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Project Manager, Manufacturing - Chicago, IL

IPM is a project management consulting firm that advises on and executes companies’ most complex initiatives. Headquartered in Chicago with offices in Boston, Parsippany, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, St. Louis and San Francisco, IPM has led more than 4,000 projects for over 350 clients in the United States and across continents. Our clientele ranges from Fortune 100 companies to startups. In 2016, IPM was recognized as one of Forbes magazine’s 25 Best Small Companies in America. In addition, IPM has been named a “Best Workplace” for eight consecutive years by the Great Place to Work Institute®.

Our Project Management Consultants are our full-time employees. They are our most important asset and the competitive advantage that sets us apart from the rest. They have experience in one or more of our industries, adapt quickly to new environments, and above all are strong LEADERS.  

  

JOB DESCRIPTION 

The Project Management Consultant is experienced in leadership, accountable for overall project implementation, and will work with clients in the life sciences, consumer products and healthcare industries. We need a change agent who is passionate, has high energy, and is results-oriented with a creative and analytical mind. We look for experience with advanced project management tools and processes. 

As a Project Management Consultant, your primary goals and focus will be to:

  • Integrate into client environment to effectively lead project teams while building positive professional relationships with clients and associates.
  • Define project objectives, requirements, and assumptions necessary to structure a project or activity.
  • Plan, schedule, and control project activities to fulfill objectives and satisfy project requirements.
  • Develop and drive integrated project plans, aligning project tactics with project strategy.
  • Establish, maintain, and lead high performance project teams, serving as the project advocate within the client organization.
  • Lead, coordinate, facilitate, and motivate all associated project resources to gain alignment on project goals and deliverables.
  • Lead risk management within project teams, ensuring risks have appropriate mitigation and contingency plans.

 

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES 

The Project Management Consultant will:

  • Manage projects within the established scope, schedule, and budget while meeting or surpassing IPM standards of quality.
  • Define the objective, requirements, and assumptions necessary to structure a project.
  • Develop Project Plans and Schedules that represent the appropriate level of detail and task interdependency.
  • Develop and document high-level strategies for achieving specific objectives or activities (hierarchical strategy, process flow, Final Project Summary, etc.).
  • Research and prepare project metric information including value statements or measures that explain/promote/justify IPM's involvement.
  • Facilitate and lead effective meetings.
  • Manage change and/or conflict within any project in an effective, timely, and appropriate manner.
  • Develop accurate resource planning estimates to effectively manage personal workload and maximize individual productivity and revenue generation.
  • Lead (coordinate, facilitate, and motivate) the efforts of the individual, team, client, and other resources associated with project activity.
  • Professionally communicate verbally with a broad spectrum of audiences, ranging from contract trade laborers to senior level executives.
  • Focus to outstanding customer service principles interacting with clients and coworkers.

  

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING

The ideal candidate for this Project Management Consultant position will possess the following:

  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline. MBA is a plus.
  • 5+ years of project engineering/management experience.
  • Knowledge and application of project management and process improvement processes (Lean, Six Sigma and Project Management Professional certifications are a plus).
  • Experience in manufacturing/plant operations a plus.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and leadership skills to effectively communicate and build relationships with a broad spectrum of audiences at all organizational levels.
  • Sound technical aptitude and proven ability to quickly grasp knowledge of different operational disciplines and technologies.
  • Strong competencies in planning, process mapping, and organization with the ability to lead multiple activities and resources while maintaining a focus on quality.
  • Solid analytical and problem solving capabilities with superior computer skills.
  • Strong strategic thinking capabilities and business acumen along with demonstrated work ethic, integrity, and professional conduct.
  • Ability to produce and present clear, concise, and professionally written communications and presentations.

BENEFITS 

  • Full-time employment with a growing company whose management is committed to job stability
  • Bench time in between projects dedicated to personal and professional development
  • Formal new hire orientation to position you for success
  • Paid vacation, holiday and sick time
  • Annual performance bonus potential
  • 100% employer-paid health, dental, and life insurance coverage for employees
  • 401(k) matching
  • Business development incentives
  • Philanthropy driven culture
  • Paid training and certification
  • 100% promotion from within
  • Quarterly social activities
  • Cell phone reimbursement
  • Assistance with relocation

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