Project Management Office Manager - Technical Applications Group

Arlington, VA, United States
Mar 09, 2017
May 03, 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

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Develop, coach and lead direct reports to ensure the efficient, effective and flawless execution of the Innovation & Renovation (I&R) portfolio of projects. Ensure the portfolio of projects is prioritized and timely delivered in light of organization strategy and objectives.


People Development

  • Leverages performance, development and talent processes to build people skills and capabilities of direct reports

I&R Process

Responsible for the consistent application, disciplined execution, and continuous improvement of Nestlé's I&R processes and tools.  This includes:

  • Overall accountability, development, and continuous improvement of the cross functional I&R execution process
  • Train and coach cross functions on the process and their key activities to ensure one common language and process
  • Establish and support network of cross functional, subject matter experts supporting the I&R process
  • Define and maintain project management standards for the organization

Portfolio Management

  • Leads and directs the disciplined governance (stage gate process) and planning of all I&R initiatives to achieve flawless, effective and fast execution to deliver on organizational objectives and strategies
  • Leads and facilitates the decision making process with cross-functional leaders on portfolio, prioritization, and resourcing of I&R initiatives
  • Provides monthly updates on the status/health of the portfolio
  • Establishes and tracks I&R KPI's,  providing visibility and insight to organization on how to improve results
  • Partners with cross-functional leaders to mitigate and remove risks/conflicts/bottlenecks
  • Manages and provides escalations between leadership and project teams identifying opportunities for synergy in the portfolio with regards to project knowledge, resourcing and platforms
  • Supports and provides key I&R inputs into the capital expenditure projections for capital planning
  • Accountable for meeting project management I&R KPIs

I&R Process Champion and Gatekeeper

  • Ensures adherence to the stage gate process
  • Accountable for coordinating and facilitating stage gate activities
  • Accountable for the integration of Nestlé's project management system and process with other key I&R business processes
  • Provides and prioritizes project management resources for I&R initiatives


  • Bachelor's Degree in Science, Engineering, Economics, Business, or equivalent work experience
  • Experience working across multiple disciplines within the organization
  • Master's Degree a plus 
  • PMP certification a plus


  • Minimum 5 years of experience in project management
  • Minimum 10 years working across multiple disciplines: New product development stage-gate process, business portfolio assessment, business modeling & forecasting, or R&D innovation strategy, preferred
  • People management and development experience preferred


  • Developed coaching skills - develop leaders across multiple functions - project managers and cross functional teams
  • Highly developed skills around relationship building, organizational savvy and organizational change
  • Highly developed facilitation skills - specifically facilitating decision making - ability to challenge leadership team on their decision making process to drive to effective and efficient use of resources
  • Ability to manage resources within team and across the organization
  • Possess the insight to develop and modify processes that support portfolio planning and functional objectives
  • Ability to pre-screen escalations and requests prior to presentation to leadership team to ensure completeness and necessity 
  • Ability to design portfolio management process and manage prioritization
  • Highly developed project management skills