and conditions to maximize cash-flow, margin and to limit liabilities (e.g. insurance).

Project Reporting:

Ø Complete transparency presenting an account of project status/issues in project reviews.

Ø Reports status/progress to customer and other stake holders with appropriate detail for desired understanding (e.g. to assure payment, set expectation, etc).

Ø Raises potential project issues to management.

Ø Effectively reports project progress or other situations either verbally or in writing to assure desired understanding.

Scope and Change Management for Projects:

Ø Utilizes negotiation skills for scope and change management.

Ø Monitors scope including the possible overall impact of what may seem to be minor changes.

Ø Negotiates change orders and additional sales.

Ø Actively pursues desired changes in order to obtain additional sales, increase margin and to lower risk exposure.

Project Risk and Opportunity Management:

Ø Understands risks and what may be causing a change in risk exposure and actions to avoid/mitigate.

Ø Understands opportunities and how to take advantage of them.

Ø Identifies and mitigates risks associated with important aspects such as Health and Safety.

Ø Proactively pursues decided upon mitigation efforts for identified risks.

Ø Identifies and acts upon new risks and opportunities as they occur.

Ø Assures avoidance/mitigation of liquidated damages and other penalties/claims.

Procurement Management for Projects:

Ø Work actively with a number of suppliers to obtain overall best possible purchase, in cooperation with the supply management function.

Ø Coordinates/directs project transportation and logistics.

Ø Reviews status of critical suppliers’ progress and include in overall schedule.

Ø Initiates 3rd party inspections as required.

Ø Ensures the proper application of  supplier qualification process. Dimensions:


Ø Ability to work with projects of different size, complexity and contractual types.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

Ø Experience working in Paint Automation as a Project Manager or Project Engineer.

Ø Bachelor’s Degree with domain experience in business preferred.

Ø People related skills:

Ø Upholds ethics and values; Demonstrates integrity; Promotes and defends equal opportunities, builds diverse teams; Encourages organizational and individual responsibility towards the community and the environment.

Ø Demonstrates an interest in and understanding of others; Adapts to the team and builds team spirit; Recognizes and rewards the contribution of others; Listens, consults others and communicates proactively; Supports and cares for others; Develops and openly communicates self-insight.

Ø Provides clear direction; Sets appropriate standards of behavior; Delegates work appropriately and fairly; Motivates and empowers others; Provides staff with development opportunities and coaching; Recruits staff of a high caliber.

Ø Establishes good relationships with customers and staff; Builds wide and effective networks of contacts inside and outside the organization; Relates well to people at all levels; Uses humor appropriately to enhance relationships with others.

Ø Makes a strong personal impression on others; Gains clear agreement and commitment from others by persuading, convincing and negotiating; Promotes ideas on behalf of self or others; Manages conflict; Makes effective use of political processes to influence and persuade others.

Ø Information related skills:

Ø Analyses numerical & verbal data and all other sources of information; Breaks information into component parts, patterns and relationships; Probes for further information or greater understanding of a problem; Makes rational judgements from the available information and analysis; Produces workable solutions to a range of problems; Demonstrates an understanding of how one issue may be a part of a much larger system.

Ø Speaks clearly and fluently; Expresses opinions, information and key points of an argument clearly; Makes presentations and undertakes public speaking with skill and confidence; Responds quickly to the needs of an audience and to their reactions and feedback; Projects credibility.

Ø Writes clearly, succinctly and correctly; Writes convincingly in an engaging and expressive manner; Avoids the unnecessary use of jargon or complicated language; Writes in a well-structured and logical way; Structures information to meet the needs and understanding of the intended audience.

Ø Special Skills:

Ø Familiarity with Paint automation is a plus.

Ø Familiarity with the Paint process is a plus.

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