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Program/Project Manager

Job title: Program/Project Manager
Contract type: Freelance
Location: Irvine
Industry: Creative
Remote: No
Reference: 462790
Contact name: Anique Stemmer

Job description

Program/Project Manager
3+month contract
Hybrid in Irvine - 2-3 days a week

The Program/Project Manager will be primarily responsible for actively leading and managing the end-to-end project/program plan(s) of key Marketing strategic initiatives inclusive of (but not limited to) the scope, schedule, budget, and cross-functional resources required while proactively mitigating risks that may arise to ensure all aspects of the program are delivered successfully.  

In this position, the project/program manager will work collaboratively within our Marketing function and broader organization to identify and engage with stakeholders, capture requirements, lead status meetings, develop project/program metrics, tools/artifacts, and develop leadership stakeholder communication documents that demonstrate planning, project health, and progress to overarching transformation initiatives.

The Program/Project Manager will report to the Director of Marketing Operations. With this role, the opportunities are endless as a key team member on the Marketing team, leading the way in terms of how we evolve project delivery within the Brand organization. 

About the Job: 
 
The Program/Project Manager is a key role within the Marketing Operations team. This role will be primarily responsible for actively leading and managing the end-to-end project/program plan(s) of key Marketing strategic initiatives inclusive of (but not limited to) the scope, schedule, budget, and cross-functional resources required while proactively mitigating risks that may arise to ensure all aspects of the program are delivered successfully.   

In this position, the project/program manager will work collaboratively within our Marketing function and broader organization to identify and engage with stakeholders, capture requirements, lead status meetings, develop project/program metrics, tools/artifacts, and develop leadership stakeholder communication documents that demonstrate planning, project health, and progress to overarching transformation initiatives.

The Program/Project Manager will report to the Director of Marketing Operations. With this role, the opportunities are endless as a key team member on the Marketing team, leading the way in terms of how we evolve project delivery within the Brand organization.  

The Day-to-Day: 
 
•    Lead select strategic programs focusing on the growth levers and actively manage interdependencies.
•    Lead the process of stakeholder identification, analysis and ongoing management. 
•    Leads stakeholder & project team meetings and helps drive content/key messages for meetings with Senior Leadership (and leads the meetings)
•    Accountable to effectively plan, facilitate, and ensure assigned initiatives are on track (monitoring/reporting progress and follow-up on action items)
•    Escalates issues & roadblocks to senior leaders/manager with proposed solutions and can resolve issues autonomously for complex problems
•    This role is both strategic and tactical, requiring an agile thinker with strong planning ability, interpersonal and communication skills.
•    Anticipate issues that would impair the team’s ability to delivery and define mitigation strategies
•    Co-define the change management and communication strategy for the strategic initiative program within Marketing.
•    Work across the company, with the change management office to inform on Marketing Growth team efforts, highlight key blockers / areas of opportunity
•    Champion development of project/program management within Marketing, developing portfolio capabilities.
•    Active involvement and influence in building out ways of working maturity and capabilities by participating and establishing project/program management standard tools and best practices that can be used for broader transformation programs.
•    Frequent interaction and presentation to senior leadership on existing project / program plans and status.

Is this you? 
 
•    At least 7-8 years related project/program management work experience and/or management consulting.
•    BA/BS degree, MBA, a plus
•    Strong knowledge and exposure in PM technical expertise categories - Planning &Programming, Process Optimization, Communication
•    Strong judgment, issues management, and problem analysis techniques 
•    Knowledge/experience in Agile and Change Management methodologies a plus
•    Positive, self-motivated attitude and detail oriented with excellent follow-up skills.
•    Strong communication skills and cross-functional collaborator
•    Demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
•    Experience driving work within Marketing organization / non-technology environments
•    QSR/Fast Casual/Restaurant/Retail Industry Experience a plus


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