1+ months

Program Manager

Grande Cheese Company
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin 54935

Grande Cheese Company is a family owned enterprise built on a tradition, quality and outstanding performance. We are dedicated to our cultural pride, professional excellence and to the dignity and respect of our Associates.

This position manages complex, strategic projects that span organizational boundaries and is responsible for delivering defined project outputs on time, within budget, and with quality results. They will plan, organize, monitor, and oversee one or more projects to meet the defined requirements or business specifications and have primary responsibility for defining, planning, tracking, and managing the enterprise project, for identifying key resources and providing the direction they require in order to meet program/project objectives.

Job Duties & Responsibilities

1.  Project Portfolio Management 

  • Manage and direct multiple large-scale projects
  • Translate generalized customer business goals and objective into concrete strategy and tactical plans 
  • Works on complex problems where analysis of situation or data requires an in-depth evaluation of various factors to achieve the best results
  • Exercise judgement within broadly defined policies and practices to develop corporate methods and techniques  
  • Work effectively with internal and external customers, third-party vendors, and senior management in accomplishing project objectives
  • Evaluate complex situations accurately and identify viable solutions that create successful outcomes for the customer
  • Work closely with the Program/Project Sponsor to facilitate decisions necessary for program/project delivery 
  • Oversee effective project oversight and reviews to effect program/project success
  • Negotiate the performance of activities with team members and their functional managers 
  • Coach to clarify assignments and deliverables; mentor others in project management practices; review quality of work and manage integration of team members’ work
  • Co-create a project charter with the team and key stakeholders, including the definition of project success criteria
  • Obtain project charter approval from the sponsor and stakeholders in order to formalize authority, gain commitment, and define project acceptance 
  • Manage and communicate a clear vision of the project’s objectives, and motivate the project team to achieve them; create a project environment that enables peak performance by team members
  • Effectively coordinate the activities of the team to meet project milestones
  • Analyze risks, establish contingency plans, and identify trigger events and responsibility for initiating mitigation action 
  • Analyze the actual project performance against the plan and adjust consistent with project objectives
  • Manage change to preserve business plan commitments; initiate stakeholder review if objectives must change 
  • Develop and maintain “lessons-learned” inputs to the project repository for utilization in future programs/projects initiated by the enterprise
  • Resolve political, resource, budgeting, schedule, scope, and change request issues affecting the program/project
  • Serve as a mentor/advisor to other project managers for the program 
  • Oversee development of proposals and request for proposals associated with the program/project
  • Partner with Supply Chain on vendor relations and procurement related to the program/project
  • Oversee execution and delivery of projects related to successful program execution 
  • Ensure consistency with corporate vision, direction, policies, and guidelines
  • Aligns Business Unit's Annual/Strategic
  • Plans with program deliverables and Capital Plan to ensure the program/project is properly staffed with required resources; anticipates resourcing needs and issues
  • Negotiate with other department managers for the acquisition of required personnel from within the company
  • Key contributor in the development of the Business Unit's Annual/Strategic Plans
  • Present at all key cross-functional stake holder meetings to represent the program
  • Proactively brings forward creative ideas in the areas of New Products, COGS, Capacity Utilization, Product Quality & Regulation, and Customer Service

2.  Additional Responsibilities

  • The above list reflects the general details necessary to describe the principle and essential functions of the position and shall not be construed as the only duties that maybe assigned.
  • Qualifications & Requirements 4 Year / Bachelor’s Degree in Operations, Engineering, Business or other related field required.


A minimum of eight (8) years of work experience in a project management related role required.


Experience & Training

  • Demonstrated experience managing large-scale, multi-functional projects.
  • Dairy/food industry experience preferred.
  • Proficiency in relevant computer applications. 
  • Demonstrated experience leading cross-functional teams within formalized methodology.
  • Licenses & Certifications PMP or other project management certification required and active participation in the renewal process

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities 

  • Understanding of the strategic and operational issues of the program /project or business unit 
  • Ability to train, mentor, and develop project managers in project management methodologies and their application  
  • Liaison and consultative skills; negotiation skills within a context of high political sensitivity and conflicting interests  
  • Presentation and written communication skills
  • Ability to advise on complex matters to nonspecialists 
  • Demonstrated ability in managing internal customer expectations on program requirements and delivery 
  • Highly developed business acumen 
  • Skilled at requirement analysis and management 
  • Strong writing, mentoring, negotiation, communication, and meeting facilitation skills 
  • Strong integration skills; ability to coordinate all aspects of a project or program 
  • Strong leadership, organizational, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to manage in a matrix environment 

Salary Details

Based on skills and experience.


Posted: 2021-05-07 Expires: 2021-06-21

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